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. Jeff Wilson

    Where is all the international help?? How come no one is talking about the lack of international assistance in deal with this potentially devastating disaster? I hope this opens the eyes of Americans to how we are viewed in the world. Next time Haiti has an earthquake why should we respond???

    June 9, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  2. Jacqueline, NY

    Also, might there possibly be any further damaging effects to the earth with the oil being so directly exposed to the sun.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  3. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Darren B., "The government of the United States is totally sitting on their hands."

    I totally agree with that! I would like to know how many of our "esteemed" (snicker, snicker) congress people owe their careers to BP money.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  4. Bill Schade

    I agree with James. Hayward needs to go to jail until BP starts doing what the American people demand. His constant foot draging and lawyering up shows his true colors. As I am writing this his commercial of lies is playing. This guy has zero creditability. BP needs to save face and replace him while he is in jail. Also, Obama needs to have daily one on one meetings with whoever the BP CEO is until we are past the crisis.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    US Recon Spy Satellites can easily see and pinpoint the exact location and overall size of the deep water Oil plumes. Taxpayers paid 10's of Billions of dollars for them, so why isn't the US Airforce Recon agency releasing those. American's paid for those Satellites and are now getting hosed by the US Airforce, and being forced to rely on NOAA and private contractor's to seek pin's in a haystack.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  6. Sandra

    Agree with Carville and Brinkley...water restorations...wetland restorations are necessary. Our country, our children, and our environment have been neglected and robbed for way too long. Declare war on what has happened to this country and rebuild. This is wrong. Whoever skimmed the money out of here needs to be exposed and held accountable. It's a crime what they did to this country. Our waterways are being attacked...through oil...fisheries...and oil. Both Exxon and BP. Is this terrorism?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  7. charlie

    It is pathetic to see politicians coming out with ideas after the fact. The US is decades behind Europe in fuel efficiency. That increases the oil company's power at the expense of people's interests. Politians have maliciously stacked the deck against the environment, in favor of their dollar contributors. This is the result.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  8. Ingrid

    Where is our government? I have read that "Americans expect instant gratification", but seriously, there are enough people in this country who if given some direction would be lining the shores and removing oil in any way they could.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  9. Kelly Fiorello

    For days and weeks we've been guessing at how much oil is spilling. I'm watching the show and a simple question comes to mind. Doesn't BP know what the flow rate was of the well days, hours, and minutes prior to the explosion? Seems to me that with simple mathematical equations we should be able to arrive at a fairly accurate number.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  10. Jerry

    After today, Thad Altman is losing credibility during his news conferences. I watch as he avoided answering the questions and stating that it takes time to burn a HD Video to disc and get it to shore. My god this is day 51 not day 3. It wouldn't take that long in 1980!!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  11. dave

    gov. hire an american co. to step in and then back charge bp for the expenses.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  12. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    President Obama's performance on this has been a disgrace. It makes Katrina seem like a major success.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  13. Dr Amarjit Singh Anand

    In India Sitting thousands miles away BP is raising my Blood Pressure

    June 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  14. shannon

    Save mother earth, she's the only one we have everyone. These poor animals can't help themselves and its because of us; humans, that they are suffering now. Please, let's ban together to stop this.

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

    Who has the power to cut clean through all the red tape so Louisiana can get the equipment they need to clean and BP can pay the bill?... Sick of everybody having to ask everybody else for permission to do what's necessary... This is desperate and frustrating!... Somebody needs to be in charge and act like it!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  16. Tanya

    It seems everyone's afraid of the big bad wolf. It appears that BP and its execs have more power than the President of the United States. There's no other explanation for why this is still going on. Always comes down to the bottom line-money and politics.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  17. Benny

    Hi Mr. cooper I'm Just a residential contracor here in Florida But when yo look at your veiw of the pipe that is leaking seems to me and I'm not a rocket sientist but it looks to me when you look at the picture you can see a bolted flange why is it they cant place an open gate valve on top after removing old flange then when rebolted shut off the new gate vale and thoughts
    Benny Mills

    June 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
    • Shelly

      Great question!

      June 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  18. John Fallon

    Regarding the comment made some minutes ago that Martha Stewart could clean up the BP mess in the Gulf, I agree. I am certain she would recommend using cheesecloth. Believe it or not, in large amounts, albeit huge quantities ..it just might help some.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  19. Yoly, Florida

    We need to start calling our Congressmen and women demanding action.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  20. George silva

    After watching for days, live video of spill, I have an excellent way to recover oil at the root of leak, None has thought about it.
    I'm unlicensed plumber but a genius to repair or solve many problems
    I have 2 drawings to convince you, where can I mail them,
    consist of a large pipes, to direct oil upwards using the same oil pressure.until loses pressure then to be vacumed.
    LET ME hELP!!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  21. deborah

    Anderson, I am an avid fan! I am sick to death of BP's excuses. Make the CEO go and help clean the endangered Pelicans or pull dead turtles out of his oil slicks. Not that he would give a hoot about the animal, but at least he would be doing something useful.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  22. Nicole The Netherlands

    well everyone, there you have it. James Carville does -not- want the President to "go down". I knew it, saw a lot of critisism on James C in American press.. and blogs. He means well..
    He is a good guy..

    June 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  23. Brooke

    @ Bryan: BP probably paid CNN a billion dollars to buy the air time for the commercial

    June 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  24. Phillip M. Guillory

    Anderson, could you ask BP why don't they remove the flange that they cut, becasue there are bolts connecting the flange to the well, and they can comeback with a new flange with distrubution valves and shut-off valves.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  25. Darren B.

