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. Mary

    BP won't come on Anderson's show again. The lead-in to AC 360 is "Keeping Them Honest"... we know BP is not capable of being honest.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  2. Brad Barnard

    government! stop waiting on BP and use some of that 13 trillion to help. Please!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  3. Thom

    Anyone that is living in a state where a Republican votes against the legislature to expand the liability of BP over $75 million should be voted out of office, I'm sure the have stock in BP and other oil companies. GET THEM OUT, they don't care about you

    June 7, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  4. Hardy jones

    The worst by far,is yet to come if oil gets into loop then the Gulf Stream – thousands of dolphins then breeding grounds of right whales and humpback whales will be contaminated.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  5. Nicole The Netherlands

    Hello everyone. Ok i am now gonna say something that some of you maybe won´t like... But i am so angry and frustrated.
    I really really really do not understand why BP is still in charge off the clean up.. Lot of Americans are complaining about `big government`
    But I know one thing, if something like this happened here.
    The government would be and take charge of clean up!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  6. Jeff P

    With all of the oil that has already reached some of the marsh areas and effected the plants and wildlife in these areas why are biological microbes not being investigated to help clean up this fragile environment. This technology seems to be environmentally friendly and fairly successfull as it has been used in the past to clean up oil spills in the Gulf, specifically in Texas????????

    June 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  7. Emily

    @Gail Duncan,
    Thanks...It's ALL because I believe in Anderson! I think that he's the best at CNN. (the interviews that he conducts, etc.)
    I also really dislike a company that says that it's "going to be transparent" and is anything but...the disrespect & arrogance....

    June 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  8. Armand


    Please stop jumping around the fire and say what's really on your mind...BP lied just about everything.

    1) they have known how much oil is flowing from DAY ONE...how can they not? It's simple engineering. They wouldn't spend billions setting up an oil rig not knowing what it's going to produce.

    2) They had no intention of fixing this leak...they don't want to lose this well..plain and simple...they'll have this thing keep leaking until they can recoup the oil well and deposit under it...it's as simple as that.

    PLEASE mention this on your program tonight...I implore you to say this...people need to hear this.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  9. RICK

    One other comment. BP had a rig called Thunder Horse that almost sank in 2005 due to human / mechanical errors. The well was not yet producing but the wellheads were all on the seafloor. BP was ready to blow the chains and tow Thunder Horse off to sink. They should have learned their lesson and they should have had a piece of equipment ready for just such a problem as they have now.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  10. Amber

    I agree 1000% with edward James Olmos.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  11. Tim Satterfield

    Are we sure the blow out preventer on the bottom of the gulf doesn't have a counter that measures the amount of oil that is coming out of it. I can't believe they wouldn't have one. If it does we may never know because BP will never tell us the truth.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  12. Joe

    Don't buy BP gas. You can tell BP gas because it's darker than normal gas and it has feathers in it. 🙁

    June 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  13. Julian

    I am shocked at the inaction against BP. Why does the USA spend so little effort dealing with calamaties against its citizens (think Katrina) but can mobilize the armed forces in a heartbeat for war?

    If action doesn't occur soon you will have no more success holding BP accountable than India did Union Carbide for theBhopal tragedy. In that case, over 25,000 people died. UC paid a lump sum, bankrupted the Indian division of UC, then allowed the parent company to be purchased by Dow Chemical. In the end, there was no entity for the survivors to sue.

    America needs to freeze BP assets now and ensure that the company does not perform a similar stunt. And while you're at it, incarcerate the CEO's of Haliburton, Trans Ocean and BP until this is resolved.

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

    why did it take the oil getting to the florida coast before they did anything, the gov. of florida said everything he asked for from BP he got...now why is it that when us Louisiana people asked for something like the tubing to soak up and block oil form hitting our coast we got a reply that it is in the works, if we would have got our tubing earlier maybe we could have saved some of our coast

    June 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  15. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I was shocked when I saw those government officials applauding Dudley this afternoon. BP is acting like it is doing the people of the Gulf a favor. It is BP's fault so it is their responsibility to pay for what they did and clean up their damn mess!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  16. Susan

    Thank you for siring Edward James Olmos' comments so we can hear the truth – we're counting on you to ask those questions he's asking too Anderson! Find out for us – don't stop demanding answers!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  17. Di Canada

    The act or process of disbursing is not the same as dissolving. The grease in your dishwater is disbursed when you add soap that is basically all that they are doing.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  18. lisal -canada

    oh that is a GREAT point about the sponsored links that puts various advertising at 'the top' – people a LOT of links are paid-for sponsored links that appear at the top, the side, the bottom ...

    these, as pointed out, are not simply search results – it's like "don't believe everything you read" ...

