June 8th, 2010
09:44 PM ET

BP Disputes Plumes: Join the Live Chat

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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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  1. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Good evening.

    More lies,,,,,,Thats BP. They have hidden the truth from us for so long that I don't think we can ever trust them again.
    Now that we have this high def. video,,it make me wonder what else their hiding from the American people. I'm watching this on high def now. what a sad sight to see.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  2. Amy

    I think that all the BP executives need to go take a swim in the Gulf. They need to understand how they are affecting our ecosystem. They obviously do not care.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  3. NMercado, Ph.D.

    It was just common sense to me that cutting that pipe would be disastrous. Now, the oil gushing into the ocean is exponentially bigger and if these guys are unable to close all of those vents to diminish the current...God knows when this will end and how much of the planet will this effect... Lets not forget, although the best alternative, the relief wells being drilled give no guarantee that the gushing oil can be stopped this way either.

    But the bottom line here is that BP wanted to keep getting gas out of this well. They wanted to keep making money. The reason I believe they just didn't blow up the well (using high powered conventional explosives) in order to have the well implode on itself.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  4. Julie Anderson

    Watching the show has really blown my mind on BP's blatent disreguard for the nescessity of true and factual numbers. How can they even give a percentage of how much the cap is collecting if we can't have an accurate guide on how much is really spilling?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  5. Jessica, Pensacola Florida

    Just amazing at what the rate must be of the oil gushing per day if they are actually capturing 14,000 barrels per day.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  6. David Allen


    Has anyone given any thought to the idea that BP keeps failing to stop the leak because they are more interested in drilling the relief well. If they drill the relief well they will be able to make profits from this disaster long after this is over and before the government can stop them from future drilling.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  7. Anthony Francis

    A good indicator of present rate should be flowrate of the well before the accident.
    BP should have these records..

    June 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  8. dorothy

    Why is ceo tony hayward still allowed to be in the US he has no idea what he is doin!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  9. Rick Anderson

    Question::::: why cant BP unbolt the break at the top of the blowout preventor and bolt another BOP on top of the one thats broke

    June 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |

    to Jerry's point, this is just a PR problem for BP nothing else...The US government still needs to show they see it in its right magnitude

    June 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  11. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening Emily, JoAnn, many others.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  12. Bill

    A small nuke like the Russians used to stop their runaway gusher may be the only way from the looks of it.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  13. Mary Condell, Colorado

    Anderson, phenomenal reporting every night. Many thanks. There must be criminal charges against these people for no fail-safe plan, and the company must be placed in receivership with the US controlling all assets and business operations.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  14. L Hess

    The term "BP is collecting" oil really bothers me. They are harvesting the oil. Call it what it is.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  15. ed

    The government should now force BP to work with other engineering resources to solve this problem.

    BP should put out a detailed engineering technical brief which details design criteria, technical challenges, things to consider, etc. Then the engineering community, NASA, Engineering Colleges, other Oil Companies could come up with ideas in parallel that BP can successively try until something works.

    BP had their chance to fix this. They can't know they have to be forced to work with engineering talent to fix this thing.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  16. Emily

    "Why isn't anyone asking Halliburton any questions?"

    From what I recall, Halliburton warned BP about the faulty pipe that they put in to start with....

    June 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  17. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    I think that all 5 compaines should help with the clean-up and pay-up to those who is effected.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  18. Samant Garg

    Oil spill can be estimated based on how much oil deep horizon was collecting from this well. BP must have the data prior to the accident.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  19. mike from Jordan, ontario

    I wish "gallons" or litres would be used instead of "barrels". The magnitude and understanding of the volume of the spill would be less confusing to the average person, or do we want to be confused. The barrel number appears like a lesser amount.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  20. Shanny

    How long could it flow for if left uncorked? Another month, year ... how big is the source from which the oil is spouting? Is BPs plan simply to let it run out now?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  21. Patrick Monaghan

    Where is Dr. Robert Balllard in all this. I have not heard his thoughts.

    Thank you.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  22. Debra Crossley

    Why isn't this declared a National Emergency, draft in all possible help, including the technical help offered by James Cameron, Cousteau Agencies etc? The government can't handle this, they should pass it on to the experts that can really help. Thanks Anderson for keeping this in the news.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  23. Daniel, Canada

    Am I the only one who seems to be disgusted with BP at every step they have taken ( and still taking) on concealing information from the people?

    Thank you Anderson and the team down at Louisiana for keeping them honest.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  24. Adam

    remove it all and plug the main bore with a 200 ton stopper, I wish someone would ask an expert this question

    June 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  25. Angela Ohio

    I just dont get it. I mean the plumbing in my house has shut-off valves at various points.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  26. Di Canada

    This really can not be allowed to continue into August. Something needs to happen soon.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  27. Kevin P

    What happens if all the oil is drained out of the reservoir? What will fill that huge void under the bottow of the ocean?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  28. Paula, Colorado

    Your coverage of the oil spill is excellent. BP, though, is continually perplexing.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  29. Brian Riback - Waldwick, NJ

    Anderson – Get some rest tonight! Listen...this is all such a bunch of bull. This whole thing. I don't think anyone is really putting even remotely enough thought into the politics here. BP, our government...none of them are to be trusted because they ultimately only care about their wallets.

