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. Peggy

    Hi Anderson! How does BP get away with control of what American scientists do in American waters? Where does BP get the right to stop reporters from taking pictures of wildlife? How does BP get away with taking advantage, once again, of Gulf Coast residents who are in desparate need of work by insisting that they sign contracts that will not allow them to speak to reporters? Why does our government allow BP to make the rules?
    Great show! Love you and your work! Keep on keeping them honest!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  2. Sharon Hastings

    Thanks Anderson for focusing more on the men who lost their lives. BP essentially gambled on safety issues and these men died as a result. Keep up the good work Anderson. We in the gulf area feel so helpless and hopeless and don't know what to do or what to believe.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  3. Samantha - Nashville, TN

    Thanks Anderson and AC360 crew for the continued coverage. You are doing your part reporting on the lost crew members. It reminds us how much more tragic this disaster really is. Thank You!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  4. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Anderson and bloggers Emily, Nancy, Mike, Nicole, Starr, Sree, and Megan

    June 10, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  5. Di Canada

    Good night Anderson Cooper, you are a true inspiration. Thank you for all that makes you, you, sweet dreams.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  6. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I hope CNN runs Anderson's interview with the survivors in its entirety as a special. I would like to see it all together.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  7. clif pennington

    Where is the british government in all this? Their silence is deafening. Surely they have some influence over British Petroleum. I'm yet to hear a single comment by the UK Government regarding this tragedy. If BP won't listen to our lawmakers, how about their own?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  8. doug from mass

    this is not the time to look into why this happened or talk about punishment. we must focus 100% of our energy on stopping the leak with a much higher sense of urgency.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  9. lisal -canada

    my first reaction to hearing about the spill was to consider volunteering services for assisting with cleaning and rehabilitating the poor oiled animals. but things seem so confused and convoluted and obfuscated – so it kind of seems pointless. some people and companies make it so hard to help.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  10. Rick

    It appears to me that BP and the other major oil companies have been in control of our government for years. They have bought and control many of our government leaders in Washington. The President and Congress had better try to regain control of our country and stop letting big oil influence their decisions. But I know that big money talks.
    Lets send James to Washington. Go James!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  11. Daniel, Canada

    Please, do BP really have any regard for human life? We are talking about 11 fully grown men and presumably bread winners and this BP 'thing' never showed any real empathy for the lost lives and the bereaved. Besides, all he (Tony) wanted was his life back- why is that guy still in charge and not in jail???

    June 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  12. Di Canada

    Good night Anderson Cooper, you are a true inspiration. Thank you for all that ,makes you, you, sweet dreams.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  13. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Good night and Thank you!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  14. Sue R.,, Canton Mi.

    My heart goes out to the victims and ther families. I hope they know that many people are praying for their strength to get through all this.
    I know that the truth will be heard from the survivors.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  15. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    The same carbon footprint that BP had commercials about few years ago, the same they brought it on to us.

    Their campaigns, doing stuff for the world, and all was nothing but an atrocious effort to play with people's lives.

    If we away from the scene of disaster are this hurt and are sleepless, i wonder what people down there are going thru – no jobs, no money, no food, no help!!!

    God help us – as it seems we are not doing enough to help ourselves...we found corporations and governments only to have them not help us

    June 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  16. Judy

    Anderson, Why don't you get the government to supeona the last 3 to 6 mos of records and find out how much oil was really coming out each day?? Then you won't have to take pictures and you'll know the real amount before it exploded. What do you think? Good idea or not.
    Thank You.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  17. Keisha, Chapel Hill, NC

    BP seems more interested with collecting the oil to refine and sell than stopping the flow. Would this be because of them still thinking about profit margin because there is no way they are going to give all the profit from what they are collecting back to the families and communities affected by the spill. Let's just see what happens in the months to come about this money situation. It will not happen, guaranteed!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  18. Michael Nicolson

    I think you should call the president on the "oil curtain" that the government and bp are using to hide aspects of the disaster from the media and therefore, the public at large. This reeks of cover-up and I'm glad you are speaking up.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  19. Chris

