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. balinda

    Do you think this oil leak will help folks except the fact we got to get off the oil high we have been on the last 50yrs?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  2. Jean

    If BP isn't going to work to get this fixed why doesn't our president take charge and get people there to work on the problem. When something happens in other parts of the world the president is ready to help,well we are talking of a major problem here in the US for decades to come.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  3. Ed Campbell

    Aloha Anderson:

    How about a defferent angle....BP, Chevron and Shell are partners on another deep well in the Gulf, 8,000' Same type of platform and also another from a converted tanker, new method....as reported in the May issue of Oil and Pipeline Journel.

    Perhaps the reason BP is reluckent to reveal the # of berral/day is the lease they have with US will be charged agenst the cost of the lease based on berrals/day....or they do not want their parners to know ....@ 40,000/day times $70/berral x 52 days = $145,600,000, that is their loss or for now 15,000/day x $70/bpd = $1,050,000/day in their pocket to cover their repair cost. Who do they have to shere this with? This is why they want to finish the othe 2 wells, they were do to go on line by the end of July. The US should place a lean on all production in the Gulf from BP.....Your thoughts.....Ed

    June 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  4. MA Moore

    A Cap made out of Magnetic Metal would help attach it to the metal pipe! Using a giant magnet to cap and then contain the oil is a solution worth trying! I use a magnet in my fish tank to maneuver around and clean. Magnets have a very strong hold underwater. BP should try using a giant magnet to cap the leak and then contain it. Best of luck. Thank you Anderson for all you do to "keep them honest"!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  5. Joe

    JC we feel your pain and frustration. Jimminy Cricketts already what is the govmt doing, this should have been an invasion of Normandy Operation 51 days ago. The ecological-environmental and loss of sea life is will be non-reversible and detrimental to all.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  6. Karoline, Los Angeles

    @ amy Starks – I hope Congress actually prosecutes BP. Funny thing about the politicos. They always seem to lose their nerve.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  7. mark greenhough

    i am not a scientist but i have some questions to ask
    1) two out of three breaths of air that every human breaths on earth is made from the plankton floating at the top layer of the oceans. Is this true?

    2) i have heard that one drop of oil in water contaminates hundreds or thousands of gallons of water is this true?

    3) How much oil would it take to destroy all the plankton in the oceans?

    4) could this stop the 66% of the oxygen produced by the biosphere

    5) how many years would it take to decrease the amount of oxygen in the biosphere? if the above statements are true?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  8. Mary Nolan

    Carville mentioned last week about seeing Adm Allen and Tony Hayward having dinner together. Strange to say the least. Listening to Adm Allens' news conferences and his constant use of "WE" when explaining what BP is doing, I'm left to wonder if this man knows who he is supposed to be representing. He's in over his head. Call Gen Honore'. He knows the gulf and the people. They need to believe someone is representing them. And for that matter, all of us.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  9. james barkehanai

    ive watched your show for thirty days...looking at the video
    i can tell that the flow rate is probably one to five thousand barrels
    per hour not per day assuming its all oil and no gas. i have ties
    to high volume manufacturing industry. i would estimate 120000
    barrels per day especially since the cut off vavle was cut. hope this helps

    June 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  10. james

    I know that we should hold BP responsible. Why did obama just pledge billions to world fund but don't want to send one dollar to louisiana. Like james carville says we are under attack. China is trying to buy BP was this sabotage.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  11. Peggy

    Where is BP in stopping the flow? Are they still trying to close the vents? Are we expected to live with this leak until the relief wells are drilled?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  12. Craig - USA

    Does anyone know – How many of our nations Senatate and / or Congress members are investors in the Oil & Gas industry? How about BP?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  13. Jonathan Boca Raton, FL

    Why is the Federal Government not allowing the Fish and Wild Life workers to speak? What happened to the Freedom of Speech???
    Keep showing the pictures of the wild life that is affected. Don't let anyone forget the innocent marine life, and other animals that have been affected by BP's incompetence, ignorance, lies, and any sense of empathy.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  14. doug from mass

    it's insane to keep sitting here leaving a foreign oil company in charge of this situation while oil continues to spill at rates even higher than before. it's time for our president to stop being a politician and start being a leader and take charge.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  15. Arati Moses


    This is our country, why don't we storm the yellow line? Why should we listen to this rouge company like sheep? What if we just crossed the line and took our photos...and for that matter; what if we just clean the Gulf with our own boats; what would happen if we all showed up in numbers?

    Again, we have been offered help by 17 countries and three organizations used to dealing with spills (probably alot more than we are told about). Could we speak to those countries through you? What if they were encouraged to submit their ideas to CNN?

