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) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
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  1. Samantha Rowley

    Good show tonight Anderson and AC360 crew! Thanks for keeping them honest.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Megan, Joe, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, Ed Henry, Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin Dulcie, Charlotte, Sree, Nancy and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!
    Thanks for coming in, for join us tonight! 🙂

    Have a great night & good sleep at home after work!!!
    See you tomorrow night!!! Just a plenty sleep at home!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  3. Bill

    If all of the execs at BP were ordered to spend 12 hours cleaning the beaches and 12 hours cleaning the wildlife, they would be more forthcoming with the truth!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  4. lily

    It is time for the Government to step in, order the best engineers in the US to stop oil spill first, then ask BP $ late

    June 9, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  5. Emily

    Mike, formerly from Syracuse,
    "I'm more angry at the government than BP."

    From what I see, it looks like each one is passing the buck...also, not taking everything (including the wildlife), as seriously as they should.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  6. lisal -canada

    360 should still have a daily shot – could use a dose of humor after all of the gulf sadness and anxiety

    (although tom's hands-on demo was pretty interesting, the shot is just a little end-of-day smile i am sure we all miss)

    June 9, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  7. Su from Fort Lee, NJ

    Hi Anderson & crew! Thank you for your continued tireless effort for being the "eyes & ears" for us viewers...

    Tom, I, too enjoy your science experiements! I have a follow-up question to the demonstration tonight regarding the rate of flow of the model you showed in the glass tank. If it were realistically made to scale, how would that effect the oil dispersing in the ocean and what portion of the oil would dissolve into cloud-like materials versus the oil rising to the surface?

    Sorry for the question but I loved doing science experiments in school & would annoy the heck out of my teachers for all the questions I asked 🙂

    June 9, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Jackie Duvall, "I see that CNN is airing BP's ad (propaganda) during your show;"

    It looks like the oil companies have everyone in their pockets.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  9. Dixie

    Why can't the business owners and workers submit their 2009 Income Taxes, Financial Statements, Profit and Loss (businesses usually have a CPA do their taxes) to BP and get paid quarterly based upon last years income?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  10. Kenya

    Bloggers. You took to the words right out of my mouth. Glad we share the same views.
    Btw Anderson how is the progress in Haiti since the earthquake...could we get a report. Let's not forget about them please.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Thanks for keep them honest, Keep up good work, I agree with you, Anderson............ Good point there.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  12. Victoria Missouri

    If everyone sells their BP stock then there will be no shareholders thus they don't have anyone to answer to.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  13. Craig - Canada

    Regarding BP not releasing the HD video – Doug Suttles the COO who met with John Roberts was not truthful. BP lawyers tried to prevent the release (to the press) of the HD video. For BP to say that the DD video was delayed due to transportation problems is false.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  14. Joan in Connecticut

    Yeah, Charles, I'm wondering about the supertankers, too. I've heard them mentioned but I don't know if they're being used.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  15. rob tate

    how come when you guys had the COO of BP on air and asked the question about the high def tape and he gave you the lame response that it wass on a boat he then pointed to, no one countered him on how ridiculous his response was

    June 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  16. Nick Michel - Ohio

    Down with BP in the USA!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  17. Cindy

    Anderson, is dispersant still being injected into the flow from the cap? That seems to be a huge mistake as the "plumes" are much harder to deal with thousands of feet below the surface. Wouldn't it be better to let the oil come to the surface where we can see it and touch it? There would be no more arguments about whether it existed. Thanks.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  18. charlie

    @ deborah. In European democracies the main role of government is to put checks and balances in place to protect people from corporations legitimate goals to maximise benefit for their shareholders.
    In the US; money in politics (supported by supreme court) means that politicians are more beholden to their (industry lobby) contributors than ordinary voters, who cannot contribute so much money to them.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  19. Barbara-FL

    I agree with Doug and Tynisa; why is BP being allowed to buy air time? That really is in poor taste. No one believes Tony Hayward's ingenuine apologies. They come straight from his oily, black heart. CNN should donate that money to those families in need and the clean up efforts.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  20. Di Canada

    I hope criminal charges are laid; maybe it will take that to get big corporations to pay attention to the impact of their actions and inactions.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  21. Trisha

