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. morris cooper

    can they come with brackit that would fit the pipe.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  2. Ellen

    Todd, I think the diameter is 21 inches.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  3. Mike Tilbury

    The well may not be shut down until the relief wells are finished some time in August, probably September. Meanwhile the estimates of oil coming out are increasing. A probable solution was brought up last night by Jame Carvelle, and I think it caught Mr. Cooper by surprise.
    The mouth of the Mississippi river is being artificially altered by the Core of Engineers from its natural course. The Miss. river builds the wetlands by depositing silt as it annual floods. Currently due to the altered course the wetlands, it looses the acerage equivalent to Manhattan, NY every year. By letting the Mississippi flood the wetlands as it is supposed to do by nature, would rebuild the wetlands, and essentially, cover the oil in many miles of silt, and constantly replenish the wetlands with fresh selt every year, effectively cleaning the wetlands.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  4. Joan in Connecticut

    The 6 month ban on drilling (even SAFE drilling) is hurting the people of the coast even more. I think BP should be banned, but no one else.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  5. Terry Crovello

    I don't understand how they can drill underwater if they don't have the capabilities of shutting it down when, and if a problem occurs. To me, it's like someone driving a car at 90 miles an hour with no brakes...

    June 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  6. bill=pittsburgh

    why is no one looking at Cameron Iron Works they own the patent on the BOP. They supplied the BOP. And what is failed the BOP? What is the condition of the BOP? What are the remote back up systems on the BOP, can an external drive be actuated to close a valve? Come on focus on the issue the BOP is where we need help to shut the flow off. What BOP valve is on the relief wells? If we can fix the BOP we can shut this down.

    Why not get Cameron Iron works on your show to discuss the current condition and what if anything can be done. They are the best source for possible shut down.

    Let go of a flow rate and focus on the BOP.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  7. Audra- Bonneylake, WA

    I don’t think we are slow on the uptake of this situation, it is the question of what can we do? This is why I believe that taking BP out from the inside will allow us to have a small sense of control. The Pres. doesn’t seem to be doing much, but he needs a better base with a stronger pillar that he can stand on and also voice his orders and get them done, not only make suggestions and a visit here and there every few weeks.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  8. Polly

    How can BP legally revoke 1st ammendment to American citizens on the gulf?

    Are volunteers more interested in money by signing a document that offering 'transparency' to their fellow citizens?

    These volunteers / temporary BP employees are traitors to all other American citizens & should be treated as such ...

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

    It seems to me that no one is transparent here...they are all passing the buck between one another, and the people are paying the price! (a costly one at that)

    June 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  10. JD Elder

    Are Federal workers being told what to do by BP?

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

    James Carville speaks from thr heart and is absolutely correct! We are under attack and BP and our government are losing the war. This is our jewel, the gulf of mexico, and we are losing it to a bunck of Bad prople (BP). We have been lied to, no doubt, and if President Obama and his administration does not step up to the plate he will apy the price on 2012! We should be throwing every asset we have at this "enemy".

    June 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  12. David L Pepe

    As a mechanical engineer the following perplexes me:
    We are told that if the riser remaining above the BOP were welded
    shut, that would not be an option, as the hi pressure in the well would
    cause the oil/gas to emerge at some other weak spot on the Gulf floor.
    Because of the furor surrounding the failure of the BOP as negligent,
    as it was, would it not be true that if the BOP did, in fact work as intended,
    the result would have been the same as welding the riser shut, making
    the capture of escaping hi pressure oil more difficult due to the oil now
    emerging at varied and diverse points?
    What I'm saying is that the failure of the BOP is a blessing in disguise,
    at least you now have the leak in one spot???????

    June 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  13. anthony

    lets stop fighting about the amount of the flow ...and stop the flow....everyone who is lawyerd up needs to chill...get bp to stop it,, no matter what it takes.. by the way..as we speak our gov. is filling an injuction to stop bp from paying out over 2 billion in div. payments to shareholders.. stay tuned wall street... you may have the biggest mess to clean up after all ..fix it in the gulf first bp many lives are counting on it .........so TONY HAYWARD....as you said make it right....gnamgb..

