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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5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

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  1. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree with you!!!! I like it, too! 🙂 Yes Tom does.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  2. Melissa - Texas

    BP's insurers:

    BP is almost completely self insured through Jupiter Insurance, Ltd.a captive domiciled on the Island of Guernsey in the United Kingdom. BP only secures policies from the commercial market where regulations require it to do so.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  3. Brian Hamer

    How can CNN air a commercial from BP stating how well they are doing with the oil spill cleanup when first the statements are all lies and when AC360 and every other news story produced by CNN is stating what a terrible job BP is doing. CNN needs to remove any and all commercials/ads from BP or the American people will start concidering CNN as dishonest and drive by the dollars as much as BP is. CNN...remove all BP commercials from your network regardless of how much they are paying you to air them.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  4. Michele Burlot

    Anderson, don't feel bad that BP won't come on your show again. At least they bought your air time! I just saw Tony Hayward's crummy commercial during the first half hour of your show tonight. Weirdos.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  5. Sophia Garcia

    360 viewer's really should see CNN's airing of BP's commercial as fiscally savvy instead of "tacky" or "hypocritical" ~ BP's actually paying CNN to pay Anderson Cooper to expose all of their nasty lies! That's waaay cool!

    ...You're the bomb, AC! ILY! XOXOXO...

    June 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  6. Christine Halverson

    Your coverage is amazing! I normally don't watch any news but this oil spill had me searching and you are awesome and doing an great job for the real people! Thank you Anderson! Keep up the truth telling news coverage. Christine from Montana

    June 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  7. Cathy Cooper

    Just to let you know Tony Hayward was on your show tonight ! In your 2nd commercial break guess what commercial came on? You got it ,Bp's commercial .

    June 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  8. thomas l.

    "Our government should seize BP assets....." I agree

    June 9, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  9. Monica Lynn James

    Finally some real reporting on the issue instead of opinions thrown at us as if they are facts. But still I wonder why is no one asking the big question about energy? Shouldn't this be a huge wake up call. We have had the technology for solar and wind power for over 30 years, yet we are not smart enough to generate power without killing ourselves. Even dogs have the common sense not to poop where they sleep. When are we going to wake up?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  10. Teresa

    Wow! What will the future bring for our young children. Tony Hayward and BP are making an attempt to cover up the results of this disaster.
    Thank God for scientist and cameras. I can not believe that Tony Hayward is making an attempt to take all the credit by presenting a commercial to indicate that the company is on top of this disaster.
    I'm afraid to think of the future of our oceans, animals, and the lives of the people.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  11. Ingrid

    Could scientists use sonar to deter dolphins and other marine animals from entering the spill?

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

    Companies that make the kind of money that BP does..... should have more ideas of how to fix their mess.

    All that money going into more drilling – but none into research. How to fix the worst possible scenario etc.


    I wonder who their insurer is, as this is going to be a HUGE clean up bill.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  13. Ronald

    Thomas I – Every oil well company that drills a well in the gulf has to start an escrow. The escrow is for the decomission of a well, any problems that occur with the life of the well, and for issues like this one.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  14. Armond

    Am I the only one that understands that they could blow this well and destroy it so it can't be used again. But no BP won't do that because then they would lose any future oil. They would rather destroy the coast and Americans future. What do they care this does not effect their lives. People on the coast might as well pack up and leave. This will be a waste land for decades.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  15. Denyse

    Who provided BP with the license to drill in the Gulf and how much did the license cost(ie: term; renewal options). Who values those license for drilling rights? What is the economic formula for valuation?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  16. Shelly

    Why is it sooo hard to cap it? Cap it the same way they installed it! In. 2010? No solution? Calling all submarines & plumbers.

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

    Anderson, I just listened in astonishment to your opening rant reguarding the lack of transparency and honesty on the part of BP.
    I indeed appreciate your insights and perspective.
    However, how can CNN put you on the air with all of this information and statements about BP's lack of accountability and then turn around and run a PR add from BP stating just the opposite of what you had just presented.
    This to me is the height of hypocrisy on the part of CNN. It again is all about the money just as it is with the oil companies.
    How can CNN give a voice to the BP people (who we all acknowledge are dishonest) who you have just blasted and still maintain any credibility.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  18. Tynisa Sampson

    My SilverFox *smile, I love u & watch nightly but "Keep It Honest": During the 1st half hr of ur show the BP Ad was aired, why are they allowed to buy time during your show when the ad perpetuates a lie?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  19. jerry

    How long will our government let BP keep putting off transparency? A foreign company is assaulting our country, they continue to do so. Why isn,t Haywood in custody?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  20. charlie

    @ Suzanne Andrea and Joe. Normal drilling practise records every second of the operation and decisions made. That is essential for geological evaluaiton and safety. My point is that there are records in BP that can essntially be used to re-run every second of the operation from day 1 to disaster. This is like an extraordinarly detailed flight recorder. Why are journalists and / or the senate going after those records?

