June 4th, 2010
10:06 PM ET

Oil Rig Survivors Speak Out: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, Anderson's exclusive interview with five survivors of the oil rig disaster. Plus, the latest on the efforts to stop the oil leak, save the wildlife and more.

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Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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soundoff (241 Responses)
  1. jeff Baker

    I'm from Ottawa Canada, the oil spill as affected us as well, there is a gas shortege. But I can't imagine what poeple down near those areas must feel like. What is the next plan to try to stop it

    June 4, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Steve

    I am curious as to how Heyward and BP are being covered by the media in the UK ?

    June 4, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Soledad Gomez

    Good Night Ac.

    June 4, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Michael

    I think it is time to start a boycott of all BP products. Money and profits seem to be the only thing big companys respond to. Stop buyig their products untill we see more empathy to the people effected, an actual cleanup begins, and this nigtmare ends.

    June 4, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  5. Cheryl

    There is no plan of action to save marine mammals in Alabama.Bp has lied time and again passing the buck. In any other murder investigation the accused are not allowed to reclaim The evidence of their crime... Why is BP handling marine mammal recovery and wildlife recovery? This is evidence tampering...

    June 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  6. lisal -canada

    nite – happy thoughts to all those dedicated individuals who have been working so hard

    June 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! Have yourself a wonderful weekend and enjoy! Sleep well!

    June 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    David Mattingly, Sanjay Gupta and Gary Tuchman are doing great job in NOLA and ..........
    Good night Anderson, Joe, Megan, David G, Ed Henry, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Starr, Heather, Sharon, Karin, Dulcie, Sree and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you on Monday night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!! Have a great weekend! Thanks for coming in to join us tonight!
    Have a great night & good sleep at home after work!!!
    See you on Monday night!!! Just a plenty sleep at home!
    Hope you keep stay safe in NOLA, Hope you will come home in NYC soon! 🙂 😀

    June 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Emily

    Have a wonderful Weekend Anderson (hope that you enjoyed your birthday yesterday), 360 Team, 360Team in LA, Jo Ann, Mike, Nicole, Megan, David, Nancy, Isabel & Bloggers!

    So Glad that you are keeping BP Honest Anderson...don't give up trying to get an interview with them!

    June 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Anderson and Gary, and bloggers Emily, Mike, Nicole, Nancy, Starr, and Megan. Have a great weekend everyone!

    June 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Richard

    This oil gushing disaster is upseting, especially since BP doesn't seem to care. I think people should garb the heads of BP and stick them in the oil and feather them after. Maybe then we will see how fast the rest of BP will fix this problem!

    June 4, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  12. cyndi gist

    BPs strategy from the beginning was to mobilize an army of lawyers, lobbyists, and pr flacks to handle this crisis. Now Hayward has taken to the airwaves with outright lies. Where are the thousands of people cleaning up the shore? It's nice the president is more involved, but still there is no real solutions. I don't want to see Obama angry. I want to see him get BP to step up and start cleaning up the mess.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Wayne

    Mr. Cooper,
    We have all been watching this unfold before us and it seems as if BP is trying to figure out a way to collect as mush from this well. Every attempt to stop the leak has had some sort of line or pipe for them to draw as much as they can from the well. In this last attempt just below where they cut the pipe off, there seems to be a flange. Thos is a union of two pipes that are bolted together.
    Anyone who has worked in the refinerys could tell you that when there is construction or repair being done on a portion of the refinery. This flange can be opened and a blank can be inserted thus shuting off the flow of steam, oil fuel, ect. The blank is nothing more than a plate of iron which fits inside the flange, the flange is tthen bolted back together stoping all flow not just a small portion.
    Please ask them to stop dragging their feet and end this distruction of we in louisiana call the sportsmans paradise.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  14. lisal -canada

    another question:
    who actually owned the rig that sank – i heard some huge dollar figure per day to rent such a rig .. and do they (bp) still own payments to whoever the rig owner is? do they have to pay for the rig? (have we forgotten that there is a huge rig lying somewhere on the bottom of the ocean floor?)

    June 4, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Monica M. Williams

    I hate seeing pictures of the birds covered in oil. It sickens me beyond belief.

    BP CEO's should cover themselves in oil. Then walk around trying to breathe and such. Maybe we will see some "real" enviromental clean-ups efforts from the company then.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Kenya

    Great show today. Have a great weekend, Anderson, everyone. Planning my next rip to New Orleans! 😀

    June 4, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Vanessa and Karen, Bellevue, WA

    Best Idea for Clean Up
    BP hires all of the fishermen and other people not able to work on account of the effects of the oil spill and pay them to help take care of animals, clean up beaches and marshes, etc.. BP should be able to pay this from any "one" of their top executives' salary. It could be the only decent thing left for BP to do at this point. This could serve to rally people to unify and become one group defending our planet.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  18. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Good night every one and a great session tonight.

    Anderson, AC360 Team, Megan, Emily, Nicole, David, Holly, Gloria, Joann – Have a great weekend and talk to you guys on Monday!

    June 4, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  19. Suzanne Howes

    why hasn't pres. obama sent in the national guard? what is he doing? why hasn't he taken command of the crisis and pushed BP aside; who is running the country; isn't he in charge for homeland security.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  20. Gail

    If the spill was totally capped today, how long would it take for the Gulf to fully recover?