    June 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  14. Joe

    destroy our Gods earth for MONEY !!!!!! shame on all of you involved!!!!!!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  15. Sophia Garcia

    Why is our government protecting BP? And why are Americans that are working to clean up BP's mess so intimidated by BP?... What the HAY!?... Why are we all suddenly taken hostage by BP?!...This is garbage!... We need to start acting like Americans and take charge of this mess!...If it weren't all so sad and serious it would almost be comical to watch our govt., and BP doing this ridiculous "dance"...

    June 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  16. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Keep your head up, James!"

    June 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  17. James

    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! from Glenn

    The explanation for knowing the approximate rate IS important.
    Watch AC360 tonite and you may see why.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  18. Kenya

    These clean-up workers who won't speak...I don't know how liable they are under BP, but I wish one of them could send an anonymous tip? Go home, write an anonymous letter and send it to someone at CNN down there if they can't directly talk to the media.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  19. K T EIlers

    By the way... you guys are not figuring it all out... Federal Wildlife – when will you ask the President or Mr. Gibbs why it is the workers can not speak? You are all giving the President a very very long trust. Everything is BP yet there is Federal... why? Federal, State, BP.... hmmmm 3 not just ONE. You guys need to start looking at the whole picture and THEN and ONLY then will you start getting things done. Like Billy can only get things done by Going to Pres. Obama. Why? Buck stops where? Sounds like Katrina.. Smells like Katrina. Looks like Katrina – it is Katrina. When will you stop pointing everywhere and at everyone else. What if BP isn't the biggest bad guy in the crowd??

    June 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  20. Carlos

    Anderson, keep up the great coverage on this oil leak. We are all watching the truth through your eyes and your coverage. The U.S. government is obviously in BP's pocket. The president is sitting in the sideline like a helpless little child. It's been nearly 2 months and nothing has been solved by the most powerfull country in the world!! This is a total disgrace period.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  21. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    @Sean that is a scary thought thinking the oil could ignite. Can this disaster get any worse?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  22. Chris Chakroff


    I also thought of this and think the Navy could do it.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  23. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Betty,
    Yes! I agree your comment, Good point there!!!!! I love that BP is dishonest and accountable what they have done to people and wildlife, too.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  24. Joe S. Tampa, FL

    Everyone seems to be having a problem with the clean-up in the gulf. Not the beaches, but the gulf itself. K. Costner stated he had a way to clean it up. His invention isn't new nor improved. We could have our U.S. Navy ships circle the spill and seperate the water from the oil. They have been doing that for over a hunderd years. Every Day... onboard each and every ship. The Navy could seperate the oil as well as store it once collected. This would allow the area to be contained at least until a better idea can be given. But WE could finally be doing something besides just watching. If it doesn't work, What did we Lose???

    June 10, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  25. Edsel

    How much oil was being removed when the rig was functional? How much bigger is the flow from leak than was oringinally being extracted by the well? It seems to me that the "straw" idea would still work if the straw had a big enough diameter to prevent plugging or was heated to prevent formations of ice hydrates.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  26. RAUL

    yeah theres no oil in missippi how long is the mississippi coast compared to louisiana apples to oranges lol...

    June 10, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  27. doug from mass

    there is no proof that the best people in the world are working on this situation. where are the best engineers from exxon, chevron, shell? the reality is that our president has done so much finger pointing, that no other company is coming anywhere near this situation. common knowledge is that while in crisis you rally everyone to focus on the fix, and not the blame game. basis stuff that somebody needs to teach our president.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  28. JohnR DeMarcantonio

    Just watched James Carvell and you on the news. My suggestion is to fabricate a clam shell collar to circle the pipe and flange.On top a shut off valve would be mounted to half the clam shell before installing.Once the collar is wrapped around the pipe stub it would be trapped on by the flange. Then the other half of the shut off valve could be bolted to the collar. The collar and seams could be welded shut.The valve could then be closed. New piping to the surface would be installed.

    Thanks JohnnyD.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  29. Jerry from Ottawa Canada

    It's really strange to see the National Guard restricting reporting in this manner. Is this still a democracy or has BP totally hijacked the government???

