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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. Terri Oldeck-Walter

    Thank you for your diligent work providing up-to-the-minute, live coverage regarding the BP Oil Disaster and continue to keep the public informed with more information regarding the containment and remediation processes. Obviously, BP can not be trusted to provide accurate information and it will be weeks before the relief well is completed -what type of mitigation and remediation processes is BP and/or other companies doing to control the spread of oil? Also, by soliciting the knowledge of world renowned experts from other corporations and academic scholars will keep the public informed and hold BP accountable for the man-made disaster they have created.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Jeff Miller

    Why is BP allowed to make a profit at all, should not all NET profits be applied for whatever time needed, to satisfy ALL liabilities until it is done....Why should the company, the stockholders, anyone involved with this company make a dime, as they destroy our Gulf ?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Smith in Oregon

    US Military Recon Satellites are fully capable of seeing the deep water crude Oil plumes drifting along in the Gulf of Mexico. For decades US Military Recon Satellites have used a special Blue-Green laser to illuminate the Ocean prior to filming it with its super high resolution satellites. The result is they are clearly able to see Russian submarines and anything else deep in the Ocean's water, the blue-green laser turns the ocean transparent like glass to the resulting imaging process.

    It is a slap across American Taxpayers Faces to pay ten's of billions of dollars for those satellites and now be utterly forced to rely on private groups to determine and track these huge deep sea Oil plumes of crude Oil, rather than release those images which clearly show how many, where and their approximate size to the American public.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Travis

    Billy is right. Quit out sourcing the clean up effort. Locals know the water better and can do a better job cleaning it up.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  5. Ron (Toronto,Canada)

    Trying to figure out how much oil is flowing and at what pressure is hard to understand. Is it comparable to a fire hose at full blast?
    Should the Government be partly to blame for not requiring a tested fail safe system before allowing drilling?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  6. Nadine Ashton

    I'm heart sick (and angry) about this. How can a plain old citizen help with the oil leak? Yes, we want B.P. to take accountability but it's so hard for people to sit back and watch this happen. Any suggestions for getting involved or contributing to the solution?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Ian

    Anderson,
    Why not use explosives below the well head to percuss the pipe flat. either that or cap it. It seems that they are more interested in gathering the oil than stopping it from flowing.

    Thanks

    June 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Will

    Billy Nunngesser is a sudden hero for me...Go, Billy

    June 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  9. Emily

    @Bobby,
    Great comment about Anderson, Billy and Doug...the three of them have been providing great info and working so hard!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Brandon M.

    I hope the actual amount of oil collected from the cap is independently verified. We can't let BP keep feeding us optimist percentages to assuage fears. We need to ensure BP doesn't minimalize the total oil spilled when this is all said and done.

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

    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?

    Not time yet, I have heard they didn't bankrupt or bailout, I am sure of that, They should have, But not time... No. US Goverment did not bailout BP out.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    There are reasons why there are congressmen are stopping the 75 million $ cap agreement. They are worried that if BP goes broke (or lifts their hands up), then some one will have to bail them out and its more public $ wasted...

    sounds logical?

    Its a catch 22 situation and as much as we want BP to pay, we should be careful with the approach of them having to pay

    June 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  13. Lea

    Are those birds able to see at all?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  14. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, everyone.

    I am glad to find out that the cap is pulling oil up from the well, is it 400K gallon at this pt, but worried about the oil already in the gulf.

    Billy Nungesser is right, the coastal areas need to avails themselves of all available and workable methods of cleaning up oil.

    What is the training for picking up oiled birds?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  15. Mike

    Hey Bp!!! Take the money you're paying for tv ads and give it to the businesses in the Gulf!! 50 million for tv ads! C'mon!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  16. bob

    Maybe BP EXECUTIVES, should move their families to the gulf area....see how fast they change their tune, and get things done!...No urgency, cause no loss to them!.......Wake up america....time to start making people accountable...

