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.

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  1. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    The people out of work, the dying endangered sea turtles, the dead dolphins who always made me smile, are now making me cry. The brown pelican who had just been taken off the endangered species list last year 2009. Now, all those and more are gone and dying. I feel a very sad loss:-(

    June 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  2. MLS

    Anderson I normally very supportive of your show and commentary. And I agree that BP have a lot to answer for and should be held accountable. However, your show tonight seems to focus more on Media rights than the issue. It seems sad that America is so controlled by media.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  3. Joe

    whose country is this anyways??? BP controlling these workers while our government sits back and just double talks????

    June 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  4. sean skillman

    I think what's scarier than hell is the simple truth that crude oil is flammable? if our BP engineers fail to succeed in changing the outcome of their failure's.. be prepared for the largest flammable terrorist target in history. This could be worse for us than we know.. would it be possible that the Gulf of Mexico "COULD" ignite, given the amount of daily leaking oil, and the deadly mindset of an unhinged individual? We've NOT YET in history had to face the possibility for fire of this possible magnitude. There are numerous threats that threaten our Nation, however BP has a pocket that is only so deep, our country's bank book is stressed.. when hurricane season hits full swing.. say goodbye to any hope you ever held.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  5. Keri

    I'm curious about the ships and barges that are traveling in the gulf. Are they able to avoid the oil or are these vessels being cleaned before they enter the Miss. River and ports such as Mobile and Gulfport??? Would be interesting to see how this process is done.


    June 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  6. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Silence of the lambs care of BP.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  7. Tracy Falgoust

    How are ships entering the MS River from The Gulf being cleaned so they do not contaminate the water supplies?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  8. Jim from Canada

    After the collapse on wall street and now this debacle in the gulf do Americans still think they can allow corprate America to run the country?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  9. Daniel, Canada

    Taking a picture of oiled-covered bird will HURT the bird??? Please, give me a brake! What a high degree of conspiracy!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  10. Ellen

    BP and Transparency? How about The Feds and Transparency?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  11. Erdal Sipahi


    I lived in Turkey, I lived in Texas, and I now live in Baton Rouge. I have seen con man that hide and minimize facts. I have never seen anyone like BP that hide the facts. They have misled the public all the way from their low ranks to their COE. So sirly of him to speak to us on TV commercials. So British!

    Early on the PhD. flow guy told us that the min is 60K barrels and we are now tipping 40K barrels. This is the worst the human kind has withnessed in our coastal areas, at least 6 times worst than the Valdez spill. We are bubbling with oil in the gulf, we are destroyed, no more fishing, no more swimming, this is heart breaking.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  12. michele

    I dont care about numbers or who is to blame (yet) just fix it! And where is the super star benefit for the area? All of us need to get on elected officials behinds and get working.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  13. David S.

    Anderson, Please stop referring to the amount of barrels of oil spilled as "barrels of oil". Everyone in this country has had a gallon of milk in their refrigerator. We can understand and comprehend the volume of a gallon of milk, it's a very known quantity. When you say 40,000 bbl. of oil, keep in mind that it is also (and more readily known to most Americans) 1,600,000 gallons of oil. 1bbl=42gal. I'm sure that the corporate guys would prefer you say 40,000 bbl. of oil, and I know most of us would like you to use a scale that is much more known to most of us. Thanks!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  14. Krishna

    People are more and more pressrizing BP. BP is trying its level best to contain the leakage. As a person from oil industry I can understand how hard it is to work in deep waters. Some thing excess is going on BP. As an oil field production man, my good wishes and luck should favour them in containg the leakge.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  15. Sue R.,, Canton Mi.

