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. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    May God be with those whom they lost in this nightmare. I have lost a brother myself. All lies from BP!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  2. Chris Baker

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

    June 8, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  3. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Those 11 men who died want thier lives back!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  4. Sue R.,, Canton Mi.

    This quote is so true: Profit and Industry trumphs Humanity and the Ecosystem.,,,, Shame on you BP...

    June 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  5. Emily

    Will anyone from Transocean come on AC360?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  6. Adam

    its time the President assemble a team and issue the ultimatum to BP. stop it or our team takes over and we stop it, Taking over should include all BP employees working state side on this problem.

    It is time for BP to give up this site and destroy or put a permanent cap on it

    June 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  7. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Based on BP's terrible safety record, it is not surprising to hear that they took risks with the lives of their employees and with the environment to pump up the bottom line. They have a history of this!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  8. Emily

    @Uma in Liverpool,
    BP is going to keep lying & withholding vital information until they are removed from being in charge of this, (in my opinion)...they have clearly shown that they only care about money & getting their life back...the lives of others, the animals, and the property are not even on their radar!

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

    Renee is absolutely correct.
    Anytime fluid flows through a pipe, flow meters read the amount of flow, minimum and maximum.
    They know the "free-flow" coming into and out of the blow out preventer.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  10. Di Canada

    They have solidarity together, that should help. I hope they are living close enough so that they can talk to someone that was there, with ease, no one else will ever understand.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  11. Sharon Hastings

    The survivors are speaking out. They were "overbudget" and "cutting corners". Someone at the top always makes these decisions. Both BP's negligence prior to the accident and their behaviors afterward clearly demonstrate that the CEO needs to be fired.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  12. Nancy in Oregon

    Yes, Emily, astronomical. I don't know the town involved in this case, but unless the beach itself is the only thing there worth visiting, I think I'd go anyway....

    June 8, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  13. Bill

    The BP executives who set this off should be sent off to prison for life.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  14. Bill K. in KY

    I like the idea of a large gate valve or ball valve (mentioned elsewhere in the blog) to shut the leak down. It seems like BP would rather 'control' the leak so they have a chance at recovering $$

    June 8, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  15. Guy

    Why don't you ask who from the gorvernement was present when the high quality video was taken and shown at the BP tech center
    Secretary Chiu?

    Who is hididng the facts..?
    Same for the oily birds!!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  16. Renato Machado

    Greed, profit at any cost, contempt for life by the authorities, by nature, the world, for all of us. This is what the BP and not to believe everything that has not yet exploded once and for all ... the United eesti not have submarines with missiles!?

    renato machado
    from south brazil

    June 8, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  17. Clif, Clearwater

    Why haven't we halted trading of BP's shares? In the next few months shareholders will get the hint that the ship is sinking under the mounting liability and sell BP into Bankruptcy, leaving an empty shell and a heck of a bill for the US taxpayer...

    June 8, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  18. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Samantha Rowley –

    The video was time stamped as 06/03/10 and "U.S. Senate" – And then it appeared without the cap. Regular video stream that was live would show a lot of cables, and oil coming out from vents...

    this appears to have been taken after they cut off the pipe and before the cap was put on!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  19. NMercado, Ph.D.

    These poor guys are traumatized... Like I said, BP only cares about money, not a thing else. The change in procedure the gentlemen are describing testifies to this.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  20. L Hess

    Why are we talking about stopping the leak?

    How on earth could BP harvest the oil if they stop the leak?

    They are looking at hundreds of millions of barrels before they are forced to stop it in the fall. It will be in our gas tanks in a few weeks.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  21. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Saving time and money what about lives? Well, BP should pay up then!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  22. Samantha Rowley

    Taking shortcuts to save time and money will get you in trouble each and everytime. Every industry MUST know this. You end spending more money and more time to make it right. Bless those survivors for banding together and speaking the truth.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  23. regis mullally

    a plug, tapered to a point pushed into the top of the opening of the well, very very slowly so the back pressure in the well will increase slowly (too fast may cause a blow-out elsewhere) when the taper is about to close off the flow they can try the top kill again pumping till the well is full right down to the source using underwater cureing hydraulic cement They would have to secure the plug much as a champagne cork is secured to the bottle before pumping in the top kill I submitted this idea to Horizon Support 2 days ago. Thank You for listening

    June 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  24. John

    This was not a producing well. it was in development, so there was not production. In fact, they were preparing to plug the well.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  25. Nicole The Netherlands

    @ Jo ann, i am just thankful for the pictures who are getting out... pictures showed to us on AC360 have gone all over the world spread by cnn... Seen them on "our" news...
    BP well, they failed in every way and are trying to control the truth about their failure... It's just pr and spin they are putting out...
    Get sick to my stomich if i see that logo
    For me it blends in my had with all those death they caused in humans and animals

    June 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  26. Shanny

    I'm thinking of making my vacation THERE if I thought I'd be allowed to help clean wildlife. Heck, I work with dogs so I think I'd be easy enough to train up to work with a sick bird or turtle.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  27. Nancy in Oregon

    Michael Armstrong, Sr., do we ever? I really wonder who defines 'truth' anyway, sometimes. I grow more cynical daily.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  28. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I wouldnt trust B.P. I think that there going to cut and run after they clean up the top part and the money will stop. leaving a contaminated ocean that can not be fished .