    Why did you not ask if Cameron the manufacturer of the blowout protector had contacted the grieving families? It is as relevant as whether BP has contacted the families.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  20. Terry Hammonds MSW Dunedin FL

    Aparently the well was not producing oil at the time of the explosion, it was only drilling it. A production rig would come in after it had been cemented in, so there was no actual flow ratr established. BP must have some calculated rate they were expecting to get or they wouldn't have started. Can we find records of how much oil they expected to get per day?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  21. Joe

    The problem is that suits overrule Phd's.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  22. Joan in Connecticut

    Some of them are very young to be widows. So sad.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  23. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Oh my God. The BP executives have ignored the survivors. They can't even say, "My deepest sympathy for your loss." These BP people are what? Robots? Aliens?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  24. Steven Schwartz

    Is it greed that is preventing the oil leak from being stopped. If I can come up with a method how come they can't. Why don't they send a robot down with explosives and implode the leak. Is it maybe because if they are forced to do this, BP will not be able to re-drill and lose a well.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  25. patricia feit

    Thank you Anderson and CNN for staying on "the front lines". I was relieved to hear James Carville say that we are at war with BP/oil because I have been screaming that in my living room for the past 6 weeks. It is agonizing and terrifying to see what is happening to our precious waters. We are at war and we have got to get it together to fight back and protect our way of life, our beautiful coastlines, and magnificent marine and bird life. We don't care what BP thinks or does, this is our country, and we have to send in skimmers, berm builders, oil sucking machines, straw mats, more boom lines, or send navy seals down there and manually direct a huge concrete pipe/tunnel over that stupid cap. COME ON...we can do this!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  26. George Fritz

    Thanks Anderson for keeping this story in the forefront- after 52 days It appears there is little improvement on the amount of oil leaking. Why cant an implosion on the Gulf sea floor be considered . I have a suspicion that BP KNOWS this is a very large vein of oil, and fears an implosion would make it more costly to reopen this well. Our Government should immediately seize BP's control over this operation and bring in independent scientists and techs from other oil drilling companies. After 52 days--I am extremely disappointed with our government's response to this mess.

    I hope all voters in the USA will remember this mess next time in the voting booth–I WILL remember this debacle next presidential election. it's just THAT serious.

    BP is guilty of a nefarious coverup-

    June 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  27. Trish, St. Lou

    I'm baffled. How can a foreign company be holding the United States hostage via the Gulf of Mexico? In addition to being a heartbreaking disaster once again for the good people of the gulf, this is an embarrassment not only to to our country, but especially to Obama and his team of the "brightest" people around. We need a real leader to take over this mess!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  28. Dan

    It is a very simple diagnosis – a horrific lack of crsis leadership and it starts at the top, it does not get anymore complicated than that – failure of adequate leadership in a time of crsis will ground your boat every time, and the result is an avoidable human and biological catastrophie.- it is all about leadership and the lack there of – it is no more complex or complicated than that – failure of leadership!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  29. Harold

    Doug Suttles (BP official) continually told us that the Gulf spill was only about 5000 Barrels per day, kept repeating this figure. But later, he bragged that they (BP) were collecting 15,000 barrels per day. Wait a second, how can they collect three times the amount of oil gushing out? Somebody's lying and we know who.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  30. Elle

    Imagine camera man and reporter walking by "PB's guards" to do their job... gathering info and images of birds or of people cleaning the shore ... what would happen? Why is PB being perceived as authority?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  31. Di Canada

    It must be hard for all oil rig families to watch their loved ones go off to work right now. It is soooo much easier to not ‘think the unthinkable’ before it happens. My heart and prayers go out to them all.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  32. karen

    I cannot find the answer to this question. Does BP have to pay for all the oil that is leaking. I've heard estimates today of 50 million barrels having spilled. At $70 dollars a barrel that would be 3.5 billion dollars. Can you find me the answer? Good thing BP isn't talking to you, cause you can't believe anything they say!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  33. Johnson