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

    Anderson, thanks for keeping up the pressure. I just saw the report about how long it's taking to get money to some of the business owners, especially those who work on a cash basis. In fairness, you should point out that, if these business owners aren't keeping good records, then they're also not paying income tax on their earnings like the rest of us do. In other words, they are scamming the government and leaving the rest of us to pay the taxes. Any income received from any source must be reported. I'm as pissed about this situation as everyone else, but I'm also tired of seeing people who always look to the government to solve their problems. This is an extreme situation and the government must certainly take charge, but we're all at risk and can lose our jobs at any time. If we're not prepared, the government isn't going to help us out. Thanks

    June 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  22. Smith in Oregon

    Why isn't the US Navy helping to track those deep Ocean plumes of doom? Every resource should be used here. American taxpayers paid for those Naval high tech vessels, and deserve a return on their investment to actual home security.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  23. Joan in Connecticut

    LOL, yes, Melissa!

    Didn't BP say, on their permit for this job, that they had "proven technology" to contain a spill this size?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  24. Paul

    Hey Anderson,

    I love your show. I don't get much time to watch but lately have made the time due to the BP oil spill. I'm glad i have because you're digging where most won't. Keep up the good work. Please do me a favor and stop showing the oil spilling in the bottom corner of the screen. It literally makes me sick to see it happening.

    Best Regards
    Halifax NS, Canada

    June 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  25. Nick Michel - Ohio

    Place a larger pipe around the leak that extends to the surface. Cost too much? Give me a break!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  26. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    If I was Obama and I was running things, then I would negotiate with whoever it took in the British government in order to get full control of BP in the United States. I would take over control of BP right away if all that it took was buying up BP's stock shares. Once I had full control of BP, then Tony Hayward and his cronies would be immediately fired, criminally investigated, they would serve time in prison if they are found to be guilty of what they are being accused of right now, and the government would completely own and run the entire BP operation.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  27. Lynn Alderman

    My God why does the oil on the live stream look like it is on fire? I haven't noticed flames in the oil before. Did something happen?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  28. Jerry Brocki

    Hi Anderson,

    In your report tonight you showed some home made vacuums sucking up the oil from a barge. I'm sure septic trucks can do the same clean up if not a better and they are available everywhere making it ready to deploy immediately. They also would be ready to transport the oil to a refinery or transfer trucks near by.


    June 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  29. Ryan sapach

    After watching the clarity of the oil leaking under high volume pressure, I couldn't help but vision a huge funnel ,simply funneling the oil from the bottome a mile to the top that is syphoned to a tanker. I mean if you could a camera so close to the source than you guys can do better than that! US gov, media and people! We all need to work together

    June 9, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  30. Heather S.

    Anderson – can you and Dr. Gupta please do a special on the short and long term effects of the oil and disbursents that are being dumped into the Gulf. How does it effect fish, plants, humans who swim in it , eat the fish , live on the water. As a Gulf Coast Resident who lives on the beach and in the water and eats Gulf fish regularly, what are we in for. Thank you

    June 9, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  31. tom

    thanks for what you're doing down there. keep them honest. i'd really like to have access to a complete list of all products that bp helps create. all companies that purchase oil from them to make new products and what those products are, the names of the products. i have no intention of using any product that contributes to their company any longer. if any one has this information or knows where to obtain this, please let me know. thank you.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  32. Debbie

    Why not have a nation wide peaceful demonstration. Rally?
    Everyone in every state go outside at a certain time and just yell to clean up the Gulf? Is anybody listening?
    I agree to freeze all the BP accounts, offer them no support or mercy until they start being accountable. Don't buy their products.
    This oil company has got to pay. This will have an impact on all of us... and I don't feel BP is taking a strong position to help.
    I just feel so helpless with all of this and all the news just seems so negative.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  33. juan pinero

