June 7th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Questions Over Amount of Oil Leaking:Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, Anderson continues to report live from Louisiana on the Gulf oil spill.  Questions remain over just how much oil is leaking into the water.  We'll talk it over with an expert.  Plus, a researcher says he has proof underwater oil plumes.  You'll also hear from actor Edward James Olmos, who's best know for roles in "Battlestar Gallactica" and "Stand and Deliver". But he's also a longtime activist and he's fired up about the oil spill.

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  1. Kaylene

    Would it be helpful to burn the oil off of the beaches?

    Also, What are the politicians names that are blocking the bill
    to remove the 75 million cap from oil co's?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  2. Kathy Melancon


    I am so glad you are in our great state again. No one reports like you do! I so appreciate you keeping us informed like no one else does. Thank you for being a friend of Louisiana!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  3. Tony Firth

    Mr Cooper:
    1. BP have never estimated the amount of oil leakage, the goverent has. Why is it so important to know the precise amount, other than to give you something else to whine about.
    2. What expertise precisely does a 'Presidential Historian have thy qualifies him to have useful commentary on the technical or environmental aspects of this calamity? Why don't you use my Grandmother? Ridiculous, sensationalist reporting. It's not news, it's a show.
    3. What about Transocean? Halliburton? Where is y

    June 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  4. Amy, Canada

    I'm just wondering if the Absorbent Pads BP is using to help
    "clean" are enviromentally friendly? I have my doubts.

    Ohh let's swiffer up the oil mess!


    June 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  5. lisa

    Please,Please someone ask about the supertankers. It is never discussed. Please find out something. Thank You

    June 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  6. Emily

    @Gail Duncan,
    Glad to see you on the blog tonight from Germany!
    I wonder if anyone from BP will decide to appear with Anderson tonight?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good point there.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  8. Charles Shaffer

    What happened to the supertankers that could suck up the oil, separate oil from sea water and return water to the ocean?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  9. Smith in Oregon

    The true costs of the current Gulf Oil gusher could reach 200 BILLION dollars, of which American taxpayers will likely pay 197 BILLION while BP pays only 3 Billion which they'll easily recoup by a slight increase in their fuel prices.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  10. Isabella Simo

    This has been a disaster, but many people have been asking for some sort of map to track where the oil is heading and where it is at.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  11. Carl Staton

    make it this shape / \ and then make the new one shaped the same, this would make for a much tighter fit and allow less oil to leak out.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  12. Di Canada

    Why is there only one ship?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  13. Joe

    The ice problem is similar to a diver coming up too fast and getting the bends. The only workable solution is to seal the pipe and the best way to do that is to clamp onto the outside of the flange.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  14. Donna Miller

    Please get information on compensation to the Alaskan people who lost their livelihood. At the time of the spill Exon said they would compensate everyone. They never did.

    We were on the Santa Barbara beach years after the oil spill and ruined three pairs of new tennis shoes trying to walk on the beach.

    Congratulations on your fine show and the ease with which to offer a comment.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  15. michael

    1) – Simplest Fix – Replace old flange and attached broken (now snipped) pipe at top of BOP – has ” hex nuts” – with new flange and associated pipe to surface.

    Unscrewing “hex nuts” and replacing with new outer flange should make non leaking connection to surface collection.

    Once again do not use dispersant into leaking oil so can be collected by tankers at at surface – where are they ?

    This could have been done after the smoke cleared (day 2) and this disaster avoided …

    p.s. It is unfathomable how this was not done.

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

    Where do one run to on a rig?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That is great news W.H. supports legislation already approved cap would use above limlt over $ 75 million dollars, Awesome! 🙂 But Billy N is right about that, too.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  18. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. Good to be here with all of you tonight. This is such an emotionally volatile situation and my heart goes out to all affected and to those who are so frustrated. I do hear the frustration of the President as well who undoubtedly knows that he is doing everything he can. No matter what all is done, many will be unhappy and think it should be more.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  19. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Here's what is so funny – ship cannot capture all the oil they can extract – but they still use a 4 vent cap (not just 1 or 2). They have 11 more caps of various designs (they will not use them). They cut the pipe off, which is only spewing more oil (probably more than the initial 20% more per day) than it ever was...

    so in all they are probably letting more oil in water (even with extracting about 7500 barrels a day) – of course they will still make money of the oil they are capturing in the ship

    June 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  20. Emily


    Re. the "what if's" ...they have been attempting to talk about that, however, there are things that MUST be done...and the #'s keep changing...BP is not straight with anyone.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Sonia Howell

    Douglass Brinkley knows alot of the responsabilities due by BP, I hope Obama is paying attention. Way to go Parish president, Protect our lands.!!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  22. Noel Garland

    I would like to know if it is possible for one of these sedimentary basins containing oil to rupture naturally. It seems like the only way to stop a drill hole leak is a relief well. If this occurred naturally, and not at the top of a wellhead would we be able to stop it?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Di Canada

