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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. Marc

    Anderson: The reason you have not seen more wildlife pcs is because BP and the Coast G. are telling photo journalists and others that they will be arrested for taking them. Also, BP will only allow their wildlife rescue to treat animals and will no longer allow info to be put up on website. Please go after BP on this as you seem to be the only person they fear. These are our birds (and other animals) not BP's. Please help them and us, the American people.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  2. Ram

    Very sad to see the birds soaked in oil and yet "Appear" calm. Those "lower beings" have a nerve to stay calm. Seriously, human greed will be the end of the life as we know.

    PS:Anderson, take care and do not dip your exposed hand directly on the oil, again. Wear gloves.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  3. lisal -canada

    so if bp manages to cap the leak, then what? what's next? is there a plan?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  4. Lori

    We have devastated many natural environments and they keep coming back. (except for wetlands, which are very sensitive). It takes time but the environment comes back. But what about the lives of the people who depend on the natural resource in the Gulf?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  5. Kate - Canada

    I am definitely not pro BP, but I do think they are trying to stop this leak if not only for the billions of dollars they are going to be fined. I do however think they need to be more transparent!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  6. Tony

    I thank you for your coverage of the spill.Sir I'm a 42 yr old male from Gulf Breeze , Fl. and an Independent.I dont care about your numbers or the numbers of the oil companies.What i care about is my community, my enviroment,our lives but most of all what we leave for the future.
    Sir . We as people have failed . Greed kills . We are our end. Thank you for what you are doing. Please sir Please be honest!

    We are trusting you

    June 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  7. John

    I think they could have done the same thing weeks ago using and funnel built large enough to fit over the whole well head, then have a the funnel end built to what ever size was neede to pump out oil, could have been built big enough in circumfernce and havey enough to sink in ocean floor, could have saved weeks of work that has gone nowhere, countless amounts of money and saved so much wildlife and the jobs to that area. could have accomplished the same thing but weeks earlier.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  8. Diane Berube Canada

    That oil is unreal…surreal.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  9. Martina

    Yes they made it worse. what if it never stops, what happens then we pollute the whole world?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  10. Warren

    Imagine what is going on under the water with all the dispersants-imagine all the dead fish and sea animals.

    Use dispersants so we don't see the damage. Out of site, out of mind.

    So sad.

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

    BP dosent want to cap the well they want to recover the oil. If they really wanted to cap the well they would of simply just pinched the pipe shut.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  12. Gail Duncan

    If this is not contained, it will destroy our eco system around the world.

    Anderson, much respect. You are doing a great job as usual.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  13. Nicole The Netherlands

    @ Emily and Jo ann, i really do have to tell you that just last week the U.S. coastguard asked for equipment from the Netherlands.. I know from early reporting that this equipment was ready to go from week 1....
    I see a lot of critisism on the President, some of you know i was very happy he got elected!! But i really do not understand why it took so long to request help for the clean up....

    June 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  14. Judy

    So BP, rightfully so, is being demonized for this disaster, but what about the other oil companies? How many other oil companies have deepwater rigs out there? Obviously, they do not have solutions for such problems either (and if they do where are they?). Why aren't ALL the oil companies that have similar rigs taking any responsibility, surelythey have experts as well. Or have they respectfully closing those down until solutions/protections are found? I suspect not!
    Your photos of the devastation are beyond words!
    Thanks for enlightening all of us as to the results of our overdependency on crude.
    Judy

    June 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  15. Diane Berube Canada

    Thank you Emily. I couldn't agree more...

    June 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  16. Frank

    Anderson,
    You were looking for someone to tell you the honest truth about the gulf.

    Well, its dead.

    Yes, get use to it.

    I am sorry, but everyone better start to realize that this is the reality.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  17. Norah

    $50 million for an ad campaign and they won't pay for gas masks for the people trying to clean up the Gulf (I don't think nasal bleeding and shortness of breath are food poisoning symptoms!)? And how much more are they going to have to pay down the line because they aren't taking preventative measures today (like the masks, preventing oil from getting into the marsh, preventing oil from getting into the water that affects these sad birds, other animals, and the fishermen/women). Outrageous!

