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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. Joe

    Criminal negligence causing death, reckless disregard for health and safety, endangering life and property, obstruction of justice, tampering with evidence, tampering with food, administering a noxious substance, spreading false information, perjury, failure to provide a clean up plan, bribing a public official, contempt of court ...

    June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  2. chuck dunn

    Why do they not take a very sturdy bladder on the end of a heavy pipe stick it down the well pipe that the oil is comming out of and inflate it to stop or slow the flow? Or if the top just below the open end can be unbolted and another valve installed on the flange with the valve open secure and close the valve...........

    June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  3. andrea

    In my opinion Tony Heyward and others from BP should be in prison. I watched the 60 Minutes interview with Mike Williams, Chief Electronics Officer on the rig and was thoroughly disgusted and more than angry. BP knew there was a problem/problems weeks before and did nothing because of their greed. Why isn't this interview being shown more. Nobody seems to be talking about it.

    Thank you.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  4. Ronald

    Why is there no comments on the mulfuction of the BOP? The BOP is put in place for stuff like this, but everyone is blaming BP.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  5. rita

    I love your show. However, I was so disappointed to watch that you allowed bp to air its commercial on your show tonight.????

    June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  6. lawrence

    what's the deal with the first ad when they went to break was the BP's apology. Anderson slams them but then takes the money?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  7. Victoria Missouri

    James Carville. Can you lead or tell us how to help. Beside money what can we do? Please guide us. It's what you do.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  8. Eileen

    This is a tremendous threat to our environment and our future.Someone needs to care enough to take as much action as is needed right now .We cannot afford to continue to wait due to legal barriers as the ecosystem continues to be threatened and destroyed. The long term effects are not worth the continued delays.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  9. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, everyone.

    Sorry to be late, is the oil coming ashore mostly in LA, that's the impression I have. If so, totally appropriate for Gov. Jindal to be asking for more protection for the LA shoreline.

    The HD info is key to dealing with the spill. Assessing the amount of oil gushing out of the well, and a check on claims that flow of oil is being controlled. It gives the public a clear view of the undersea developments and should be treated as such, pertinent information.
    Did the unified command have access to the HD imagery.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  10. Sonia Howell

    It is a shame that BP has made billions off of the USA over the years. Still have not developed a plan for shore-line clean-up. BP is trying to create "A Grand Illusion" . This is purley bad buisness. I'm behind LA and everyone involved in this rescue mission. Why are we waiting on BP for anything? We need to do what we can because BP has been lying, covering their feet,and worming their way out of the biggest majority of the spill. Bad Managment on their part and MMS. Thanks for being the crew that is pinning them down. Excellent!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  11. Jeff

    The main problem is that the American Government doesn't have a high enough ranking individual in the Gulf to scare the wolf (BP) Barack Obama needs to relocate to the Gulf and be more visible to make the wolf feel scared enough to really act!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  12. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Smith in Oregon – Agree to all your comments -Bobby supported the supreme court ruling that corporations can pay funds towards campaigns.

    Regarding liabilities I am almost certain that they are not disclosing a lot of information only to use it wisely and I am pretty sure they will file bankruptcy of their US Assets. (Which of course is only a proportion of their full business)...so even if the stock goes much south from today, I think they have the protection under the chapters of going default

    June 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  13. Virginia

    I live on the Gulf Coast in Mobile, AL. I spoke with a guy who works on an oil rig today. He said that when this happened, the company he works for (not BP,) took all their cameras, phones with cameras and computers – anything with which they could take pictures and their property was taken ashore and they were told that when when they got off the rig, their property could be claimed. – He said the water was black and this was 3 weeks ago.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  14. Smith in Oregon

    Retro-active laws are likely going to be ruled illegal in federal courts and thrown out by the ultra conservative right majority in the US Supreme Court. It's sad that Obama doesn't seem to more fully grasp existing federal Oil and Gas laws which severely limits accountability and liability's against Big Oil corporations.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  15. Paul Norton

    Hi Anderson, Will the American Public pay for this mess by giving tax credits to BP for erecting wind turbines ?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  16. Chaney, La.

