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)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

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  1. frank

    America's nightmare, BP's oil gusher destroying our gulf of mexico! BP's nightmare, James carville, Douglas Brinkley, and Anderson Cooper.Thank God for them!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  2. Sarah in Canada

    James Carville should be president! Where is Obama? BP are crminals and liars...How bad does it have to get before they get in any trouble? Obama needs to step it up....Big time! When your the president you can do whatever you want...So do it! Everyone is going so easy on him because they like him...The ocean is being destroyed by the second....Also...AC for VP!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  3. Richard

    boca grande, fl- last year, saw them fill in a sandy beach that was washed away- by sucking the sand up from under the water and depositing it back onto the beach. My point- can they do the same by burying the oil?-just throw sand over it and let it sink and be burried forever!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  4. Earl

    Where we see oil gushing out why isn't there a big vaccum hose sucking up as much as possible until the permenant piping is attached. Why is taking so long to hook up something?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  5. Nick Smith

    Arrest all the BP chain of command, charge them with domestic terrorism, and publicly hang one a day until BP fixes the leak, pays off every citizen that's been injured, and cleans up the Gulf.

    You'll see how fast BP can really do the work.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  6. Mike

    BP is going to force the gulf states to pay for most of the clean up if they want it done faster. Then when all the states present the bill to BP, they will file bankruptcy.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  7. Marie

    Anderson – by now we know that BP cannot be trusted and is dangerous and incompetent. The real story is why the government allows BP to have any decision-making capability at all by Day 51. Please apply the pressure on the Obama administration which is fast becoming as untrustworthy and incompetent as BP. After all, the Obama administration allowed BP to set up the Deepwater rig and set the whole disaster in motion.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  8. Bill

    Bobby Jindal and Billy Nungesser seem to be the only 2 people that have the drive and ingenuity to clean up the spill. Bobby and Billy: just build the berms and get the vaccums going... like the old saying goes: "it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission". Just go for it!!!! That's what leadership is all about... positive results often in the face of extreme resistance and incompetence. We have had no leadership for 51 days from all the talking heads at BP, Congress, The Army Corps, Thad Allen, and our own President. We as Americans should be ashamed; the world is laughing at us. Please Bobby and Billy, put your ideas and people to work and show everyone how we as Americans can still be innovative and provide leadership... and just send BP the bill.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  9. Matt

    Is there really a top hat or tap cap in place? Look at the high def. I see no top cap or top hat. I see a sheared pipe.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  10. Kathy Tannen

    I'm listening to your broadcast as I type this to your blog. In light of all the delays and problems dealing with BP and getting the oil spill contained and cleaned up, why doesn't the federal government step in and take over the assets of BP as BP is not working enough with the US in solving the problems or providing the needed transparency for stopping the oil flow and cleanup, I propose that the US Government take over the assets of BP as they did the brokerage houses when the markets tanked. Then as funds are needed for cleanup, wages, and damages done to businesses, and with the assist of other US agencies, the money would be there to use for what BP is balking at paying. In other words, get the money from BP now,and treat it as a controlled fund for payout as determend by a government agency, existing or newly formed. Thank for listening.

    Kathy Tannen, Los Angeles, CA

    June 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  11. Ellen W.

    Sprague, CT
    I haven't heard about the burns that were happening in the gulf. Are they still burning the oil? And if so, how much and what are those effects on the environment?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  12. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good point there, Bloggers, I agree with all of you....

    June 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  13. Linda

    Who cares about all the governmental bull? Put a hold on all of BP's assets now. If we don't they're going to claim bankruptcy and get away with this. An act of Congress? What about doing it right now. Stop with all of the bull, and do it. Stop waiting for approval from the Coast Guard to use the vacuuming machines? What the heck is wrong with all of these people? Our water is destroyed, if we have a hurricane soon our entire southern environment will be destroyed. while our so called government is standing around trying to pass this bill and that bill to fix a disgusting terrible disaster created by our own governments greed because we never checked out their disaster plans. Where is all of the concrete that was supposed to have been poured over this well, there's no sign of it on that video. They need bigger heads on the vacuum machines. They need to shut down every well BP has, and put their President an officers in jail, now.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  14. Emily

    @Lawrence, Rita, & others,
    I too was very surprised to see that BP commercial...I think that Tony Hayward and or some other BP official would be better off speaking for BP on AC360 in person with Anderson...
    I think seeing that commercial shows just 'where' Hayward & BPs head is at...I hope that changes.