    Some or all of the video has been made available to the Coast Guard, etc., (per Adm Allen earlier today). So why isn't the press filing Freedom of Information Act requests to force the release of more recent HD video and pictures?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  34. B Smith

    Anderson, we are being deceived by all. The US has one of the finest NAVY- capable of deep sea diving and robotic undersea surveillance.
    Don't let them off the hook. The President knows how much oil is flowing.
    We can shut this off. We put a man on the moon. We wiretapped the Soviet's deep sea telephone cable in the North Sea for years. WE were raising a Soviet Sub in the Pacific with Howard Hughes under the disquise of deep sea mining of rich nickel deposits. WHO is fooling Who!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  35. Theresa - Mississippi

    In the last 10 years, we have been told that no one could have imagined 9/11, Katrina and now this oil spill. We need people with imagination running the congress because as dumb as I am, I can imagine all kinds of things that could affect us.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  36. holly c mount pearl nfld

    I find it so hard to believe ,they have not taken the time to send out condolences to the familys who have lost there loved ones in this tragic event.Realy though how many secrataries that company must have and they never had no one send or contact the families on behalf of the company.....you would think they would want all the scientist involved to help figure a way to stop this and have a web site to atke ideas from other oil companys and workers from around the world ........my thoughts are with the families that lost there loved ones...it brings back memories for a lot of newfoundlanders..from when the ocean ranger went down 26 years ago and 80 lives were lost...

    June 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  37. JD Elder

    Is there any way to block campaign contributions from BP for awhile, so that Federal workers would be free to help us,
    instead of reporting to BP and helping them?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  38. Keisha, Chapel Hill, NC

    BP should be put in the same category with terrorists because they have caused terror to people of the Gulf states, 11 people along with wildlife and animal habitats of the ocean have been killed and are steady dying because of this oil spill. We, the American people as tax payers, will feel it in the near future regardless.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  39. Ruth

    Why didn't BP have in advance, measures to stop and control oil spills of this magnitutude? I thought the government was in control of protecting and telling the truth to its citizens!!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  40. Shanny

    I added up the number of children left behind when the 11 died. It is horrendous to think of them all without their daddies and Father's Day fast approaching ...

    June 10, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  41. Emily

    Good night Anderson, 360 Team, Jo Ann, Mike, Nicole, David, Megan, Nancy, Gloria, Sree, & Bloggers! 🙂

    June 10, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  42. Sam

    Deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the men that died on the Deepwater Horizon.
    I believe the men worked for Transocean – I hope Anderson asks if the families have been contacted or supported by Transocean.

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

    I am a general contractor with 30 years of experience. If you want to stop the oil leak, use an industrial auger that is used to drill holes in hard earth. Start with a slight taper in the auger and then fits tight as it spins into the oil gushing pipe. Modify the auger with a cap so it caps the well pipe after it has spun substantially in. Have the core of the auger hollow so grout can be injected after the cap hits the pipe. The auger could be spun from a platform on the surface.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  44. Kenya


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

    Oh I think they can. They're just not in any hurry to.
    Goodnight to you all.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  45. Di Canada

    Are the families of those men from the Deep Water Horizon going to be getting some supportive counseling, this must be a nightmare for them?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  46. m.del rosario

    Why are national guard troops not being transparent? Are their orders coming from BP or Obama?

    June 10, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  47. doug from mass

    please explain to me why it isn't a huge issue that bp is still completely in charge of this operation. shame on our government. we need to put a combination of US oil and mining companies in charge at this point, but they won't come anywhere near this situation based on the way our president points fingers. that's reality.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Oh boy! My heart goes to teenager girl was missing out of the world. I am praying for her be found. Don't go take sail out the world alone. That is so dangerous.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  49. paul


    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!

    Well said!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  50. Nicole The Netherlands

    Joran the narcistic psychopat is only "telling" about Natalee because he hopes it will bring him to an Dutch prison.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
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