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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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soundoff (334 Responses)
  1. Donald E Horton

    Show 'em on the air. Get a plastic 5 gal jug. Put in 3 gallons of sea water and 1 gallon crude oil. Measure depth of oil on surface of water. Add 1 pint Corexit 9500 dispersant. Shake well. Allow oil to rise to surface. Remeasure oil on surface. Show closeup of 'cloud' of dispersed oil in water. Ask "how hard is that to understand?"

    June 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  2. mike

    The new hd film shows bolts at the leak.Can you unbolt them and bolt on a solid cover?

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

    Good for them we need more people like them. I use to help animals myself.

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

    Poisoning our Gulf waters is a complete understatement. This is devistating. If a hurricane rips through the Gulf before the leak is fixed, I can only imagine it would be the worst.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  5. L Hess

    The entire system passed the high pressure test when the top kill was tried. The system could have held the pressure if the pipe would have been crimped shut.

    They could not have harvested the oil if they crimped it shut.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  6. Michael (lake charles)

    bp needs to face the music, quit lying and stop the leak
    and get rid of tony leachman hayward that guy is a strange being

    June 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  7. Di Canada

    It is heart wrenching

    June 8, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  8. Shanny

    It's a reality that is making me ill. I want to help clean them. WHY won't they let people help?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  9. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Anderson B.P. is the reason you can not get close .

    June 8, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  10. Emily

    @David,
    "How long has the HD image been available?"

    The Gov. just had that new HD video released today! (after 50 Days)

    June 8, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  11. Travis

    Why is not the Gov just do what BP is not and "bill" BP for it?.. just make it stop

    June 8, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  12. lorne Harrison

    BP's denial and lack of honesty is like their oil spill it just goes on and on...their only next move can be honesty...doing the right thing from this moment on is the only move they need to make! 360 keep the heat on....

    June 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  13. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @Victoria

    The HD video is not live images. The HD video is as of June/03 and the cap wasnt on then!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  14. Jackie

    i think will this will work take a nylon tube with a zipper connect the tube below the well head wrap around and zip the oil leak up in the tube and connect to a tanker

    June 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  15. Bob

    Why are you letting TransOcean off the hook. Bottom line is this was their fault. Yes BP is accountable but TransOcean and their faulty equipment caused the problem

    June 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  16. Sandy

    I have a hard time believing they can't get it fixed , letting 50 days go by . Destroying this country . They say this will continue 3 more months .
    Tony Hayward and other companies ( Hillburton ) should serve jail time . They don't deserve to "get there life back " .

    June 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  17. Ronald Sofge

    I'm a retired Machinest of 45 years, and I cannot understand why BP does'nt install a large Gate valve where the flange is, in the open position. After they install the Valve, all that would be required is to close the Valve by turning the handwheel to the shut position, Ron

    June 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  18. NMercado, Ph.D.

    If there is such a thing as a sin...the killing of these innocent creatures is one of the worst...

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

    250 sea turtles found dead, does this maybe represent 1% of all dead turtles so 2500 have died to date and what about the shell fish that never come to the surface or fish and larger mammels that just sink to the ocean bottom in these dead zones!!!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  20. andrew- fort lauderdale

    It seems that everyone ( including local, state, and federal government) is standing around yelling at why BP isnt doing this or isnt paying for that. Clearly BP either doesnt want to or is not able to solve the problem. All effected governments need to stop complaining and push BP aside. The government needs to step up and take over and front the money to fix the problem and clean up. The government could simply send the enormous bill to BP. If BP ever wants to do business again in this country they would have to pay it back.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  21. robert pennington

    Its not that complicated to figure out how many barrels are leaking. Take the amount that they were processing daily when the rig was working properly multiply by the number of days the pipe has leaked then subtract the amount they have collected so far. Furthermore, why are americans being summons to volunteer or help by sennding money when billionares that caused this tragedy are so far doing very little

    June 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  22. Karen

    If I didn't know better, I would think that this is a terrorist attack. Just in case I am right, they should take BP off the job and put another oil company in its place. We would then have the truth.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  23. Maureen

    Bring in the same company from South Africa that cleaned up the Saudi Oil Spill using deep water suction, surface suction and air booms to keep the oil away from the shores.

    Why is this not being done?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  24. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Well, that should tell us how bad the water is, if it wasn't that bad would we see that much death of wildlife? Get a CLUE!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  25. erick

    On the hi def video the oil is coming out of a flange. Why cant BP unbolt the old flange and bolt a new flange with a ball valve in its place? Then you could just close the valve off !!!!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  26. Uma in Liverpool

    Of course there are plumes! It doesn't take more than Oceanography 101, which is all I have, to know that. Heck, it doesn't take that much!

