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. ed

    Why did BP spend so much time trying to control and capture the flow versus trying to STOP it??

    June 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  2. Brad house

    Ihave worked in the oil field years ago. I want to know why the BOP (blow out preventer)does not work?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  3. Jerry from Ottawa Canada

    They could probably forced a charge down into the well.... say 1/2 mile into the bedrock and collapse pipe but BP wants the oil.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  4. Keith sharp

    Can or has someone used a submersible to take a water sample to prove the plume? If not then y not?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  5. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Mike from Jordan, there are 42 gallons per barrel.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  6. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    BP makes $94 million dollar a day, so why can the government charge BP that much each day until it is fixed?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  7. Turner

    Is it possible or not to take of the top of that flange in these new pics and put a new one on that is connected to the surface and pump it to a ship.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  8. Beatriz Cervantes Zijlstra

    Why cannot Americans join together for a good cause and just boycott using BPgas nationwide; see how that affects not only their current negative but also their stock. Put a stop to it-dont buy BP

    June 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  9. Greg Hoenie

    What happens when a Hurricane decides to come through the gulf?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  10. joellen h mcginn

    Is it possible that the dispersants are making the situation infinitely worse?
    By using these it makes skimming (which is being done minimally) difficult if not impossible.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  11. benny t

    Can you tell me why a flange with a rubber stopper could not stop the flow completly or do they want the oil? The bolt pattern is there or did they lose the drawings?

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

    It does look like there is a lip around the top of that pipe, can’t they fit a hinged ring to that with a lid with a seal and clamp it down?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  13. Raincoe

    Re what Cameron mentioned last night about building pressure and creating more leaks maybe BP didn't want us to know they were making leak larger to avoid another blow? When they saw everyone was speechless after Cameron spoke openly maybe they thought they could still sneak by wo comment...they always have new BP Heads so as to take focus off one public sacrifice? Mix people up with more names;(

    ps talk to Destin Fl only 3 places in the world have these rare Coastal Dune Lakesabout to be destroyed as Mayor has been putting out booms against BP and gov order to stop

    June 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  14. Daniel, Canada

    BP has denied every bit of independent research from day 1, so I am not so surprised that they are in denial about the plumes.

    Truly, I will not only recommend them for High School Physics but recommend them ALL for psychiatric check up!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  15. Doug Beyer

    if they can go down and saw the old pieice of pipe off the flange, why can't they go down with a pnuematic hammer and pean the top of the pipe closed or at least slow it down?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  16. Tim

    Anderson- This may be a dumb question since I don't know the technical details very well, but doesn't an oil rig know how much oil it takes in on an average a day? Couldn't we just multiply what Deep Water Horizon was taking a day by 50 days to figure out how much oil has leaked? Seems simple enough, so probably wrong. Any ideas?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  17. Clif, Clearwater

    If the Coast Guard is truly leading this effort, why don't they bring in one of BP's competitors? Given the 6-month ban, I am sure ExxonMobil would be motivated to resolve this problem as quickly as possible... especially if they were spending BP's money!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  18. lisal -canada

    so ... if there are traces of oil that do not have a 'signature' from that well, then what [leaking or previously leading?] well is it coming from?????????
    very interesting that the signature can be detected – kind of like 'microbial dna' or an oily slimy fingerprint.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  19. L Hess

    BP is getting what they came for. Tankers full of oil. The harvest continues, bigger tankers are on the way.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  20. Richard Fairservice

    What is going on looking at the High def shots tonite that looks like a companion flange with about 6 bolts why can't they unbolt the top half and install a new sort pipe and valve. Maybe someone could explain in detail what we are looking at.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  21. Ron

    My question is why is there no attempt out near where the oil rig sank to get skimmers cleaning up the oil putting it into tankers. To me every gallon of oil taken out of the gulf is one less gallon washing ashore.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  22. Cliff Kern, Ph.D.

    As a scientist, trained to use data to form conclusions, I don't understand how BP can declare that something does not exist. That would be awfully hard to prove when others have sampled it, shown the depth, etc.

    As we say, "it isn't possible to prove a negative".

    I'm from LA, Anderson. Thank you so much for the coverage you've provided us. Without it, I fear that the country would not realize how bad the situation is. Please keep digging and keep telling the story that isn't just an Louisiana story, but an American story.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  23. Mike

    BP is certainly trying to hide the amount of oil spilling out, but are they doing enough to try to clean up the oil that has already come out? The disaster is getting worse, but oil has already hit the coastline and is causing major devastation. I saw an interesting video on how straw could be used to help remove oil from the water and also protect coast line areas....what an ingenious, inexpensive way to help kick start the clean up and protect plant and wildlife.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  24. Marcie, Austin TX

    Thank you Anderson for keeping us informed. I am no expert, so at what point does the US reach out and ask for help from other countries, experts, etc.?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  25. Tim Diffley

    Mr. Cooper, I think that they should insert a large catheter into the well and inflate a outer balloon that would seal the edges of the well from the inside and still allowing the oil to flow out. They could then connect to the catheter to the ships for catching the oil. This would have to be a very large catheter and very strong, but I used them for many years while I was a critical care nurse.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  26. Gerald

