June 10th, 2010
09:47 PM ET

Higher Estimate on Oil Leak: Join the Live Chat

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We had a feeling it was coming, but it's still not easy to hear. There are new higher estimates tonight on the amount of oil that leaked into the Gulf. We're have that for you and all the other developments live from Louisiana.

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. Isabelle

    BP executives appear to be suffering from pseudologia fantastica if not outright psychopathy.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  2. MaryAnn

    I would like to know where all our celebrities and Americans with deepr pockets. We help everyone else but not our own, where are the concerts for the Gulf, where are the cell phone donations, where is Oprah, Gates, etc...

    June 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Kirsten Verdi, San Antonio, TX

    Good evening everyone. If those responsible keep moving at the speed of pondwater the Gulf will be left as a gigantic, lifeless, sticky tarpit. What terrible tragedy.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  4. Sandra Bundy

    Deny...Deny.....Deny.....it is only a matter of time before the truth comes to the surface.....along with more death and destruction along the Gulf!!!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  5. Bob K

    i may not be an expert is oil recovery but i wondered why don't they use more than 2 tankers to recover oil leaking from the broken pipe. Why not divide the cap in 20 pipes and have 20 or more tankers out there to recover the oil??????

    June 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  6. Emily

    "BP and Transparency"
    There is an oxymoron!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  7. Chris Chakroff

    Why isn't BP using the under water pipeline to collect the oil and take it back to the main land. The rigs are connected to this line. James tell Washington to take over the rigs and this pipeline and use it as a vacum to suck the oil up as it comes out.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  8. Mike Vernon

    Flow rate is easy...1 barrel a second = 3600 barrels per hour x 24 = 86,400 barrels a day x 42 gallons per barrel = 3.6 Million gallons a day minimum. Flow rate looks more like 3-5 per second...why are they lying? maybe because BP will be fined on total gallons leaked.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  9. Joe Klotz

    Looking at the video, it looks like a flange bolted to another flange UNDER the pipe that is broken. Why not loosen the bolts – replace the top flange that is connected to a shut off valve or connect pipe to a flange that can be connected to it? If there's an unmanned submarine that is capable of using robotic arms to reconnect the broken pipe.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  10. Betsy

    Thank God for Louisiana's Native Son- James Carville- He's dedicated to making BP accountable and getting Results for the entire Gulf Coast area.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  11. William Aymerich

    I think we as people need to start pushing our view and calling out BP on social networks!! And ban BP, they are just another company trying to rule our lives.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  12. ralph

    BP wants to maintain flow so they can eventually use oil production to pay off debts incurred by this spill. That's why capture options are being used over cut-off options. Simple logic!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  13. Mike Morris

    where is shell, exxon, & the other big oil companies? Why aren't they stepping up trying to help? Is BP the only company that has deep water equipment?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  14. Ed Yandek

    Today on Diane Rehm (NPR) Thad Allen said they were having difficulty getting booms to deploy. Simply not true. Today I also say a news report that explained a Maine company who makes booms has been trying for over one MONTH to get BP to buy their booms! This is one simple example of the 'non urgent' behavior of the US govt....frankly, it disgusts me....Carvell is right. It IS a war! Let's act like it!

    Keep up the excellent work!


    June 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  15. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY


    Thank you, that too but I am referring to Anderson's BP interview, the one and only so far.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  16. bruce sommer

    Anderson CNN must have the ability to pay some scientist to put together models (like NASA does) to show folks how this is "working". When you show the live feed, as eg.) you don't see any object collecting oil.

    Also ask some good lawyers if the US declares this a national emergency what powers does that give the Govt.?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes, James did also angry. too, I am also disappointed with BP too.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  18. Emily

    Was that someone from the Army blocking the cameraman wanting to film the oil-covered wildlife?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  19. Lisa-Spring Hill, TN

    Why would they give low estimates?
    Because when they are fined, it is based on the amount of the spill.
    So much per barrel.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  20. Theron

    why haven't they blown up the well, from the bottom to the top. it would cave in on it's self and stop the flow...... the most logical solution has not been discused with the public. Please answer my question, Thanks

    June 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  21. Dennis

    Why don' t you try to find out how many barrels were capture before the explosion and X it by 4

    June 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  22. Laurianne

    Once again today the smell of oil wafts in on the humid hot breezes in my town (Bay St Louis, MS). For those that are "sick of hearing about it" I'd love to have them come visit.

    Thank you Anderson, once again, for reporting our real story – just like you did after Katrina. I am a small business owner (travel agency and retail store). There is No One visiting our town right now. My partner made over 3000.00 in June of 2009, so far this month....$35.00.

    Our governor (Boss Hogg) continues to take money from BP for tourism, millions spent to try to lure people to the coast and very likely nothing to gain from spending all that money. Why not give it directly to the small businesses on the Coast? I know the most important thing is the fishermen, etc. but what about the other businesses that depend upon the tourist season?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  23. chasity

    How many lives have to be ruined before we take politics and laws out of it. We need to just be taking action!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  24. ryan

    why cant we get more ship sucking up oil?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  25. Joe

    British Petroleum?? destroying OUR waters and wildlife , getting fat rich!!! ya think they care bout anything but money?????

