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.

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  1. Nick R

    Anderson, no more BS... this leak has got to stop and it has to stop now before the gulf is poisoned forever! I cant take one more lie or one more excuse for why this 8 inch pipe continues to leak... it all comes down to money... and who is making the most off of this catastrophe. Endangered species are dying, peoples lives are crumbling, and BP is taking HD video? really! Someone please push BP and everyone else down there out of the way and plug the damn leak!!! please! The Earth is relying on us and we are letting her bleed. The cleanup is EVERYONES responsibility no matter who is responsible at this point... but the leak has to stop for the cleanup to be effective at all.. Keep up the great reporting and please push the issue to stop this leak!!!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  2. craig

    In the event of a major hurricane in the gulf, are the oil rigs required to close their BOP before leaving the oil rig to and head inland?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Rick, Philadelphia PA

    This is definately BP's fault but at some point the government has to assume responsibility for what happens off its coast line. The US government should just step in fix the leak and charge BP for the cost. More time wasted waiting for something to happen the more this thing gets out of control. We have the technology to send a missile half way around the world we should have the technology to fix the leak.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  4. Yoly, Florida

    Under what authority is BP restricting access to airspace and waters of Gulf?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  5. George

    What about the possibility of health issues from chemicals in the AIR?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  6. Kate

    Once the leak is stopped let's kick BP out of the US, completely! They are invaders and this is war.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  7. Brooke

    Too much red tape and politics going on! Let's cut through all the mess and get everything done to clean up the oil as soon as possible.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, " This really smells!"

    Hi Emily. You can bet that "smell" goes higher up than Thad Allen.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  9. wilbur Craig

    Let us all boycott the BP stations and whatever else this company owns!! Don't support it!! Pull out the gas stations and don't pay them a dime!! Tony the ceo needs to come to La, get the adds off the TV!!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Debbie

    I am so sad and mad!!! This is our coast line, our people, the eco-system!
    Why can't we all take a stand. Don't purchase BP gasoline.
    Yell, get angry. I don't hear our government yelling loud enough.
    I think President Obama needs to really get mad. Make some noise. There has got to be a way to end this mess.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  11. Dennis

    I think it is very sad that Tony hayward is on the top of every youtube page about oil and says he is our friend >what a Krock of heep

    June 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  12. robin ford cardneaux

    James C you are right! We say put them in Angola: General Population!
    Where is the President? Oh that's right he needs to ask Rom what to say!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  13. Darren B.

    Why does the United States Government have to "convince" (Andersons' Words) BP to pay for vacuums and other clean up methods? The government of the United States is totally sitting on their hands. This is not a BP Disaster this is an American Disaster that BP needs to be forced to pay for everything including "experimental" tactics.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  14. Debby

    Anderson, my son is a University of Texas graduate petroleum engineer working for a company in Houston that is drilling oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico. He sometimes communicates directly with the people on the oil rig at 2 or 3 in the morning and gives advice according to their reports. To say that it takes any time to get images to the public is very misleading as the admiral told you. He does a lot of his work by email.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  15. Dennis

    I think what they should do, is put a large cone over, the existing oil leak, ( Like a inverted Ice Cream cone), with piping attached, and let it all come to the surface, to be collected. It would follow the natural rise of the oil, to the top naturally.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  16. Keye

    What I don't understand is if this is matter of "national security" why hasn't the Federal Government taken over and pushed aside BP in the attempt to stop the flow and clean up the spill? At this point why is this cleanup still the responsibility of a corporation? In my opinion the government should take over the clean-up and then send BP the bill!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  17. joe

    BP only spending 45 minutes in Pinellas County, FL beaches picking up tatr balls............Is that all you got for Florida.......45 minutes ???? COME ON ! ! ! !

    June 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  18. Suzanne

    Why hasn't the FBI gone in and seized documents and information from BP just like they did for Enron and Worldcom? More and more information is being hidden by BP probably being shreaded or sent overseas where UK data privacy laws will make it very difficult if not impossible for it to be used in lawsuits.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  19. Mick-London,On

    Anderson, why dont they lower a cone shape contraption pulled by a 4 star pulley system with an industrial vaccum attached. M

    June 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  20. Heather S.

    I do not understand why the Govt. Pres. Obama, does not freeze assets of BP ($10 billion) and use those funds to pay ALL of the out of work people, fisherman, other oil rig employees that are now sitting and waiting and anyone $10 per hour to help clean up this mess and do it now. I thought Obama wanted to help our environment, what the heck is our government doing letting this outside oil company destroy the Gulf and everyone's lives along with it. Do Something!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  21. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Why should the president waste his time talking to some one thats going to lie to him .

    June 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  22. Smith in Oregon

    BP's stock hit the 50% worth level it was prior to this disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. That economic hit in BP's net worth is going to strongly convince BP and other Big Oil corporations to follow safety and federally mandated drilling regulations in the future.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  23. Susan

    I'm afraid Thad is not realiable either – thank you so much, Anderson, for putting the clips together of the untruths, half truths, talking points, and lame excuses meant to dull and blunt and mislead us – corporate corruption is on display – we have this opportunity to take the right steps to make them accountable and get justice – not read about backroom deals cut with the government and other interests in a book 15 years from now – keep talking with Carville and the people on the Gulf!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  24. Emily

    @Jeff Miller,
    "Where is the EPA? The paperwork ready for the daily fines???? "

    Where has the Gov. been? Why did they just find out about the HD video yesterday? ...this is all looking like each one is passing the buck...

