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. Malcolm - Johannesburg, South Africa

    Hello everyone. Good to join you all. Those pictures of the birds covered in oil broke my heart! This cannot be allowed to continue. BP should be charged hundreds of millions of dollars PER DAY for dragging their heels in resolving this crisis! It is totally unacceptable! Gread job Anderson for your coverage! Keep it up!!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  2. Stacy

    50 days out... first release of digital images to gov scientists... going to be a week or two before they can decide exactly how much oil is flowing... Seriously? Spending time allocating how much of a fine should be applied trumps spending time hiding data in order to avoid one?

    How about everyone just gets on board with finding a way to stop the flow... before August?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  3. Susan

    The President needs to issue an executive order overriding that 1990 law that prevents federal, state, and local authorities to respond before "in BP we trust" does!

    Local authorities, in my view, would do better to violate that law as it stands than to incur the destruction that is coming at them: don't wait! Go, go, go!!!! Keep it off the shore, out of the dunes, out of the marshes. We need a grassroots and local effort and a bunch of civil disobedience.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  4. brian (uniontown pa)

    why are we blaming tony hayward for the spill Mr. Obama needs to Take Over this situation NOW!!! BP could stop this leak but then the well would be closed (no more money) so they let it leak. Enough is Enough

    June 8, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  5. Larry Still

    Has anyone determined if there is just a single, albeit giant, reservoir of oil beneath the spill? If so, can anyone estimate how much oil the reservoir contains and how long it would take for all the oil to be depleted through the spill. If there is just an endless supply of oil down there, and it cannot be plugged, that is scary....

    June 8, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  6. eugenia - San Francisco

    do you realize anderson, that there is at least 3-4 breaks in the pipe in completely different locations? they are taking so long because their scared they will rupture more of the line.

    do you really realize the depth of these drills?
    what layers of earth they have gone through?
    where is the breaking point?

    if a hurricane comes through the water supply will be contaminated.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  7. Uma in Liverpool

    I share everybody's sentiment regarding wanting to toss BP out, and have the US Navy, or Army Corps of Engineers, or NOAA, or anyone else competent, fix this leak.

    There's a law, from 1990, I think it's called 'The Oil Pollution Law', which expressly states it is the responsibility of the Oil Corporation, to clean up oil spills and leaks. That's why it wasn't taken out of BP's hands a long time ago!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  8. Samantha Rowley


    Not live images??? So are we being duped again to possibly lead our attention to something else?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  9. David, Indiana

    @ Jessica Good point. I think the most revealing development is the amount of oil being captured once this containment strategy with the lower marine riser cap started working.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  10. Debra Crossley

    Anderson, Please keep this in the news! This country needs to value its bird and wildlife and don't allow BP to get away with murder as they are now. Keep this story in your spotlight, you are doing great work!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  11. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Looks like there's a lot of serious action within primaries!

    BP has overshadowed everything else!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  12. Emily

    How many States are now effected by this Oil Gush?
    (New Orleans, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida)...are there more?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  13. Stacy

    50 days out... first release of digital images to gov scientists... going to be a week or two before they can decide exactly how much oil is flowing... Seriously?!?!?! Spending time allocating how much of a fine should be applied trumps spending time hiding data in order to avoid one?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  14. Ricardo from NYC

    The oil leaking into the ocean Rises like hot air in the atmosphere, Is it possible to place something like a hot air balloon over the leak and vacuum the oil out from the top?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  15. Todd

    If you guys think this is already bad after 50 days. Ask yourself in another 2 months when this leak is still flowing at relatively the same rate. BP will not be able to shut the well off until the relief wells are completed and often it takes several attempts at these to succesfully regain control off spills such as this.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  16. Sandy

    I cancelled my vacation to Destin Florida because of this .