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

    I agree with those of you who are saying that it is wrong for 360/CNN to allow BP to run their pathetic "mea culpa" commercial while they are criticizing them on their shows.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  16. Deborah in Texas

    We have a problem in corporate culture. BP has been lying and keeping information from the public, their greed is overwhelming – they should be more worried about the environmental damage then their reputation. Wall street, AIG, Enron, etc. etc. is disturbing.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  17. Melissa - KT, Texas

    Love your show Anderson, I'm hooked. Thanks for keeping them honest. but..............

    Tony's commercial has appeared during your show, T A C K Y!

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

    There needs to be an emergency plan bill. Make it a law! A Business policy plan for emergencies&natural disasters. Practice drills, government & community involvment within the business.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  19. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I'm more angry at the government than BP. You expect BP to act in their own interest first. The government is supposed to be watching out for us, and they have been disinterested spectators so far.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  20. kyle

    Why is it half the time they say there trying to fix this and stop the leaking well, there never out there trying to hard, I wish they would be out there around the clock trying like they say they are.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  21. Nyra June 3

    Been watching the show ever night and listensing to the news and my gut keeps telling me something bigger is happening here than the oil spill (if possible). I hate saying this because it sounds so crazy but the lack of response by those who are in charge is of huge concern. The is a catastrophe in the same category as a hurricane it just doesn't make sense the response by the government. Where are all the agencies that response when there is a hurricane. With all the brilliant minds in the world why are they being called on. It is not brain surgery – you have a spill you jump – better to overreact at the time of an emergency than not. This raises a lot of doubt on behalf of the oil company and sorry the government. There is something that smells bad and its not the oil. Yes BP is not a U.S. company but the spill happened on our soil so as far as I am concerned you protect your home from the get go........you don't depend on someone else to protect your home. We are stepping on egg shells with this company why? This really raises RED FLAGS. What is holding them back from taking the aggressive action (either wrong or right) but taking action. Something is wrong and for me that is saying alot I am normally an optimist and always tend to think the best of peple to a fault. I don';t see a happy ending here.

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

    They will put it in a language they understand (lawsuits and $$$), I'm sure.

    But agree. Where is our military? We need them here.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  23. Nicole

    I agree with James Carville. Why do the people in Louisiana and elsewhere have to get pre-approval from BP or other agencies to clean up the oil using every tool available to them? Instead, shouldn't they be encouraged to clean it up, and simply (which I guess IS the problem) submit a bill to BP?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  24. Joseph Kennedy

    BP stated in the second week they could mount a second BOP on top of the damaged one.Why haven`t they?There must be a serious problem with the wellbore!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  25. NMercado, PhD

    BP is just making it extremely difficult for these people to get paid because they do not want to pay them...they have proven over and over again the extent of their greed...

    June 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  26. Scott Nicholson

    Anderson, we need to place BP in receivership. Robert Riech, former Secretary of Dept.of Labor proposed this option recently. We have done this to nursing homes for years when they have had a high number of deficiencies/violations. Why not for BP?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  27. Jack

    BP should have added additional pipes over the vents they are going to close, then all the oil pouring out of the vents/additional pipes could have been collected also. Would have had to have additional ships though, maybe that's why they didn't

    June 9, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  28. Gene W

    Thank you for keeping your nose in the middle of this. It's all smoke and mirrors when it comes to BP. And I must say I am embarrased at the manner in which our government has responded to this disaster. I have never known the United States of America to accept this type of disrespect. God bless what was once a beautiful part of our country.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  29. Marie, New Orleans

    I really want to know why BP has such total control over this when our government should have stepped in long ago and taken over!!! Start with the subpoena's!! Go in and start arresting people. We feel like we've been deserted out here!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  30. Brooke

    In this day and age, BP should be able to deposit money into people's accounts immediately. The claims process should not be this burdensome!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  31. Micah

    I agree with James Carville. Start arresting people! Obama seems all talk. We're taking it while they lawyer up, lie and stall. No integrity – just greed.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  32. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I am sick about the people who will be affected by this economically from TX to FL. All the suffering animals and habitat that has been destroyed. It's maddening and deplorable!