    The best PR they could get could be free: Fire Hayward, who has made ridiculous statements!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  18. Maureen S. Taylor, Mississauga, Canada

    Good evening Anderson. The wild life covered in oil is heartbreaking! BP needs to step up to the plate and do the right thing....Thank you for bringing this to our attention and keeping them honest! If only BP would grant you an interview!..By the way, Happy Birthday dear Anderson! Wishing you all the best!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  19. Samantha Rowley

    Joann, I'm pretty sure the other oil companies are really attentive to this situation. Hopefully, it will cause them to put contingency plans in place. The very same thing could occur to them in another well somewhere in the world.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  20. Joe

    What's happening is that you have a bunch of inexperienced guys trying to put a cap on the nozzle of a jet engine, and I don't think they are from JPL.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  21. Jessica

    Re. birds, etc. trapped in oil: Horrifying. For some reason these phrases came to mind: 1) "...forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us" ... 2) "May all beings be at ease, may they be free from inner & outer suffering, may they be at peace"... 3) May "appropriate actions/responses" by multiple parties be enacted asap & mitigate the scale(s) of this tragedy/ies.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  22. Sonia Howell

    I live in Tennessee and wonder the same thing. That oil hat is tipping alot, Maby they need to hang some weights on the sides to help balance it.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  23. Todd

    I agree James, a valve attached to the riser stub with a compression ring would have had a better chance of success.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  24. glynis

    My heart is breaking for these helpless creatures.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  25. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Tony Hayward should stay away from shore the mobs are growing .

    June 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  26. Martina

    The man who lost his perfect game to a bad call is so professional and is not browbeating anyone. He just shrugged. He is of fine character.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  27. Emily

    @Michael Armstrong Sr.
    "Tony Hayward should be arrested and the united states should take over the operation and the company"

    When I heard yesterday that Tony Hayward had said that he "just wanted his life back"...I was in a state of shock, the nerve.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  28. Lisa E

    That breaks my heart seeing those birds! What a horrible slow death. Imagine what the fish must look like. This is something that I believe, will not recover for many many years to come. If the oil is spreading like that, just curious how many months, years or decades it will take before the oysters, fish, crabs will be safe to eat. My guess is many years from now.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  29. Craig m Uhl MD

    This capping process is painful to watch. It reveals the magnitude of man's inability to control the power of mother earth. The idea that one could control this powerful gusher with a cone is like controlling steam out of a teapot using a snow cone container. It is utterly a flawed process. Until there is a concerted effort to suction the escaping oil and an attempt to reclaim it, this will destroy the coastlands of southeastern USA.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  30. Sharon Hastings

    I guess I am just stunned that those using the technology that enables oil to be drilled from such deep sources have not imagined this worst case scenario and been prepared to deal with it. Is there just an attitude that this is the risk you take to get this oil? Or are there successful ways to deal with this? Must not be too easy to deal with because all the kings horses haven't been able to do much.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  31. Jane

    Great advice to BP tonight - add a streaming commentary to the video and win hearts and minds. Let the public hear from the people who are trying their best against unbelievable odds. Those of us in industry may have gripes with corporate profiteering but know that the BP engineers and operators on this project are throwing every ounce of their being into fixing this. Their hearts are breaking, too - they live in the region and feel horribly responsible and more, accountable to their neighbors and the nation. While they are working around the clock, their name is being vilified in the press. The media needs to draw a line between management and the folks who are on the front line. They need our prayers, and we need them to succeed.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  32. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    This is heartbreaking to watch these birds soaked in oil. It make me wonder if BP is cleaning up a lot of the dead wildlife because they dont want us to see how bad this situation is.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  33. ray

    the spill is bad for everyone but they grap about bp being a overseas company but had no promble letting them have the permits to drill instead of letting american company have it and now everyone wants the goverment to handle it look where they got us so far they the one that gave bp the permits to start with

    June 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  34. Lauren Smith in SC