    How much oil a day was BP collecting a day before the accident. It would seem to be a good ruler for how much oil is now being spilled.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  27. Dustin Johnson

    The question that I have and probably a million others is this going to effect the gas prices?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  28. Shanny

    @Andy I don't care what res I'm watching in, it IS alarming no matter what!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  29. Joe

    Underwater plumes confirmed, your kidding me. Of course it exists, that's why BP applies the toxic chemical at the source of the leak a mile down and no-one is stopping them? This breaks up the gas/oil and keeps it from coming to the surface so we cant see it – mission accomplished as BP says. Its not about keeping from the surface oil from coming ashore, its being able to clean up all of the oil spilled in the Gulf. Its now in the marine life food chain and will make its way to humans in the not too distant future. Why doesn't the US Gov-mt put a stop to this – putting top people to looking into it, is too little too late!!! Save the Ocean from the growing death zones of the sea.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Alicia

    Cameron said yesterday there were ways to make this worse, looks like BP's made it worse...

    June 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  31. Vickie

    How long as BP been drilling in the Gulf, and have their been other incidents?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  32. Uma in Liverpool

    Anderson and team, thank you for helping to keep them honest. The facts have been obscured and withheld for far too long.

    BP is reaching a new high in low with every day that passes!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  33. Darla - Lake Charles - LA

    @Daniel I am utterly disgusted by BP. For 50 I've been in constant disgust. It's rather exhausting.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  34. Keith Colorado Springs

    Anderson, Great work I appreciate the pressure you have put on BP to come onto your show. I sure wish they would come on, because you know how to ask the correct questions and that is what I think they are afraid of.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  35. Di Canada

    It does look like there is a lip around the top of that pipe, can’t they fit a hinged ring to that with a lid with a seal and clap it down?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  36. brian

    the video showing live on your show of the pipe. why cant they roboticaly unbolt the flange, and replace with valve with flange on bottom, (valve left open) rebolt then shut valve.valve could have flange on both ends so extention pipe could be rebolted.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  37. mike

    why is it that everyone is saying that the leak is larger now? example its like a leaking hose, well yes but everyone is forgeting about the end of the pipe the leaks were around the bend and the end of the pipe. It seems everyong is focused on the top of the riser isnt it just half of where the oil is leaking from?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  38. Mike - Florida

    Why can't the government take over the leak – get the skimmers in the gulf – and start cleaning up vs. waiting for 3 months. Lets face the fact BP is not going to be honest to anyone. I heard today plumes were viewed 140 miles away from the site of the leak. Unless of course Charlie is on to something with the dollar vs. the electoral vote. Thanks –

    June 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  39. Emily

    If BP is denying that these underwater plumes do exist, and all these other lies, info they have withheld, Why are they still in charge?
    Why has the Gov. (& some other agency) stepped in...really moved in?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  40. Debra Crossley

    BP will continue to deny their responsibility for this crisis, keep em honest Anderson. You are doing a great job keeping this in the public eye. It's too easy for people to forget this tragedy for the people and the wildlife down there.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  41. Samantha Rowley

    How frustrating this is...I want to see any other agency actually doing something and not being puppeted by BP on what they can and cannot do.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  42. ed

    Could they lower something like an upside down funnel a few feet over the top of the exiting oil – – – this upside down funnel would have a pipe going to a ship above to collect the oil/water mixture.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  43. charlie

    I really think it is silly to be outraged by BP lack of informaiton. Corporations will only repond to their legal obligations and even then only if the penalties of withholding, exceed their potential loss. If the US does not have the laws and penalties in place it will suffer the consequences of that lack.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  44. Barbara : NJ Shore

    I have watched CNN for the latest news on this tragedy... I am heart broken... Anderson, Thank You for always keeping the public up to date and digging to get the real answers..

    June 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  45. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The real sad thing is the animals this is there home and I think that B.P. should supply noise makers to scare birds away from dangerous areas and supply barges with artificial habitat's built on them .

    June 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  46. Sharon Hastings

    That's the word I was searching for Anderson, "horrifying". It is horrifying. Are we going to get tired of this story if it lasts as long as some say it will??? Hope it doesn't last that long but if it does I hope we stay on the story. Anderson, you might need some sunscreen if you're down there much longer.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  47. Brandon

    Why can't they just drill down right beside the well maybe a couple hundred feet and set off some kind of charge off, and maybe the weight of the collaping earth will seal this leak off.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  48. Chris

    Why can't they calculate the flow rate of the pipe and therefore calculate the volume of oil that's being emitted? It seems like a fluid mechanics equation that any engineer could calculate.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  49. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Bill, I thought they were going to do that but apparently everyone else's idea of a cap is apparently not BP's!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  50. Kelly

    From the begining BP has been down playing, dragging their feet and looking for a way to cap the leak that will still make it productive, I am wondering how long this is going to be allowed to continue?
    Push BP out of there and get people in there that care only for shutting it down and saving the gulf. It would of been done already. BP needs to be honest that they have no idea nor do they have the technology to handel and clean up a disaster of this magnatude.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
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