    June 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  17. Connie

    Hi Anderson, Is BP CEO still turning you down? So stupid of him. He could come on and talk on CNN with you for free! Instead, he spent 50 million dollars on an ad. He owes it to everyone to come on and talk with you. By the way, you are a great reporter.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  18. John

    Nuking is not smart (radiation! ) Bombing could also make it worse with no control. It has been suggested that the BOP may still have drill rod in it. That is why the BOP valves may not be closed. I had hoped the top flange would have been removed and a valve installed, but that valve would need to hold back the pressure if closed. I doubt the flange would hold that. The BOP needs to be replaced.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  19. NMercado, Ph.D.

    I agree whole heatedly Anderson, we, the American people, should be able to see the truth of this disaster; dying birds and other wild life.

    But, the government does not want us to see this. It would really enrage the American public, something the government does not want to deal with. This though plays right into BP's hands in that it does not disclose what this oil spill is really doing to the environment and the truly far reaching extent of it.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  20. Sue R.,, Canton Mi.

    Fact is we need our oil,and the people who work for the oil industry need their jobs. its scary to think that we would have to depend on the rest of the world for it.,, it's just so upsetting to know that the oil co. was allowed to drill in unknown territory knowing that there wasn't a plan in the event of a disaster like this.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  21. Chris Baker

    BP Oil what if BP puts a tapered long led pipe in the and force it in

    June 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  22. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    There's money changing hands between B.P. and our officials in a compremise to be quiet we will never know the real truth .

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

    These new pictures show a flange on the pipe with bolts. Why didn't they use that cutter to simply crimp it together like the end of a straw? Why could theey not put a new upper flange on that is solid and bolt on a new valve and/or end piece. I agree they are taking to long to do what seems for the area to get it stopped and contained.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  24. Annette

    According to the oil expert on tonight, BP has had layoffs and thus is understaffed for people who know what happens when undersea oil is released directly into the ocean, and obviously, they don't have enough engineers and equiptment to deal with this disaster. But they have been making record profits for the last several years - corporate selfishness has reached a new low.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  25. LeRoy

    When looking at the images of the leak site. The first thing that comes to mind is the location of the broke pile. If you study the images there is a bolted flange located right below the leaking pipe. I find it hard to believe that with the high tech underwater robots that are operating saws can’t operate tools to remove the flange with the broken pipe. Once the pipes flange is remove a different flange should be able to be installed for easier or more efficient sealing of the leak......

    June 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  26. Alicia: EcoChat

    Shame on BP. I'm sure they are pressuring everyone to keep AC and other media away from the oil-covered birds for their own damage control. Shameless.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  27. charlie

    I have worked in the oil industry on offshore drilling rigs and there are many many minute by second by second logs and records of how the well is behaving. That data is essential for geological evaluation of the well and to understanding risks of exactly this type of disaster. Every other operation on a rig (even paintng a bulkhead) is also logged in fine detail. All that information is available in BP offices. Don't expect them to provide it willingly but it is there in forensic detail.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  28. Joan, Connecticut

    Poor birds. Thanks for staying on them to streamline the bird rescue operation.

    Someone on this blog had a good idea...to use horns to keep the birds away from the oil plumes. I don't suppose it would take too much training to do that. I wonder who is considering the great suggestions I've read on this blog and seen on various news shows.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  29. Nancy in Oregon

    JoAnn, so much editing goes on...always. Working with cameras on my own small scale, I know I do it too so I know that the rest of the world does too.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  30. Julie Anderson

    So does anyone else have a problem with us no longer being allowed to see images of birds covered in oil?? Freedom of the Press ring anybells???

    June 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  31. Linda in Arizona

    It's OUTRAGEOUS that we are being told we can't see what is really going on with the oiled birds. It's beyond belief. It's intolerable. How do they get away with it? Do we ALL take orders from stinking BP?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  32. Carole

    Anderson I consider you a hero, fighting to " keep them honest" and challenging others to do the same. Thank you for all that you do for this world of ours. It is truly a tragic event that the world is watching transpire. Keep fighting and don't give up! Watching from Canada and praying for the people who are losing so much.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  33. Daniel, Canada

    I am a Biologist and I truly believe that it will not take much effort to train the locals about how to rescue and clean up wildlife; afterall, it is their coast lines they are used to.