    Anderson and Crew, Thank You for putting yourselves out there to bring us as much truth as you can get your hands on. No one else is doing that. Keep the pressure on, keep pushing for answers and actions. Our prayers go out to you, your crew and everyone that is being impacted by this, now and in the future. This is a true disaster to the southern states that will eventually spread out and up the East coast. BP along with President Obama, Thad Allen and big oil money are showing us their true colors... They should all be made to go stick their heads in that oily sand, lets see if they can still breath.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  22. Linda

    Why can't BP put a 2 or 3 dvd recorders on the boats? They could keep 1 or 2 dvd on board and send the other one to shore.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  23. Alyssa, CO

    Anderson, can you give us resources as to what we can do for the clean up efforts?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  24. Bill Sweeden

    I live in Oklahoma oil country and and everything I see taking place is exactly how they do us up here.I can't believe they would try it with the whole world watching.Deny,defer and disappear.I can tell you how this is going to end. Why isn't FEMA handling the damage claims? It's probably the thing they do best and there are thousands of people already trained right there.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  25. Canadian Candace

    Have a good night everyone!
    It has been great to blog with you again after such a long time away.

    Anderson – keep on those BP Execs!

    Good Night! 🙂

    June 9, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  26. Joan in Connecticut

    More oil leaking now than before! I was hopeful but I'm just grieving again. This is too sad. And the Mississippi will have to be redirected to help fix this? What an undertaking!

    If BP was at war with us they couldn't be doing a better job. I am praying for a miracle.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  27. lisal -canada

    one of the reasons bp may not want to show up on 360 is because i think anderson has a pretty good BS-ometer... 🙂

    June 9, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  28. Frank

    In a court of law there is the concept of 'hostile witness', and such a witness can be jailed until he or she complies. BP and Tony Hayward are certainly such witnesses and deserve to be jailedl. They have unleashed an attack that affects Americans financially, socially, and psychologically, They are kiling and/or affecting every single living organism in the ecosystem. This is should be classified as a terrorist attack by a foreign entity.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  29. Mr. Clarence Curry

    I am a tool and diemaker who feels the "Cap" looks worse than the open pipe did. To me, this approach is exactly the opposite of the best approach. How can a cap contain the pressure? I feel a smaller pipe– tapered to slide into the opening of the gusher–( Tapered from 18-21 inches and 100 feet long)–covered with a compound to seal at the temps present might work the best. This pipe could have valves every 200 feet to control the flow to the surface where the oil and gas could be collected per the present method. Remember how you slid that rubber hose on the graduated metal pipe for your Bunsen burner in science class? Same idea, except the rubber hose is gushing on the sea floor, and the tapered coated pipe leads to the surface and is wedged into the leaker-I have diagrams/plans drawn up!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  30. Donna from Ohio

    Anderson, Your coverage of the oil disaster in the Gulf has been top notch, as all of your reporting always is. Thank James Carville for me, for being "out there" telling it like it really is. He is a GREAT AMERICAN, and I'd vote for him for President whenever he is ready to run. Maybe a Clinton/Carville ticket 2016?? Now, thats a thought. Prayers to you, and everyone along our beautiful Gulf Coast. Prayers to President Obama during these trying times.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  31. Lisa

    I heard a comment on progressive radio today that it is rumored that B P is not disclosing a lot to the media because when they did the top kill last week that they actually broke the pipe 2 miles down and now are scrambling to to try in fix it before the oil starts coming thru the sea floor and once that happens no one can stop it.
    Is this true and could we find out ?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  32. Di Canada

    I am soooo having trouble believing him, hard to get a dvd to shore

    June 9, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  33. Emily

    Why won't Transocean come on AC360?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  34. Robert

    I own a real estate management company in orange beach alabama. Our fishing and tourism businesses have been ruined. bp has lied to us dragging it's feet in paying claims. Some of their cleanup people tracked oil onto our property then refused to clean the oil because it was now on private property and not the beach. every town meeting we have they have new representatives who can not give official answers or make decisions. send someone down without bp knowing your coming and you will see how derelict they are

    June 9, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  35. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Wow that was a lame excuse!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  36. Maria McCann, Canada