    June 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  19. Tami Vashon

    Mr. Nungesser,
    Why not call in professional animal rescue groups such as the Humane Society of the United States, Sea World, etc. According to these two groups they have offered their assistance however it has been to deaf ears. It is obvious the company BP has contracted to rescue the birds, etc are not doing a very good job. The wildlife shouldn't suffer due to BP's incompentence. It is time to have our own resuce groups come in that will provide the appropriate rescue and rehabilitation services these innocent victims deserve.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  20. Kevin C

    "Somewhere along the line he's (the President's) lost it!"

    You said it, Edward James Olmos!

    On another note, if BP is doing endless morning talk shows, can't they be forgiven for not coming on AC360 twice? I think so. Come on, Anderson, don't be such a whiner!

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

    Who gives a damm if he comes on the show!
    What do you think he will say.You might as well pull his string,and let him talk like a robot,with his prerecorded garbage.All i want to see is people who are directly affected,cleaning up their land of a mess made by BP.This whole thign is surreal.Noone would stop me from cleaning up a mess in my house!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  22. Nat

    What is the potential impact of a BP gas station boycott on the local guy? I don't want to boycott BP and end up hurting the local guy more than corporate BP.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  23. Lori

    I am surprised it took Billy N. this long to just start deploying his own people to help and submit the req's. to BP. This is how they got their world back after Katrina... It worked then, so...

    June 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Gloria, Brooklyn, NY,
    Yes, We do save our birds and waters, Agreed!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  25. Paul Foss (Labrador Canada)


    why cant BP put an air bag in this line and inflate it until it seals the spilling oil. really it seems so simple that it stupid.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  26. Bob

    Why can't they put a submarine on top of the riser pipe to hold back the oil until they can plug it?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  27. Joe

    re James K.

    Unless the Govmt declares this an act of terror against the way of life for the people of the coastal area and crimes against the sea as it effects all people and sea life and freezes BP's assets to extract funds to pay FOR IT NOW, it will probably never occur. It will get tied up in the courts for years during which time sea life will continue to die and the livelyhood of the coastal region will forever be lost.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  28. James Foley

    Anderson I know why BP won't allow peopel to volunteer to help for free... because they are under the mistaken impression that it is their oil, and if others cleran it up, others can sell it.

    They have already, I'm sure, told the president in no uncertain terms, "Fine you are goign to take out oil, you can clean up the mess alone." And that si no doubt their plan should "interlopers" come and collect their hard earned [earned read blown out] oil.

    That's the long and short of it. If they cap the well, the revenue stops. that's why they havent' capped it yet.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  29. Sharon Hastings

    I imagine there is a liability to BP to have volunteers cleaning up the oil in their own boats not to mention the possiblity of them getting sick from toxic spill and boats getting ruined, etc. Lots of liability.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  30. sumner barenberg ph.d.

    BP's "oil microemulsion": How are the effects of BP's "oil microemulsion": and dispersants on the gulf of mexico and loop current marine life going to be quantified?; What will be the long term effects of the oil microemulsions and dispersants on the marine respitory systems (gills) and total compositon of marine species? Who will be ultimately responsible for the seafood sold for commercial consumption; i.e. food safety. Will the seafood be contaminated with oil microemulsions, dispersants, vocs', soxs' noxs, etc?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  31. libby Bendiksen

    new concern/question for me: If US Gov't issued permits with requirements for BP and those requirements have been met and exceeded does that mean US Gov't is now responsible? Is that the legal issue we hear hinted about but not explained?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  32. Travis


    Your showing a lot of coverage of coastal problems, which is great, but the media needs to oil impacts on the fisheries sector as well. The recreational and commercial fisherman are hurting bad, not just shrimpers. Pelagic longliners (where tuna and mahi mahi come from) are going to be facing some serious impacts as well. The public needs to see whats going on out in the pelagic environment.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  33. Donna West


    My husband is specially trained in haz mat and oil spill recovery. He is 1900 miles from home to protect Florida beaches. Today our US Coast Guard threated to jail him, his boss and crew for woking on the boom. Their company has a signed contract to do this work in Destin. It's insane!


