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. Charles A. Bowsher

    Somebody asked how many barrels of oil are under the deepwater horizon I read on and engineering forum that includes both bp and halliburton engineers that it is estimated at two billion (that's right 2,000,000,000bbls) barrels! Forum was at jref under engineering,l thread was "How can they stop the oil spil"

    June 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  2. Shauna Texas

    I can't believe our government is not in control of this situation. Apparently BP runs the gulf coast. I want our government to take control of this situation and not lie to the American people. They fact that our national guard is guarding BP so they can cover up this situation is a disgrace. Apparently BP is has quite a few congressman in their pockets and apparently our president. Our government should be able to take control and solve this problem on BP dime. I don't want to see another BP commercial. I totally agree with James Carville that BP is attacking us, our animals, people and environment.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  3. Marty Rajandran

    How much oil was being collected each day before the accident? Shouldn't this give a good idea of how much is now exploding into the Gulf?
    Obama, be careful how much you take credit for "being in charge." It is disgusting to see a worker wearing a US govt miliary shirt saying he cannot talk to media. Obama, when you next go South, see if these guys will talk to you, the man in charge! Am disappointed on how you are managing this.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  4. Matt

    In regards to my 10:18 post, I know this may be far from the minds of people as the issues of getting the oil stopped/clean-up are the priority. That goes without saying. I am just worried, seeing how much of a fiasco this is becoming/has become, that to not look to the future and develop plans for possibilities like this could lead to future tragedies in the gulf and wherever else this oil ends up.


    June 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  5. Aleta Pahl

    We are not saving enough birds and the reason is BP does not want to show more people helping birds. I talked with the World Society for the Protection of Animals who did an outstanding job after Katrina saving so many animals, and they told me that even tho they are ready to go in to help these birds and animals like turtles, they were told they are not needed. They are on standby. And they were told by the Houston SPCA. What is going on here? You mean to tell me that the Houston SPCA and the group hired by BP to clean up birds are able to cover the hundreds of miles of coastline? are able to be out there in boats to scoop out the birds in the oil covered water? Anderson, you are probably the only person that can get to the bottom of this.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  6. MaryAnn/FL

    This is all happening in America isn't it, sure could have fooled me..

    June 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  7. Schmoupy Juntunen

    Can somebody please tell me what would happen if the situation were reversed. In other words; what if BP was an American company and this oil spill happened in Britian's waters or any other countries waters for that matter, what would have happened to an American company or American by now?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  8. charlie

    The idea of "trusting:" a coporation is bizarre. US corporate culture is built on litigation. If authorities still provide waivers on risk assessment even after incident like to Texas explosion. Don't balme the company for taking logical businessdecisions.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I wonder if the government would have done things differently if this had been an American company.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  10. Joe

    I ask the same thing Marie...why is a British company controlling this??? Is our own military going to shoot us if we start cleaning without BP's permission??? are we waiting for something guys? Do it out of the goodness of your hearts, not a paycheck, or an endorsement of your product!!!!!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  11. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    By the way two US based companies and 1 Amsterdam based company have offered BP help and they said they can stop the well from leaking.

    This was about 3 weeks ago! There were a total of 5 well leaks so far in the history and all of them have been stopped – this is the longest ever and wonder when it will stop.

    Yes. We could have stopped this if we wanted to! It's just the solution got lost in some red tape

    June 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  12. Mary

    My husband is from Cornwall. They had an oil tanker spill a long time ago. Nearly the whole town came down to the shore and worked tirelessly to help clean it up for a long time. Nobody stopped them from helping.
    I am sure the majority of the locals in the Gulf want to help too. Are they being stopped from helping? Why?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  13. Charles Lessard

    There are ways of stopping the oil flow, but if the design pressure of the BOP and casing pipe are not rated for the pressures of this well, which James Cameron mentioned on Larry King as being 18,000 psi, then the ability to at least capture the oil would be lost. If this pressure is correct, I wonder how many other wells are at these pressures?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  14. David, Indiana

    If BP is saying their employees and contractors are not prohibited from talking to the press, then it is surprising that the workers on the beach would not consent to an interview as shown in Tom Foreman's report. I admit to not completely understanding this. It seems BP is being defensive, but also some companies do ask their employees to sign nondisclosure agreements.

    Did James Carville make a point about vessels from other countries being prohibited from assisting with the clean up? I believe Mary Matlin said that prohibition was a provision of the Jones act and could be waived under certain circumstances. Is that being considered now? Maybe it should be.