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

    Why not start a legal movement to freeze all BP assests and accounts in the US. Reason.......corporate damage to national property. Hold all funds and assets until all repairs and restoration is completed ! If we freeze their accounts, you can bet it will get their attention in a hurry !!!! Hit them where they will feel it in a hurry !

    June 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  34. betty grandison

    Anderson, I love your show and the way you reach out to all people who are hurting. However, I wonder if you realise that while you are doing the expose on BP and the oil spill, your network allowed the commercial by BP CEO that cost the millions of dollars. Looks like a conflict of interest or at the least hypocritical. I do not think the you would approve and I wanted you to know.

    Sincerely, A follower and respectful fan,
    Betty Grandison

    June 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  35. Nick Michel

    Following 51 days of hassle from BP and their lack of transparency with the American people, why is it that BP is still in charge of the clean up? We should have frozen their US assets weeks ago, pushed them to the side and stopped the leak. We can prosecute them accordingly once this has been accomplished.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  36. rob tate

    Keep Them Honest by not taking their (BP) money for commercials

    June 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  37. Di Canada

    Leadership also requires the guts to stand up and fight when you need to.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  38. shannon

    I wish we could forget money for just a second and just help out. I'm sick of hearing about excuses and money I want to see action and I know we can do it.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  39. Barbara-FL

    Look, BP is going to pull whatever money they can out of their corporation then they're going to file bankruptcy. THEN, we, the 1/3 of this country actually paying taxes, are going to end up paying for their mess. And what's pathetic about that is that they'll be allowed to get away with it. I don't believe anything that comes out of Tony Hayward's mouth.
    Why is BP spending millions on phony apologies when they should be sending that money to the families who are suffering, when they should be using that money towards aggressive clean up, when they should be using that money to GET THAT WELL CAPPED!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  40. Darlena - SC

    Always look forward to Tom's science lessons.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  41. Teresa

    Why can't they place 'well casing' over the leak and bring the oil to the surface? It's a mile down, but they bring it up that far into a rig......

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

    Good point question, Tony Hayward wanted to tell people to say sorry, they have few times on commercial all day and night, We don't want hear from him.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  43. Rob

    I thought the oil is landing on the US shores, Not on the BP shores. The Govt. is listening to much to BP. Step in and pay the people for the clean up and let the Govt. go after BP later.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  44. kala

    The show is grear, hope anderson and cnn stays on this gard and maake BP be accountable

    June 9, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  45. Chris Day St Petersburg Florida

    People only have the 24 hour news channels to get Repeated information, so the Oil company figures. Probably to post there commercial there .

    June 9, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  46. Ed Schlesinger

    Whomever bought the time to 'advertise' the BP ad is a genius.

    Sandwiched between the onslaught on BP from AC and guests ... and I think you folks are treating BP with kid gloves .... and Ed Henry's questions to Gibbs where in effect he called the BP CEO an 'ass' there (see what I mean – kid gloves) was that well produced BP advertisement slipped in for about 120 seconds.

    Confusing at best. Great media planning on BP's part. Comes off a bit cynical. Where are your producers ??

    I would never agree to limiting free speech but it seems a bit strange that they get the opportunity to market their lies right in your face. Please don't accept payment on that ad and/or divert the money where it is really needed .... to the people most affected.

    Hey – just my two cents. Thanks!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  47. Denni Lowder

    This is just another example of how corupt our country really is .Big buisness like BP and others do as they please with no consequences.Its a shame it has come to this.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  48. Anthony

    UAE offered help with cleaning up the spill. The have sophisticated equipment they used before. Why don't we let them help?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  49. Rich

    Hello everyone. Why not bring our National Guard and Our Troops home to help with this. Better served here than over seas.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  50. Mark Winfield

    From what I've seen and heard from BP and this administration, I don't think anyone will ever be able to get this situation under control. The gulf coast as we knew it is probably ruined for many of our lifetimes if not forever.

    Can someone tell us how long can this oil can be released before it completely runs out.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
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