    That is a great idea with those trucks.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  24. Zane R

    Just another possible fix. First off I think the President is doing a great Job given the complexity of the situation. Cnn doing a great job and Anderson has it together. Thanks for all you do. Here is my plan. Just above the new cut riser there is a bolt on flange. Take out bolts and let flange blow off. Insert 100 feet long hardened steel threaded rods through the old flange holes. Slow guide a new cap with a valve and seal on it onto the rods. With valve open draw it tight with bolts to exsisting old flange connection. Torque the hell out of it and connect a new riser to the new cap and let oil flow or close valve and shut it down all together. Why won't this work?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  25. Carl Staton

    not gring but grind

    June 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  26. craig robinson

    I am wondering if BP is too big to fail – and If they are, and they go bankrupt – will the US Government bail them out?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Kenneth

    I live at Tallahassee, FL and we stopped getting service calls from beach houses that are vacation rentals. We service cleaning units for those houses and they have not been rented or upcoming rentals are being canceled. We lost $2500 only last week. No one is listening... What is government doing? No one is even cleaning the oil and by the mean time businesses are dying arounf FL. We are helpless here !

    June 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Janine from PA

    Good evening AC 360
    I'm wondering if BP will start raising their prices to recoup their losses. Can their prices be frozen? And is Britain involved in any way getting after this company?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Gail Duncan

    Greetings from Frankfurt Germany folks. Ready to be educated and updated Anderson.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  30. craig robinson

    Why cant BP just put a nonpourous baglike material at the end of the pipe coming down from the surface and surround the head of the pipe thats leaking and cinch it tightly around taht and then suck up the oil?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Carl Staton

    Mr. Cooper why can't they gring the out side of the pipe they just cut off into a cone shape and make the inside of the new riser coned shaped so they have a much tighter fit?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  32. michael

    The riser pipe that fell to ocean floor is attached by hex bolts to a mating flange at the top of the BOP – this could be replaced by a new riser and flange – needs a fitted shim bushing to help guide into receiving flange on BOP against wake of oil and gas escaping

    June 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  33. jason fort

    We have a solution to the gulf oil crisis.....please if you are interested in a concept that will work we will send a file or uplink with concept and design, this is urgent.....we are desperate to get this idea out to the right people.......please help us!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Di Canada

    I am no oil expert but that oil gushing out doesn’t look reduced in any way.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I believe the capturing ship cannot store all the oil that BP can extract and hence they have not closed the vent.

    Secondly they were also worried about the pressure within the cap, but I am sure they can close at least 2 more vents, but its the problem with the ships capacity

    June 7, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  36. Emily

    "BP's numbers don't match again. Surprise! Surprise!"

    I'd hate to have them as an accountant! ....it's just getting worse....

    June 7, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Right now check it out to see right side bottom BP oil spill live feed your tv screen, Day 49.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  38. Cindy

    There is a price for lifting any caps on liability of oil companies. How many can compete in that environment, and the fewer we have, what do you think will happen to the price. This is not a good move.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Mr. President don't let the 'talking heads' upset you!" They do that for fun!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Melissa

    Please talk more about COREXIT (aka corehideit) !!!!!! we need to know the what if's... What if it gets into the atmosphere for one.
    Thanks for all u do!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Emily

    Why were they not able to make something to close each vent?
    It looked like there was 4 different spots that the oil was coming out of...

    June 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Brian Quigley

    why doesnt the govt just pay for it. the governor was with Anderson and complained about BP not doing what they said and talking money. and did nothing. mmm

    June 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Finally, a very positive and a confident tone from the president.

    BP's numbers don't match again. Surprise! Surprise!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Soledad Gomez

    Im so glad to see you, I miss not seeing your beautiful face the whole weekend

    June 7, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Good Evening Anderson, AC360 Team, Starr, Megan, David, Nicole, Emily, Jo Ann, Sue, and all fellow bloggers –

    Hoping for a great show tonight!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  46. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Joe, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, 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, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Charlotte, Sree and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!

    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Hope you have great weekend! 🙂
    Happy Monday night!!!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, 360 Team, Jo Ann, Mike, Nicole, David, Megan, Nancy, Gloria, Sree, & Bloggers!

    Looking forward to an update on the Louisiana on the Gulf oil gush...
    I heard that BP was spending a lot of money to have their name come up first on different search engines when typing in key words...thoughts?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Brian Quigley

    I am enjoying, sarcasm, the fact that the government continues to say that BP should pay for levees, clean up, complaining about how it is not being done. all valid. but they are not pushing. crazy

    June 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Di Canada

    Anderson, so glad you are back in LA, hopefully, you are giving BP more reasons to ‘look like they need more sleep’ this week:)

    June 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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