June 11th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Deepwater Disaster Survivor Stories: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, the latest developments on efforts to determine how much oil is leaking into the Gulf. Plus, survivors of the doomed BP oil rig tell their stories.

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  1. Brian

    Good evening.

    Anderson, I was curious if you will be doing a story or investigation into NorthCom's recent activities in the gulf?

    June 11, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  2. Nancy in Oregon

    Why would anyone believe Joran about anything he said? The young man lives a total lie, has told so many stories and 'versions' that I can't imagine believing one word he speaks.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  3. Emily

    Thanks for the info on David Cameron...I heard that he is not at all happy!

    @Jo Ann,
    "without them BP would be getting away with murder and would reveal nothing."

    I'm very glad that they did in fact survive... it looks like such an awful explosion and as you pointed out, the history that BP has...I hope that something happens with BP, (criminal charges, etc)

    June 11, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  4. Mike S

    Why doesn't anyone know how much oil the Horizon was producing prior to the explosion. If the valves were fully opened and BP knew the flow rate then you would know how much oil is leaking.

    I have searched endlessly online for this information and nobody including BP publishes that data. Why can't BP tell us the flow rate prior to the explosion?

    June 11, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  5. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    It is about time Joran got arrested! He makes me sick~

    June 11, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  6. Nick Hanley

    this is already a worldwide disaster!

    June 11, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  7. Emily

    @Nicole The Netherlands,
    Glad that you are on the blog with us tonight, and your thoughts are with those in the Gulf...it sure is effecting a lot of people....

    Joran van der Sloot has been getting a lot of news coverage here!

    June 11, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  8. Vitaly Thompson

    BP is doing a great job in the Gulf of Mexico. They are working with the local government and federal government too. President Obama will meet with the BP COE next week and they will find away to repair this problem.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  9. Nicole The Netherlands

    Did anyone see Wolff tonight? He had an researcher on from the marine science institute. Ira Liefer. He said had again a very high estamite of the gush but also a chilling theory that the well could get so unstable it could break through the rocks. Does anyone now about this theory? could it?


    June 11, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Betty Ann,
    Good point there!!!!!!!!

    You're welcome! 🙂 Yes, I agree with you.:)

    June 11, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  11. Sonia Howell

    Billy ought to get some of the local hospital's to train volunteer's in OSHA standards and put them to work for the State in oil clean-up efforts. This is Federal Land, Federal Land belongs to all Americans to enjoy and reap it's benefits. BP canot take control of what is happening in the gulf. This land is our's we should approve what they do on our land's. Stomped their dirty oily boots on our white beaches and stomped or marshes. Lease the rigs to the companies that have the best runnig track records.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  12. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, "It's a miracle that anyone survived that explosion looking at that photo...."

    These men are eyewitnesses to what happened, without them BP would be getting away with murder and would reveal nothing.

    I think any investigation will find that BP cut corners and took short cuts that resulted in this explosion. They have a history of it.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  13. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    If this isnt fixed this will become a world wide disaster .

    June 11, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  14. David Wood

    Mississippi gov said that tar balls wash up all the time from the gulf. Is that true???

    June 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  15. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Anderson~ You need to write another book about this disaster. The attention would help the Gulf.
    This is heartwrenching

    June 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  16. Emily

    @Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Sounds like Mike Williams would be a great guest!
    I hope that if Anderson or if someone from 360 were to ask him, he would say "yes".... sounds like an interesting and informative piece you saw...thanks! 🙂

    June 11, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  17. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Emily, it's been a few weeks now but I can remember an AC360 show in New York where Anderson was showing on the touch-screen the pointing of fingers between BP, Transocean and Halliburton. Perhaps it's time to invite Transocean and Halliburton on the show and see if they are transparent.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  18. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    You're right!!!!!!! " That's okay, I know that is very tough hard talk about" Good point there, My heart goes to men!!!! That was so breaking heart for men. 🙁

    June 11, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  19. Lea

    I am a marine biologist, by the way.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  20. Chris O

    Please let these families know that I am praying for them, for their loss, their struggles and I pray they find their way through this disaster! I'm so so sorry for the people who were killed.