    Excellent reporting. You and Tom make me so proud of where you are taking journalism; thank you.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  16. paul

    James Carville, please stay with AC 360 and help shape our goverments policy on this most urgent of matters!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  17. Helen

    I finally come to the conclusion in a disaster nothing is never enough. Everyone will wish you have done more. That is the fact of life.

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

    People think that by boycotting BP sites they will hurt the company when in fact they don't know that BP also supplies places like Costco and BJ's with their unbranded fuel. The only people that will suffer are the small business owners that run these sites and their employees. BP will sell their fuel one way or another. Please don't put us out of business

    June 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA


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

    Yes!!!!! Good point!!!!!! Agrees with you.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  20. Larry Henderson

    Why can't they put a pipe over the top of the gushing oil and tighten it with a water-pressure gasket that leads from the ocean floor to an oil tanker on the surface?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  21. John

    I really think BP cannot stop this leak. It's a shame the Gulf will no longer support any sea life.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  22. SG-Houma, Louisiana

    Thanks Anderson for continuing to expose BP and the federal government's lack of understanding of how serious the spill is and how BP will not do everything necessary to save our way of life.

    Those workers are not allowed to speak with you because if they do, they will not get paid. They are hired through local subcontractors, and they are paid through those contractors. They drove to several locations last week to find out "where their checks were". It is disorganized chaos here. We still have fisherman who are not being put to work!!!

    We need BP dollars to pay for federal agencies to take over. The Navy, National Guard, top notch engineers and scientists, whatever it takes to end this nightmare and begin to heal our coast.

    Like James Carville said, some folks are just slow on the uptake....

    June 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  23. Jim

    I feel so sorry for the families of the rig victims. Also for everhone impacted by the oil. It sickens me to think how long this will take to clean.

    I think this focus on BP "transparency" is a side issue. If the government is in charge, as the president said, then its the government isn't being transparent or the government is not as in charge as they are leading on.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  24. Joy Vance

    I'm OUTRAGED that reporters and others are not allowed to take pictures of wildlife affected by the oil spill, and that the National Guard is being used to deny access!! The National Guard should be cleaning up the spill, not denying people the freedom of the press that is part of the Bill of Rights. As if getting their pictures taken would upset the animals, after being soaked in oil and chemical dispersants!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  25. Joan in Connecticut

    Did I miss something a few days ago? I haven't seen the cap on the pipe. Is it blocked by the oil? Is it still there?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  26. Raj Samyal

    Its really shameful that BP or other oil companies never had a way to deal with such situations. Seeing the pelicans dipped in oil is really disheartening, and if this reaches florida coasts, its mayhem. Technically, if we can plug land oil rig burnouts (post Iraq war), it should be possible to plug this as well especially after last week's clean cut on the pipe. God help us

    June 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  27. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Anderson, It's a badge of honor that chronic liars like the executives at BP won't talk to you. But the survivors do.

    That says a heck of a lot.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  28. Keisha, Chapel Hill, NC

    Why is our government continuing to let BP not be transparent like they claim to be? First of all, hiding the ROV underwater and the government having to force them to release the footage, giving low numbers on the oil spill amount, using toxic dispersant even though the government ordered them to stop! They have been running the show from the beginning and continue to.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  29. charlie

    Transparency in relation to a coproration confronting legal liability is whatever they are subpaoened to prodvide. That is common sense with the litigious nature of the US, created by decades of US lawmakers.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  30. Dave

    we need to find the inspectors that said they did there job and inspected it,and interrogate them until they tell us the truth and make them tell us who paid them off

    June 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  31. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I am stunned that we can send troops and money to help disasters around the world and we don't know how to maintain our homeland. We are looking very lame.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  32. Carl H Jones

    What rate was the well running before the disaster. A look at the oil pressure at several control valve positions and oil production rates would give some parameters that can help understand the problem. Specific properties of the crude itself would help further. Start from what is known, I could take a reasonable stab at it it as could thousands of chemical process engineers. BP engineers can model the unrestricted oil flow, they have the data, for them to deny it is nonsense.

    Carl H Jones retired chemical process engineer.

    Carl H Jones

    June 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  33. amy Starks

    I hope that Anderson will be able to testify to Congress about the gag orders that BP has in place for the clean up crews and the company's forbidding media to photograph the injured wildlife. Also, James Carville needs to get a meeting with the Coat Guard Adm. Allen about the lack of response in certain areas. The President will suffer politically if the general perception that the Govt. is not doing enough now, regardless of the costs persists. This is a war against time and the perception that the Govt. is dawdling is overwhelming.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  34. Jonathan Boca Raton, FL

    Why is the Federal Government not allowing the Fish and Wild Life workers to speak? What happened to the Freedom of Speech???
    Keeping showing the pictures of the wild life that is affected. Don't let anyone forget the innocent marine life, and other animals that have been affected by BP's incompetence, ignorance, lies, and any sense of empathy.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  35. Marilyn Nykiforuk