    In regard to BP's disastrous oil spill, it is good thing Anderson Cooper is keeping them honest! I couldn't agree more with James Carville and Anderson: This is a disaster of enormous proportion and something has to be done immediately – it is way past the time for discussion and promises. It is high time for action on a large scale. The ramifications for the environment, the people living in Louisiana, and their future livelihood and way of life are immense and we probably don't even know the total effect of the damage for some time.
    The government and President should consider it a state of emergency and be able to order BP to effective, large scale and immediate clean-up action. Furthermore, probably one of the investigators on an earlier program was right: To stop the gushing of oil, the oil well should be exploded as has been done successfully in Russia. Obviously BP has not been able to come up with any alternate, effective way of dealing with this catastrophe. The time for the President to get results and act in a decisive way is NOW.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  37. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  38. Ken

    why aren't other oil company's offering to help? Or at least let BP use their clean up/containment equipment help in the efforts.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  39. Fernando

    Anderson, I have never heard anybody ask the question about the supertankers they claim are in the north sea. The government should force BP to bring those supertankers to the gulf and suck up the oil into those ships. They can get the oil to separators and still profit from this oil and sell it to us, instead of letting the fricking oil pollute all of our beaches...

    June 9, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  40. Joan

    I am totally sick of BPs lies, refusal to pay for cleanup and make payments to those affected by the oil companies' mismanagement, greed and skimping on safety! I'm sick of Tony Hayward's and Doug Suttles's worthless lies! I think it's about time Obama takes over operation of BP by placing all assets and dividends for use in cleanup, claims and stopping the leak. Put more military in operation and bring in General Honore, bring in the scientists to work on solutions and the best engineers in the world! Get BPs dead wood outta there!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  41. Jackie Duvall

    I see that CNN is airing BP's ad (propaganda) during your show; has BP paid CNN ? How much is BP paying CNN, anyway?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  42. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    BP, come on the program!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  43. Lisa B- St. Petersburg, FL

    Where are all of the donations from the world for this disaster? We need help down here to get this mess cleaned up. This is not just BP's problem. We are all going to feel the affects of this.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  44. Canadian Candace

    Doug, you are exactly correct with your comment,

    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.

    Unfortunatley my comment on that commercial was not posted, even after I 'cleaned' it up a bit.

    someone on the blog also mentioned that CNN should donate the dollars from that commercial to the residents of the Gulf Coast, that was a good idea also.
    Even though CNN also has bills to pay – a crisis like this is good for their business of 'news'.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  45. Rocky G

    Government should seize all BPs holdings-including this runaway well- and do what ever is necessary to cap it. Hopefully caped well can and will be operational. Use wells prophets and BPs other assets to pay for All damages and fines.
    BP should not see any gaines untill all is well in the gulf.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  46. Dorraine

    I live in south Mississippi. There are very many oilfield employees that live in this area. This is also our livelihood. I am tired of seeing fishermen & tourist type businesses complaining about reimbursement. This seems to be all about how much money one can get. Our husbands, fathers, uncles, brothers work in this field. Some overseas, some in the Gulf. My husband is a tool pusher (management) on a rig 10mi off the coast of Louisiana. What about our mortgages and families? Without contracts, there is no work. My husband had to leave this hitch to lay off two employess. They have families. The job market, especially in their field, is not there. Where is all the help that went to Haiti? Katrina? Where are all of our allies in a great time of need? Yes, I believe BP made a mistake. Yes, I believe that the 11 men gave their lives to stop the blowout. But, no, I don't believe much of what the survivors have to say. They are computer people, warehouse people, welders, deckhands, cooks, etc, that have absolutely no idea what really happened and the story has really escalated in the media with what they "think" happened. My husbands rig has emergency drills once a week, they also check their lifeboats at least once every 3months, or more. There is a safety man on every rig, charts to keep, meetings, etc. This is mandatory on every rig. So my advise is, if you have no experience in the hands-on work, then you cannot help. Period. You cannot even speculate. Period.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  47. Yoly, Florida

    @Richard, How do "we as a country" take a tough stand? That is what we elect leaders to do on our behalf.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  48. David G.

    How is it that we can see the oil gushing out but we don't see BP plugging the oil on live TV.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  49. Sandy

    I am a Chief Petty Officer in the USCG and usually its not this hard to take charge and get things cleaned up. This is very unusual due to its massive scale. Please know we are all doing what we can.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  50. steve taylor

    What is happening in the space that is being created by the oil displacement?

    June 9, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
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