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. Soledad Gomez

    Bp doesn't want to talk to you because they think you're going to be mean, tell them you'll be nice.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  2. Karoline, Los Angeles

    I'm worried about what the microscopic drops of oil and what those will do to the food web. Not good.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  3. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! It's great to see you in New Orleans once again. The oil spill seems an endless disaster, though. I hope BP will agree to appear on your program soon.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  4. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    They denied to be interview with Anderson... They don't want to be involved right now.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  5. jim

    I am so proud to hear Billy N and crew are using the "S Collection" system. We all should get one and move out into the gulf and the marsh area and start sucking this stuff up, put it in a larger than life container and deliver it to BP headquarters.
    Why do we have to stand by and wait for permission to do what we as Americans have always done in our darkest times...move as Americans to help each other through the difficult times. If it takes a toilet brush to clean the mess, then let's all get one in each hand and get started.
    I live in North Carolina, but love to visit the La coast for fun and fantastic food. I fear that this mess is going to circle the Florida penninsula and head north with the G Stream and infiltrate our marshes here too.
    Any thing we can do to support you and to bring this mess to a conclusion that we can live with, let us know. We are proud of the 9th Ward president and all that he stands for ...as Obama said ...kick some A–!! Billy.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  6. Emily

    @Donna West,
    "Does Thad Allen or the President know that they are doing this stupid stuff?"
    Interesting Post of yours...and a Great question...I wonder what the answer is!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  7. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    When governments get involved, trust me, nothing good will come out of it. Politicians will have their agenda's and once the mixed bag is created, they will have their own initiatives.

    If a trust fund gets formed vs. BP paying all individuals without government getting involved, the process is easy – with the 75 million $ cap gone, they will have to pay whatever the finite amount is one day, but then the company will go belly up, and we will have to bail them out –

    who wins in all this? it will be congress...they will get to distribute money and then collect it back to bail BP out

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

    Hey BP, come on AC360 and keep it honest! I am sure that Anderson will be charming!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  9. Kelly

    Is BP still using dispersent they have been using all along & were told to stop using? Also is this a product of BP?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  10. Mary

    Does Billy think more berms will be approved? I live in Terrebonne Parish – the berms requested here were not one of the 6 approved.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  11. Soledad Gomez

    At least make a big plastic funnel pool out of that thing, keep it confined to an area. Like a huge hot air balloon shoot size pool. It's possible.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  12. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Hi everyone,

    Anderson, I hate to break it to you, but I just don't think BP likes your show.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  13. James K

    Why is there such bureaucracy in getting approval from BP to act upon this disaster? Can't the Government approval and bill BP?

    This is the environment and no cost is to great to protect it!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  14. Gail Duncan

    Thks Emily! Loved the way you keep pushing BP and the government to respond Anderson. Stay on the case. Represent.

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

    This is such a good example of what happens when business and government get to large. What is so obvious and we have all known for 49 days what took how many meeting before they agreed to provide these people with what they need to protect themselves. My god it is so simple to let go of the money to save what can be saved. Boy we must learn from this lesson and not allow this to ever happen again. We need to also make these companies correct their disasters everywhere in the world.
    Boycott as much PLASTIC as possible.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  16. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    I see all these people picking up oil globs on the beach with their hands . Don't they have heavy duty equipment that can scoop them up?
    Anderson,lol,, you crack me up,, you know they dont want to talk to you. After all you helped expose this mess.and their lies.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  17. Omar Trevino

    I will leave the ideas to plugging the well to the engineers and the clean up to the enviromentalist. I do have an idea on saving the wild life, inparticular the birds that are landing in the oil and getting caught up in it. The The fact that we can't do anything to save the fish in the sea is very disappointing but we can save the birds...many of them! My idea is this...it's simple! Why not get giant size enter tubes with floor mats similiar to the ones used at the water parks for family rides and flip them over, put some bird feed (fish) on them and anchor them down in the marsh lands and also along the coast about 2 to 300 feet apart and just let some float freely as well. The birds will land there drawn by the food and can be saved. I know it sounds carzy but IT WILL WORK! SAVE THE BIRDS!!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
    • Kathy

      Omar – I will too!!!!

