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June 14th, 2010
10:05 PM ET

BP Cut Costs Over Safety?: Join the Live Chat

BP is under fire after congress releases internal documents from the company. The documents question whether BP was more interested in cutting costs and not safety. We're keeping them honest. Plus,  we'll have all the other developments live from Louisiana.

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  1. Brian

    Anderson, I really appreciate the awesome job you and your team does in covering stories such as the Gulf Oil Spill.

    Can we get some coverage on what type of technologies might be able to clean up this mess and do something positive with it? This could be a catapult for Green Energy Alternatives. Check out a company called Magnegas that have proposed a solution to clean this up and do something productive with the oil and toxic waste. Let's do something POSITIVE with this horrible tragedy if there is such a thing.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  2. Dave

    The government is concealing the true amount of the spill because Americans will panic when they find out it is 100,000 barrels or 4.2 million gallons per day

    June 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  3. Aleta Pahl

    Anderson, you must stay there in the Gulf. You are truly the front line there and I am glad to see you are going to talk about the wildlife again. Thank you so so much for all you do. You are a real life hero.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  4. Erika

    When you discus the toll of the oil spill on wildlife you seem to only focus on the birds. The sea turtles swimming and dying in the spill are all on the endangered species list. You have stories like this one from the Los Angeles Times:

    "On the shores of southern Alabama, there was a disaster, and a miracle: The worst oil since the Deepwater Horizon blowout washed ashore late Saturday, even as a sea turtle swam through the mess and laid a new nest on shore.

    It got worse: Though motorized vehicles are not supposed to be used in cleanup in the area used by the turtles, the beach was soon swarming with all-terrain vehicles and heavy equipment. One of the vehicles ran over the nest..."

    While all life is important these turtles have already been decimated by humans and need some attention.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  5. Karen

    Due to the fact that BP has single handedly managed to kill my home state of Louisiana as well as 11 people, how about revolking there right/permit to drill in the US until the oil is capped and cleaned up? Maybe their bottom line will cause more heartache in them rather than destroying America...

    June 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  6. Beth from New Orleans

    Thanks Anderson and CNN for being the "voice" of Louisiana. We so appreciate your being here and telling our story, showing the world what has happened.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  7. harold

    Why didnt BP drill the relief well into the first half mile of the sea floor?
    Then the well could have been filled by now.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  8. bettie

    Anderson, can we take a break from beating the president....this is the oil industries mess. He has taken unprecedented efforts behind the scene take the dredging for example...no permitting just go dredge! Pressure and leverage is all this man can do and he is doing that.....so can we let up on the man...he does have two wars, financial reform, health, vets,etc etc etc. Bettie

    June 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  9. Emily

    @Sree
    "56 days and still no sign of ending.."
    Not only no signs of it ending, it's only getting worse! I don't see any signs of it getting better either... now at least 3 other States are effected, and so many more could be...

    June 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  10. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Joan in Connecticut –

    I really would not expect a lot to happen from the hearing other than congress do some tongue lashing and use this as an opportunity for ad for mid-term election campaign!

    Most of know who are at fault and who helped create this mess! So, I dont know what this new hearing will yield that we already do not know of!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  11. catherine blair

    British Petroleum should be put out of business and all those in charge should be rolled in the crude oil off the coast of Louisiana, feathered, and run out of the country..

    June 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  12. BobBenn

    Am I the only one who took business 101? Rule number 1: Business will do whatever is in business's best interest. This means anything up to and including killing people, destroying the environment, etc. We have seen car manufacturers hide dangerous defects, pharmaceuticals hiding contaminated products and so on. It is up to us to make sure it is in business's interest to protect people and to protect the environment. This means regulation and oversight with sufficient penalties to ensure compliance.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  13. sree

    .......of course everybody wants to shun this....eh???

    June 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  14. chrissy

    Currently watching Anderson Cooper on CNN, I live in the UK and I completely disagree with the way BP are handling this. It is disgraceful and they tragic impact on the wildlife and communities along the Gulf coast is terrible. I commend the efforts of the fishermen who have been going out there everyday to try and help..your amazing people!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  15. Tina

    Great Job Anderson.

