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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soundoff (401 Responses)
  1. Yvonne- MO

    $50 million will clean up a lot of sick wildlife, instead they're insulting us once again by this new ad. Shame on you again BP!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  2. Anthony McDaniel

    Glad kara phillips was able to be the only reporter to get to go out and investigate...BP has a gag order and they couldn't send an advocate of the American people like Anderson out ???? Well like Kara said they trust her.... America Trust's Anderson Cooper!!!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  3. Gary Patteen

    Unbolted the jagged riser from the flange directly below and install a shutoff valve and shut this oil off. Red Adair shut off blown out Wells using this method for years. Should be able to do it under water as well.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  4. lisal -canada

    happy june 3rd – day 45 (or 500 if you are obama)
    thank you for the continued updates from the gulf – the cleanup is definitely a priority even though it seems to be going slowly

    June 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  5. Dulcie - Denver

    I haven't been tuning in much to 360 the last few weeks. Lost my job and have had health problems, family surgery, etc. Oye. But these pictures make me ill. Thanks, Anderson for reporting for us!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  6. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    @ceecee,,I noticed the same thing. I wonder what all those white particles are,, that are shooting out and all around the oil?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  7. Emily

    This is a great report here by Gary. Glad to hear they are flying these birds to Florida. Awful to see all that oil on them 🙁

    June 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  8. Jim Davlin

    I am a retired pipefitter ( Local 250) why have they not unbolted the flange below the cut and slip a blind flange in?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  9. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Pelican Island – I am glad that people are trying to help nature some way

    June 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  10. Teresa

    Hi Anderson, Thank you. Horse and Pony show this is what BP is doing for the USA. Keep Searching and doing what you do. Please Post how we can help as the citizens of this country. Our Planet is being destryed not by u and I but by big money.Thank you.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  11. alisa

    If we can't stop this gusher...If the secondary wells don't work...(and at this point why should we believe ANYTHING will work to stem the flow?) what happens? Is this the end of the world as we know it? It certainly seems like the end of the Gulf...

    June 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  12. robert

    they need an INVERSE FUNNEL (a large dome) that does not have to be attached–how can a cap be attached with 7,000psi pressure shooting up?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  13. Terry Kuss

    Why is there oil leaking from below the cut-off riser pipe?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  14. Martina

    Kira Phillips, I mean no disrespect however when there is an emergency on the job people expect and are expected by management to work around the clock to get it fixed. Downtime is loss of profit. That is what they get paid for. I do not have sympathy for them. It is the nature of the job.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  15. carol

    This looks like another failure with even more oil than ever spewing. I cried to see the oil covered birds and it's devastating to see what it has done to our gulf!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  16. kaye Myers

    Time after time when there is a disaster anywhere in the world our government is the first to respond with money, military personnel and other resources with no assurance we will be repaid and in most cases we are not. But we help! For weeks now I have watched Billy, the governor, and other civic leaders beg for help to start the dredging to help keep the oil from the wetland and marches. 45 days later they are still begging, This is our country, our gulf. We help other countries don't we deserve the same??? There will be time to get BP to pay as they are responsible. But do we need BP approval to save our county and gulf? Stop the politics and get help to the people now. KM Col. Oh. God bless you Anderson for keeping this story important and for your caring and dedication.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  17. Don, WA

    I was really hoping the diamond blade would make the clean cut, that was a biggy I think – like cutting a good hope diamond however, it takes shear steady – must be rough w/ all the oil pressure to keep a blade from binding. But I think it's the right approach: cap and funnel while drilling 2 relief holes, and clean up the surface better and the shores and care for any bird or fish happened upon – great coverage cnn

    June 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  18. Mary

    Every time I listen to your report I want to get in my car and drive there to help. I am not trained to clean up oil spills, but I feel like it shouldn't matter. The kids and I can take off from California this weekend and come to help. Shouldn't we all be doing that? Is anyone organizing a community clean up? I think that if thousands of people showed up to help, we could do a better job then what is currently happening.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  19. Lisa E

    What are all those poor familys going to do?? This was their livelyhood. What a shame. Many people have lost their heritage by being shrimpers, boat captians, etc... My heart goes out to them. Will they be able to hold off long enough until the waters are clean and they can fish/shrimp again.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  20. Nicole The Netherlands

    @ Jo ann, a few weeks ago i said to Starr, maybe we will know in the future why the president isn't reallly in to it... Now it sadly seems to me that he left "it" up to BP for to long...
    I am really so sorry, this is reality
    Wish i had was able to go help clean up the birds!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  21. Peter in Deerfield

    BP should provide play by play commentary for the viewers. I did take a look at skandi rov 1 and it looks like the cap is in place. Let's hope this is working! My prayers go out to the Gulf region, its families and the many dedicated professionals and government workers tirelessly working to get this disaster under control.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  22. Karoline, Los Angeles

    I would love to see an aerial shot of what the ocean looks like from the sky now. But BP asked the U.S. gov't. not to let any planes other than military fly over.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  23. Emily

    @Nicole The Netherlands,
    "This man should get an real reality check.."
    I have a feeling that Tony Hayward will be writing many REAL checks!
    (I don't know where the hope is for a reality check, when going off to England to celebrate his birthday, and AC is working LIVE for 2hrs on his!)