    Thank you Anderson for keeping up the reporting. Thanks to you and CNN we are aware of what is going on. Please keep pounding away. I want to see those pictures of the wildlife, etc. I want the truth. The government needs to stop hiding it from the public. Am so disappointed in Obama. Why do things move so slowly in this country?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  36. Janet

    My husband just told me he heard 16 other countries have offered to help with technology and resources. Have heard some sound bites about this but not much. Instead of screaming at BP (we will not change their behavior) why not drill into why this help is not being used. Scream at the government about why this help isn't on the way. Come on... keep em honest.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  37. Jeanne

    Biloxi ms

    Great coverage Cooper! Keep the pressure on. You have the right people on your show asking the right questions and showing concern for the willife. Gov. Jindal, Billy, and James Carville good job demanding action,we support you!
    Where is Gov. Barbor?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  38. Lon Jerome

    I'm no legal expert but it sure seems to me that BP is guilty of obstructing what could turn into a criminal investigation.

    Lon Jerome

    Ocean Springs, MS

    June 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  39. Gary Acabbo New Haven, Ct.

    I am amazed that we have this amount of oil off our coast. Maybe I am crazy but why are we geting are oil from the Middle-East?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  40. Sonia Howell

    Hello everyone, James Carnville is a great person to express LA opinion. He is right all the way. I'm standing behind everyone there. BP is worried about "A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words" Less pictures less to talk about. I know how it looks and it is sad, but us Americans have the right to see and know what is going on. We are the ones who are living this and will for a while. BP will never tell everything by the book. We will never know the total amount. just rough est.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  41. Vivian from Baltmore

    Why are we having to beg and plead for help? Why isn't this being treated like a crisis? Does our leadership not see that BP has its own interests – not the public interest – at heart? Thank you AC360 for actively drawing back the curtain of deception that BP is trying to hide behind.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  42. Karoline, Los Angeles

    @Polly – Great question.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  43. Tzila D.

    @Elaine: I would think that the amount of oil leaking would be pertinent to the clean-up effort, ie: how much equipment is needed, how long to plan to be cleaning up, and what to expect in general. I also think it would be easier to figure out whether those "plumes" exist if the oil on the surface was measured against the amount of oil leaking...the difference would be the oil "suspended" underwater.

    Anderson & crew...thanks for being down there and giving as much energy to this as you gave to the disaster in Haiti. We need the truth!!!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  44. Mary

    Why doesn't President Obama try to get in and see how the birds are being treated? I wonder if BP would keep him out or from talking to the workers. Mr. President, please get out in the trenches and see this for yourself.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  45. Samantha - Nashville, TN

    I think James needs to personally speak to the President. I want to hear daily reports from President Obama on this crisis.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  46. Marie

    Can the oil be vacumed or are there no such vacums? When this is over we have to never let it happen again with safety inspections. BP can afford to clean up and compensate and survive. Yes it is sad and tragic.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  47. Courtney W

    Good Evening-

    Instead of throwing the "money" word at Bp, we need to throw the real "M" word at them-"murder." Oil drilling is a high-risk, high-return business, but that does not allow human life to take the back seat to big business. Criminal charges need to be filed.

    One question that needs to be asked-What caused the actual failure of the oil platform? Some believe it was the explosion. People in the industry whom I have spoken with believe that improper drainage on the platform, the inability of the water used to put the flame out to drain, caused the eventual sinking of the platform. This needs to be addressed. I offer my sympathy and condolences to all people who lost loved ones to this tragedy.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  48. Butch Reeves

    Why can't they take a fifty ton ( or whatever weight needed) block of cement with a one inch steel plate on the bottom of it and set it on top of the pipe. Then weld a bead around the top of the pipe to the steel plate.
    The rate of (GPM) gallons per minute can be determined by the maximum GPM that BP was pumping from the well when it was active.
    I feel we can put more wieght on top of the pipe than the force of the oil comming out. Then weld it or just hold it in place with cranes from the ships over it until the relief well is complete.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  49. John verg

    Bp's fine is being paid by the barrel. The less the spill the less the fine.
    Screw BP and the Feds. Get everyone that wants to pick up oil to do it. This includes the Nat'l Guard from all the ajoining states.
    Bp is now hiding money and will claim bankrupty to avoid fines and law suits. Get smart Americans, save your own resources, don't wait for BP or the feds to give you permission to save your own land.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  50. Jim, Drayton Valley Alberta Canada

    Most people don't even realize how much liquid is in 40,000 barrels. If you figure there are 42US gallons in a barrel, and there are 20-40,000 barrels a day, that is 840000-1,680,000 gallons. That is what is putting this i perspective for me.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
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