    As far as BP cutting cost over safety; it is evident that their focus in on their own best interest. I still think BP is focusing on capturing the oil instead of stopping the well. Also BP should be force to have an escrow account for victims, and the environment minimum they should have to put up $20million.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  16. Linda, CT

    In the interest of helping out some of our fellow Americans with businesses on the Gulf coast, could CNN put up a map where the beaches in LA, Miss, AL, and FL are still clean for tourists/vacationing families to visit?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  17. Charlotte

    How can a co as large as BP fool everyone re:plans for situations as catastropic as the gulf and not have had the plan reviewed by someone knowledgeable to determine if it will be sufficient if the well failed as it has? Tougher rules for drilling for BP over looked because of thier size?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  18. Daniel R.

    Does the southeast have enough capacity to process the recovered oil when this is finally capped/contained?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  19. Boudreau, Montreal Quebec

    Burning 420 000 galons of oil a day? One burning tire is equal to 3 barrels of oil....Is it really better than just collecting it?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  20. Corinne

    Where the heck is the Britsh government in all of this? Why are they not offering to help with the clean-up? All they are doing that I can see is critizing President Obama for his comments regarding BP and are concerned about BP's stock drop!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  21. Jake

    Hey, I had a few ideas about the oil spill but I forgot them, because of that the point of this comment is to say that you should figure some way to quickly get a good idea to politicians, the general public cannot directly convey their ideas and I think you should promote that.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  22. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Emily,
    I agree with you..... I know that's suck news I have seen this worst since oil spills leak! I am also disappointment right now against BP.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  23. Beth Lynch

    Great coverage! regarding the testimony, can Hayward "take the fifth"-isn't that for US citizens? and the escrow account is a great idea....we need to take control of the situation, and then bill BP! BP should also have to pay off the mortgages for all of those whose lives and livelihods will be forever changed by this disaster

    June 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  24. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    People are taking B.P. for fools there more then likely pan handling the money right now .

    June 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  25. Judy Cathey

    I live in Sacramento and watching all of this unfold on TV is just gastly! It is unfathomalbe that Obama is still talking about all this...Use your executive power and get the oil out of the water and plug the hole. To much handholding it's time to take action now and deal with BP later in the courts.

    Thank you Anderson you are a very informative journalist and I love watching you.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  26. Will Thornton

    Good evening Mr. Cooper, big fan of your show. I do believe we need to focus on cleaning the spill, but I feel the leak needs to be stopped first and then focus on the cleanup. Also, what is going to happen when a hurricane strikes the Gulf Coast and the oil gets washed inland. Will BP still be responsible then?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  27. larry

    Time to nationalize this oil company.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  28. teresa, kent, ohio

    re: this comment: "The govt. should be forming a team of experts from OTHER oil companies to take charge of plugging this oil spill. "

    How does the govt. and BP know they can trust experts from OTHER oil companies to do what is in the best interest of BP? Maybe others would want to keep this catastrophe going to further destroy BP?

    @Jo Ann: I agree, BP cannot be the only oil company w/ safety violations.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  29. Karen

    Good reporting with Doug in New Orleans, Anderson.
    He is right on. Why hasn't the President enlisted all experts
    from different companies to resolve this disaster. He still
    appears to be taking the backseat.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  30. Benedetta Dubetz

    We want BP to fix a problem they can't fix. President Obama cant' fix it. No one can fix this because we let loose a monster without considering the consequences, yet it is the same states that are suffering from this that want us to continue to drill in the deep waters of the gulf. "You can't have your cake and eat it too."

    June 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  31. Nink

    #askBP why the majority of the 20K + people submitted an idea on how to stop the oil flow or clean up the oil did not receive either a tracking number or a response back in relation to their solutions.