    I hope the number of wildlife rescuer increased exponentially so we could rescue and preserve our precious wildlife.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  34. Chris

    The most wanted resource in the world is being wasted,due to ignorance of not checking equipment.Before puting it that far into the water.Bp needs to dish out the money for the familys that lost loved ones on that rig,and for the people of the gulf ,plus the wildlife department .There needs to be a benefit concert for the familys .

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

    BP is not likely to come back on, you are just too good and they are just sooooo very not. It would be impossible, to pretend ‘to look good’ next to you. When you see through them, we see through them. I think that is an amazing talent, even if BP doesn’t.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  36. mike from Jordan, ontario

    I wish the media would use "litres" or "gallons" rather than barrels. I know how many gallons are to a barrel but I don't think the average person knows therefore, it just doesn't seem to be a large number spilling into the gulf. How many barrels or gallons of water are estimated to be in the gulf?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  37. Mary, Colorado

    Could our military be used to help to do cleanup (skimming?) alongside the fishermen who have learned how to do it and are extremely short-handed?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  38. Dave Y

    Yes, I agree with Emily, where was our Gov official who was suppose to be onsite in the BP command center when the High Def video was reviewed? Didn't they know high definition video existed?

    Where's this "boot on the throat"? Maybe it's on the throat of the birds, animals and people of the gulf coast? Let's demand some accountability and real OVERSIGHT!

    How does a marsh get polluted with oil for over a week without cleanup or containment – where's the oversight again?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  39. brendan

    hearing the company would cut corners following safety codes etc and threaten to fire workers who did not allow this, I thought they are worker's rights preventing such disgrace.
    it would have been a low percentage of profit loss for life saved and environmental disaster prevented.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  40. Emily

    Seeing those birds drowning in oil...awful stuff.
    I wonder how long that's going to effect them for? (how many generations of birds...any born with defects due to the oil?) (same with the turtles, etc)

    June 8, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  41. Andy Canada

    As long as people want their cars and heat their house with gas there will be blowouts. There have been several blowouts near where I live in the last year or so

    June 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  42. Alicia: EcoChat

    so devastating to see the birds covered in crude oil. 🙁

    June 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  43. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I heard that they were preventing the media from photographing the oiled birds. Do they think we are stupid? I doubt it has anything to do with upsetting the birds, they just don't want those photos out there to anger people against BP.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  44. Turner

    Thanks Ted! it seems to me that working at the flange would be a sensable idea. You would think someone has thought of this at BP or at least the government!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  45. robert

    i dont think bp care how much oil spills the cash runs deep in DC whats the worst that we will do to them all they will do is raise the cost of gas so who pays for the spill in the long run YOU & ME

    June 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  46. Michael Arata

    I actually believe the Federal government should take opterational control of BP, keeping their expert personal in place to deal with plugging the "hole". I am sure this could be done in the interest of national security. BP is being allowed to make far too many ancillary decisions here... ie beaches, hiring of skimmer boats, etc.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  47. florence

    i would ask the people who build the rig to stop the oil if you can make the rig then you should be able to stop it.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  48. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I am happy to know that they are caring for the birds and the birds' feeling!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  49. Glen

    In reference to the amount of oil coming out of the well bop.

    I think we should find out what the production rate was on this rig when it was operational. Then find out what the hold back pressure was for that rate and with some calculations, we should come up with a good guess as to the flow of oil coming out of the blow out preventer pipe.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  50. Vickie

    @ David Allen
    Yes it matters. For just the reason you state.
    They don't seem to be able to stop it. If there had been other incidents, you would think they would have a better idea what to do.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
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