    June 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  25. Charles New York

    I agree with many of the comments presented here but I keep asking the question: what about the supertankers that can suck up the oil, separate oil from ocean water and return the water to the sea.

    Why does not one want to discuss this possibility?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  26. Tony

    AC, I am asking again that when you mention that 15,000 bbls/day is much higher than 5,000 bbls/day, you should point out that it is even much lower than the 100,000 bbls/day that you were emphasizing a couple of weeks ago. Let's be transparent here.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  27. Sebastian Lantos

    The defense department should start gearing their objectives, money, technical expertise, and manpower towards the protection of the environment. Is not a matter of national security?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  28. Gina Istre

    Why is BP using millions of dollars on commercials to tell us they are cleaning up? Why don't you use the millions of dollars to pay the people you owe. And can't they just talk to the press for free?

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

    I can't say I am surprised that BP has backpeddled from their "relative trickle" statement.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  30. Ali Hannah

    This is horrible!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  31. Cynthia

    Anderson is going to get to the bottom of the BP lies and cover-ups. His dedication and hard work will pay off. Go get 'em, AC!!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  32. Katey

    I am currently researching coastal systems, and everyday I grow more saddened at seeing the footage. I just cant believe that this had already gone on for more than 50 days, and it seems that BP has not made nearly as strong of an effort as they could to cap this – with all the engineers available at their disposal, could no one could up with new ideas within their own company, and with their billions, could they not physically implement new ideas one right after another if each successive one fails?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  33. Helen

    This tragic situation is business as usual for BP, Here in Augusta, GA, we had a death and several injuries at a chemical plant here just a few years ago, because BP cares more about money than the safety of their employees! Our president nees to intervene.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  34. Ingrid

    Where is the military? Are we so overextended overseas that we don't enough manpower to take care of our own country?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  35. Victoria Missouri

    So we know that BP had no intention of ever having a plan in case. This means we need to take over. They should only concentrate on stopping and containing at ground zero. They should not be allowed on American soil unless invited. And they don't have any rights in the open waters. We have tried to do things in a proper manor but they don't play nice. In this situation what's wrong with a little healthy anarchy.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  36. Christy in Indiana

    I am curious as to what BP would be doing if this massive oil slick was heading toward the British Virgin Islands? Hmmmmmmmm.....

    June 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  37. Audrey

    Thank God for James Carville. He's put aside politics and trying to do what's right for all the people on the coast. Thanks James !

    June 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  38. jr

    Everyone needs to acknowledge that BP, and only BP, has been controlling the video evidence from day one. This is a total travesty and our Government must stop it now. One oil industry expert has stated that, given the massive extent of the blow out and amount of oil in the Gulf, he believes that there are multiple sources of leaking oil around the one source that BP shows on their video feed. The US Government must commandeer the video cameras down there and look around and see if there are other sources of leaking oil that BP does not want us to see.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  39. Ken

    Why doesn't congress nationalize BP and take over everything from them, including the clean-up?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  40. eugenia - San Francisco

    they have not slowed the flow.
    there is more going in the gulf than before the pipe was cut folks.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  41. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Di Canada, "It a shame that, they kept this video hidden soooo long"

    Not only that, but the US Coast Guard conspired with BP to mislead the American people about the severity of the oil spill during the first few days by releasing deceptive video footage that did not show the true extent of the spill.

    So who can we trust now?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  42. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "Thad Allen has been covering up and making excuses for BP all along."

    Clearly, it's appearing that way....I don't understand why Thad Allen is not more transparent also... This really smells!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  43. Di Canada

    Can’t help but smile at the 14 year low for BP stock.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  44. Canadian Candace

    In today's world, if these companies can make BILLIONS of dollars for years and years, they should be able to pay for the clean up.

    Shameful that those hardworking fisherman that have been cleaning things up are not getting paid in a timely manner.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  45. John

    I can't believe the Gulf Coast governors have not been doing anything because they were waiting for approval of the federal government agencies. States Rights I say. Take charge and do something! Federal Agencies – get out of the way!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  46. Samantha Rowley

    It's nice to see James Carville again. He's right...someone should be arrested.

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

    james c is correct, in my opinion – this invading thing needs to attacked at every angle – the people who know their coastline and environment seem to know what to do – solutions they are implementing seem to be working (let's hear it for that Cajun ingenuity!)

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

    President Obama and America taxpayers should realize that BP is largely immune from many liability's thanks entirely to the extremely lax Gas and Oil federal laws. But Obama should order a wide range of resources to be brought to the Gulf Region and then attempt to gain the costs from BP. The Govt. will likely fail in federal and the US Supreme Court in obtaining liability damage costs but Obama should take the lead anyway. The American taxpayers are largely the ones going to pay for this mess anyway.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  49. Jeff Miller

    Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act

    Where is the EPA? The paperwork ready for the daily fines???? Pay with BP assets held in America. Apply to Gulf at will immediately....

    June 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  50. charlie

    BP's reluctance to disclose information is perfectly normal. They are required by law to protect the interests of their shareholders. The information they have will come out only under subpeona. That is normal and is their obligation to pensioners who depend on BP dividends. To do otherwise would expose them to shareholders lawsuits on top of everything else. The Attitude of Americans to expect corporations to behave differently is truly naive.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
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