June 9th, 2010
09:49 PM ET

Transparency Wanted from BP: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, seeking transparency from BP. The federal government wants it. We want it. Is the company paying enough claims? How much oil is really leaking into the Gulf? There are just of the questions we want answered. We have all the latest developments from the Gulf and tonight's other headlines.

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Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
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soundoff (416 Responses)
  1. Emily

    "like pulling teeth"....even a dentist would have a difficult time!
    I don't understand why BP is still in charge?
    Why is it not treated "like an evasion"?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  2. Christy in Indiana

    Anderson & crew – thank you for bringing the truth to light and never stopping in your quest to provide the American public with the REAL story.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  3. Eric roberson

    Has anyone considered the possibility of BP declaring bankruptcy and leaving the oil in the Gulf and the clean-up bill on US taxpayers?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  4. Kenya

    I think we've all just about had it with BP. We need a miracle.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  5. Judith

    Not only are the estimates lies, but if you remember, they increased the flow of oil in order to cap the pipe! So now they are still leaking, probably, as much as they were before despite collecting some oil. The whole thing has been set up so that they could collect some of the oil to sell it, not to cap off the well to stop the flow.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  6. Chaney, La.

    Thank you Anderson, keep up the good work.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  7. deborah

    Time for the government to step in and make BP pay all claims now, no matter whether BP thinks the claim is associated or not.. Let them figure that out down the road, just pay up now! $16 billion profit in the first quarter will go a long way to help those whose livelihoods are lost. It is also time to bring in the troops, at BP's expense, to get that mess cleaned up.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  8. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    There keeping the media away from the birds that are rescued it would not surprise me if they are uthinizing them to save money .

    June 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  9. Brian

    Brian – We need a military operation and a commander that can rally the troops and create a chain of command that works to take action.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes Heather.... I agree your point there, Should have take suck up and vaccum, might have worked, too.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  11. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Emily, I imagine they are hiding alot!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  12. Trish- Eau Claire, Wisconsin

    I love the people who are out there using what they can to clean up, such as Govenor Jindal and his team. It is still amazing to me that BP had no plan for a disaster such as this...clearly, they have no idea what to do. Let others step in and do the job, since there are so many out there who have better ideas and plans. It is time for BP to step aside....

    June 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  13. Charles: Mesa, Az

    BP is a foreign oil company destroying American soil and water. We the people and our leaders have a right to know the facts, and the right to demand complete transparency. If they continue to act this way towards the USA , and refuse to come clean, than they are boardering on an Act of War.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  14. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Thad Allen has been covering up and making excuses for BP all along.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  15. Di Canada

    It a shame that, they kept this video hidden soooo long

    June 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  16. Lance

    It sure seems like BP is going to drag this out until it is taken from them and then they leave us with the cleanup. Also seems like all of there efforts include some way of obtaining oil instead of stopping the leak. We have to take this effort from them.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  17. Emily

    There is also at least another 3 States that are now about to be really effected too...

    June 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  18. Ingrid

    Hi Anderson, Obviously everyone is fed up with BP's response to the spill. My question is why, if the federal gov't is in charge of the operation, isn't there more being done to help with the cleanup. Gov. Jindall and many other local officials should not have to be pleading through the media for help.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  19. Janice Ocala Florida

    Hi Anderson
    So glad to see thay something is being done about the oil,everyone is right,crank up the clean up and send BP the bill

    June 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  20. Jay-Aspen,CO

    Now that they have slowed the flow, why not try the cement box they first tried? What if they can't stop the flow will this be what kills the earth and all on it?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Salah Baker

    federal government does not want it, they have HD feeds

    June 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  22. Canadian Candace

    I am still soo shocked, saddened and frustrated watching what is going on in the Gulf.

    BP has been anything but cooperative in handling this major Oil Spill.
    Their laid back attitude is sickening.

    This spill if it continues will affect every person in the world.
    Unbelievable what that oil company ( and others) think they can get away with.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  23. Smith in Oregon

    Louisiana Gov. Republican Bobby (Captain Drill) Jindal has been a long time Big Oil receiver for enormous election donations. For a long time Jindal has fully supported Big Oil corporations in Louisiana. Who is he trying to fool now with his 'angry at BP' rhetoric?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  24. Emily

    Gov. Jindal must be SO frustrated!
    Looks like a great day that you had with him Anderson...

    June 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  25. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I also agree with Republican Governor Jindal said, BP must clean up the mess, Hope oil will go away!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  26. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Yeah Bobby! You will use this spill as a PR campaign...

