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June 8th, 2010
11:06 AM ET

Live view of BP oil leak

BP has released a live feed of the oil leak to the public. Click on the photo below to see it.

We'll have more on the latest on the Gulf oil disaster tonight on AC360° at 10pm ET.

soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. Joe Cleary

    Why don't we just send a Submarine to blow that oil leak to heck!!!!!!! Oh Yeah, they oil company would lose all that drilling time..........Come on Obama......I voted for you, step up and save the gulf!!!!!!!!!!!!! Screw BP!

    May 31, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  2. jesse

    My name Jesse from Pensacola FL.and after watching this catastrophe now for way to long I can't help but think there is more at work here than meets the eye. I am a pipefitter/plumber and have been now for around 15 years and can honestly say that I have posted to several sites ideas that are not only practical but used in everyday plumbing and pipefitting blown out pipelines in all size pipes and can definitely be done by a ROV. I had to take a step back and think how can so many minds be at work on one prodject and there still not be a plan in place to stop this with a back up plan on standby if that one fails? Then I started to think about all that is going on today with oil vs electric power. Then I ask myself what would be a better way to convince people to go electric or find another sorce of energy than to completely devastate a body of water like the Gulf of Mexico with oil and say they can't stop it!!!! Now take a good look at TV and watch how many green energy commercials you see in the next few weeks and ask yourself. What would draw attention to there cause more than what's going on now? I also do believe that BP has deliberately let each attempt fail in order to push there idea of drilling a relief well so that instead of capping and abandoning the oil well they will still be able to profit off of it. Bottom line is that BP should be taken out of the loop and America should step in and put a stop to this without destroying anymore of our wildlife or beaches. I only wish I were able to do more!!!
    Please someone, hold BP liable and who ever else has there hands in this with intentions to make a profit.

    May 31, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  3. Michael Savage

    Sometimes I wonder... Do you really want this stopped?

    Question people, Mr. Cooper and CNN

    Why has BP not published the well spec's, pressure and oil/gas mix ratio's to give us an accurate flow rate at optimal conditions. Based upon those numbers we can determine what the well flow rate is really doing best case versus worst case and adjust accordingly.

    Why are alternative methods and technologies not being attempted in parallel after BP's escalation plans fail?

    Does this make sense to anyone... there are competing solutions and proven technologies available

    May 31, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  4. Christa Spangler

    I was just curious as to why BP cannot just bring the problem to the surface. There is so much talk about how it is hard to resolve the issue because the leak is a mile down but I don't understand why BP just cannot place a tube down over the leak that brings the oil to the surface where they can deal with it there. That way it would be much easier to separate the oil and clean up this disaster. We cannot afford to let this catastrophe to continue on until August. It is ridiculous and it will continue to kill wildlife and damage the planet. The effects of this greed-seeking incident are beyond our comprehension. We must stop the problem now and turn our efforts to cleaning this up and finding alternative resources.

    May 31, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  5. David Wienstein

    Anderson, has anyone thought of a funnel to place over the oil leak? After a well designed funnel is in place, they can use tapered pipes, like a smaller funnel, to a smaller funnel that will bring the oil to the surface. They don't have to fit tightly into each other, they kind of overlap each other. If they can't get an MIT engineer to design something, email me. I don't have 5,000 ft of water to experiment with but it seems to have merit.
    David Weinstein

    May 31, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  6. c. diviacchi

    a cap will not work. too much pressure.
    have to reduce the pressure. how about with lines, cables,
    dropped across the gusher. think about a fire hydrant blasting.
    reduce the over all amount of water and the pressure is reduced.
    drop cables, the kind that hold up bridges, across the gushing oil.
    hold them down with huge concrete blocks, or similar weights,
    you could sink some of the abandoned boats we have sitting around
    filled with concrete. if the cables are dropped across they will slowly reduce the total flow, reduce total pressure, like casting a net over it.
    then onto the net you can put what you want to cap the rest...pressure is less. BP only knows how to make the oil flow...engineers trained in the wrong think. Valves, tubes, caps, plugs...yeah right, not.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  7. Carolyn