    June 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  24. Marty in Louisiana

    my question is being from louisiana we lost alot of tax revenue when people left after katrina now we are going to lose even more due to people having to leave the state to find work because of the oil spill is bp going to pay for all that damage caused to our state as well? No the people who are going to pay once again and the citizens of Louisiana

    June 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  25. Carl Staton

    why dont we just send C-4 down 1500 feet inside this pipe and implode this well on top of itself?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  26. Lee Houskeeper

    Tthe administration has a great opportunity to establish a new and completely transparent Gulf Spill "Mission Control" style operation that does not rely on spokespeople. I remember the steady trusted voices of Chris Kraft and Gene Kranze who kept an anxious nation well informed of each complicated step of each ...space flight (including Apollo 13) in real time. The silver lining of this disaster could be an inspiration to young folks. A new generation of eco engineers. .

    June 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  27. Al

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

    It is about the size of the ROV's end actuator which is right next to it. Maybe about 4 inches

    June 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  28. Bob Finlay

    They should try corking it rather than capping it. A long, solid steel mandrel of precise diameter should be inserted into the pipe. Keep up the good reoporting, Anderson.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  29. jerry

    Once this is over, it will be back to normal.
    BP will build a new rig.
    Everyone will want expanded drilling.
    BP gas stations will fill up with cars.

    Just like with exxon.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  30. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Other country's are going to blame the United States and demand payment for this event because we allowed it to happen .

    June 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  31. Andrea

    This whole thing is absurd, we can put people on the moon, but none of the great minds on this planet can fix this? It's shady at best & somebody needs to step up here.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  32. Rich

    I just wanted to thank Anderson Cooper for being on the ball with this oil catastrophy and giving the American people the truth. Anderson Cooper makes me proud to be an American by providing us with the true impact and the most up to date information available versus Tony Hayward downplaying this environmental and ecological disaster.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  33. NMercado, Ph.D.

    I understand the BP employees are under pressure and are working hard to stop this...BUT BP should have installed the proper safety equipment from the get go and they should have had a better disaster response plan in place...and judging by what we've seen on the news, BP has not been willing to spend the money needed to hire the thousands of people nor the equipment needed to clean up the affected areas...Let's not forget this before we start feeling sorry for BP workers!!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  34. Mike Revak

    I just can't believe the gulf is getting worse every mininte!!! Everyone is wanting answers and can't get a straight answer from no-one!!! Its shocking to hear and see this..... I think they should never drill in deep waters ever! If they can't fix itr by now... it only proves we are all going to be effected by this for a very long time... I am so scared they will never be able to stop the oil... Someone please help.....

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

    Is the well cratering from the pressure forced back in to the casing by the cap they just placed on top of the pipe? The flow appears to have tripled. It looks as though the ocean floor is coming up with the gushing oil. Somebody needs to ask BP what the heck are they doing, and did they make it worse?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  36. Elizabeth

    Hi Anderson
    Happy Birthday... I hope you found time to rest and recuperate... and don't let the oil get you down.

    Meanwhile can someone tell BP the best PR is telling the truth and keeping your promises... I am a consultant, I know this... its probably cheaper than hiring a lobbyist.

    As for the engineering feat – this job needs a team of brains... maybe the administration needs to work on putting that in place, stopping the flow and cleaning up. the president is a smart man, he can do it. BP can be dealt with later...

    June 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  37. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Hi everyone,

    I will pray this cap works. But that doesn't mean this leak was an act of God.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  38. jerry

    bp is responsible for the leak.
    Even if they cap it, They are still responsible for the damage already inflicted.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  39. Elizabeth

    @ jerry they already have stopped all offshore drilling Each rig supports approx 1400 jobs The oil leak put the fishermen out of buisness and Obama is putting the rest of LA out of buisness!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  40. Thomas

    I have been watching since day one. I or my wife will never use BP again' i hope everyone does the same from tom smith Louisa ky

    June 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  41. alisa

    Wow. It's gotten WORSE! This is incredible. Mind-boggling. Terrifying. The Federal government needs to create ASAP some sort of program by which citizens can go down to the Gulf and join in the effort to clean up and protect the mess.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  42. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    We have allowed B.P. to make a bad situation worst its time to quit trusting them to fix this problem .

    June 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  43. Yvonne

    Give Tony Hayward his life back alright! Demand his resignation now. Shame on CBS, NBC, FOX, etc., for airing the "We'll make it right" ad this evening ....Nonsense.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  44. Abby

    Charge's should be filled on may levels because they got citations before the accident that claimed live's & is now claiming everything else. It's crazy that they also didn't have emergency measure's in place for such an accident. This thing should have been capped a month ago had they had these measure's in place.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  45. Evan - Canada

    People arn't realizing that this is way harder than is seems. BP is dealing with a problem that is 5000ft below the surface. The pressure and currents down that deep makes it incredibly difficult and takes a lot of time. On top of all of this, and as much as people don't care, BP still needs to think about their investors and how their stock has dropped almost 50% in the last month. BP definitely isn't perfect, but they have many problems right now that they are dealing with and the bottom line is they are trying.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  46. David, Indiana

    A storm of oil, that's a great description by David Mattingly. It looks like a tremendous amount of pressure being released, the riser pipe before it was cut must've been creating back pressure as David was saying.

    Yes it is good that Kira Phillips is reporting on the pt of vw of the engineers working on containing the leak.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  47. Susan

    This is INSANE – how is this oil volcano going to be capped? They are making it worse...OMG

    June 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  48. Rose From Muscoy, Calif

    The wildlife is suffering and dying...this mess is going to spead so far that it should be called a ECOLOGICAL DISASTER for modern time!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  49. Kate - Canada

    There just needs to be more transparency!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  50. Betsy -Indiana

    This cap is not looking good so far They should berm the entire Gulf coast and employ every skimmer ship in the world until the relief well is done. Heartbreaking......

    June 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
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