    I am dying to find ways to help in the clean up effort due to the devastation in the Gulf. It is so heart breaking. I can't bear doing nothing while I see the devastation of the animals, environment and lively hood. Is there any connection for those interested in volunteering in relief of the devastated areas? Is there anything mobilizing to help the clean up effort that volunteers can get in contact with? I just want to help!!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  35. Dylan

    Dear Anderson, for those of us who are unable to help out with the clean up we hope you do whatever you can because it is heartbreaking to see the animals who had nothing to do with the spill, be left for dead.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  36. Diane Berube Canada

    It must be hard to look at other news stories this week, with that nagging of doom from the gulf.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  37. Jenna

    People need to stop blaming BP. In my opinion, everyone - including myself - who drives a gasoline operated vehicle is responsible for this accident. People forget about supply and demand – the entire reason why they are drilling for oil in the first place. And what about Obama? he allows off-shore drilling, period. He took more money from BP than anyone else. Time to wake up and look into better energy sources - such as solar power. It's so easy to point the finger and blame, but what are YOU, as an individual, doing to reduce your carbon footprint?

    I am thankful that AC is giving exposure to the wildlife - I am disgusted to see those images of the oil slicked birds. Everyone talks about the impact on people, but not the wildlife - BP CEO "wants his life back". What about the animals?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  38. kiki

    Could you please post some information asap about organizations that are helping wildlife in the Gulf so that viewers can donate? I'm sure many people would like to support the groups who are helping the birds and other animals in this horrible situation. Wildlife often gets ignored in stories where there is so much human tragedy. The pictures you showed tonight of the oil-soaked birds are heartbreaking. Thank you for showing the truth and not looking away.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  39. Kate - Canada

    Misguided? That's putting it mildly. That law is promoting racism!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  40. Jeff

    What a shame
    What words can even start to describe the country that has and will be destroyed.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  41. Mitch

    I can't understand why, if BP knew the cap wouldn't seal, they didn't place a rubber gasket inside the cap....they can't say they didn't know; or that the rubber would deteriorate...if NASA can stick tiles to the shuttle; then someone can figure this one out...

    June 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  42. alisa

    There must be a way that we can mobilize communities to go down to the Gulf and help. It is simply too painful to watch the slow death of these sea birds. There HAS to be something we can do.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  43. steve

    they can't expect to catch much oil with a 21" going down to 6 to 8" then down to 3 or 4".

    June 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  44. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Laura,

    Its common people who have contracts with BP to open their gas stations...by not going to BP gas station, you probably will effect the community and the local economy...

    Remember these are people who will need the gas stations to run – ofcourse dont buy the gas there – but you can still shop at gas stations for coffee, food, etc...

    dont blame regular people who have a business deal for a corporations fault

    June 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  45. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,

    "It still seems the federal government is missing in action. OK so Obama is furious, but still no action."

    FEMA can't get involved since it was not a 'natural disaster' can they?
    It seems like the Obama Admin. is in a state of frustration...what kind of actions can they take with a private company in charge?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  46. NMercado, Ph.D.

    Poor poor animals!!..at least these guys were rescued...I hope they'll make it...

    June 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  47. Larry

    Anyone out there think that they might do a lot better calling in a plumber instead of some overpaid college boy engineers?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  48. Chris, Louisiana

    Tony Hayward

    Maybe he can understand an Oilfield term (JUST SHUT UP AND WORK) worry about your reputation when its time!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  49. Gail Duncan

    We should plaster this spill on every front page, every media tool and show people what is truly going on plus the damage that may come if this continues. I appears we all are taking this too lightly. Does it take oil spilling at our front door, no sea food, destroyed beaches/oceans for us to wake up? If so, it would be to late.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  50. Suzanne Howes

    It is a tragedy what is happening in the Gulf we have been watching from Canada and wish we could do something to help. I see they put a cap on my question is why would,nt they build a grid out of the heaviest metal they have not just one but enough to block and keep adding one on top of the other until it is closed, the cap does'nt seem to be doing anything but a grid would slow it down another grid on top of that would slow it a little more and so on. I am not an engineer so don't know whether it would work but it we all just need to keep coming up with ideas as crazy as they sound cause one might work

    June 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
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