    Use deterrents to stop birds from nesting in contaminated areas with devices used to stop geese from nesting and as they do in Horicon Marsh area Wisconsin. One technology called birdbusters.com uses large noises/thunder claps to scare the birds from nesting. At least some birds could be kept away from the oily areas. Also, can't sonar be used by the marine animals away. Navy sonar is notorious for stopping whales and dolphins from ocean areas. Can't these technologies be used for good rather than harm? Just 2 suggestions.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  8. John Vincent Stewart

    BP needs to demonstrate or promote themselves as “The Good Neighbor”.

    BP needs to come clean and publically admit their failures:
    1. Failure to demonstrate a caring behavior to the people on the gulf coast
    2. Failure to reach out to the families who died in the oil fire and those who survived the fire.
    3. Failures to interact with the on-shore clean up including helping rescue & protect the wildlife.
    4. Apologize to the public for presenting an arrogant attitude.

    BP needs to immediately show a force of being “The Good Neighbor”.
    1. For every failure demonstrate a positive corrective action.
    2. Have BP employees in the gulf area helping the families of the oil fire victims
    3. BP must show publically their leadership with on-shore clean up and wildlife rescue.
    4. It’s summer, many high school and college students need summer jobs. BP, hire these young women and men and have them assist w/ the clean-up efforts.
    5. Step-up and write the necessary checks preventing families from losing their homes and/or commercial fishing & shrimping boats.
    6. I could continue with this “Good Neighbor” action item list, but you should get the idea by now. A “Good Neighbor” program started today by BP could prevent BP from the ENRON syndrome.

    John Vincent Stewart, Chicago, IL

    May 31, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  9. Terence Leung

    We are a curious bunch us Westerners. Can we not realize that THIS is the price we pay for our thirst for oil? We think we can have our cake and eat it too. We try to be as self sufficient as possible in oil supplies, but we don't want any of the inherent risks. These BP protestors are so naive, they do not see the larger picture.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  10. Thomas Norton

    Cage around the busted pipe and the pipe pumping the oil. Then fill the cage with a heavy sealant and platelets. Platelets being larger than holes in the cage. Cage should be split in half then slid together around pipes to give a bottom, top and four sides. Anchor down cage and tack weld pipes at each end of cage. As the cage is filled it will soon form around pipe and stop the leak from the outside of the pipe. The cage will hold the pressure back. This can be done two ways. Stop the leak or stop the leak and still get the oil.
    Thank You,
    Thomas Norton

    May 31, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  11. Calvin Woodis

    I have a comment on how we could possibly stop the Gulf coast Oil Spill.
    First I get a pipe larger than the original pipe the oil is gushing out off. Next I would lower the pipe down to the ocean floor and make sure it has an open and close fitting on top and get divers to weld a fitting on the pipe at the bottom on the ocean floor. Also make sure you have the fitting valve is open until the bottom pipe is weld. Lastly brace it off
    from the while you are lowering it down through the oil rig. That will stop the oil spill from leaking all over the ocean floor.

    May 31, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  12. Sandy in Michigan

    Let's stop calling this an oil "spill".......it is not a glass of milk -

    IT IS AN OIL VOLCANO

    May 31, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  13. Miguel A. Serrano

    Please ask BP this question!

    Years ago I was the happy owner of 14 oil wells in Midland Texas. My rig manager would call me every night and confirm the amount of oil coming from the rig. Unless something happens the oil flow usually remains the same unless there are problems with the equipment or sometimes when your well is pumping reserve oil. Well anyhow, the thing is that all well are fitted with something called a “flow meter” which precisely measures the amount of fluid coming out of the well.

    Not everything that comes out of a well is oil; there usually is some water and usually natural gas. However, in addition to the flow meter there are other gadgets that will tell the driller how much of the flow is water, gas, and crude.