    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  26. Brice

    How can BP deny anyone from the us govt to the site. I don't get how this company is dictating this country.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  27. Matt

    Dear Mr. Cooper,

    I was curious as to whether or not you or the media in general is discussing the possibilities that this oil is raising the turbidity of the gulf and could potentially raise ocean surface temperatures as turbidity is a factor in the ability of water to be heated by the sun. Also, if the oil will alter the properties of the oceans surface allowing wind speeds become abnormally high do to the change in the way winds form waves. I ask because heat fuels hurricanes, and waves created by the wind in part control the speed of that wind. Are we looking at a year (or more) of potentially devastating hurricanes do to abnormally higher ocean temps and winds that blow more freely?


    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  28. Harley Leiber

    Has anyone proposed setting up a BP financed fund thereby removing decision making from BP and putting it into a neutral 3rd party....?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  29. Isabella

    Why isn't this being handled like a national emergency? The government needs to get involved with this before the planet gets even more destroyed. Where is the president? Oh yeah, too busy screwing up the economy even more. Let's just let the world go to hell. Who cares! Right?! Economy crisis could have been solved by just lowering taxes like Roosevelt did. So, this oil emergency needs to be top priority. It's not being stopped!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  30. Karoline, Los Angeles

    @ jessieb – They say it's because our leaders lack the political will to do so.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  31. ralph

    Electromagnetic expansion ring can be expanded to any size and contain any pressure by increasing electrical power. can be placed at bottom of pipe to prevent pipe failure. Solution is guaranteed to work!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  32. Emily

    "we can build a car that parks it self
    but we can't put a cork in this"

    There are many forces working against these people; water pressure, the water its self; yet I have NO idea as to why no one had ever thought of this perhaps happening in the future...no planning whatsoever!! (awful)

    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  33. Chris

    James Carville is right. We need to send the Navy in to get full disclosure on what is actually happening, This is our coastline, our nation and we need to be able to solve this problem. What are we wating for? We can win wars, put men on the moon but we can't get BP to get out of our way and let us take a peek at the damage they have caused us?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  34. Steve

    Is there really an accurate way to measure the rate of the spill? If so, what is it?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  35. Carolyn Pierce

    Who runs this country? Why hasn't Obama (does he even know he's the President?) ordered the Attorney General to get a Court Order – or something – to force BP to allow the scientists to put their measuring devices on that leak? This would be funny if it wasn't so catastrophic!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  36. Matthew

    What a joke...The most powerful government is not able to push BP aside and protect its shores and its people? It is looking like BP is running the government not Obama administration

    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  37. Cindy

    We all know about the environmental and economic impact of the oil flow into the Gulf of mexico. What is the possible geoloical impact of the continuing oil flow?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  38. Teresa

    I never thought I'd see the day when I'd agree with James Carville but that day has come. I agree with his assessment that we are indeed at war. The enemy keeps advancing and it's as though we're fighting back with squirt guns. What are we waiting for? Approval from BP? Forcryingoutloud!! Let's get going!! Deploy the ships with skimmers & booms and whatever else we've got in our arsenal. Let's go!!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  39. Edna

    I would like to know what has happened to our government. Carville is right we are being invaded by BP. We should never give them another lease again. I wish somebody, anybody would step up to the plate.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  40. Eric

    Why didn't bp even think about a disaster plan for this oil or even a back up and a back up back up plan?!?!?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  41. Matt

    Why don't we see interviews of people that are still buying gas at the BP pumps here in America. I see lines at the BP pumps here where I live and yet not one has been interviewed as to why they are supporting BP.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |

    The scienctist are not the best and brightest for the oil spill when it comes to contriling, containing and stopping this spill they are MORONS the staff that told the Presedent that the US Government dose not have the expertese to take care of this spill need to be demoted to 1st Lt. if they were milatary and Janater if the were civilian because the best people for the job are the Milatary POL they are trained and prevent and or contain and clean up POL Leaks and Spills on a daily basices

    June 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  43. Kirby

    Good evening to everyone. Thank you Anderson again for the coverage of the oil crisis, and being on location where it occurs. I live in Santa Rosa Beach, FL and the beaches of South Walton have not yet been affected. It makes you appreciate the turquoise water that much more. I am trying to find out who the boom company owner was out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL on AC360 a few weeks ago that makes the "better" booms?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  44. Dan

    Judging from the video it's at least 1 barrel a second. That's over 80,000 barrels a day!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  45. Dauna Canada

    Good Evening,
    I simply do not understand why on Earth the most powerful man in the free world cannot send whichever Scientist he wants to measure the flow rate. Why is it that BP is able to refuse such access to anyone?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  46. Tom Schooley

    what is the difference of the two colors in the picture of the leak? one is a brownish color and the other is an orangish color? thank you for a wonderful show!!!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |

    get the truth, not just lame answers. press for it, please get to the bottom of it. dont give up. thank you for all that you are doing.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  48. doug from mass

    why hasn't the president taken control of this situation away from a foreign oil company at this point? clearly, the leak is more than it was before with bp only talking about how much it is capturing and not what is leaking anymore.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  49. Lori from CA

    Hello Anderson! Hello Everyone! Hi Mr. C! Keeping them honest in LA.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  50. Barry

    I fear that nothing will change until people take to the streets. At some point, that'll be the only option.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
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