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. Victoria Missouri

    What a shame that these men were unable to respond to what was happening hours and maybe days before.
    Some one really didn't trust themselves to stop everything and shut down until it was figured out
    That BP had these men that intimidated is wrong.
    I hate big business

    OMG when that guy said the well didn't want to be drilled just gave me chills. He knows and understands nature

    June 7, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Robert

    I don't believe it's possible to determine the amount of oil that is gushing from the earths crust.

    Even Geologist are dumbfounded by this.

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

    Good Night Everyone! Sleep tight!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Di Canada

    Gloria, Brooklyn, NY: I sure hope so.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Donna West

    Emily - Hubby is frustrated and irked at the lack of communication, coordination, power plays, game playing when the Destin beaches are at risk. He's trained for years for an event such as this. He just wants to help. It stinks.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Anderson and bloggers Emily, Mike, Starr, Nancy, Nicole, and Megan.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Sharon Hastings

    Good night all. And great reporting Anderson as usual. Keep it up.

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

    I think BP was not prepared for so much oil to come throught!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Lori from CA

    Fantastic job Anderson and 360!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  10. John Griggs

    You keep referring in your broadcasts to the $75 million cap on BP's liability. Please be advised that the $75 million cap under the Oil Spill Liabilitiy Act of 1990 ("OPA 90") DOES NOT APPLY TO THE BP SPILL.
    Under Section 1002(b)(2) of OPA 90, the $75 million cap that would otherwise apply to an offshore drilling platform does not apply if there has been gross negligence, wilful misconduct, or the violation of an applicable federal safety, construction, or operating regulation. From all that I've heard, there has been gross negligence on BP's part, and violations of numerous federal regulations. Of course, it would be nice not to have to prove up those violations, and hence Congress probably will pass legislation to lift the cap, but you should not refer to the cap without mentioning that it likely does not apply.
    Also, the federal cap does not apply to clean-up costs and has no effect on state law claims. Hundreds of state law claims have already been filed, and numerous suits including requests for punitive damages have been filed. BP's liability for these uncapped state law claims for damages should run into the billions.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Megan, Joe, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, Ed Henry, Jane, 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, Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin Dulcie, Charlotte, Sree and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!
    Thanks for coming in, for join us tonight! 🙂

    Have a great night & good sleep at home after work!!!
    See you tomorrow night!!! Just a plenty sleep at home!
    Stay safe in NOLA this week, HUGS! 🙂 😀

    June 7, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    It sounds like risks were taken, but I am not surprised. Anything for the almighty dollar.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Emily

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

    Great show & blog! 🙂

    June 7, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  14. Lori from CA

    Good night Anderson. Good night Everyone. Sweet dreams.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Good night AC360 Team and fellow bloggers.

    Thanks to all of you I've learned so much from the show and the blog comments. It doesn't make the situation any better,,but it helps to listen to people who really do care...

    June 7, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  16. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    A wonderful conversation and great reporting tonight.

    Makes one appreciate life for more than what it could be!!!

    Good night Anderson, AC360 Team, Starr, Megan, Emily, Jo ann, Nicole, David and others

    June 7, 2010 at 10:56 pm |

    7 weeks and still guessing how much oil is leaking,well how much oil was the deepwater horizon pumping per day before the accident ,that about what is leaking now.......

    June 7, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  18. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    God hears prayers!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  19. Ian

    It is a corporate game. Make it a wasteland and we can drill where ever we want, No tourists to worry about, no EPA and no Govt regulation. That is why it has not been capped. It will effect the east coast also. It is and will be a global disaster,

    June 7, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  20. Emily

    Looking at the eyes of these survivors, as they speak out....very emotional!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  21. Lori from CA

    This is a story that I would never have imagined. Thanks Anderson, for giving these working men a venue.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  22. Gary, Trinidad, CA

    If the experts are afraid to cap the well due to the pressure being so great that it could blow out the casing, how are the blowout preventers capable of capping the well in the first place? Does this not mean that all deep water well blowout preventers are effectively useless?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  23. Libby

    Are we going to sit back and watch our wildlife suffer day in and day out? What is BP doing to help them, Their current wildlife rescue contractor just isn't cutting it.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  24. Elaine McKellips

    I grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and was deeply affected by the oil spill we had there in 1968. Didn't the people in the industry learn anything from what happened there? To this day, one has to purchase tar remover if they want to take a walk, barefoot on the beach. I also don't understand why they would pass a law that inhibits the cleanup of the beach and the animals that inhabit it. I remember all the surfers helping with the clean up and people came from other states to help save the wildlife. We should be fining BP a certain amount each day that the cleanup is not addressed in a productive way. I now live near Morro Bay and we have a wildlife preserve here. My heart aches for LA. I can only imagine what it would be like to lose so many things vital to their existence.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  25. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    Glad to see you tonight! 🙂
    "It is BP's fault so it is their responsibility to pay for what they did and clean up their damn mess!"
    Nothing but fallacies from BP ... no surprise there ... SAD!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  26. michael

    To seal the well:

    – Drill deep (about 1000ft) new adjacent shaft a few feet away from old shaft – place explosive charge at bottom and fill/cover/seal with cement – explode charge to collapse old well wall and fill with rock, earth etc.