    Why, Why is this still such a mess down there? I know this is just going to spread, the oil all up and down the coasts! President Obama needs to do something and fast!

    June 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  21. patricia feit

    Hi Anderson. Again, thank you every night for being exactly where you are and showing us what is or is not going on. I think Billy should be in charge of operations since he and his fellow Gulf mates have been on this since the moment this terrible situation happened. They have been proactive, creative, empassioned and they are using every resource they possibly can. Please let them know that we are with them and embrace all that they are doing.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  22. Lea

    I think part of the apathy may be that our politicians have studied government and economics, but scientists they are NOT. And scientist's paychecks are dependent on not pissing off whoever is writing the checks. There is not enough science education going on in regards to this. The possibilities of the worst case scenerio have not even began to be covered. People have no idea. Oiled dying birds are terrible but they are the tip of the "iceberg" so to speak. This could truly end life the way that we know it in the gulf region.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  23. Toni

    As a proud Canadian, how can the American people allow a forgien oil company to destory USA waters and land?? It would never happen in Canada, we as citiizens would revolt. Someone please explain!!!

    June 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  24. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Barbara, I heard on my local radio station today about "Dine Out for the Gulf Coast". Participating restaurants are donating a portion of their proceeds to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund. That's at least a start for those of us a distance away and truly want to help in some tangible way.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  25. Sue R.,, Canton Mi.

    Good evening.

    So far the only ones who are telling the truth about what happened are the survivors on this rig. This interview is so hard for all of them,,yet they want the truth to be told... Just so heartbreaking.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  26. Karl Reid Artist

    These stories are phenomenal. Great work AC. Thank God these men have the courage to tell their story!

    June 11, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  27. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "BP's Twitter page lists links to all of the interviews their execs did with the media it does not give a link to Anderson's interview with Dudley."

    That's one thing that I don't find surprising... 🙁
    BP could use all the media coverage possible, and they are treating Anderson, the 360 Team & the viewers like dirt...in my opinion!

    June 11, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  28. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    These stories are so surreal. Shocking, simply shocking.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  29. Lesa Telton

    You know the sadest part of this is that this is a national disaster that has happened in our back yard...where are the "text to this number and donate $10 fo clean up" and "text to this number to help the families of the people who died" "text to this number and money will be donated to help the children that where left behind" where are all the stars drawing attention to this disaster? Why when we have issues in our own backyards we see no headliners drawing attention? James Carville is alone with no back up to help with this (except Anderson). Who is helping the fisherman and businesses that are loosing out daily? We need to join together like we would if this happened in another country! How much aid would we send to another country if this happened? But we can offer no aid to people in our own country – except tell them to file a claim.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  30. Nancy in Oregon

    Ah, Sharon, safety does not come first in more and more settings now....costs. In hospitals, schools, police departments.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  31. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Emily – heard 2 things about David Cameron – 1. he is schedule for a call with Obama for tomorrow. 2. While he said he has sympathy for us about the leak, he does not want to comment about BP's liability.

    @ Megan – thanks for filling me about Janet at funeral. Thad reports to her and she should be living at the coast right now. serve as ears and eyes to president. she has those powers!

    June 11, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  32. Nancy in Oregon

    I don't know, Barbara. They have been conspicuously silent.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  33. Emily

    @Samantha Rowley,
    I've wondered about Transocean for awhile...I remember that when this happened, news came out that Halliburton had warned BP that they had not put the pipe in properly, and said that they (BP) should re-do it, and BP never did...It's Transocean & BP that I really want to hear from...