    June 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  34. Karoline, Los Angeles

    That's what I can't figure out either-why the Coast Guard and the gov't. went along with the baloney BP has been telling him. I can't figure it out.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  35. Lori

    I live in Mississippi, we have not seen marsh birds at our house for a month. Even the seagulls are gone. I hope those in other parts of the country understand what this means to our earth. Everything and everyone should be out there who can help, helping. Why can BP stop them from helping?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  36. Kyle Hickey

    BP needs to stop hideing from the public. The CEO should do his job and represent his company, not hide. Hopefully he will come on the show tomorrow night or sometime this week

    June 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  37. James (Winnipeg, Canada)

    Let the people that know the land start acting upon cleaning up the shoreline – BP should be in control of capping the leak but the people should be in control of cleanup and hand BP a bill!!!!!!!!

    I am sure they would volunteer as they just want to get out there and help..so would I!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  38. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Craig, Megan

    Oh by the way, BP is the only 7th corporation in Britain/UK that pays dividends. So all the British public union retirees are heavily invested in the stock. Their government will have to rescue the corporation for their country, and that will leave us to do it for ourselves...

    of course other countries will be ready to buy BP's assets (maybe China) which could raise the prices on us – who knows!!!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  39. Lucas Workman

    There needs to be a military take over of this operation and all BP officials need to be arrested on the spot. Then use all of BP's assets to clean up the spill. This political bs has gone on long enough. Death to BP!!!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  40. Karoline, Los Angeles

    If I had the airfare and motel fare I'd be down there helping and doing iReports. I don't have a job right now. I could do it.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  41. peggy

    Anderson, if you get a chance in the near future, it would be great if you could do a segment on how companies use the internet to control the info the public has access to via paid searches, etc. The public really needs to learn more about this. Thanks.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  42. Zane R

    Michael, we have similar ideas. I wonder why no one is focusing on fixing the problem instead fo talking about how bad it is. My dad taught me that to get something done "you just wanna have to do it
    " Lets get this damn thing capped.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  43. Ian

    Oil companies justify huge profit margins because they need the money for research. They did not spend any of that money for deep ocean drilling equipment, evidently.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  44. Troy Appel

    Doesn't this new-found anger from Obama seem a little insincere? A lot of his recent efforts have appeared contrived and a forced reaction to the underwhelming sensation of many for his previous visits/lack of visits to the Gulf region.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  45. Rick

    Here`s to an unlimited liability cap for all oil companies during disasters!
    This way they will make them safer.Every day,month,year,after year... all you hear about are the record profits.Please wake up america,please!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  46. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It's time for some leadership. Approve the berms. Deploy skimmers now.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  47. michael

    2) – Oil Containment Rings OCR’s – Need to be installed Now

    This will stop further damage and start to remove prior oil pollution.

    If we collect 99% of the oil being leaked – then bp can take time to kill the well.

    – Start to build a “oil collection ring” flotation miles in diameter which has large booms (100′ by 6′ diameters)with deep aprons that zipper together as they extend deep(300′ or more) below the surface (this happens physically as aprons on modules are zipped) and capture the rising oil leak – which is continually pumped into tankers/barges – circumvent first ring with a second and so on as needed.

    Do not use any dispersant – pump out water seperation from collected oil

    June 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  48. Brad Barnard

    Instead of worrying about who's "ass to kick" why don't we worry about getting our Gulf cleaned? threatening BP isn't helping them to stop the spill..They are probably more worried about burning their books.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  49. lisal -canada

    sand is an amazing filter – it traps all sorts of yucky things – so glad to hear the berms seem to be effective – somehow i kind of thought they would

    June 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  50. Jasonwi

    Someone please explain to me why they used dispersants in the first place. Doesnt that just make clean up harder? And while leaking this much oil did it pay to dump chemicals in the water? And we need big suctions out there. That will help.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
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