    June 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  17. Cindy

    I cannot believe Brinkley is so naive as to not understand the full effect of lifting caps on liabilities of corporations. Does he not know who ultimately pays for unlimited liability. And Mr. Brinkley, you do know that this would be the first of many industries.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  18. MICHAEL BOCCHINO

    Anderson, Why can't BP unscrew the Top Flange on blow out preventer, and insert new flange and re-bolt for tight seal, to capture all the oil flowing out?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  19. James K

    This is such a sad situation – every time I see your show I watch in such disappointment that BP and others associated have been so complacent over the years. The people in the gulf area deserve all of the resources to support them and MOST importantly the environment.

    Birds and wildlife need to be saved at all costs with no approval from BP – they are obviously a road block with them and should be alleviated.

    I am from Canada and would hop on a plane tomorrow to help if it was needed. If there is a way to help – I would do it..this area has been through far too much.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  20. Kathy Melancon

    How long is it going to take for BP to pay the fishermen and the people who have lost their way of life?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  21. roderick campbell Ontario (Canada)

    would it not be possible to contain the oil by means of an expandable
    membrane similar to a balloon so as to capture the oil to prevent eviro. damage and to capture the oil for use

    Roderick Campbell Peterborough ontario canada

    June 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  22. JimTx

    As I understand it, the top cap can only handle part of the pressure in the well. To control the pressure there are 4 vent valves. One vent valve is now closed. Can BP use the closed valve as a second riser? This would allow them to collect more oil without increasing back pressure.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  23. Nancy Turner, Gulf Breeze Florida

    BP should give everyone with a valid driver's license in the affected states a discounted oil/gas card. ie not free gas. BP is going to need to recoupe alot of money because this catastrophe will be felt for the next 20 years.
    Looking for the positive in this, the south needs jobs and the government can regulate BP's oil flow as well as their cash flow. $1/gallon tax on all BP gas sold would be an incredible revenue for each state to use for remediating the coastal communities.
    Let's think outside the box.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  24. Susan

    Hello- I'm wondering if someone can answer my question regarding volunteers down in the Gulf. I realize there is a coalition of agencies NWF, Sierra Club, Audobon, CRCL, etc) working together to collect contact information for those willing to go down and help with the environmental/wildlife impact. After hearing the segment just on, enough is enough. This is not up to BP- this is our coast, our environment, not theirs. Call us down there NOW... come on Obama, GET CONTROL once and for all.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  25. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    It's about time! Save the birds and our waters!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  26. Tim

    Much appreciate Billy Nungesser trying to get critical assistance, but how many days will he keep on saying if BP doesn't do Tomorrow..... get out of our way we will do it. We have now heard this repeatedly for weeks on end.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  27. Audrey

    Is there any outside source that is verifying how much oil BP says they are getting up from the cover of the well? I don't believe what BP says.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  28. MICHAEL BOCCHINO

    Anderson, Why are private companies not going into the Gulf with skimmers etc and pulling oil from Gulf and then reselling back to BP or whomever wishes to buy it? Does this not come under the high seas salvage law?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  29. Kathy Melancon

    The poor animals!! There is not a site to go to that one can volunteer!! How is that when there is so much help that is needed!!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  30. Karen

    The people cleaning up this oil spill are getting sick and BP won't provider them protective gear. Everyone is making donations to help clean up the wildlife, but no one seems to be concerned about the people. Can't someone (like a celebrity capable of making a significant donation) arrange for protective gear for the people who are trying to clean up this mess?

    Also, why is it day 49 before people are finally starting to talk about skimmers. Shouldn’t they have been in place for a while now?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  31. Emily

    Glad to hear that the White House is supporting the Legislation tonight...
    Good "Breaking News" for a change.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  32. lee steedley

    if i remember correctly from last weeks story concerning legal issues with bp, that it was the "cost of doing business" and cheaper for bp to pay fines imposed by the federal government than to correct issues whether they be safety or enviromental issues. why does the government not make these fines so expensive that bp or any other company has to correct these issues.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  33. michael

    This comment was moderated out – why – because it works ?