    What I’m trying to say here is that BP knows exactly what the well was producing per day! Once you get that information calculating the exact amount of crude oil in the Gulf can be measured.

    Please somebody ask these A-holes this question: How many barrels of crude was this well producing per day before the explosion? If the guy doesn’t give you an exact answer hi is definitely full of crap!

    May 31, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  14. marcel

    First: the booms go in to capture the iol....because oil is buoyant...makes sense
    Second: they use dispersants that makes the oil sink thereby making the booms totally innefective!!
    WAKE UP America !! Put these criminals in jail !!
    Criminal negligence causing death.
    Failure to provide a safe working envoronment .
    Pitting deadlines ahead of SAFETY !!
    Causing the platform to collapse by flooding it with water hence causing the pipe leak!
    All these nincompoops failures and ...still they are in charge??? LOL LOL LOL

    May 31, 2010 at 6:56 am |
  15. Nancy McCormick

    You know this whole incident has really made me angry and I believe I have expressed some pretty harsh opinions against different ones like Obama and BP. This was uncalled for. Maybe it’s because I hate this whole thing that has happened and I wished that our environment wasn’t being destroyed the way it is. But when you look at it realistically Obama is not an oil man, he is a President trying to make the best of a really ugly situation. Bp, well I know that they did not intend on this happening and in the face of loss of probably billions of dollars they are doing their best to plug the gusher. So when it all boils down to it the best that we can do is do the best we can with a crappy situation and move on even though I am sure this will affect us all in one way or another for years to come.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:46 am |
  16. Mr.Carrubba

    Hey Coop, why dont they have a Supertanker with vacuum/centrifuge capability in and around the Mississippi Canyon 252 wellsite? Anyone can watch the live feed and see the oil gushing upward? Those Supertanker's vacuum are tremendous. Can you imagine if they had the Supertankers working with the military GPS to locate those huge oil plumes.? Josh levi reported there is enough oil escaped now to cover the tri-state area. Thats how they cleaned up 800 million gallons in 1993. 85% plus!!! I heard thatt lead engineer offered same solution to BP. Too expensive and if he called BP back they threatened to sue him... Naaa Not B..P... I guess they have some really good P.S. excuse. I guess they'll wait till hurricane seasons over them they can send their crack clean up crews with those white suits and hy-tech booties Maybe by then they'll all get really cool space suits! I gotta go I'm gettin agrevated. You are the BEST.

    May 31, 2010 at 12:22 am |
  17. Thomas Norton

    Cage around the busted pipe and the pipe pumping the oil. Then fill the cage with a heavy sealant and platelets. Platelets being larger than holes in the cage. Cage should be split in half then slid together around pipes to give a bottom, top and four sides. Anchor down cage and tack weld pipes art each end of cage. As the cage is filled it will soon form around pipe and stop the leak from the outside of the pipe. The cage will hold the pressure back. This can be done two ways. Stop the leak or stop the leak and still get the oil.
    Thank You,
    Thomas Norton

    May 30, 2010 at 8:39 pm |
  18. Zdenek Ruzek

    Instead of trying to fight the immense pressure of the gusher with all kinds of upside down funnels, which will be just either blown out of the way, or will simply overflow from underneath, because they narrow into a too small of a pipe that simply cannot handle the volume of oil coming into it.
    Why, instead of fighting it, not try to simply directing it by stalking large diameter pipes, from the bottom all the way up – at least as large as the gusher to prevent pressure build-up, and then just pump it into tankers at the top?
    Can't we find a mere mile of such pipe in America?

    Zdenek Ruzek

    May 30, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
  19. Billy Clark

    Thank you for all you do Anderson. I have what I believe to be a reasonable plan to stop the oil leak . BP hasn't responded I hope someone can help . Basically it involves inflatable gaskets (heavy duty balloons) wrapped in steel fishnet and tethered to to a steel cable and a high pressure air hose. If we can feed this into the same line they used for Top Kill we can hold them at any given position in the well head inflate them and stop or slow the flow .
    I truly believe this will work what do you think?