    President Obama is right , why talk to a guy who will just yes Sir the hell out of him. BP isnt forthright..Dont sell our President short.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  17. edgar

    im a student from belize and have kept a track of this oil spill..i believe that the obama administration needs to step on bp,clealy bp isnt doin their job and that shouldnt be allowed..they need to be taken to court if necessary to ensure bp cleans their mess!!!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  18. tom osborne

    Mr. Cooper,
    You are a patriot and I thank you..
    I am watching and confused.
    We are wondering on day 50 why B P just now let us in on the H D video? Where is our supposedly high tech navy on this possibly world ending event, (ECO SYSTEM?) I think B P is probably doing everything they can but PLEASE can we help? It will end up on their soil eventually.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  19. Christina

    Talk is CHEAP! BP is a environmental terrorist, and needs to be charged with criminal charges! Obama is equally responsible for not making it a point to take this seriously and do something about this since BP can't. They have both made this the peoples issue when, if the proper investigations were done in the past, "mistakes" like this could of been prevented! Great and now they are saying BP will be paying 20 or so billion dollars to clean this up...Wake up! They will increase the price of gas and the people will be "forced" to pay...BP you make me sick!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  20. Yoly, Florida

    That historian is just an apologist for the administration.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  21. rob tate

    i do not see the us gov stepping except for rehtoric

    June 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  22. John Steven

    I am disturbed that nobody is talking about the potential market manipulations and possible securities fraud committed by BP when they chose to delay reports on the failed Top Kill until the market had closed for the Memorial Day weekend.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  23. Frank from NJ

    Don't know if this has been mentioned or if it is even possible but why can't they "pinch" the pipe closed. Even if it doesn't stop the leak 100% it will cut the flow down substantially and maybe give them some time to come up with a more permanent fix and possibly allow them to get ahead of the cleanup.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  24. Jacqueline, NY

    Do scientist know, or is there any way for them to tell just how much crude oil is left in this part of the earth? and what would happen to the earth when or if it runs out? I'm just wondering.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  25. RAul

    i want my coast back mr bp! im afraid this will put the south back into the 1700s economically i cant even imagine what the future holds im a realist and this looks bad....

    June 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  26. Pat Hopkins

    Thanks to you AC for being there and reporting on this oil problem, I am in the Philippines right now for a couple of months but live in West Palm Beach, FL.
    Can American start locking up BP's bank accounts and start putting their officials under house arrest?

    thanks,

    Pat Hopkins

    June 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  27. Jerry

    Thank goodness your on top of this story AC. Keep the pressure on because our government certainly is not doing the job.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  28. Emily

    @Smith,
    Many Oil corporations were following safety regulations...BP has the worst one of all, by far...I hope that it would make them change however, who can believe anything that they are saying right now? (they are not saying much, yet their (in)actions are speaking volumes!)

    June 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  29. Sue R.,, Canton Mi.

    Good evening.

    Saw so many great demo's on how to clean up the oil and the animals,,,yet none of them are being used. Why isn't every piece of equipment being used regardless of cost? . It makes so many of us think that it's even a lot worst than what we already know and have been told.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  30. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    With all the dead sea life and wild life contaminating the coast cant that cause a famine .

    June 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  31. Prasanna

    Thanks to Bobby Jindal demonstrating that the vaccuum cleaners help suck the oil. Please help me understand why can't our government hire 1000+ people and work on getting the oil off. Then send the bill to BP to get paid. Is our gov't that weak that we can't make BP for this and wait, while criticizing them, for their action? Thanks!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  32. Gregg Cottis

    Pressure BP to stop the leak. Give them a deadline 10 days from now or fine them 10 million per day !!!!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  33. Paul T

    BP is not doing all they can to clean up the spilled oil. BP has plenty of money to clean up this mess and pay everyone that has been effected. A few years ago oil compnanies were making record breaking billion dollar profits when gas was more than $4 and $5 a gallon.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  34. charlie

    I have worked on BP drilling rigs in both Norway and the gulf. The balance of power on a rig is always between the "company man" (BP) and the rig's owner. That balance is always lowering cost & Speed (BP want) vs slower and safety (which the dill company wants.
    In Norway the balance is hugely in favor of safety, in e Gulf noticably less so.
    That reflects the strengh of corporate influenece on politics in the US.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  35. William McGuire

    This brings to concern not only BP but the hundreds of deep sea rigs from many oil companies that may not be prepared in the case of another spill.

