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°

Want more details on what we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

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soundoff (401 Responses)
  1. Sally

    Happy Birthday, Anderson ! Thanks for your great informative reporting !

    June 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  2. lawrence

    It's good to see CNN leading their reports and the spill with intellectual facts and less emotional hape.
    It allows Americans to pray and be understanding to allow American workers to fix the leak.God bless all

    June 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Lori M.

    It seems to me that Anderson Cooper should be considered for a Nobel Peace Prize. His consistent presence in the gulf area is just one of so many actions he's taken to save the world. Just this year he's been in Haiti and Nashville and the gulf...it's amazing. Many thanks.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Susan

    Happy Birthday Anderson, thank you...

    June 3, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it! Happy Birthday again, Anderson!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  6. jacqueline, NY

    One minutes left to your birthday...Happy! Happy! Welcome to the world of 43 like me.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Andrea

    It's not just Bp we need to worry about here, it's all the oil rigs throughout the oceans.( Bp, Exxon, Citgo, etc.) This should be a wake up call for everyone, these companies make trillions off of plundering our planet drilling and we're the ones who suffer? The oil companies should donate some of their profits to renewable energy sources for the potential environmental destroying they could inflict like Bp has.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Kate - Canada

    Good night everyone
    Great chat...happy birthday anderson

    June 3, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Tom

    Maybe once the oil starts moving up the pipe it will start sucking the majority of oil up with it....we can only hope.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Jim

    The government needs to take over BP. I never want to see them again. Go Jindal!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Emily

    Yuck! that oil from the water bottle that David just poured....

    June 3, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Victoria Missouri

    It's to late for them to help their image. It's over in the US. Take that money and try to save some land save some animals save some people. Cut the secrets. Get real.
    This has changed my life. I am horrified

    June 3, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  13. Vince, in Hiroshima

    Why would any moral person not want to save victims from any kind of disaster?

    It occurred to me that BP considers its responsibility in the clean-up effort as leverage. Obviously, in business, leverage in any negotiation creates opportunities to save money. The longer BP delays true clean-up procedures and compensation, the more leverage it has. And the more the victims (the side without the leverage) are more willing to accept BP’s terms to close the deal. I wonder what Donald Trump’s point of view on BP’s performance is. I hope, “You’re fired.”

    June 3, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  14. lisal -canada

    hope that cap thing works... nite all – sweet dreams

    June 3, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Lisa E

    I guess the only thing I can say is, it breaks my heart to see the oil coming into the reeds and finding birds that will more than likely die. So many you never see being the same way. Sad sad sad.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Aleta Pahl

    Anderson, you are one of my heroes here doing whatever you can to show the world what is happening in the Gulf. I hope you know how much you are appreciated and I wish you a happy birthday.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Good night AC360team and fellow bloggers.

    Happy Birthday Anderson. ,,,,,, - Thank you for taking the time on your birthday to keep us updated. Your doing a fantastic job reporting this disaster.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  18. Yvonne

    Happy Birthday Anderson !!! Unfortunately, you'll remember this one forever. Just like I remember my 28th b-day. January 28, 1986...God Bless!!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  19. Paul

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDERSON !!!! Thanks for your continued dedication to bringing us the truth.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  20. Paul M

    Can someone please force BP to put the details of the interface at the the top of the BOP, then the engineering community will be able to come up with a proper solution, something which seems to have eluded BP.
    Details = flange type, diameter, bolt patten, materials, tube, size, material, engineering drawings, etc,etc.

    The video shows a flange joint on to of the BOP, why did BP not remove the top flange and replace it with a bolt on vertical multi-port vent stack, either passive or active.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  21. Althea

    No, we do not need minute by minute reporting from BP. We need all hands on deck to stop the oil leak.

