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June 3rd, 2010
10:01 PM ET

Attempt to Cap Oil Spill Underway: Join the Live Chat

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Right now, underwater robots are trying to attach the cap to the damaged well 5,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf. We'll have the breaking news developments tonight on 360°

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  1. James Cooper

    OMG! Has anyone noticed how much the BOP is wobbling? And no, it's not an illusion caused from the movement of the ROVs. On the live feed, the BOP is clearly seen wobbling back and forth while an ROV is hovering motionless nearby. It's motion indicator is fixed and its onboard video camera frame remains fixed as the robotic arms work near the wobbling BOP. The 450 ton BOP is definitely unstable on the seabed.

    What is happening? Many other people have noticed this.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  2. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    So they cut the pipe for the cap, the cap does not fit well because they had to use the different cutter – so now they now increased the amount of oil that will leak????

    where is something called as "contingency"? Dont they have to think about cutting the pipe twice and also worry about the "what-ifs"

    June 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Good evening.

    Saw the Bp ad today. All the $$$ to air this ad seems to have added insult to injury. Action does speak louder than words.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Tommy, Alabama

    Good Evening All. Happy Birthday Anderson. After 28 days of "On Call" Status BP finally activated our clean up contract tonight and we'll finally be sending our family fishing boats out to start to clean this mess up.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  5. Jason

    Its not on fire, its from the fumes from natural gas the refracting causing the look of fire.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  6. Todd

    It looks like most of the oil is just forcing its way around the gap at the base of the LMRP cap.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  7. Diana

    I could be physically sick looking at the pictures of the poor birds. Someone has got to help the wildlife there. Let's pray that this cap works as best as possible until they come up with a permanent fix.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  8. Hannah, Phila. Pa

    I received a video about oil eating microbes who are alleged to be able to clean this spill in 6 weeks. Why haven't they been used? Also,. less toxic dispersants have been ignored. WHY? There seems to have been no effort for containment or clean up.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  9. grant

    cap don't look like its working, they need someone that knows what there doing.
    gong show right now

    June 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Andrea V.

    President Obama needs to take some action and show he really cares. Tony Hayward obviously doesn't! What makes me furious is how not alot of people care for our wildlife... so sad!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Sharon

    Hi Anderson:
    I'm writing from Canada and watch nightly. As I sit tonight and watch the poor wildlife, I'm sobbing my heart out. This disaster is sickening and I don't know how any BP execs can sleep at night. God help us all. Thank you so much for "keeping them honest"....

    June 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  12. Travis McLemore

    I am skeptical of the cap doing much at all due due to the pressure of the oil coming out of the BOP. Towards the top of the riser, I saw what looked like bolts. It seems to me BP would have a better chance at suppresing the leak if they were able to take those bolts out, if possible and bolt a cap on. I think it's going to take a tremendous amount of clamping to get the pressure down.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  13. Paul Karatzas

    No play by play from BP. Not surprising. These guys need to be kicked out of this country.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  14. Joan in

    I want BP to stop buying ads (there's been one here in the Tallahassee (FL) Democrat every day) and instead start paying the folks with the boats. And, buy and provide every cleanup worker w/ respiratory equipment so that they won't inhale the toxic fumes. And, for god's sake, get more workers in there and save as much wildlife as they can. NO more gulls, pelicans, and other creatures slowly suffocating. I'm starting to think that Pres. Obama needs to take over BP's assets so that there is enough money for all of this.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  15. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    B.P.done this to profit from the oil not to slow it down .

    June 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  16. Rick Richman

    Let's assume that we won't cap the well any time soon. At least not effectivley.

    What is BP doing with the containment and shore protection ideas and inventions that are being provided? What happened to Kevin Costner's devices? What about the hay? Bioremediation deployment in the marshes? This is enraging!

    Please find out Anderson.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  17. BG in Canada

    This disaster is something that you can't stop watching but the images of the suffering, death and destruction are sickening. I feel like crying for all the people and animals who will be so adversely affected by this. I feel like screaming at Tony Hayward - someone should force him and all the BP executives to put in time cleaning birds. I am sorry for America - please regulate your industry and reform your election process or you are doomed to repeat all that has gone wrong in the past two years.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  18. Chuck Underwood

    Its obvious that BP is more concerned in capping and containing the flow of crude so that they can sell the product, than plugging it. Most pressure safety equipment is designed to fail safe. Why not this most important device?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Dawn haus

    Why don't they call in the army core of engineers

    June 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  20. Courtney

    Thank you, Anderson Cooper. Thank you, James Carville for using your voice for a cause like this. I live on the Gulf in Clearwater, Florida, among the animals you are highlighting and people whose livelihoods depend on this water. I can't believe we are still allowing BP to drag their feet in the clean up and solution, while they paint the picture of compassion and competency on TV. Stay on 'em!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  21. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, everyone. Those are heartbreaking images of oil covered birds. Brings right home the impact to wildlife and the environment. Were those birds able to be cleaned?