    May 30, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  20. John

    BP needs to find a solution for this oil leak fast while they can see what they are doing. As the oil continues to pour into the ocean they will begin to notice visibility decreasing as ground zero of the oil spill increases in size and thickness. It's will be extremely difficult to operate in that kind of environment so they need to get the torches out and start fixing the pipe as they would normally do in daily operations. A new armor cap should do the job and allow BP to salvage the pipeline.

    May 30, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  21. Lisa Huey

    In my opinion, us citizens are fined for various enviromental violations, as well as wildlife and game fines. Why can't BP's assesst be frozen until the oil spill is cleaned up and all fines are paid, which I'm sure are an astronomical total. And all the people and towns and parrishes are paid. All the people who have lost their income, fines doubled. Just like when you get a speeding ticket in a work zone, all fines are doubled. Why the hell not? We americans would be fined out the arse for something like this. Who are they? Nobody!!!! Besides, they can make all that 6 billion back in a couple of years. Take their business elsewhere. Be banned from operating in the United States for at Least 20 years!! A price that we have to pay for, for their incompentence and stupidity. Our inviroment is ruined once again by big oil....I thought we busted up big oil back in the turn of the twentieth century.....Wheres Teddy Roosevelt now? Or at least someone that has the ballls like he did. A hillbilly in the heart of BIG COAL country...( Remember that catastrophy?)

    May 30, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  22. Lisa

    1. The Lousiana senator is wrong – oil spill doesn't equal an airplane crash in terms "it's ok to drill again". Plane crash impacts those directly and immedialy involved, oil spill has far longer and extensive consequences. It ain't worth doing again!
    2. Why can't the oil/sea water be sucked up and centrifuged/seperated, bit by bit, on an empty vessel, w/water being returned to ocean and oil beging taken somewhere else to be further cleaned?
    3 Anyone, any company who can figure this out NOW should get the oil they recover, free as payment. BP doesn't get to keep that oil...

    May 30, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  23. duane coffin

    Wall Molly Technology:
    Fabricate a collapsible titanium or similar metal (umbrella/wall molly design) to insert into the opening of the damaged well. Push the object into the well all the way down to the oil reservoir. Once the object clears the end of the oil tube (well) it would expand and seal itself against the bottom rim of the oil well, thus stopping the oil. Then the concrete sealing solution could be attempted without the pressure.

    Plug Design: A steel rod fabricated with a taper. The smallest diameter should be small enough to fit into the damaged opening of the oil well, the largest diameter should be just slightly larger than the inside diameter of the well. This rod would be driven into the well, deep enough to stop the flow then it would be followed up with the concrete sealing solution.

    May 30, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  24. Patty Beseler

    Anderson:
    A six inch pipe is too small to take the oil to the top, there will be more oil leaks created.... it won't matter how much how much hot water the feed down that outside pipe that oil needs to follow until it slows.
    It's all relative, a huge funnel shaped that dawrfs the size of that leak, like the one we all have in our kitchens and a water tower shaped container at the surface to relieve the rest of the pressure. Just like the sham BP presented to our President, they cut corners.

    May 30, 2010 at 12:57 am |
  25. Jake

    Isn't it possible to take the well head, cut off the big pipe from it, and then place a metal plate with bolts in it over the area where the oil is leaking to turn it into an underwater oil hydrant? It would be like a water hydrant except underwater with oil.

    May 29, 2010 at 11:57 pm |
  26. michael engel (florida)

    now finaly there using my idea
    was i send to deepwaterhorzon 2 weeks ago
    after fail topkill
    cut riser pipe and seal with sleeve and shutoff valve
    and than can be bypass drilling made to kill the well komplet
    i also send my drawing to them
    i bin 99.9% convinced this works
    and the oil flow stopt

    May 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm |
  27. Terry

    Go with new idea but if you dont think you need to secure riser, your in for a rude awakeing. My God, hurrican season is knocking. You honestly think the weight alone will balance the riser. You have oil pressure and currents to deal with. Your willing to send riser down and not have a way to secure it to leaking riser! Are you NUTS? Use bunggee cords, clamps, collers, cables, something for christs sake.