    June 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  30. Mason Bradley


    Do not stop what your are doing! Do not stop....Keep them honest..BP..the administration..all of them. This is going to be more important than any of us can imagine. I cannot say it enough...Do Not Stop.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  31. lisal -canada

    some people ask questions just to make a fuss. others ask questions to get at real information. there could well have been a few 'bad apples' in the journalistic pool who spoiled access for the rest. not fair – few things are. especially this situation.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  32. Evan Kelley

    Hello Anderson,
    I' m wandering why the"National Contingency Plan (NCP)" hasn't been taken into effect...
    & what is it going to take for us to excercise this protocal?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  33. Todd

    Could someone please ask Anderson to mention the size of the pipe. Is it six inches or 15 feet wide? Hard to tell from the video feeds.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  34. RAUL

    have somone go undercover to the sites that people arent allowed to talk at...!! BP = communist buisness style why isnt the fbi doing this ?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  35. W. Cooper

    If we, America, can publicly discuss nuclear weapons in a foreign country, how much control does BP have over our government to disallow information regarding this catastrophe?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  36. andrew

    enough is enough.. BP cannot plug the well..this disaster needs to be stopped.. now.. can the U.S. Navy do the job? if not, a joint effort of all our allies?

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

    Animals and Birds are the ultimate innocents and it pulls at our hearts too much; it ignites our passion and neither the government or BP want that.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm |

    get fired if they talk to you!! what happened to freedom of speech in this counrty? I hope you get someone to talk and answer your questions and if they get fired i really hope a good attorney will take their case pro bono.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  39. eugenia - San Francisco

    of all the organizations out there USGS should have had the most accurate numbers. then why is it that they didn't?

    USGS stands for United States Geological Survey.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  40. Ben Poulsbo WA

    Not complicated math based on estimated orifice size, shape, and differential pressure to provide initial estimate of leak. At no time was it possible to be less than 20000 barrels a day. Break out your college text books if you forgot how to do this.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  41. Larry

    Dear Anderson, As a starting point, why doesn't someone get an answer to the question: how many barrels per day was the rig pumping from the well before the accident? The answer will put us
    in the max. output ball park. Get that for me, and i'll tell you what to ask next. thanks,

    Larry the Engineer:

    June 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  42. Emily

    How convenient! ...not able to talk to the workers to find out just 'why' all this oil has yet to be cleaned up...no one to hold them accountable...that's great...

    June 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  43. Ellen

    The US Government has botched this irreparably.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  44. Jamel

    I maybe slow but isn't common sense to assume thtat the flow of oil is at least equal to or greater than the largest amount that BP was pumping out of the rig when it was working properly. So, how hard is it to find out what that is??!! Am I missing something?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  45. Barry from NYC

    James Carville is telling it like it is. Isn't anybody listening?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  46. Jeana, Louisiana!

    Hello everyone! I agree, we are under attack, and if something isn't done quickly then it's not just going to be us. at the rate it's assumed to be flowing (or guessed at anyway) ... then taking into consideration the amount of time it's going to take to finish the relief wells... where are the currents going to deposit oil during that time frame? It's no good for anyone.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  47. sharon g. newport news, va

    I hear you and James Carville frustrated over the lack of information and actions. James talks about the federal government doing more but you have Republican congressmen saying this is no catastrophe because oil is always leaking somehwre and you have Haley Barboursaying the media is blowing the oil out of porportion that there is no oil on the beaches of Mississippi so come on down. You have John Boener saying the Federal government should be paying fo thisr tMaybe things would be going faster if these people would shut up or tell the truth!!!!his. So you all have political leaders creating some major confusio and this is why people do not understand and why things go slow!!.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  48. Terry Hammonds MSW

    Anderson, are those oil tankers passing behind you as you talk to James Carville? If so, they look empty. Why can't they be "commandeered " as James said since BP can't get a ship for two weeke to collect what they are capturing?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  49. Nicole The Netherlands

    Well now we have Tom Foreman acting like Michael Moore..
    And i am getting so angry, my bloodpressure -is- rising
    weeks and weeks of this, it's like a horror film

    June 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  50. Cindy

    I've been watching everyday and BP needs to come clean on everything. It's horrible watching such beautiful coastlines and wildlife that are being affected, as well as the livihood of the families who depend on fishing in the Gulf. How insensitive of BP not to call the families of the 11 men who lost their lives that terrible night or not to have sent a card. James Carville is absolutely right ...Keep it up ..don't let up..Anderson..James

    June 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
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