      Kathy Roberts Virginia Beach Va

      June 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  18. Donna West

    Billy is right. Look at all the time that has been wasted because no one listened to the local people. The same thing is now happening in Destin, FL.

    My huband and his certified, contracted crew were nearly arrested by the US Coast Guard today while working on the 11,000 ft of boom they are deploying. They have a signed contract with Okaloosa County. Why does everyone have to stand in the way of help?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  19. Emily

    I'm glad that you are going to keep Inviting BP on AC360!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  20. Craig

    BP told their share holders that they (BP) had billions of dollars in reserve to pay share holders and pay for the spill cleanup. The public have for years been told by the government and oil companies that their profit margins are small. If that's the case, where did all the billions of dollars that BP has in reserve come from? Maybe their (the oil companies) profits are larger than what they and the government have been telling us!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  21. Joe

    of course BP knows the dispersants will hide the extent of the leak, thats why they do so at the source. they just know US Govmt is slow to figure this out, and that is why it still continues today. how do we get our Govmt to pull up the bootstaps and stop this yesterday.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  22. Harriet Febach

    We live Montana and our heart is breaking for everyone and every living thing in the gulf. We want to kick some ass, too! But the fact is we are all responsible for our nation's oil obsession. Let's stand with the gulf and begin today. Give us some more ideas on how we can reduce our comsumption.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  23. Brad Barnard

    why is the coast guard the navy and anyone else not involved in the clean up? Not $12 an hour kids BP hired but America's finest? I understand BP should pay but we dont have time to argue that. Why can't we spend our tax payer dollars to save our coast?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  24. Bernie

    It is interesting to note that BP is saying that it is capturing some 10,000 barrels of crude a day from the ruptured Gulf well. A few weeks ago, they didn't even want to accept and admit that (way) more than 5000 barrels were leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.
    Hey, they have an "out". As they (Doug Suttles) said, it is "almost impossible to get a precise number."
    Now, they want us to give them thanks, since they are capturing more oil than they wanted to admit to previously.
    I just love the SPIN by BIG OIL!!!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  25. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Janine from PA,

    Yes, That is correct, They shouldn't have involved others by $75 millions to help clean up. I also agree with your 2 things comments.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  26. Sharon Hastings

    It sounds like this oil can travel almost anywhere with absolutely unknown and previously unexperienced harm to the environment. Just awful. Also, I sure hope BP gets that money to the fisherman as promised. No more "the check's in the mail".

    June 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  27. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Anderson, I guess its apparent "now" that they will not take up your call...

    June 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  28. Kelli S.

    Hi everyone!! I live in South West Florida and am an avid beach goer, Kayaker and just love to be in the water and explore and watch wildlife. I have been out on the water a lot this week in tears thinking of how awful and heartbreaking its going to be to not be able be in the water and seeing thousands of sea birds suffer and die, not to mention what we don't see underwater. This company needs to go down with their sinking ship. We need to not keep them in control of the wildlife clean-up frankly they just don't care!!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  29. Bentley Bourgeois

    My personal feeling for the reason BP stalling on adding additional resources like skimmers and vacuum trucks is the fact that the leak is not contained and the oil will just keep coming onshore well after the leak is stopped. It's a very harsh environment to clean up unlike white sandy smoothe beaches. Will Mary Landreau get her money from the government for coastal restoration now? America has been raping the gulf for years and continue to do so.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  30. Kenya

    BP will not come on Anderson. Let it go.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  31. Kathy Melancon

    How cowardly is BP?? Really!!!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  32. Bev

    Do the other oil rigs in the area have safety valves or something to stop the oil flow in case this happens again? Do they have a plan B? IAre safety regulations being checked? I would think every oil rig should have every safety measure taken. Do you agree? Is someone on top of this Anderson? I think you are the one who can find this answer. You are doing a great job.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  33. Andrew Leins

    Is it possible to improvise some kind of large expanding plastic bag device that could be placed over the well and capture the oil and gas and contain the spill ?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  34. Rodger Bundy

    Re: Cap on damages for oil companies; as long as there's a $75 Million cap they will know that's all it's going to cost them. The cap needs to be dropped! We need to be able to sue them for hundreds of Billions OR MORE!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  35. Eddy Kiihnl

    I live on Navarre Beach and I own Navarre Beach Construction, I have 20 men ready to show these clean up people how to remove this Tar from our Beach! You can't remove it by leaning on your shovels all day waiting on film crews to show up and then work. Also I have a Hasmat suit I took home that was left behind floating in the surf, not to mention countless water bottles and alum. cans, maybe BP could send someone to my house and pick up there litter. Also noone has cleaned any oil just west of us in the National seashore where the birds are nesting.