    He has never been out there and then all of a sudden, he is all over the place...

    June 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  27. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    BP would not have been able to be this deceptive without the help of the federal government. If the Obama administration had put that boot on BP's throat earlier things would have been different. Instead they chose to "work with" BP in deceiving the American people about the severity of this oil spill.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  28. Chelsea


    No one should believe anything that BP or Thad Allen says. Today I read somewhere that up to 50 million gallons of oil are leaking each day. Ever since the beginning of this pathetic incident I never believed the estimates which were being handed out. Furthermore, I don't think the government should take over ops of the spill. BP should have to take care of anything.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Heather - Spokane, WA

    That vacuum is a good idea. The only thing i see about it is how many are they planning to use and how many are there available to use? It looks like it would take a good long time to get it all if they only use a few

    June 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  30. lisal -canada

    what a difference between "middle man administration" and "straight from the horse's mouth". gee. i wonder who sounds more credible.

    i am SO glad i am not connected to BP in any way. i feel kind of sorry for any employees and contractors who have nothing directly to do with this situation.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Emily

    When a company makes its employees sign a contract saying that they will not speak with the media, and after finding out about this HD video after 50 Days....who knows just how much BP is hiding!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  32. eugenia - San Francisco

    did anyone see the webcam for the oil spill about 45 minutes to a hour ago? there seemed to be streaks of red and an orange glow in the middle of the plume.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Brooke

    I think the only thing that will make BP really wake up, take notice and start behaving is to freeze their assets.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    They are also cover-up their truth, They might lied to people.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Smith in Oregon

    Anderson Cooper should interview former BP employees in Alaska who turned into whistle blowers regarding what they felt were repeated safety violations.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Matt

    I have a legal question- Is it true that the main reason this oil well has not been capped so far is that if BP did, they would loose all legal rights to the well, so they would rather the leak continue while they figure out a way to capture the oil, than quickly cap the well in the first few days minimizing the enviromental disaster but loosing the financial upside to collecting the oil.

    ie. is this disaster factored into their risk/return financial model, where their lawyers and accountants factor in the cost of claims vs. their return on this well?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  37. mike scott

    I keep hearing BP wanting volunteers. Why would they want volunteers don't they have any money to pay people.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  38. jacqueline, NY

    Good evening everyone!

    Anderson, please be careful. I know it's important as a reporter to make show you get the shots so that the rest of us can see the horrors, and we THANK YOU. But don't you think that you, your crew and the other reporters have been overexposed to those toxins. I think you should all stay away from it now.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  39. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I believe BP is doing what their attorneys are telling them to do...they have lobbyists in congress who are luring congress! Expect to BP declare bankruptcy of their US Assets and Congress say "too big to fail"

    Truth gets dissolved when lawyers and politicians are mentioned in the same sentence!

    Surprise! Surprise!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. It's great to be here tonight with all of you. Transparency has been a buzz word since the presidential campaign. Not much luck so far getting it anywhere. Good luck to anyone who thinks they can get it from BP. Remember that BP is a giant corporation with very deep pockets and they will or will not talk to the media or will or will not be transparent about anything according to what they think is best for them.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening Emily, Jo Ann. I hope you are having a good June!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Canadian Candace

    Good Evening Everyone!

    It's been awhile , nice to be a part of the chat tonight.

    Anderson -you look a bit sunburnt, wear some sunscreen! 🙂

    June 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Smith in Oregon

    Of course BP is not going to be transparent Anderson Cooper. BP has a liability on EPA fines for each barrel of crude Oil spilled. And someone in America thought BP would be transparent? Yikes, so much for America's educational system.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Emily

    Just 'what' is BP REALLY hiding?!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Heather - Spokane, WA

    The quote in that letter does not make any sense especially since everyone is saying that they cannot talk to anyone........

    June 9, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, 360 Team, Jo Ann, Mike, Nicole, David, Megan, Nancy, Gloria, Sree, & Bloggers!

    Keep BP HONEST Anderson!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Joe, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, Ed Henry, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Charlotte, Sree and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Happy Wednesday night!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Di Canada

    Hi, Anderson, I am looking forward to tonight’s show; your exceptional coverage of this tragedy is reaching around the globe. I pray more are allowed to join in getting this under control soon.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Good Evening Anderson, AC360 Team, Megan, Starr, Emily, Jo Ann, Sue, David, Nicole, Gloria, and other bloggers!

    Hoping for a great show tonight!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening everyone!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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