    June 4, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  21. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Good night AC360,team and fellow bloggers.
    Have a good weekend.
    Stay safe.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  22. Nicole The Netherlands

    Anderson, 360 team, Gary, Sanjay and all reporters involved in covering this disaster... do hope you stay safe and on it!!!
    Keep showing the world the pictures of the wildlife !!

    Emily, Jo ann, Megan, Starr everyone have a good weekend...

    June 4, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  23. Carolyn

    I just received a 30 min. phone survey about the oil spill. Lots of quesions on whether BP's image will be ruined, will they pay out, will they clean up the gulf, what is the worst thing about the leak and do I think they should be the only one responsible for reinbursements to all who have lost money due to the oil spill. Well all I can say is I am mad at BP and rest assure my answers were not in their favor. But I was also asked if the government should be held responsible as well and I have to say "no". Because the public sector didn't cause this and they shouldn't by any means be made to pay for it by taxation or increase at the pump.
    Anderson good luck getting that BP interview.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  24. Joan, Connecticut

    Thanks again for all your great reporting, Anderson.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  25. Warren

    Maybe I am naive, but if I lived in the area I would be out there with a bucket and shovel cleaning what I could. Why don't you see locals out cleaning. Are they not allowed? Or, are they waiting to get paid?

    June 4, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  26. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Randy...Trans Ocean is a rig operator. They contract as a third party to run rigs (etc.). It's pretty much as simple as that. I'm guessing they follow their guidelines as well as any BP asserts. I'm sure that's all part of the contractual agreements. Trans Ocean is a very profitable company.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  27. Angelita

    Tony Hayward comments are old news. This is a terrible situation. But we must keep in mind this is not an american company. Some cultures are not all emotional. I am not saying its right or wrong its not going to change. If BP was considerate as a company we would not be in this situation. So stay on them about fixing this problem paying for it damages and then kick them to the curb. The more important thing is they know they have us backed into a corner and don't have to play nice. We should be more concerned about they reasons why they have us in this predicament and can be smug about it.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  28. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Jo Ann,
    Agree with you, Anderson should tweet his page this time. Good point there. 🙂

    June 4, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  29. Annette

    BP spends $50 million on a PR ad, but won't spend money to supply oil clean-up workers with face masks?? Suits with holes?? The arrogance and insensitivity is amazing - British Petroleum's heart is much darker than the oil being spewed into America's coastlines!

    June 4, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  30. Emily

    That's exactly correct!!! BP is treating the Gulf area like it's a "third world country"...after all, they are not American...and this didn't occur in Britain... a sad example of 'NIMBY' (Not In My Back Yard).

    June 4, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  31. larry porter

    does bp pay taxes to the usa also the goverment should supply air transport to volunters to work on the clean up and the coast gartud and navy should all be working on spotping the leak not just bp this should have been done weeks ago

    June 4, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  32. Sam , Louisiana

    Anderson is doing a very good job down here. and Jindal & Billy are both doing an awesome job! The reason Jindal and other parish presidents do not want the drilling to stop is because that too is a way of life for a lot of people down here. Not only is the oil completely ruining a way of life for the fishermen , our wildlife, but if you stop all drilling then they are taking away jobs for a lot of people and their families. We need the oil , BP just made countless mistakes and didn't have a solid plan ready to go in case of an accident.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  33. Janice Ocala Florida

    some plants and animal life are so fragile to change that the smallest amount of oil could kill them.It's sad to know that life as we know it has changed in the Gulf.MY grandchild is going fishing tomorrow in the Gulf,because it may be the last time she will ever be able to play in the Gulf in her life time..She is 11 years old

    June 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  34. Marie, Burbank, Ca

    To Lynn in Louisiana,
    We are praying for you on the gulf. I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about the nightmare that is continuing to the people and wildlife.I can't believe that this has happened. We need to rethink energy ..

    To Neal in Rockford,Il
    Why don't we all hit the beach with Anderson. We need to show the people of the gulf that we can all come together to help.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  35. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    UGH,,these poor birds. If they survive and are released,, chances are that if the oil spreads it will happen again to them.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  36. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    I get why pelicans would be released somewhere else, but when this is all over, will they have to re-introduce wildlife back to Louisiana?

    June 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I really appreciate Gary's reports on the birds! He is such an animal lover.

    I wonder if these birds are monitored after they are released to see if they experience any further complications from the oil.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  38. Sonia Howell

    why can't people lay layers of hay with and lama hair mixture on top with chicken wire with rocks holding the wire down. lift the wire change the hay and hair mixture. Less handling of oil? Kinda cheep could be put together easily. blobs would catch into wire and hay and hair will absorb oil. Save a bit more sand.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  39. Mike Buckley

    Why is BP being allowed by our gov't to continue to spray Corexit. It is one of the most toxic on the EPA's approved list. There is a product called Dispersit that is much less toxic to the fish, wildlife and the humans spraying it and is much more effective on the Southern Louisiana Crude being dealt with. It is also available in the quantities needed.
    It seems to be more about politics than environmental safety. They have come up with every excuse to continue with Corexit. If there are products available that are less toxic and more effective why aren't they being used???

    June 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  40. douglas ferrell

    this is going to be like adding cream to a cup of coffee, Just stir and disaster consumes the entire gulf.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
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