    May 29, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
  28. kat hester

    Here's a possible solution or two...
    Send down, in a much skinnier form than the pipeline itself,
    a contraption much like the things I use to put a screw into a wall that has no stud...those things that fan out as soon as you push them through to the other side which is wide open. It flares open so the pressure from rising oil would immediately seal the hole.
    As soon as it does this, the oil would cease to rise and then concrete or whatever very dense substance could be poured in to seal the long tube.
    The other thing my dad and I discussed..
    have a fan-like contraption which in enclosed in the very pointed nozzle of another long pole thingy.. send it way down and once it's entered the oil reservoir, shoot it out, it opens and is immediately pressed against the hole. You could even make it a two-fan thing which would be able to go down, allowing oil to pass through it's vented slots, then when in place in the reservoir, it could be twisted, allowing both fans to overlap each other's slots..
    I want to solutions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 29, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  29. Fluids Engineer Ed

    Great reporting job.

    Will somebody please ask BP at the press conference what was the wellhead pressure before and after the top kill? The CEO said BP is being transparent, so unless he was lying, they should answer.

    BP wasted 1 week unsuccessfully “calibrating” a 6 inch siphon tube. Common sense and engineering calculations show there was never any chance that the amount of oil spilling from the 20 inch pipe could possibly be siphoned up a 6 inch tube.

    BP has dragged out the “top kill” into another full week’s delay. The wellhead pressure that BP has measured is a hard fact that would reveal whether the “top kill” has failed or still has a chance to work, and whether it ever had a chance to work, or BP is just stalling.

    May 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  30. David

    I'm watching the live feed and they have what looks like a buzzsaw, what are they trying to cut? And why aren't they showing the oil gushing out? Just who is operating these ROV's?

    May 29, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  31. gail

    Sorry, didn"t mean to do all caps:( My 4yr old grand daughter was watching CNN with us and she said " Nana why cant they get a oil sucker and press the green button to clean this up." She was wondering what is going to happen to the birds,fish whales, etc... Its like what fo you say? Thanks for all you do Anderson!!

    May 29, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  32. Java John

    We will never know how much oil was really spilt – neither the government nor BP wants us to know. That's why they are using dispersants to keep it out of site. Using these chemicals keeps it from rising to the surface where at least it could be skimmed and accounted for. Years from now maybe we will find out where it all ended up...

    May 29, 2010 at 2:21 am |
  33. Grenville

    In stead of a chunk shot they should use liquid nitrogen at the top of the B.O.P. before they started pumping mud. That would thicken the oil to the consistence of heavy tar and hard to flow, thus diminishing the loss of mud through the collapsed riser. it is also revisable, unlike the chunk shot.

    Second idea: put a $100.oo a barrel bounty (tax free) on the oil. You got a boat and want to make some extra cash, get after it.

    May 29, 2010 at 12:11 am |
  34. elaine olsen

    Thank you Anderson for caring about Louisiana so much. You were the only one that continued to broadcast for months after Katrina, and I hope you will do the same thing for this horrible oil spill. We need you Anderson!

    May 28, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  35. Donna Abreu

    With the plumes forging upwards would it be possible to drop large cement "donuts" eg like they use in culverts with rubber tubing to direct the oil to tankers or controlled area to tanks on shore. An immediate stoppage of leaking if it's feasable. Temporary, but maybe a simple solution. I'm sure no scientist, but at his point, everyone's idea's should have a quick look, maybe someone out there can come up with the right one. This disaster affects everyone, but certainly no more than the good folks in the immediate affected areas.