    Are barrels of oil collected taken into account when figuring out BP's liability?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  15. Jonathan Boca Raton, FL

    The President should state National Security and take over the entire operation so there is real transparency. BP lies and will continue to lie. It is in there culture and no one will change that.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  16. Emily

    The EPA should have taken steps a long time ago...

    June 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  17. Joan in Connecticut

    Sounds like BP saves more money by just paying off the fines and continuing along with their unsafe practices.

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

    Why in the world did our government allow BP to keep operating under so many vilations? That is where suspentions of pumping and leasing to another company should have happen. It is almost like an abitual offender.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  19. Marie

    Thanks for the persistence, Anderson. At this point, I'd be happy for you or Carville to take over – you both understand that this is an emergency. Maybe Nelson, Boxer or Markey need to grab an hour on CSPAN and denounce the White House incompetence in no uncertain terms. That might shake things up.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  20. Jeff Miller

    Why are there no lawsuits filed, to force reporters being allowed to film at will...There are federal criminal and civil investigation ongoing, is the blocking not a crime, perhaps withholding of evidence, evidence tampering, something?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  21. Tzila D.

    Does anyone know how long this leak would last (how big the oil deposit is) if it is never plugged? Has anyone asked this question of anyone who would know?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  22. Charles A. Bowsher

    I would say the reason the workers you approach won't talk to you is because they are not bp employees. Most if not all are probably working for a "sub-contractor" and are not guided by the transparency directive.

    If you want to harp on transparency then start going after bp on posting on the web the submission ideas they have received so far. Let us help them sort through them. We (the online community) could sort through them and at least get them into broad categories so te engineers don't have to look at 27 of the same idea. Perhaps then their task won't seem so daunting.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  23. Ben

    I have never seen such a technically inept Admiral as ADM Thad Allen. His skill set in politics and his background in administration that he capitalized upon to achieve his high position and status in the CG does not serve him well as National Incident Commander for such a technically challenging problem. There are much better Navy Admirals that would not be snowballed by the erroneous statements or the close ties with BP. Most Navy Admirals, especially nuclear trained, would ask the correct questions and understand the technical aspects much better.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  24. Emily

    I can't stand looking at that BP Logo anymore....

    June 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  25. Sue R.,, Canton Mi.

    @ Sree,, Many people saw that today when the military were stopping media from taking pictures of the oiled animals. That puts so much more fear in people when they see this because they know there is so much were not being told.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  26. Craig - USA

    Perhaps the Government can wrangle BP by stopping all of their oil production in and around the U.S. until all discrepancies, investigations, risks analysis, and controls have been verified.

    They understand $$$

    June 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  27. Di Canada

    Is there any way to block this oil before it gets past the Florida everglades? There is seriously a lot of coast line this can potentially contaminate on its way up the Atlantic.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  28. James

    Is it possible that BP does't want anyone to know the flow rate of the well because this may be a large producing well that was found to provide the mother load of oil that could have long term business benifits, after all its all about the money. What is the average gallons of otherwells near by?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  29. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    It is clear that BP and the WH has been deceiving the American people about this oil spill from the very beginning.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  30. Laura C.

    So the new Conservative scientific estimate is 40,000 barrels a day, which adds up to 1,680,000 gallons a day. Multiply by 50 days and we are currently at 84,000,000 gallons. Compare this to the Valdez oil spill of 11,000,000 gallons. We should all be really freaking out about this!

    Thank you for keeping on this Anderson.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  31. JD Elder

    If Federal workers are reporting to BP,
    would they be guilty of criminal activity if their assistance in the corporation's cover-up was due to them being paid off by the hugely wealthy corporation? Maybe the government workers have to do BP 's bidding because they really really need the contributions from BP for upcoming elections?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  32. John

    Now that we can see the leaking BOP clearly why don't they just slip a blind in between the flanges and stop the leak? It seems it would be very simple with the robotics they have.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  33. Mike

    How many barrels of oil are in the ground under the deep water horizon? Hopefully they can get it stopped soon, however if they can't what's the total amount of oil that can leak.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  34. Brandon

    To look on the other end of this spill besides just the devistation in our waters. This is the nail in the coffin for many of us already struggling without jobs because of the current state of the economy. Tourism in the affected states is being washed away with the tide. Which causes a ripple effect through our already hurting home sales and many other economic issues we are facing. The government should force BP to offer employment to 'verified' unemployed american citizens to clean the oil spill. At least it would somewhat ease the severe blow that our economy is going to face for years to come due to this BP disaster.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  35. K. Williams

    I’m 600+ miles from the Gulf coast in Indiana but think the Federal government reaction to this spill would be much different if it was occurring off the coast of Cape Cod, the Hamptons, Virginia Beach or impacting Chesapeake Bay…

    June 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  36. Jill

    What is the Federal Govt going to do with the civil fine they will levy against BP? I have read this fine if from $1,1000-$4,800 per barrel, this could be up to $64.5 million per day based on 15,000 barrels a day.
    Is this money going into the General Fund for all states, or will it be allocated to the states affected?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  37. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Megan, I was just surprised to no attorney trying to answer Tom Foreman or Anderson while trying to talk to the workers.