    If every single person that lives on the gulf went to the waters edge and took a picture of themselves touching the oil then maybe BP would actually take an interest in cleaning up the oil for fear of the class action law suits brought on because of exposure. Come on people go to the water and get rich off of BP.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  26. Kenny in Boston

    I find it incredibly hypocritical that the AC 360 show is currently ripping into BP for its transparency and accountability during this disaster, but the first commercial I see when they cut to break is BP’s apology commercial.

    This just shows that when it comes right down to it, its all about money.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  27. ryan

    If BP is adding new boats,planes,vacums etc. Then why are we 51 days in with just about no progress. It is just a bunch of lies.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  28. Di Canada

    I have to admit I am very glad that President Obama is showing more emotion. True leadership requires passion, always has, always will.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  29. Becky B

    Tar and feather Tony Hayword & the BP board. We've got plenty of tar and getting the feathers won't be a problem.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  30. Tammie

    The money is there. We spend money on Iraq, Afghanistan as well as humanitarian efforts in Hati and support in Israel. The US has the money and manpower to clean this up instead of just having meetings about it. BP also has the manpower and money to solve the problem. We are treating this like a third world country by using vacumes with the oil by volunteers.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  31. jc cherubini

    Why can't we torpedo a bunker buster type of explosive to implode the rock and dirt they had to drill through to get to this oil reserve. It seems to me only a layman that there is a simpler solution It seems BP just wants tosalvage ther beloved well or ie work they have done thus far

    June 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  32. Craig - Canada

    I agree with James Carville – People need to be arrested. Only when BP officials and dishonest obstructionist government officials face jail time will they stop thier dishonest actions. Also, Thad Allen needs to be fired (and possibly face arrest). Unfortunately Thad Allen is probably covering for the government (and the President).
    Keep up the good work CNN and Anderson Cooper.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  33. Mary Anderson

    Since BP has admitted its responsibility, why doesn't government (state, local and federal) officials take them at their word. We should start cleaning up and send the bills to BP, instead of waiting BP to pay up front. David Douglas and James Carville are correct, use our stimulus funds to fight this and get BP to pay us back.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  34. Cheryl Arizona

    President Obama should stop with the gutter talk and ask for help from every one he can. Respect comes to a President that doesn't talk tough but acts like a gentleman and someone you can count on in an emergency. I don't think this has been handled that way.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  35. Barb

    When they constructeg the "rig" , wouldn't they have thought about "what to do if it breaks" and oil starts spilling out? Why is this taking so long to figure out what to do?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  36. frank

    why can't our president demand by law that bp do exactly what he demands. Is it that the president don't want to demand at the risk of upsetting bp?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  37. Charlene - Canada

    I find it disgusting that BP has been concealing the facts on the oil spill – why hasn't anyone been arrested yet? This is an ecological disaster... call the army if you have to!!! Make a stink....

    June 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  38. John

    Is it possible to sanction BP by denying the corporation the right to lease any land on the OCS for oil exploration?

    Is it possible to prevent BP from contracting with any Federal agency for any purpose?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  39. Smith in Oregon

    James Carville is entirely correct. YES, get the equipment, use it and SEND BP the bill.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  40. thomas

    Do not allow bp to drill in the western hemisphere- period
    why are we allowing private companies to make the decisions about
    how a well is designed and managed when it can cause a catastrophe of this magnitude.
    They have polluted the Gulf and it will stay that way for decades.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  41. robin ford cardneaux

    Why can't Gov Jindal call out the National Guard and confiscate the well,
    Bp has lost the right to be any where near our coast!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  42. Bryan

    Why is your show, AC360 (live from the gulf), which is currently bashing BP, being sponsored by BP's "I'm sorry" commercial?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  43. Milene Moses

    I just watched the video of the press confress where they asked about the president not talking to BP because ..... Well, you could say that about anyone.

    Why hasn't he joined with the Gov. and get something done.

    This is not only a disaster for this country but its leadership.

    I voted for our president and I am very sad.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  44. Steve Parker Jr

    How is it possible for our government to give the auto/banks bailouts, pass never-ending health reform, but not stand up to an oil company that is ruining the environmemt, jobs, and frankly will cost tax payers money. This is pathetic. Steve – Charleston, SC

    June 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  45. suzette

    I am a retired insurance lawyer. BP's insurers have taken over this case. Who are BP 's insurers? Are they American? Probably not. Your producers should identify them.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  46. Anne

    Can you please tell me why the "National Oil and Hazarodous Substances Contingency Act" signed into law in 1996 with Bill Clinton.


    June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  47. JessicaP

    I am quite disappointed that in this high tech world we live in, a company of this magnitude would be so negligent.

    I am so glad there are reporters like you out there to help expose the true story.

    My children might not ever get the priviledge of seeing the beautiful white sandy beaches of the gulf if they dont step up.

    I personally, will do my absolute best to not purchase from Bp again after the horrific disrespect they have had for our country with their negligence and slow response.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  48. Marie, New Orleans

    Why isn't anyone being arrested?
    Why on the first break after talking about how bad BP is do we see a PR commercial for BP!!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  49. Star

    Maybe BP should stop buying up media trying to spin their image and actually try to improve their image by paying people whose lives they have ruined.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  50. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @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 ."

    They don't want the American people to see the images of these suffering animals because it will reflect badly on BP. I am sure BP regards these animals' deaths as nothing more than collateral damage.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
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