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. Kate - Canada

    BP is trying to stop this leak. Nobody seems to get the incredible precision and difficulty that this feat takes. It isn't easy to put a cap on a pipe gushing oil with immense pressure 5000ft below the surface!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  2. Ken

    What is the size of the oil pipe that we see in the live shots? Can you put that in perspective?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  3. Nicole The Netherlands

    @ Emily, i really got sick last night... couldn't watch AC, had to take a break from it.
    The equipment offered and sent are sweeping arms, which can suck oil.. and can be put on the side of a ship... it is nothing ofcourse but it is something..

    June 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  4. Mike

    All of these so called "attempts" to cap the well is just a way for them to keep stalling while the relief wells are drilled, they even openly admitted that they don't have a solution for this type of accident. We are they (BP) going to be kicked out of the US for good and let the Navy, or Army Corp. of engineers take over. This is just another way that the president Hussein (Obama) administration has screwed the people of this nation yet again. Further more, why is a foreign country on US soil drilling our oil and then selling it back to us??? Whats going on with society as a whole theres so much termoil in the world lately its sad so see the human race failing!!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  5. Diane Berube Canada

    They shouldn’t be allowed to dig where it takes this much time for WHEN something goes wrong.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  6. LaVonne

    Anderson, you are the only one keeping us informed. Keep it up and Thank You!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  7. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Nicole The Netherlands, " just last week the U.S. coastguard asked for equipment from the Netherlands.. "

    Thanks for the info Nicole. This is really troubling to hear, but I guess we should not be surprised considering how slowly the Obama administration has reacted to this disaster. I don't know what they were waiting for.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  8. Chris-Buffalo

    I think it looks like the cap is in place and that the pressure behind the oil blew the top right off of it, or a whole it in!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  9. Al

    The view you are showing is a fitting on top of the LMRP Cap...it will be closed later.

    LMRP Cap is indeed in place. They are carefully checking things, this will be a long process of ramping up to actually start pumping.

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

    Perhaps we should ban all off land drilling.
    Would everyone be ok with the gas prices?
    I would, but then again I can't afford a car that runs anyway.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  11. Sharon Hastings

    "Erupting" seems to be the accurate word as David just described it. The pressure seems so strong. It's scary. I do appreciate the magnitude of the task at hand for these workers and engineers.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |

    Do not hold your breath on the cop doing the job or even part of it because BP did not and still do not know exactly where the main leak was when they started all the have done is open a big whole in the top of the well. BP should have went to Fort Lee Va. where the U>S> Army trains most of the Armed Forces on operation of pipe line systems and borrowed one of thier PLPE LINE REPAIR KITS and motified it to fit the broken pipe on the well and modified the pipe line repair to used Quick Couplers to connect any pipelines or even reinforced hoses to by pase the the defective pressure valve directly to the pipe line they cut off and even use the Quick Couplers on the cap that they are tring to use evnen though it will not work


    June 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  13. Christina S

    I live in North Carolina but I am eager to help the Gulf in whatever way possible. After Katrina, there were numerous organizations accepting volunteers to assist with the clean up, and through those organizations I was able to come to Louisiana and help out for a couple of weeks. Do you know of any organizations in the Gulf area that are accepting volunteers for cleaning up this spill?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  14. John

    switch to skandi rov 1..much better veiw..there is a blow off fan which is increasing the plume size

    June 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  15. Aleta Pahl

    I said last night that BP did not want the media to show dead animals. I want to hug Anderson for opening tonight with one of the most tragic things I have seen of birds engulfed in oil...trying to breath. I want to cry and I want to strangle someone. Obama has to see these birds, feel their bodies soaked in oil. Their innocent lives matter ...and we have to show them more and more as hard as it is to see, they cannot die in vain here. And I love everything Douglas Brinkley says.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  16. Karen, MN

    By the looks of the video it doesn't look like this new idea is working.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  17. Samantha Rowley

    When the space shuttle takes off, there is always someone explaining each step of the process. I'm sure BP could assign one of their engineers to do this as the cap is being placed. That would go along way to satisfying (or at least informing) the viewing audience. I'll never forget watching the tragedy of the Space Shuttle Challenger back in 1986 where there was play-by-play of the launch as normal. As the disaster unfolded, the moderator kept talking. BP, that's what we need now...information.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  18. Janine from PA

    Good evening AC 360;
    Happy birthday Mr. Cooper, maybe your birthday present will be the cap woking and the oil being contained.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  19. Emily

    Don't they (BP) have a digital video as to what this should look like?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  20. Thomas Baird

    Anderson it doesnt look like the cap has been hooked up yet.
    And I see oil coming up from below also.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  21. Cheryl

    Remember that BP only took over our refinery, formerly Amoco or American Oil, 10 years ago. There are a lot of hard working men and women doing their best. Our plant in Texas City is safer now than it has been in the 30 years my husband has worked there. It is hard for us to even turn on our tv's. No one wants accidents to happen. It is our Gulf ,too. We hate what has happened. But I believe a lot of the news coverage is unfair. BP will pay their debts. They always do. People make up a company and BP has some great people working for them here in the states. Without our refinery in Texas City and the domino effect it would have in our area, we would almost be non-existant.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  22. Helen

    I would think if this project was successful everyone would have been on tv already touting the success. Maybe it failed again.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  23. Paula, Colorado

    It's awful to see so much oil being released from the well–knowing it has been going on for over a month.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  24. Chris

    It's a 21 inch pipe. Why don't they just extend it, the same diameter, all the way to th surface and burn it like the Statue of Liberty's torch until the relief well is finished? Done and done.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  25. Nicole The Netherlands

    @Emily, i think Tony Hayward should be arrested, an put on taskduty to do the clean up of this wild life (without respirator) that was my thought when i heard his "i want my life back"...
    This man should get an real reality check..