    I get a lot of comfort from this blog with all the comments from so many caring people.... It was frightening and sad to hear today and this evening how bad the media is being shut out. Has BP bought everyone ? How can they have so much control in our country? This is scary.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  16. Dennis, Staten Island, NY

    I think it's time to solve this problem as Americans. It's not government, it’s not corporate responsibility... its human responsibility, it’s our responsibility. The impact this has on our country and world is great, I hate to link this tragedy to the war in Iraq but I must. Why do the Southern California wild fires go out of control? Why was Katrina so devastating? Why is this oil spill allowed to continue for over 50 days? I believe it’s because we sent all our finest people overseas to be stationed in Japan, Iraq, Afghanistan and so forth. It’s time for us to stop the blame, it’s time for us to not worry about our wallets, it’s time to take action and shut this out as a country of people.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  17. Mike

    I am not an underwater oil spill specialist but I can say that by viewing the the video and adding some numbers up on a calculator I would estimate that the oil coming out is close to 1 million gallons every 24 hours.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  18. angelina

    I can't belive how long its taking with the oil spill, BP don'tknow what there doing!! That's plain and simple!! Mr. President it is time to take matters in to your own hands!!

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

    Lousiana Senator Mary Landrieu's call to life the 6 month morotorium on offshore drilling is wreckless.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  20. Jerry from Ottawa Canada

    I wonder if that Admiral Allen is finally beginning to see the light. So far he appears to be more of a PR rep for BP than anything else. Either he's amazingly naive or he works for BP???

    June 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  21. sandy

    what difference does it make whether it is 50,000 or 100,000 barrels? isn't noaa a government supported agency? isn't Obama in charge? he said he was. Anderson you to get some ritalin and slow down so people can understand you.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  22. Scott

    I look off of my gulf front home in west central florida and see no oil yet....but i can smell the bullsh*t from here! I have been watching those live feeds and starving for satisfaction at every frame.
    When will the british government offer their help for their company fugling up our water. Can you imagine the outrage if an american company i.e. Wal Mart did something to muddy the waters of the River Thames? Where is the outrage from the "green" Englanders as well as those that don't fear the Reaper...In any case plug the G.D. well and let's pick up the slick and move on. None of this will happen unitl all parties and nations are working toward a common solution. There has got to be enough bright people in this world to figure this out......It is in the best interest of all to fix this NOW!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  23. Glenn

    The amount of oil coming from the well doesn't matter! What is all this sudden media obsession with how much oil is leaking? Get the leak stopped!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  24. Gail

    Let's send Carville with a camera crew to DC to knock on doors of Congress...talk to the members of Congress who could pass the simple legislation he suggests! Go get 'em James!

    Anderson......keep at them......THANK YOU!!!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  25. Steve

    Do you think Bp's latest data regarding captured oil could be as inaccurate as the original 1,000-5000 barrels a day leaking into the gulf?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  26. Lynn Emmolo

    This is clearly the Black Plague of the Gulf. BP owns this diaster from a mgt perspective; they proceeded without an action plan for disaster and that is a fundamental leadership failure. Our government is complicit by continuing to support oil versus energy alternatives. This is a disaster that could have been avoided thru leadership. Our govt and the mgmt of BP will have to live with that for the rest of their lives. BP has fundamentally implemented genocide of the Gulf.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  27. Juan

    Despite the flow rate, where is the source of the spill? Can someone illustrate me why don't start by shutting down its origin, wherever it is?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  28. paul

    please, Anderson, please DO NOT stop reporting! You are the voice of America on this spill. On behalf of all concerned for gulf the gulf and the wildlife and marine wildlife – do not succumb to the taactics and strategies of BP designed to mis-inform and confuse us! You are the only reporter who each night brings us the truth!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  29. Mike

    Thank you Anderson! After all these days I've realized the only time I get the true facts about this terrible oil disaster is when I'm watching your show. You are doing well, and you are making a difference.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  30. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA


    Expect to see some attorney's waiting for you and Anderson at that location pretty soon!!! 🙂

    June 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  31. craig

    The government should be alowing others help us here in Louisiana. Several nations ask the white house to let them send ships and equipment to help clean this up. The white house refused. It seems like every President needs a 911 and he sure got his. Why is that? The live in my state will never be the same.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  32. Vino

    I am just curious. Maybe a question for AC? Why do scientists need BP's permission to get direct measurements? This is all Federal leases..no?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  33. James

    Great show tonite.
    I am wondering if the diameter of this broken pipe has been revealed.
    I personally think the quantity is WAY more than even what people are saying.