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

    @ Jason and Dan. Use of Explosives is a standard procedure in controlling this type of disaster on a surface well. That use is to extinquish a fire by blowing away the oxigen. Underwater that is not the need but experts in controlling this type of disaster are experts in explosives.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  30. Bob

    I can not believe the US has not asked BP for the for the production testing report. BP would have production tested the well before they ran tubing they also would have electric logs from the well which would also give them down hole pressures and temp. YOU people at CNN have no idea what your reporting about.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  31. Jason

    To Kevin P. – oil is removed from porous rock, like a sponge made of rock!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  32. Di Canada

    Are these men likely to get another job on a rig? Are they being compensated for retraining or is it being offered to them?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  33. Turner

    Im from Wilmington, NC and This has the potential to reach all the way to my home. Wilmington is a tourist based economy, for the most part. I can see where the people of the gulf will lose their livelyhood and maybe the whole southern coast. what will BP do then ask for bailout!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am glad Jordan Van Sloot in jail and I hope he will be back jain again.
    Wow small plane landed and flip over upside. what lucky guys escaped!

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

    @Nancy in Oregon, " so much editing goes on...always."

    Hi Nancy! Unfortunately, this editing was purposely done to deceive the American people and our government was in on it.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  36. Larry

    Gimme a break. You people can't possibly believe that BP doesn't want this thing capped as soon as everyone else...this is a PR nightmare for them. It's also amazing how many oil drilling "experts" there are on this site. LOL

    June 8, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  37. melina

    Hi Anderson, love your show. We shouldn't have to proof anything to BP, the science is there, it makes me angry that this negligent foreign company can come to our country cause this disaster, dispute science facts for their own benefit and on top of that are given the green light by the government to lead this clean up which they are doing poorly. Ok I get it that maybe the government doesn't have perhaps all the tools to lead this effort leave it up to BP to decide what to do. To me this is an excuse, regardless the government should be in charge, you know this is a real test of leadership for Obama and he is failing.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  38. Jerry from Ottawa Canada

    There sure is a lot of effort going in to the cover up. I don't trust anyone.... coast guard, government and of course not BP. The fine admiral Allen seems awfully cozy with BP. When huge amounts of money are at stake you can't trust anyone.... this is capitalism at it best?????

    June 8, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  39. Nancy in Oregon

    Repercussions of human behaviors are almost endless, Emily. Ripples go on almost forever. Let's hope some unforeseen good effects come as well.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  40. mike b.

    it seems to me, there are only 2 ways to stop the oil leaking into the gulf. 1/ equalize the pressyre coming from the pipe and cap it 2/ extend pipe down to the leak secure it to a retofitted barge anchored. with the pipe extended above the surface, ignite the oil coming from the pipe and burn it. a damn site better than allowing it to dump in the gulf for the next few years. all the cleaning in the world, will not help, unless you stop the leak.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  41. Debra Crossley

    Anderson – just keep this in the news. As long as you do, BP will be on the hook for responsibility and clean-up.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  42. Abel Peres

    Hey Anderson,

    On the topic of the failed top-kill proceedure that BP attempted approx two weeks; In a news bullettin from BP on the Failure of the top-kill attempt, BP stated that they were pumpioing mud into the wellhead at a rate of 10200L per min. If we use that figure to roughly estimate the amount of oil released into the Gulf after 50-days we arrive at 734,4000,000 litres of oil to date. My question is why hasn't anyone in the media tuned into that figure? It seems to me, that so far that is the most accurate figure wqe have available to us to estimate the amount of oil released to date, is it not?


    June 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  43. Emily

    "I cancelled my vacation to Destin Florida because of this."
    I wonder how many people have canceled their vacations due to this oil gush?!
    The cost to those in the Tourism industry will be astronomical!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  44. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ John – Regarding using a nuke – agree with the radiation – but again, when used within an controlled explosion and a minimum amount, all that can be contained...they can even drop cables with absorbers which will suck the radiation.

    Life returns faster with radiation specially in water, vs. all this oil in the water.

    There is a way to control the explosion and radiation, but not a way to control the oil that will leak for the next few months. And then, what about the clean up?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  45. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Ron, maybe you should run BP fix-up system? Installing a large Gate Valve is a good idea!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  46. mike from Jordan, ontario

    @Sandy...that's a very "American" reaction. Stay home, safe and sound.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  47. charlie

    @ Mike You are right, but they are also legally required to do so in their obligations to their shareholders.
    What is missing is a governmental system able to put in place proper legal controls. Why is it noit there? Money in politics of course.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  48. Ron from PA

    There is no valid reason that US Fish & Wildlife should block the media from filming them retrieving and cleaning these pelicans. What are they trying to hide?

    It sounds like they are trying to prevent the very strong feelings that would result from the public seeing one of the primary outcomes of this disaster. This is censorship, and it is totally unacceptable. CNN should demand that they allow the media to cover the rescue of these birds!

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

    Thankfully those two guys are ok, but if that plane was vintage, I would be worried about how much damage was done to the plane too!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  50. Susan

    It is criminal for the U.S. government not to bring in every international ship that it can that can skim the oil from the surface before it reaches shore, no matter where that ship is from.

    Looking at the High Def view of the gusher, I still cannot understand why BP cannot construct an enormous upside down funnel attached to a long pipe to the surface, and direct ALL of the current spill to a ship on the surface!! It is gushing so powerfully, that the funnel wouldn't even have to touch the existing pipe to syphon all of the existing spill from that location. Why not get ANOTHER oil company in there–Exxon or someone–to do what BP refuses to do: use common sense.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
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