    To slow/stop leak temporarily:

    – Discharge "liquid nitrogen" inserted as far in as possible

    June 7, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  27. Di Canada

    Good night Anderson, and with all that is going on in the world I hope you are having some sweet dreams.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  28. Joe

    The law is actually making things worse.It's keeping them from admitting how bad it is. Cap the fine, catch the oil.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  29. lisal -canada

    only two lifeboats left ... guess they are lucky to be alive right now

    June 7, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yup, I am sure Bp will try again for sure. Maybe I hope so.

    Great job taking interview all of men victim spoke, Nice job, Anderson!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  31. Paula S

    I will believe there is some justice in this world if Anderson's reporting is rewarded with a Pulitzer prize.

    Anderson has been doing real reporting, and letting us hear from those who otherwise would be denied voices.

    Billy Nungesser is wonderful, a real American.

    Thank you Anderson.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  32. Carrie

    People are working very hard on this it’s not fair to them, and the state of Louisiana should already started building the barriers long time ego just as Florida is taking action on their own, and stop complaining and blaming,

    June 7, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  33. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I believe there was a similar explosion in Russia about 30 yrs ago. They did a controlled nuclear explosion at the site of the well, and the bomb closed the well...

    if i understood that article correctly, it did not take more than 3 weeks to get to that point and close it off...they saved the oil from oil and the nature too

    the report also said that life started coming back sooner than expected – with oil in water, i wonder how long it will before – life comes back...my worst fear are the "coral reefs" – very volatile, yet very important

    June 7, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  34. Emily

    @Donna West,
    Your husband must be going out of his mind!
    It really Is insane!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  35. mark chambless

    the survivor testimony is terrifying

    June 7, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  36. Camille

    My heart goes out to the people of La., but the President is the president of the United States, not La. Mr Olmos and Mr. Carville have left us with the impression that only La should matter to the President. I think he has spent enough time there. He is doing what he can.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  37. Gail Duncan

    Goodnight good people. Let us stay focused and motivated to do our best to make this world a better place. You may say I'm a dreamer...but look, I'm not the only one. Thanks Anderson.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  38. Helen

    I have a feeling if at the beginning the president had said he is taking over, everyone would have cried "socialism". Well, we are going to pay for BP mess, like it or not. Taxpayers are going to the oil business.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  39. David Calaway

    I would first like to than all the newscasters who are doing a great job keeping us updated on the oil spill. I would also like to say that it is very frustrating to me. As a "little guy" in the world how do you get your voice heard. I have submitted a solution to the problem to numerous people and no one is listening. I am confident I can give a solution to the problem. How do I get my voice heard. I am hoping at some point before it's too late someone listens. It is awful what the gulf coast is going through and it would seem that those in charge would want to listen to ideas that people have since their ideas dont seem to be working.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  40. Patricia B. White

    It is a fact that for every 33feet down you go in the ocean the worst the pressure is. So you figure 5000 times 33, what the pressure is. It is a fact that we know more about outer-space that the the ocean. As long as we keep letting oil company thrill in these depths. the more we have a real problem. BP says their doing a good job, I think not. Put this on their door steps and I wonder if they would still say the same thing. They are destoying a way of life for people, wildlife and the gulf.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  41. Judy C

    I haven't heard any of these questions addressed and all my friends / family keep asking them as do I:.
    1. Why does this oil keep gushing? Will it never end? And if not, why not?

    2. Could it continue to gush 'forever'? Where is it coming from??

    3. What are the other consequences of this continuing oil escape? Aside from the obvious... Can the oil pressure cause other calamaties.... such as sunami's...?

    4. Why was BP allowed to drill without a 'Diaster Plan' In place??

    5. Why is BP now being allowed to 'drill' relief wells when they were so negligent with these wells? Certainly they are ‘rushing’ the drilling of these relief wells, and probably once again with little regard for safety.

    Thank you Anderson!!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  42. Brandon

    So why did they stop burning the oil?
    It seems to me that would be the best option especially close to the leak site.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  43. Lori from CA

    Hi Anderson! Hi 360! Hi Everyone!

    I, for one, am glad that Anderson is digging into the impact of this accident on families in LA.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  44. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Wild, there were a second explosion on the rig!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  45. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Ron from PA, From hearing Mr. Olmos talk for 15 minutes, he sounded fairly conservative to me."

    If you were familiar with Olmos you would know he is anything but conservative.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  46. Emily

    Did you all hear that Tony Hayward had sold about a third of his BP stock approx. one month before this Oil Gush started?

    June 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  47. Ben Perry

    Anderson, love your show, i am a Texas resident and have to ask because I haven't heard yet, what is being done to keep the oil from our waters as we are so close to Louisianas waters ? Everytime they have a disaster we suffer also but are always mentioned last jus thought i would throw that out as a concerned Texan and neighbor to Louisiana,thanks Ben Perry

    June 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  48. Trish M. in Florida

    Kudos to Edward James Olmos for telling it like it is! Destin is doing it right. Thanks, Greg Kisela, for your hard work!!

    June 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  49. mike m srq

    i live in sarasota fl on the key and would rather see a man made problem hurt man not an animal or fish

    June 7, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  50. Joe

    re Hannah:

    This is very sad and the untold real story that needs to be heard. Unless the Govmt intervenes now, no one will be able to turn back the tide. History, tells us Govmt does not look out for the individual in times of need, they just look at the big picture and let the minions suffer.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
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