CNN's Anderson Cooper is reporting live from the Gulf oil spill. Here are some behind the scenes pictures of his trip with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as they searched for birds in the Gulf.
Photos courtesy Jeff Hutchens/Reportage for CNN
BP remains defiant. It released a statement tonight that reads in part "The data thus far do not support the existence of undersea plumes." Yet others say the underwater plumes do exist. We're digging deeper. We'll also have the latest developments on the Gulf disaster and we're awaiting results from several primary races and a run-off race in Arkansas.
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Tonight we have new images of the Gulf oil leak and new evidence BP isn't providing the public with all the details on it. The new images are coming from high-resolution cameras, which provide a much clearer view of the leak. We'll give you a look at them tonight on the program. The high-resolution footage from last Thursday before the cap was put in place can help government experts take more accurate measures of how much oil and gas spilled into the Gulf. Yet this is the first we’ve seen these images: on Day 50 of the disaster.
Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Ed Markey wants to know if BP deliberately low-balled the size of the spill. Markey will talk about the controversy tonight on the 360°.
In the first days of the spill "they kept telling the American public it was only 1,000 barrels per day," Markey said today at a news conference on Capitol Hill. "They then raised it to 5,000. They are now pulling up 10 to 12,000 barrels", he added. Markey suggests "they got lawyered up." He believes "they were told not to tell the truth about the larger amount of oil." "BP is either lying or grossly incompetent," Markey said.
Also on Capitol Hill today, a brother of one of the 11 workers killed in the oil rig explosion spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee. In an emotional appearance, Christopher Jones took aim at BP CEO Tony Hayward.
"Mr. Hayward, I want my brother's life back," Jones said in direct reference to Hayward's comment last week that he would "like his life back."
Hayward has been summoned to testify before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on June 17.
We continue to dig into what happened on the BP/Transocean oil rig when it exploded on April 20. Tonight you'll hear more from five survivors. They share what they saw and heard on the deck; and the problems they say they witnessed on the rig.
50 days later, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen reported today that BP stopped 14,800 barrels (621,000 gallons) of oil from flowing into the Gulf in the past 24 hours with help from the containment cap. And, in the past four days, since the cap was put in place, BP has collected a total of 42,500 barrels (1.8 million gallons) of oil.
Pres. Obama announced today he'll return to the gulf Monday and Tuesday. In his fourth visit to the region since late April, he will go to Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. All his previous visits were to Louisiana only.
We'll have all these developments and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on 360° live from Louisiana. See you then.
Scott Bronstein and Wayne Drash
Program Note: On "AC360°," five survivors of the rig tell Anderson Cooper about the days leading up to the explosion. Watch "AC360°" at 10 ET Tuesday night, live from the Gulf.
(CNN) - The morning the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, a BP executive and a Transocean official argued over how to proceed with the drilling, rig survivors told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview.
The survivors' account paints perhaps the most detailed picture yet of what happened on the deepwater rig - and the possible causes of the April 20 explosion.
The BP official wanted workers to replace heavy mud, used to keep the well's pressure down, with lighter seawater to help speed a process that was costing an estimated $750,000 a day and was already running five weeks late, rig survivors told CNN.
CNN Wire Staff
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Water samples from the Gulf of Mexico have confirmed low concentration oil plumes below the surface and miles away from the ruptured BP well head, the head of a federal ocean monitoring agency said Tuesday.
Analysis of water from three sites show that "there is definitely oil sub surface" in "very low concentrations," said Jane Lubchenco, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
"We suspected that, but it's good to have confirmation," Lubchenco said.
BP had said earlier it had found no evidence of subsea oil.