    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 10:13 pm |
  34. robert jurgens

    I am tired of hearing how BP is not doing enough to stop the oil leak and how BP is being demonized by the whole press corps. If the oil well were operated by a much smaller exploration company, the company would be out of business, there would no deep pockets to pay the claims, and the government and the american people would be 100% on the hook. Despite President Obama claiming to be in charge, there may not be any entity other than BP who is better equipped to tackle this tragic accident. After the well has been capped, that will be the time to undertake a thorough analysis of what went wrong and exactly who is to blame. In the meantime our government needs to be partnering with BP, in finding realistic solutions and resources to fix the leak and help clean up the mess. and not just pandering to an emotionally charged public opinion.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  35. Kathy Melancon

    How can BP not have skimmers out there!!! Yeah for Billy! Keep taking control!!! Please tell us how to help!!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  36. Donna West

    H2O also has skimmer and has brough vacuum trucks to put on barges but what can they do if the Coast Guard won't let them work?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  37. Bobby

    Billy, Anderson and Doug should be BFF by now. They should call themselves BAD 🙂

    June 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  38. Kathy

    Are you kidding me 75 million? This does not cover the first day of this nightmare!! This is far worse than 911 or any other terrible disaster. These greedy monsters need to pay for their hideious crimes at a minimum!! Why is our government in bed with these muderous crooks?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  39. Kiran

    Why do clean up agencies have to show BP VP in order to get funding? BP states that money is not an issue, but this shows that VP has to see themselves in order to get funding.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  40. Dennis

    Why can't they put, a large cone, like an inverted ice cream cone, over the leaking pipe, to catch the remainder of the leaking oil, and send it to the top.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  41. Rick

    Please explain to me why you need BP` approval for skimmers,and barge vacuum trucks to clean up your own land?
    Are they that afraid that you;the people who live there will make the situation worse?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  42. missy

    Bp knows how much they pulled out of the well before it blew. That should give them a good start at how much they are letting escape per day.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  43. Theresa - Mississippi

    P. Nugasser is always talking about what he's gonna do in 48 hours. He's been saying that for weeks.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  44. David Tamaki

    Hi Anderson,
    What happens to all the oil BP is capturing? Will they be able to refine it and sell it? If they can all the proceeds should be used to pay for the on going clean up. BP should not be allowed to profit a penny from this!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  45. Steven Mcphail

    In light of the difficulties bp is having with stopping this oil geyser, would it be feasible to inject liquid nitrogen into the blow-out preventer manifold. It seems plausable that this would freeze the oil at the well head. Is this possible? What science/physics would be involved here.

    Thanks!
    Steve McPhail

    June 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  46. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Megan – here's a conspiracy theory –

    1. even with the cap of 75 million $ removed, public tax $ could still be used.

    2. danger of BP going broke are surfacing. a total of roughly 45 billion $ is the # on the street. If BP goes broke, British Government will then get involved and create a public fund (which would satisfy the congress) and then Congress would bail out BP. Thats the reason David Cameron has not issued a statement or not got involved so far, and is waiting before he gets involved

    June 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  47. jason

    Why are there no oil barges with vacuums sucking up the oil as was used in various Saudi oil spills?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  48. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Good evening.

    I've been thinking that the truth is that they don't want us to know the truth,,,because were not going to recover from this in our lifetime.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  49. Donna West

    My husband is working with H2O Environmental OSRO, the contractor of Okaloosa County in Destin, FL. On Friday and again Saturday the Coast Guard drove their boats across the boom lines and snapped them.

    Then today when the crew was working on restoring the boom and deploying more, the Coast Guard threated to jail them if they didn't stop work.

    The said that although the company has a contract with the county and state, the plan was not federally approved.

    Then the Coast Guard boats sat there guarding the boom site to ensure that the company could not work.

    Does Thad Allen or the President know that they are doing this stupid stuff?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  50. David

    How much money is being spent on the original drilling of the oil, the cleanup, and the claims being paid to local businesses? What if all that money had been diverted to something less dangerous.... Say solar panels on an entire parish?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
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