    I can't believe that BP is behaving so arrogantly! 🙁

    June 11, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  34. Sharon Hastings

    This is so sad. I feel so bad for the survivors, the injured, the families of those who died. More so because I feel this didn't have to happen if safety had come first.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  35. Nicole The Netherlands

    Good evening Emily, Megan, Jo ann, Starr, Nancy, A Smith, Gloria, Sree
    Yesterday a friend said to me, you should go and live in the States..
    extreme politics here, but my thoughts are also staying in the Gulf..

    Mother nature, the workers said, is she trying to tell us something?

    June 11, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  36. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    @ Emily Mike Williams was on 60 minutes and told about picking parts of the B.O.P. seal up and told about how B.P. knew of the damage but ignored it .

    June 11, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  37. Barb

    love the show, you should check with Martin Folse at HTV 10 in Houma to see how oil in getting in Lafourche & Terrebonne Parishes. You are great with news about the spill. Thanks Thanks a lot for showing the world about LA.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  38. Nancy in Oregon

    I wonder too, Emily. No group has 'taken credit', so I guess we can rule out terrorists trying to cause a cataclysmic event. (Believe me, I wondered for a moment at first.)

    June 11, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  39. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Where is all of the rest of the HD video? I'd like to see the footage of the HD-video that shows the leak at the beginning so that we can compare it to the hand selected version we were allowed to see.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  40. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    My heart goes out to these men...

    June 11, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  41. Barbara

    Why haven't all the hollywood celebrities, rock stars, country music stars, media etc band together to raise money for this disaster just like they did for Haiti, proceeds to go to the victim's families, the rig survivors, the people who's lives depend on the Gulf for a living and of course to assist in the clean-up. BP is going to declare bankruptcy and will never pay the full amt of what it is going to cost to clean up this disaster. Charity Begins At Home!! These people need help. Come on someone has to step up to the plate and help, lets get a telethon going, a concert, anything!

    June 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  42. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isable, Emily, Starr, Megan, everyone. Thank you for being live tonight and having the blog Anderson.

    How effective are the fiber things at picking up oil? What is the most effective way of picking that oil up from the beach?

    I'd like to see us all on the same team too, but clearly Billy Nungesser is getting results. The urgency of the situation comes through whenever you are talking to gulf residents, businesses, and elected officials across the gulf.

    Why is there a delay in picking up oil when it's spotted coming on shore or up against booms? What is supposed to happen at the pt?
    Elected officials call up the Coast Guard? What happens then? And why the delay? Getting the oil on the beach and in the water obviously the best strategy.

    Storms and hurricanes are an urgent concern. Billy Nungesser is right about that. So much damage can be prevented if as much of the spill is collected as soon as is possible.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  43. Mike S

    How much oil did the Deepwater Horizon produce a day prior to the explosion?

    June 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  44. MAX

    What guarantees do we have that BP will pay up? They're already dragging their feet. What if they file bankruptcy? What's to prevent a takeover of BP only to have the "new" company commit the same atrocities in the future?

    June 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    It was gas or oil cause expolison, might have leak from rig like that.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  46. Emily

    It's a miracle that anyone survived that explosion looking at that photo....

    Glad to see that computer image of what happened....now, does anyone know (or think) 'why' that happened in the first place?

    June 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  47. John Matukewicz

    Good Evening
    I would like to know why the company that was doing the drilling or the company that owned the rig has not been in the news that much. Is it because the Democratic past Vice President owns a lot of the company Halburton which I feel should be greatly responsible for the major part of the cleanup and also all of the money to help the unemployed.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  48. Monica

    Maybe Thad Allen actually believed BP at first with other Americans, but now with so many communication problems and new restricted areas, he may never know until the spill is cleaned up and court proceedings are held

    June 11, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  49. Robert Stroney

    Nice job on background graphics/editing/re-edit.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  50. Vickie Martin

    Thank you for the great job you do in all your coverage!

    Who do we contact to volunteer to assist with cleaning the birds and other wildlife affected by the oil spill? Seems like a great opportunity while I am unemployed . . .

    June 11, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
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