    If anyone has any idea or fact as to how wide this pipe is I would be interested.

    Such a tragedy.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  34. Ethel

    Anderson, thanks for doing such an outstanding job of reporting the oil crisis.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  35. Karoline, Los Angeles

    So this is the change we can believe in President Obama? Silence of the lambs care of BP?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  36. Emily

    How can this company make their workers sign an agreement that they are not going to talk to anyone, including the media?
    (what special category do they fall into? they are not a part of the CIA or FBI...not handling medical records of people...)

    June 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  37. Dylan

    Bp needs to measure the oil flow, because how can we prepare for how mug oil is spilling if we don't know how much has spilled and is coming our way. P.s save those animals!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  38. Vivian

    Thank you Anderson and all the reporters at CNN for keeping this coverage real. I believe that Pres. Obama is concerned, however, I am surprised and stupified why this is not the most important item on our government's " To Do" list. And why are they not listening to the experts in the field that suggest that new leadership be brought in. Clearly, BP only has its own interests at hand.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  39. Chris

    Anderson, BP knew all along the flow rates.They operate these wells daily. They drill these wells daily. They are trying to cover and avoid damages.Our federal goverment is to protect our land and our legal citizens why are we not being protected. To many being paid to slow recovery and down play the major, deadly outcome, even ok with burning all this oil is not normal thinking. Winds will carry this toxic smoke inland.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  40. Jane

    We own a condo on Dauphin Island and loved all the things our children have learned from growing up and vacationing (kayaking, shell hunting, dolphin watching, etc...) sad they must now learn about corporate greed and liability...Thanks for trying to keep them honest!!!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  41. Lisa, NC

    James Carville keep speaking for the public, please! Why isn't our government making a move? Someone needs to step up, ASAP!
    BP is destroying our country day by day...

    June 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  42. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, Sree, everyone.

    I agree the flow rate is absolutely needed information. I did read in the NYT that BP was acknowledging to congress in the first part of may that the flow could be in the 20 thousand barrels a day or more range so there is possibly some discrepancy btwn what BP told the media and told congress, or maybe they didn't manage to clearly communicate their view of the rate. Even so it's absolutely necessary information for the press and the public and elected officials. The fact that 15 thousand barrels is being collected now does indicate the spill is much more extensive that first thought.

    Is there a flow meter on the BOP? I would imagine that there would be. Is it working or damaged?

    What percentage of the spilled oil is being picked up and how is the oil being picked up in what areas?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  43. Alicia

    James Carville is spot on.....we are under attack and that's how this situation should be handled. What about BP's other rig Atlantis? Why is that rig still in production when there are problems?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  44. Jessica

    Are they or can they just burn it all ?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  45. Joe

    Not good to hear that NOAA/govmt entity estimated 64,000 to 110,000 bbbls per day could be leaking DAY 1 but other govmt entity forced them to squash this and keep it from public domain.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  46. ralph

    Real skimming solutions are available but BP ignores the efforts of real scientist's and their logical solutions.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  47. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    It's funny! They could have 100 officials and 100 soldiers guarding the birds with guns and all other equipment (they will not scare the bird) – but a camera man and a reporter will disturb the truth!

    I guess the only thing that the bird will ever be disturbed by is the "truth"!

    I guess that's what the officials are trying to protect! "The Truth"

    June 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  48. Harley Leiber

    the fund would be used for legitimate claims for loss of income etc.,

    June 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  49. Adam Hoge, Pine Island, Fla.

    I live on the Gulf Coast of Florida on a berrier island in S.W. Fla and people have been loosing income down here for a month now that goes out fishing and brings them back in to sell and now they cant and bp hasnt done anything for them. This a bringing our bad econemy right back down.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  50. Michael Tobin

    There are/were 6659 active & removed oil rigs off the coast of Louisiana with 819 still fully manned. Somebody other than BP must know how much is coming out of the well, and how long it is going to squirt out of there. How much spurted out of the 1910 Lakeview Gusher of 1910 in Curran County CA? That one spit for 18 months.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
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