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

    Yikes...that is really awful, what Tom is telling us...this really is terrible.
    Someone from BP should be here to explain some of what is going on to the viewers..."anyone's guess"; That is JUST what WE are going to do until Someone APPEARS to say something!!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  37. Carl

    About the saw cut,
    Anyone who has ever used a band saw would know that the wire saw that BP used for the first cut, before the riser pipe was sheared off by the large shear, would pinch and never be able to cut through the pipe with all of the riser pipe hanging off the side. Even with support straps, there was no way to keep from pinching the saw wire. Now that the riser pipe is sheared off, they should go back and cut the small piece of pipe off that is now above the original saw cut. The wire can easily be kept from pinching with a small wedge behind the saw cut. Why they haven't gone back to the wire saw and the cap that fits the pipe more tightly I can't understand.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  38. Donna West

    No wonder private cititzens aren't being allowed to help with clean up. Environmental, haz mat and OSRO (oil spill recovery org) who have state and local government contracts aren't being allowed to work. And it is NOT BP stopping them – it is the US Coast Guard. This is a mess!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  39. Brian Quigley

    save the people.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  40. jason

    It is about time that the government gets the navy, marines, army, coast guard, reserves(do we have any remaining reserves?) into the disaster areas now.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  41. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Megan! Right on with the "too big to fail" theory – that theory and analysis is catching fire as the analysts are getting time to look at the total $$$

    June 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  42. Di Canada

    That current goes up to Newfoundland, how many states could this oil wash up on? Including LA that’s only, maybe 17 states this could affect? Assuming it doesn’t head toward Texas at all.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  43. Dennis Plant

    I have a question that I have yet to here address about the dispersants being used in the Gulf. It seems to me by spraying these dispersants at the well head BP is keeping oil from going to the surface where it can be collected. As a result the oil is staying in the water column and sinking to the bottom where it is impossible to clean it up. Where it will cause more damage to marine life and reefs then if it was on the surface. I believe it will be the real disaster when we finally cap the well because it will never be cleaned up and for many years destroy marine life and wash up on beaches.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  44. Louise


    You are an AMAZING reporter! Thank You for all you are doing to bring pressure on BP, to tell us what is going on.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  45. Cecilia Gallucci

    I would like to help. Please tell us how to assist with this disaster.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  46. Janice Ocala Florida

    Hi Anderson
    My question is the same as yours,Why is BP calling all the shots,controlling public beachs and waiting to clean up and waiting to hire or hiring people not from the area to get wildlife.Only one contracter does not sound right.I think they are trying to figure out how to be a hero,it must be frustrating for you and the people you talk to.

    What ever happen to the micro that eats oil?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  47. Justin

    What happened to the placing of the 2nd Blow Out Preventer, topped with an valve not a riser, onto the original BLP's top flange? A pipe with a similar diameter, with bolting flanges at either end for bolting to the BLP at one end and to a valve for closing (slowly) at the other, with the cylinder lined with Chokes and CO2 nozzles, would work as well.

    Unless the structural casing of the well is in such bad condition that pressure from the closing of the well would jeopordize this structure causing an 'uncontrolable' leak.

    Refernce: 'Well Control Problems and Solutions' Neal Adams, Petroleum Publishing Company.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  48. Brian

    How can you not have enough people to help with this disaster after 49 days. Someone is dropping the ball in a huge way. Someone needs to step up, someone, anyone.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  49. chris

    Anderson.......i wrote to you when you came down after the hurrocane asking you to come back......and you did.....just wanted to thank you for stepping up and being the voice for everyone that lives here on the gulf. Thanks again

    June 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  50. Gail Duncan

    Calling all those who have money to pay for those who can clean up and save the animals.....sad that it takes money to save our environment but....such is capitalism.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
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