    June 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  26. Pat

    What studies are being made about the affects that this has on our air quality in Louisiana..Anderson please bring this up front in the lime light...

    June 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  27. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The Times-Picayune is saying that many families have been hit so hard by this tragedy that they are giving up their animals to shelters because they cannot feed them any longer, especially in parishes like Plaquemines. Pet food is being donated to help them.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  28. Rose From Muscoy, Calif

    Even the camera is getting oiled!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  29. Al

    The "yellow" thing is a part of the LMRP Cap, but is not the whole cap, view is a close up from Enterprise ROV 1

    The other views yuo were showing are from Ocean Intervention III and is showing the BOP with LMRP Cap on top, but Cap is obscured by all the oil.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  30. jerry

    Remember, those rigs are way off shore as to not be seen from beaches.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  31. William Cavin

    I suggest you send reporters to interview the board of directors of BP wherever they may live. They need to be weighing in on this disaster and their willingness to drive the company's overall response.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  32. John (Canada)

    I can't understand why BP has not inserted a self tapping pipe having a shut off valve attached to it. This is a machine / millwright procedure. Why haven't we been told that such professionals are actively involved. If BP does not have this expertise then every attempt should be made to seek it.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  33. Lori

    It is unreal that the management of this project never thought that an accident like this could happen.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  34. Dee Sumerel

    How much oil is in this well? How long will it take it to run dry?


    June 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  35. Emily

    @Nicole The Netherlands,

    RE. request for help in the clean-up...it seems like BP was in charge of that for far too long, if they are not still...other requests were turned down before and that could have been due to BP as they also turned away other help (re. the different dispersants) from companies in America!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  36. Rose From Muscoy, Calif

    What a mess...who is RESPONSIBLE for this mess? How much is really coming out?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  37. Kenneth Wing

    Anderson your doing a great job. Do not give the government or BP any quarter. I don't usually agree with James Carville but in this case I'm scraming at the TV tell him to give em hell.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  38. Felipe

    As much as i love Hollywood. I think they have altered our realistic expectation of our government. Where is the top of the line technology to cap this ? can it truly be that a private company has more power than our government 1.5 miles underneath the sea ?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  39. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    They cut the pipe off and the cap is not working as planned...

    June 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  40. harvey

    can any one tell me why that massive preventer
    does not have a shut off valve.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  41. Luiz Casey

    Enterprise – ROV 2 live feed seems to be the best feed to watch. They are hovering around close to the cap and showing what is going on.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  42. Matt Miller

    We can't believe a word that BP says, including the what they say in their insulting PR campaign. BP doesnt care about the gulf, the environment, or the people of Louisiana. They pay us lip service-and must really think Americans are stupid. My mother cancelled her BP credit card, which she's had for 20 years.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  43. Sonia Howell

    I am about to be part of that croud, This is the ultimate disaster ever.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  44. Valarie

    Anderson, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    Thanks for keeping us updated....You're the best.....

    June 3, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  45. Tonja

    If that cap is on and this much oil is still flowing out, Lord help Louisiana and the rest of us... BP better start making some calls.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  46. Paula Forget

    When all is said and done, maybe a fund will be created that will require all the oil companies in an area to set money aside in the event of this kind of catastrophe and agree to provide a cooperative effort to deal with the aftermath. In the mean time, all the other oil companies in the gulf should supply their technological aid to help with the repair of the well as well as the cleanup efforts. None of the other oil companies are offering to get involved and aid the situation and are behaving as though it's ok to just sit by the sidelines.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  47. Warren

    I'm writing my Congressmen and saying support clean energy. I know I am guilty for using gas, but people have to wake up.

    We are a nation of very smart and capable individuals. Oil seems to be the root of all evil.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  48. Larry

    Anderson, based on what I'm seeing on the live feed, it looks like something exploaded down there, and the spill now is way beyond the initial pipe they cut. Look at all around the bottom, it's looks like a bigger dissaster now?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  49. J P

    I wonder where the oil was being piped to before the break. Was it to a refinery? If so, where? Rick R earlier asked what happened to Kevin Costner's clean-up units. Does anyone have an answer to that and to my questions? Finally, since this is a British company, doesn't the British crown have any comments?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  50. Laura

    This is a travesty. They should have had a plan in place for a well blowout. 45 days and now it's worse. It is criminal.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
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