    I am sure that will not be for long before we get to see people with suits and Rolex watches come on camera's to speak 🙂

    June 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  38. Sharon Hastings

    As I understand this, we are waiting for the relief wells to be drilled and until then what???? We are talking about months and months of this and there will be no Gulf of Mexico left. It seems many credible suggestions have been made to help in the meantime. I am waiting to hear that any of them is being implemented. Who is the "go to" person???

    June 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  39. richard

    Anderson, you are doing a great job covering this !

    The Obama admin, CNN and other media. and my fellow Americans need to realize this: The U.S. gov't is going out of its way to lead the UN
    in imposing harsh economic sanctions on Iran for (let's be honest and face it) wrongdoings and harm they haven't done. On the other hand, BP
    has actually committed an act which is inflicting actual harm and damage
    on the safety and livelihood of America. BP is a much bigger threat than Iran, and we need to take a much harsher stance on this and take this more seriously than the same old one-sided rhetoric that Israel spews out over Iran and Hamas.
    I'm getting sick and tired of Obama's cool and "gentleman" stance towards BP. It's time to shift this to a criminal/terrorist act.
    The U.S. is way too soft on this !

    June 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  40. Daniel, Canada

    @ Gary Acabbo: If we think of how much oil is gushing out of the gulf coast, and many other potential oil well that could supply domestic oil, it is plain that it is pure politics that the government is not taking action about leading the way to American Independence on energy. By the way, do you know how many lobbyists are working on the capital hills on this same subject?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  41. Edsel

    I am from Mobile and was there when the leak first occured. Please explain the differance between containment booms (with an underwater skirt) and absorbant boms which just flow on the surface and soak up the oil there and have to be removed once they are saturated and replaced. I have used both types and I see a lot of confusion by people and reporters about each type's proper application and purpose.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  42. Abel Peres

    Hey Anderson,

    Just thought you should know the flow rate is 10,200 per minute of oil. This means that to date we have an estimated 763,776,000 litres of oil released into the Gulf of Mexico to date. See info on the ( top-kill ) procedure for detailed information on the flow rate.

    P.s. love your show.

    Abel Peres.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  43. Kris Gopal

    Kill the Well. From Submarine fire a Tarpedo the well 100' below the sea floor and the earth will collapse and will kill the well.It is a concept. Techinical detail I leave to the professional.

    Thank you Anderson.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  44. Susan

    Anderson- Thank you foe exposing the facts on the Gulf.
    Dear Mr. Obama- at this point I refuse to call you president because a president is a leader and you are NOT. I voted for you and now want my vote back. Americans..not allowed to speak openly, which is a freedom, as Americans, we are granted. Yet, YOU are allowing a foreign nation to run the operation.. Take control or take a hike

    June 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  45. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Joan – The cap still is in place. It will however have to replaced some time next month.

    The amount of pressure that comes out along with the oil does cause damage to the cap. They haven't said as to when or what day they will replace the cap

    June 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  46. Paula, Colorado

    BP seems afraid of the truth–about the flow level of the oil spill– and everything else.

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

    I don't understand why BP is still in charge of this "clean-up" (in anyway at all)...their record is very disturbing.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  48. diana

    How can BP ignore the families of the men they killed??? When is the president going to seize the assests of BP, Transocean and Halliburton to pay the damages of this Disaster??? who died and left Bp in charge? It's our gulf, our country and our economy ?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  49. Steve

    My fear, aside from losing forever the use of our place on Grand Isle, is that the dispersant will prove to be the "Agent Orange" of the Gulf of Mexico. Prove that it "ain't so!" Thanks for the job you are doing on CNN.


    June 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  50. Ed Martinez-NC

    I feel that the BP officials and the "unified command" structure is not telling us all the facts about this leak and it's size because they have a pretty good idea that it's much more massive than reported and may have no short term solution.They don't want to alarm the people that this company has inflicted an environmental disaster that we may be dealing with for decades at massive costs beyond BP's ability to pay for.Perhaps we should prepare ourselves for that announcement which will probably come some Saturday morning when the media is paying less attention and America is out enjoying the few beaches that will be left.It is a sad state of affairs.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
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