    May 27, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  36. Dave M

    Why hasn't Jindal called up his National Guard? Only the governor has the power to do so. Maybe they are in the Mideast.

    May 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  37. Peter Louie

    While trying to pug the leak, lot of things can be done to reduce the oil damage as it gets near the shore–use gigantic pumps to move the oil back out or into holding tankers.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  38. justin munsch

    they should take miles in length and width of cotton and tie it to the bottom of helicopters and the helicopters can hover over the oil and soak the oil up.they can take the oil wherever they need to just take where nothing else can get polluted.they NEED to put an end to this it has gone on long enough.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  39. Joseph Wilk

    Put Gov. Jindal in charge. He appears to know what needs to be done. Give him his head, equipment and personnel to carry out his plans. God Bless Him and the Mayors, and personnel trying to do something about this crisis.

    It is a shame that experts from other countries have not been called in to assist. More specifically, emergency teams from the Arabian Peninsula.

    May 26, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  40. Justin

    Why cant they use alot of liquid nitrogen and freeze it and cap the leak?

    May 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  41. Tim Gibson

    This whole story smacks of cover up. Both from BP and from our leadership.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  42. bobbie wright

    I saw an interesting demonstration using hay to absorbe oil. Has anyone thought of this besides the two farmers doing the demo? Once the hay has absorbed all the oil it can hold, the hay can by picked up from the surface of the water and desposed of without so much damage to the environment. simple things can be effective and inexpensive . more things need to be tried all the talk is not working.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  43. Oilfield worker

    Why hasn't the government, oil companies, regulartory bodies over the past 20years and 56 oil spills in the ocean have the best plan to clean up a spill? We are supposedly the nation that has the the most brilliant people in government and industry? why do we have advisors with 6 or more digit salaries is too have solutions or is it just to have money in a friends pocket?

    May 24, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  44. Mathew

    I think a boycott of BP gas stations is in order. They are killing our planet. It's bad enough that they are pumping the earth's blood out of her. Now they're spilling the oil everywhere and killing the earth's inhabits as well. When will we create a section of law which deals with crimes against earth. If we do not protect our vessel, it will break.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  45. Little Koan

    Something is more than a little amiss here.
    Where are the rock and roll concerts for this disaster?
    What can we do to help? I can't watch this anymore without having something real that I can do to alleviate the problem. There must be something.
    Please ask everybody that you speak to that has some control over this problem what they need or want us to do. I think people are more than willing to help.
    many thanks,
    Jennifer

    May 24, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  46. Roy Cordell

    Hi Anderson- I am sure that BP knows exactly what the flow rate is. Next time you interview a representative, ask them what the flow rate was per hour before the catastrophe of April 20.. Keep up the great work ! Roy

    May 20, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  47. Hempster

    I will say that this oil reaching the shore in LA. right now destroying the marsh is just the start them sweet white sandy beaches in FL. are going to be a ugly nasty tan oil color in about 2 years I say this thing is pumping out 5 gallons of oil every 3 seconds if not every second thats a 22 inch pipe with a plug and is still leaking at least 5 gallons every plume that comes out you know if hemp was legal to research I am sure it would make a great dispirsment and oil sponge and in todays world can be grown year round so we would have a endless supply so why use oil in the first place when HEMP is the ECO FRINDLY way to go HEMP CAN DO ANY THING if one puts thier mind to it

    May 20, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  48. Dana Hoff

    This is sickening to the stomach.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  49. Kelli Stanko

    Way to go Anderson! Your interview last night with the Director of BP was so great that the pressure to put this live feed for America to see really how much is coming out is here! Its' obvious why they didn't want the video out because the amount that is leaking STILL is outstanding. Also the EPA forcing BP to use less toxic chemical's in 48 hours was due to your interview!!

    High five! Coop's!

    May 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  50. Elena Ianculovici

    They need to create a HUGE explosion at the bottom of the ocean, that would put an end to the oil leack!!!

    May 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
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