    Any person with a modicum of common sense could see that the oil is not only on the surface! Whom do BP think they are fooling? How long are they going to keep up this insult to the intelligence of everyone who is trying to help, and all those hundreds of thousands, whose lives will not be the same... possibly ever again?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  27. Clif, Clearwater

    For that matter, why is BP the only company working on a solution? The government should award a $10 Billion prize, funded by BP, for the first Oil and Gas company who comes up with a viable solution!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  28. Nancy in Oregon

    Yes, Sue, trust is huge...and once lost, is lost.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  29. Mike Roy

    Question: Has anyone studied the atmospheric consequences
    from this spill?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  30. Frost

    Anderson! You are doing such a great job as are many of the CNN reporters on "keepin 'em honest." I can hardly go a day without my dose of AC 360! You have, from day one, been on this story like white on rice!
    As a journalist, I can appreciate the hard work and the perseverance it takes to chase the tough story down.
    BP just makes my stomach churn!! I worked on the Texas Gulf for several years as a reporter and my heart is sick as I watch this horror show. BTW this story impacts ALL of us. Not just the people on the Gulf. Our environment will take decades to recover from this disaster. Thank you for covering it so thoroughly!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  31. Gail

    BP is poisoning our Gulf waters. How would they feel if we went and dumped poison in their English Channel? They need to man up and do what is right. Quit hiding data and info and let the rest of the world help stop this poisoning. The good people of this world come together when needed. Step aside BP and let someone else do the job you apparently cannot do. And quit wasting money on newspaper and TV ads. We don't care what you have to say. We only care about what you are not doing. Hiding the truth only gets you deeper in the first lie you told. Use that 6 billion dollar 2010 first quarter profit and take care of those you have put out of work, clean up the coastline and the waters you have poisoned. Get busy or get out and let someone else fix your mess.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  32. Kate

    Why not just put a cap on it that screws on like a lid?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  33. Darla - Lake Charles - LA

    Can BP be anymore selfish? Keeping high resolution videos to themselves?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  34. J.B.

    I dont mean to state the obvious but why cant they just put a big tube over it and run it to a ship????

    June 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  35. Asa

    Why can't they pump air down to the blow out preventer, then burn the oil and gas off as it comes out of the top?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  36. Scott Harris

    I'm not sure if anyone has thought of this yet, but can the amount of oil in the gulf, be it on the surface or in plumes, have any effect on the temperature of the Gulf? I would think the dark color of the oil would raise temperatures, making the gulf a nice feeding ground for potential hurricanes.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  37. Shari

    Get BP out of there, and put them in jail!!!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  38. Di Canada

    More people need to be allowed to help. It is a shame to have trained people sitting around waiting for a phone call.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  39. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    They may not be able to directly stop the leak, but federal government inaction in containment and cleanup is obscene. This is Katrina times ten.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  40. Max, Lake Charles, LA

    I live 30 minutes from the gulf, a calm 45mph drive down to a fantastic beach and waterfront view of the gulf. There is no need to hide any information when I can simply go see for myself that the oil is all over MY beaches.
    I also work all over Louisiana. A quick drive down old highway 90 past Lafayette and you will see hundreds of medium and large businesses that specialize in oil cleanup, capping rigs, and keeping everything clean. I have not seen any of them being contacted by BP. Why not use Local resources, and get the job done by people who do this on a daily basis?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  41. Debra Crossley

    I've never in my life been ashamed to say I'm a Brit until this current crisis. BP should be paying in the billions in this for the ecological and emotional damage that is happening. It's a true tragedy.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  42. L Arnold

    Why can't the oil be captured by a large funnel with (large end at bottom) and narrowing at the top, instead of trying to cap the overpowering amount coming out at the source? Obviously oil and water will separate naturally and the oil is going to rise to the surface. Isn't this now a matter of capturing the oil instead of capping it?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  43. Emily

    @Sue,
    Sad to say that people are just expecting BP to lie now....geez!
    The number of peoples lives that are involved....

    June 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  44. Mike

    Why are we supprised that bp is lying to us about the Pumes,thats what corperations do.They only care aboutthere bottom line.Remember the Exxon mess in Alaska. They will be oil there for decades and BP knows it. Corperateions are out of control.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  45. Renee

    Didn't BP know how much oil they captured prior to the accident? surely they knew how much product they collecting, if you do 't know how much you produce then how would you set a price point.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  46. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, everyone.

    How long has the HD image been available? I didn't catch that. But it should be furnished along with the other live images of the leak as soon as it is available to the company.

    A good sense of the size of the pipe from the model. The HD image looks like continuous explosion. I think there is a question about how much of the oil shooting out is natural gas.

    Chris Jones testimony makes it clear that cleaning up the spill dealing with the response is not much of responsibility compared to the grief of the families of the workers who lost their lives on the rig. Something we should all consider.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  47. David Allen

    Vickie,

    If this is the worst disaster in american oil drilling history does it really matter how many other incidents BP has caused in the past. What really matters now is that they seem to be doing everything they can to prevent the flow from being stopped.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  48. ted nickoloff

    As an engineer, I suggest the following:
    After seeing the hd video, I don't why they don't secure a top hat that would be conical in shape to the bottom of the blow out preventer flange, instead of to the jagged circumference ot the previously cut riser.
    The connection could be made to the underside of the flange with a two piece hinged collar which contains an o-ring to create a tight as possible fit. The two piece collar could be secured to each other by robots with threaded cams. The force of the oil flow would actually assist in holding the collar against the blow out preventer flange.
    The conicaly shaped top hat would allow a smoother flow into the separately connected riser pipe up to the containment vessel.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  49. Victoria Missouri

    I"m missing something. Where is the cap?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  50. Bill Pittsburgh Pa

    Why cant we get a technical web site that defines the features of the BOP. What are the design requirements? From this being a mechanical engineer others like me who dedicated their life to creation and problem solution can perhaps help in a technical way. It is difficult to stand by and watch this feeling helpless.

    God bless the families who lost loved ones.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
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