    I don't believe for a second they can't cap this thing. I truly believe they just won't. Does anyone agree?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  30. Bill

    why can they not take off the bolted down top of the pipe and replace it with a closed lid?????

    June 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  31. Emily

    Great demonstration here by Tom!
    I have NO idea why BP would not have done some computerized approximations. ...to see if it would work, and what would happen if not, w/water pressure, and amount of oil & the time it will take to drill this new well...

    June 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  32. Robert

    It's very sad that this man's brother was killed, but these guys are paid very high wages because the work they do is high risk.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  33. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    I believe gas and oil is coming out, to much for anyone understand. I do believe that BP know they just don't want to tell us.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  34. Teri in New Jersey

    Hello Anderson and everyone. Thank you for your persistance in covering this disaster. I would like to know why representatives of President Obama are not present to confirm these statistics when they are presented. I believe we have the right to have someone accompany BP's CEO, Directors of Emergency Management and/or their analysts working from their ships in the Gulf. Why do we just wait for their updates? We should be right alongside them as they work. Not outside waiting for information. If you owned an apartment building and one was on fire, would you stand outside the door and ask if everything is alright? We see flames and we see smoke. Are you sure you got things under control???

    June 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  35. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Itlooks like there is a flange coupling right below the outlet. Why can't ROVs remove it and attach a new valve and then shut it?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  36. Kenya

    So this cap is in place..now what? There's still so much oil coming out..what is BP's next step? The fact that we are all helplessly sitting here watching this leak continue to destroy the Gulf of Mexico is painful enough. We deserve to know what the hell they plan to do next to fix this. If they can fix it at all.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  37. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Nuke! Baby! Nuke – That will work – it did in Russia...

    They should not have cut the pipe without all contingencies – at least they should have had a bigger ship on the surface capturing oil...they ship they have right now can only capture some of it

    June 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  38. dan baker

    ...just reading down thru comments so far. looks to me that Jason is on the same track I am. Why NOT try to fry the top into a glass plug, or at least collapse the well hole?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  39. Doug Danielson PE

    The worst thing about BP's lack of interest in leak flow rates is that they now do not have adequate collection capacity at the surface to collect the oil now available from the now installed top hat. BP announced they are now bringing a ship from Europe to increase the collection capability, but that will take many days to arrive on site.

    We should be asking why didn't they make accurate flow rate estimates 50 days ago and forseen the need for these collection tankers and taken steps sooner to get them on site.

    I wonder what other important steps they have overlooked?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  40. Nicole The Netherlands

    Thankyou Tom! after lots of stand ups before screens in the studio, explaning us about almost everything...
    This one is the best!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  41. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Gloria, I don't think it was ever a leak.....

    June 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  42. ed

    I have worked with engineers, they can be very prideful and control freaks, I can see why BP is trying to keep things close to the vest. This is an engineering disaster, not a political, social, or natural, this is an important distinction. You've got to get people involved that are used to dealing with solving engineering problems like this. I believe the administration's slow, measured reaction to this problem lies in their unfamiliarity with the engineering aspects of this disaster – – – – CAN NASA help????

    June 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  43. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Wow! Yes, I agree more maybe 3 times more my guess!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  44. charlie

    @ N Mercado: The US citizens should not be surprised that it is not clear whether the government or BP is in charge of the situation.
    The supreme court (in a decision in the 1980’s I believe) holds that money is equivalent to (political) speech.
    BP has more money than any number of citizens so their political voice is greater. That is the Law in the US.

    Politicians need to be beholden to their electorate, but the fallacy is that the unit of electorate is a vote. It is a dollar.
    Politicians are beholden to corporations. That is the law in the US.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  45. Jerry form Ottawa Canada

    The dispersants aren't being used to lessen the damage being done. They are being used by BP to mask the oil. They continued using the same dispersant even though a safer alternative was recommended. They are worried about people seeing their mess rather than minimizing the effects on the environment.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  46. Janice Ocala Florida

    Hi Anderson,
    I have to smile right now,hearing the music in the background of your broadcast.
    Why can't someone just take control,and boot BP out..I agree with can not remember you had on earlier about BP being slow for money.Too many road block's..Too much BP not saying...llife as we no it has changed for that area ....sad,

    June 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  47. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    BP is saying that the leak will be reduced to a "relative trickle" by next week. I am not holding my breath.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  48. Shanny

    This is brutal! Why did they cut it so soon if they were not ready to plug the hole yet??????

    June 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  49. Darla - Lake Charles - LA

    @Megan maybe it's because they can't possibly come up with a way to own up to what has happened. I imagine that BP execs are sitting in former broom closet staring at each other whilst sucking on lollipops.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  50. eugenia - San Francisco

    it is not hard to figure out the amount of oil destroying the gulf, my god it's a flipping math problem.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
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