    As an engineer, this is one of the worst things that could occur, a failure that affects many and can't be fixed quickly. We all need to take personal responsibility in anything we do to try to predict the outcome of our actions or lack of action

    June 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  36. George Flores

    As I watch the HD video of the oil, I noticed that the oil is coming from a broken pipe that was bolted on to a flange. That flange is still in place and in good shape.

    Why can't they unbolt the old flange (with the broken pipe on it), install a new one with a valve welded to it, and re-bolt the new flange in place. Leave the valve open so oil can still flow while the flange is being bolted in. When the flange is completely bolted down, close off the valve.

    Is this too simple????

    June 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  37. greg treleaven

    why haven't the BP board of directors been interviewed. their names
    are readily available on the BP Website. the BP Ceo is just a mouthpiece for their public relations efforts. these people should share the responsibility for this disaster, someone should bring these
    people into the picture. According to Forbes, they are all paid a million
    dollars per year. But they are ignored by the press. five of them have
    been knighted by the queen of great britain. why hasn't anyone contacted them?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  38. Sharon Hastings

    Much as I feared "the check's in the mail" has clearly not materialized. We keep hearing it's coming in a few days and on and on. This includes not only real checks that are due people but who haven't received them yet as well as all the clean up help promised. For awhile I have to admit I thought James Carville was over the top, but not anymore.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  39. Mike (south Florida)

    this is far more worse than said in the previous weeks tony hayward aka coward must GO!!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  40. Roseleen North Dakota

    Anderson, I just cannot watch all those poor pelicans gasping for their last breath. I am originally from Great Britain but am now an American Citizen but I am saddened to say I am ASHAMED of BP.
    If I had my way I would Tar and Feather the whole bunch. How greedy are we getting as a human race?
    Thank you for always trying to keep 'them honest!!'

    June 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  41. Virginia Elza

    The only reason BP wants total control of the clean-up is that they want to get off on the cheap. Why hasn't President Obama sent in the National Guard and every other means possible (ships, planes, people, etc) to contain this mess? Get it cleaned up and send BP the bill!!!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  42. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I am a little disappointed that Obama has did not step in after two weeks of this and took over, but I also see that the government can only do so much with something like this especially since this is a company's responsibility and not a government responsibility, but he should have stepped in and said or tried to do something about it

    June 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  43. caroline

    Thank You Anderson for a great job!
    BP has previously been convicted of felonies. I agree with Carvel; they need to be arrested. I recall years ago in Milton, FL where a man was sent to prison for filling in a wetland. BP has destroyed the Gulf.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  44. Dana Vossen

    The U.S. goverment needs to take control. Pay the fishermen, clean up the beaches and the wildlife and give all the bills to BP. Enough already!!!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  45. Jon Murphy

    Why can't they insert a large ball into the oil pipe, Like a drain blaster, and inflate it sealing the hole? Its simple to do. Since they can put stuff into the hole. they could insert a large ball and inflate it.
    It will not blow out once inflated.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  46. deborah

    Using the suction trucks is a great idea. Steel-making plants use them all the time to clean up coal and coke dust.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  47. Jill

    If BP can't burn a disk in 51 days, our coasts are in big trouble.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  48. Melanie

    I read there are ships out in the oceans that could be brought here and they actually can sift the oil out of the water and then return the clean water to the ocean..Why are they not out in the gulf doing this?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  49. Josh Rodrock

    Isn't it about time our government should stop protecting corporations that can't even follow simple rules? It's day 51, we have a "powerful" government, so why haven't any wrists slapped... at least? Great job AC keep up the reports, really enjoying your show as a new viewer.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  50. Alicia

    BP is being transparent.... It is obvious that they are not making the clean up or stopping the leak a priority. Their priority is to save the oil. What happens when there is a hurricane and the ship collecting the oil has to leave?? The 15,000 barrels go back into the water. Enough with BP taking the lead in the clean up since its not their priority. The Lousiana Gov. is right they are defending their lands and livelyhoods. We shouldn't wait for the oil to hit the land and then clean it up like BP states. Put all those fishing boats into the water and get that oil off the surface just send BP the bill after.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
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