    I have a idea of how to stop the leak in the gulf, the bottom is a bell in that bell should be built with cement and metal (you will have to calculate the pressure of the leak so you know how heavy it needs to be) at the top of the bell will be a pipe going all the way to the top where the water surface on the pipe there should be 3 huge valve in a row. At the bottom should be air supporters so it can float in the water to the leak.when above the leak start taking out the air of the supporters and let it drop down to the leak,(the wider the bell the more pressure it will have .So when the bells over the leak the valve's have to be open, when at the bottom you have to start closing each valve one by one.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  34. Jim

    I think they should go with Kevin Costner's invention. The guy sunk $26 million into it. It's a machine that separates oil and water at a fast rate. Why hasn't he had a chance to use it yet? Why isn't anyone talking about this?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  35. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I like Tom Forman's experiments. I think he should replace Bill Nye the science guy

    June 9, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  36. richard

    We as a country need to take a much tougher stand on BP.
    This is nothing less than a criminal and terrorist act.
    Why is that Toyota and it s CEO get hauled to Congress, and get grilled daily by the gov't, media, and public opinion, but BP's CEO, its board members, and it execs only get a slap in the wrist ?
    Anderson, you and CNN are doing a great job covering this crisis.
    My suggestion is to do a report on the stark contrast as to how CEOs and leaders of companies accept and take responsibility when it comes to CSR violations by profiling and analyzing the attitude and actions of Toyota's CEO and that of BP's CEO.
    As infuriating as this oil spill crisis is, what is just as infuriating and unacceptable is the arrogance and extreme lack of empathy and sincerity of BP's CEO, its board, and its management. Again, this is not only an environmental crisis...

    June 9, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, "The government is supposed to be watching out for us, and they have been disinterested spectators so far."

    Their feigned outrage is offensive. Everyone talks about BP releasing the HD video only because of pressure from our government, but the government is only now reacting because of pressure from the American people. Talk about those who are without sin casting the first stone!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  38. Ricky Abercrombie

    After seeing the high def picture on tv, it seems to me that a grain siloh – possibly several grain silohs connected together and lowered over the gusher would be obvious fix. With the oil being lighter than water – it would rise to the surface and collect there in the contained area. Simply put – it would be an upside down funnel. Oil tankers could be stationed around the perimeter and could gather all the oil very easily then.

    Is this really as complicated as 'they' are trying to make it?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  39. Chelsea

    If BP doesn't believe that there are oil plumes then why don't they take a camera and go see for themselves?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  40. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Thank you for showing us what a "plume" is.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  41. maria M

    Hey Anderson

    thanks for keeping the news on BP. Our president need to do more. The problem with BP, it supply 80% of US oil. you need to informed the public about it.


    June 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  42. Josh H

    In response to Nicole:

    I live in Louisiana. The state budget is being cut all over the place because of the decrease in tax revenue due to the economy. We simply do not have the money to put all our resources into cleaning up this spill. Our colleges across the state have been cut to the point that many programs are being dropped all together. It looks like we are going to have to do it anyways since it doesnt look like BP is going to.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  43. Mike


    Their stock has taken a dive. They are spending money that they did not plan on spending. They have to protect the shareholder as much as they can. They just cannot pay for the total cost of this accident.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  44. Laura in Nashville

    A massive flotilla of tankers, boats, and barges should have been deployed immediately to keep the oil from reaching land – deployed by our government, oil companies, sympathetic neighbor countries, and private citizens and businesses who have resources to offer.

    Just how many government vessels do the Coast Guard and Navy have in this country at this time? Do we have enough naval artillery at our immediate disposal to address the containment of the spill? Have we overextended our resources to other parts of the world?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  45. Anna

    Isn't time for an Executive Order? Any available tanker from any company should be sent to the area to attempt capture and cleanup.
    Anna – Inlet Beach,FL

    June 9, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  46. Howard

    Also, BP will now file for bankruptcy and the US taxpayer will pay for the hellish mess....I guess America wanted cheap oil....here it is free to scoop up!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  47. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Why isn't there a fleet of hundreds os skimmers out there now? The government needs to take action, not posture about kicking butts.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  48. Melissa

    Every news station is constantly mentioning BP in their reports. Why aren't they including Transocean in their reports? Isn't Transocean responsible also?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  49. Ronald

    Roger the amount of pressure that coming out of the pipe, the ROV's that are down there don't have enough force to put a bladder in.

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

    It would be much better for all if BP would get someone to be on the news shows. Much more affective then ads.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
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