    BP should invest those millions in the region, not advertisement.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  22. Doris, Georgia

    Marvin Gaye's song, What's Going On, says it best-all these years later:
    "Oil wasted on the ocean and upon our seas, fish full of mercury".
    BP, tell us what's going on? CEO, you're a disgrace. Will you continue insurance for your workers on the rig when they get sick from the toxic fumes and will you take care of the families of the deceased? We don't need commercials and public relations. Pay the people in the Gulf and make it right. You're destroying America's Gulf forever. Valdez still isn't right per the folks in Prince William Sound. It all just makes me very sad.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  23. Kate - Canada

    @ Jerry
    There is no need to be cynical! The green trend is growing and growing. Be optimistic. I for one believe that maybe there will be a silver lining from this. That being that we all shift to alternative power!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  24. Chris

    Why is there a hole on top of the cap? Oh yeah its so they still have access to the oil after they, correction if they ever get it stopped. BP should have all rights to this well revoked after they clean up their mess

    June 3, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  25. Paula, Colorado

    Your program has been fascinating tonight. It's great to see you are on live for another hour.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  26. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Happy birthday Anderson. You always run out there and take us to a story with you and we all appreciate it.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  27. Frank Wininger

    Is there a reason that the riser pipe could not have been kinked or pinched off, instead of cutting the pipe off? You can take a brake line on a vehicle and bend and kink it, and stop the brake fluid flow. Not the same thing, but just using as a example.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  28. Valerie NYC

    Call me over sensitive but I really cried seeing those seagulls drenched in oil. It´s heartbreaking. What a bloody dark catastrophe.
    By the way, Happy Birthday Anderson.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  29. Diana Hernandez

    As soon as this accident happened Well control people were on their way, They KNOW what they're doing, let them do their job. Thank you for explaining to people who know nothing about land or offshore rigs. This is like threading a needle.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  30. Patricia

    Happy Birthday Anderson!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  31. Wendy Wand

    Happy Birthday Anderson!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  32. Scott Dillon

    Technology, with human help, will fix what technology with human help broke.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  33. Darlene

    I feel so sad for these birds. I would love to come there and help clean them. I would stay as long as it takes. I live on the west coast and feel helpless. I am so glad so many people are good and care.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  34. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Americans needs to grasp the truth of two more months of this the area affected will be four fold because of this failed attempt .

    June 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  35. Emily

    Perhaps someone from BP can call in and wish AC a Happy Birthday!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  36. Samantha Rowley

    That was very nice of Gary Tuchman to wish you a Happy Birthday! Thanks Anderson for doing the hard reporting that needs to be done and staying on top of each situation as it arises. You're the best!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  37. Frank Payne

    Mr President:

    just give the order to have them BLOW and seal the hole! Which will stop the oil now!

    Peace N God Bless,


    June 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  38. Sharon Hastings

    Continued thanks Anderson for all your excellent reporting of this catastrophe. Have a wonderful birthday.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  39. Kenya

    "For he's a jolly good fellow...which nobody can deny."
    Goodnight Anderson. And great work.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  40. NMercado, Ph.D.

    Anderson ! Thank you so much for being in LA and working on this story on your Birthday...may you have many many more under much better circumstances...God Bless !

    June 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  41. Jeff Taber

    Its clear to me that they are trying to save this well not stop it !!! Put a flat bit in that shear that they used to cut the pipe, jet out the muck at the base of the so called blow out preventer and pinch it off!!! its not rocket science!!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Great report on the birds by Gary! And what a sweet thing for him to say to Anderson! Gary is the best!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  43. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That is a happy ending of the birds being clean up and taken to another place of time.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  44. Al

    Enterprise ROV 2 is now showing a view of the cap in place, the little white triangle things ( at the left center and just right of center) sticking out of the plume are the tapered guides that circle the bottom of the LMRP Cap

    June 3, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  45. Smith in Oregon

    Looks to me on the 'live gusher cam' that an enormous amount of heavy crude Oil is spewing out around the so-called 'cap' that was just installed by BP. If that continues thru August, that would easily equal many 10's of more Million gallons of poisonous, toxic, carcinogenic and known neuro-toxic crude Oil dumped into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Happy Birthday Anderson Cooper, Happy 43!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  46. Nicole The Netherlands

    Thankyou Gary for showing the clean up! and congratulating Anderson...

    June 3, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  47. Kim - Ohio

    Oh it's been a long time since I have been on here.

    Happy Birthday Anderson!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  48. Lisa E

    Happy Birthday Anderson

    June 3, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  49. Sergio

    it looks like the oil is gushing out worse than before and without bp having the sense of informing the public step by step only leaves us to wonder whether this is really working or if this is just another failed attempt. keeping people in the dark is the worst possible way to handle a disaster of this magnitude. Who is in control here???????

    June 3, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  50. Carl Staton

    why cant they put an expandable hydraulic plug inside this pipe?

    June 3, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
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