    I agree with Douglas Brinkley. Now is not the time for public relations, now is the time to get down to business and stay on it. In some ways BP has continued to do this, that is though slowly, responding to requests for transparency, putting fishermen to work cleaning the spill. There are delays and they seem to drag their feet but they have stayed with working on plugging the leak and working the clean up. Whenever they venture into pr it tends to backfire at this pt.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Susan

    Just heard that someone has proposed using two types of hay dumped on floating oil and then collected using shrimp trollers...suppose to successfully soak up oil from water when done experimentally. Has anyone heard of trying this?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  23. Sonia

    This is pathetic. it's not even America's fault, yet animals in our country are being suffocated by this devastation. it's ridiculous. Obama is going to be so mad when he goes down there in person and sees this going down. It's disgusting that they are wasting money on ads when they could put it to saving the animals and fixing the leak. it's sick that these animals are dying all because of money. If it wasn't for the oil being collected for profit, there would have never been an oil spill, which means these animals wouldn't be drowning in oil. it just mind-bottles me. Watching the oil just flood the ocean makes me so angry. it's flowing at hundreds of gallons. it's just horrible. I doubt we will over come this.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  24. Amita, ca

    Happy Birthday, Anderson!!! 🙂

    June 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  25. Teresa Green

    Why doesn't someone from our government force BP to blow the well & shut it down ? Right now they are doing everything they can to save the well to save the oil. The payment for that oil is too much ! We're already suffering from it. We, & our children will continue to suffer for years. BP CEO & execs don't have to live in it . . . we do !! BLOW THE WELL !!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  26. Louis - detroit

    I know nobody wants to but we really need to rally for BP for a moment and hope they are sucessfull in caping this well.

    Then we can get back to being angry 🙂

    Now come on BP and cap that well !!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  27. Emily

    I don't even want to think about what the fish & turtles, etc are like as they are swimming under water in all that oily water...

    June 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  28. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Happy Birthday Anderson!

    So sad to see those poor pelicans like this. They are a symbol of BP's reckless disregard for the animals and people of Louisiana. Unfortunately, there are probably a lot more like them out there somewhere waiting to be helped.

    Hayward's apology was hollow and pointless. Words are cheap. How can anyone take anything he says seriously after all of his lies and complaining about wanting to get his life back?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  29. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    This is a horrible this leak is twice as bad as before .

    June 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  30. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good evening Anderson, 360 team, David (Indiana), Megan, Starr, Gabriela, Emily and everyone!!

    Anderson... Happy Birthday!!! 🙂

    June 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  31. Sonia Howell

    Oh happy Birthday Anderson

    June 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  32. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Anderson, Happy Birthday to ya! Happy Birthday!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  33. Nathan

    Sad that this is happening. In the land that I defended and still big business can not do a thing and uncle Sam still doesn't have control over this mess.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  34. Darrell Hayden

    Could someone quantify what 35,000,000 gallons of anything looks like? I can't get my head wrapped around this number. Possible to compare it to how many high school gymnasiums full of oil it would take to hold that many gallons, for instance? Thanks!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  35. Brian J Franklin

    %50 million puts alot of fisherman to work trying to save some wild life. AC you have BP scared out of there minds to come on the show. Keep putting it on em

    June 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  36. Terese

    Ok so the cap is on...whats the next step? Are they now going to try to attach piping or hoses...right now it doesn't look like ti is holding back or siphoning any oil 🙂

    June 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  37. Konrad Wishardt

    You do not have to come on the show BP, you are just making it worse for yourself. I said it before and I will say it again, you should be charged with domestic terrorism, you are no better than the 911 terrorists.If I run out of gas and is close to your gas station I would literally push my car to another gas station.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  38. Diane Berube Canada

    If the cap works, it’ll only be temporary? One day I pray, that there will be no more ‘ifs’. If only the government had listened and responded immediately, to the army core of engineers regarding the levees. If only BP hadn’t cut their own corners and put substandard parts a mile down in the gulf.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  39. Andrew

    I find it disgusting that BP are spending millions on PR instead of putting that money to good use capping the leak and paying the money owed to the fisherman. 5m on a campaign that's just going to backfire. Shame.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  40. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I did not believe my eyes and did not expect the oil to be that thick and that smiley...just too hard to comprehend the fact that, that thick oil gushes as if it were colored soda!

    Wonder what the pressure's like? And if the cap will just be pushed or if it can be fit all the way through to siphon oil

    June 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  41. Jenna Walls

    Anderson,

    Can you let people know whom they can contact if they want to come and volunteer in the Gulf to help clean and save the wildlife that is compromised from the spill? People seem to be talking a lot about BP and the Government but I am unclear how just an average citizen can help and contribute. Can you tell me how to become a volunteer?

    Thanks so much for your attention to this so very important issue.

    jw

    June 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  42. Kayla

    Why isn't BP spending money on helping the wildlife and clean-up instead of on PR.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  43. Kim C

    seeing the oil covered wildlife makes me sick – what can we do?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  44. maureen

    I appreciate the integrity with which you are approaching your reporting of the BP Oil Company ads, particularly as you use their own words to ask how they will make right the environmental catastrophe unfolding. The pictures are powerful, tragic and compelling. Thank you Anderson

    Canadian Viewer

    June 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  45. Mike

    make it right! make it right! make it right!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  46. Paul Karatzas

    What is taking so long?? Just put the cap on already. Happy B-Day Anderson and Mary.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  47. Soledad Gomez

    I hope nobody is out there purposely putting this stuff on a bunch of birds.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  48. Renita

    BP needs to be focusing their attention on saving wildlife as opposed to trying to save their image. I believe their image is already shot – try saving something that might actually have a chance.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  49. Jana, Georgia, formerly from Indiana

    This is ridicules that BP is paying 50 million dollars on spin.

    That money could have gone to the fishermen, or pay for the boats that are being used to clean up the oil spill.

    This guy and the company needs to get a grip and fast.

    So sad about the wildlife. This is just not right what BP has done. Yes accidents happen, but when you don't stand up and take responsibility or get on the ball to help these people and animals, it doesn't say much for BP.

    Try and have a Happy Birthday Anderson, I am sure it is hard with what all you have seen today.

    CNN is doing a great job in their coverage.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  50. Sonia Howell

    I'm not for sure if they really can. Today in the interview with Larry King, Obama said "BP has the tools". The other day BP admitted they didn't have the right tool in their tool kit. So Did Obama take the word of BP in the first place? So who had the right tools?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
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