    Also #askBP if the BOP should be on a tilt as you can clearly see in the inclineometer and if it was like this before the blowout or after the blowout.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  32. Atippius

    Bp is lucky this isn't Italy! The execs would be charged with manslaughter and the email authors would be charged with murder!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  33. Barbara

    I cringe at the innocence of so many people on these blogs and in our government – I was married to a top international oil executive and I can tell you how ruthless a business it has been even since the sixties. If power corrupts, control of oil mining corrupts absolutely. I assume this fiasco will help us get over some of our national naiveté.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  34. Emily

    I'd like to know who those 3% were & approx. how many people are that?

    I can't believe that it's been 4 weeks that Anderson & the 360 Crew has been in NOLA...and now 3 other States are effected.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  35. Jonathan

    Anderson,

    Tony Hayward has been feted by shareholders for cutting $5 billion+ of costs from BP.

    You can be assured that safety margins have suffered. The marginal casing and cement designs, objected to by Haliburton, and outwith BP's own well-design guidelines are perfect examples.

    Our own MMS and the installation of industry insiders as regulators by the Bush administration is also a huge factor in this mess.

    Best Wishes,
    Jonathan

    June 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  36. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, everyone.

    What is surprising about these details, the choice of drill casing, the possible hurry to close the well, the email is that they follow as the email says drilling on a well that was dangerous and volatile to begin with. Why would BP not opt to be safe in such situation? Info about the casing and rush to close the well at least repts on it have been available for a weeks now.

    To follow up on what Billy Nungesser was saying about catching up with the oil, what is going on now between the well and the shoreline at this time? Isn't the coast guard in command?

    Able to skim 50K barrels a day? How much is collected per day now? What percentage is being picked up?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  37. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    I am looking forward to the President's speech tomorrow night. I have a feeling he won't be too kind to BP.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  38. Gary P Salmon

    I think Adm Thad Allen should be relieved of duty before he is made to look even more foolish and aloof then he alreadt does!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  39. Lamar

    With all the safety violations BP has had in the past years, I wonder why they were allowed to continue operating

    June 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Where are the government scientists and experts? Why don't they have any answers? Drilling at that depth should not have been allowed if there was no proven way to cap it. Period!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  41. John Wilsbach

    CNN is kicking everyone's butt! Great job with the coverage! Thank you Anderson, Billy, James, etc, for exploiting BP and our government for the baffoons they are. Every ship from countries willing to help should be in the gulf skimming up oil. Yet, our President talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  42. April

    Hello Anderson and 360 Team,
    It has been reported that BP didn't run critical tests due to being behind schedule only one week prior to the Gulf disaster. They were concerned about saving time and even stated, "the decision to not add more centralizers would stand. . . . who cares. . . it's done. " So how are we to trust anything BP tells us at this point?
    Thank You

    June 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  43. catherine blair

    Good evening Anderson,
    Who is in charge? Is it BP, or the government? It seems no one is really taking charge... Someone, please staqnd up and do the right thing and do it NOW!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  44. Yael

    When Mr. Copper says he is keeping the government accountable is he referring to the local government as well? These are elected official in the Gulf states and it seem as if the media is just taking their word for what is wrong and one is checking to see if the local and state official are falling down on the job.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  45. Daniel

    Anderson, i think it's great that you will not let down on this big issue, as we cannot let BP get away with sliding it under the rug, the executives responsible for this disaster should be prosecuted

    June 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  46. Scarlett

    I am a Louisiana resident. It is scandalous that the U.S. government has not taken over this clean up effort. BP is trying to put a band-aid on a gun shot wound. It might be BP's oil and rig, but the water belongs to us!!!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  47. Greg

    I cannot believe that this is still going on. BP is stalling! Hold them accountable, NOW!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Sree.
    I agree!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  49. Kamna

    Did BP ever get the Rig inspected by a third party (other than mms or coastgaurds)

    June 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  50. Susie

    BP doesn't appear to care about the safety of anyone, just making a profit for themselves. By the way, why didn't Obama go to the white sandy beaches in Alabama, i.e, Gulf Shores? Anderson do you plan on broadcasting from other parts of Gulf Coast? It would be nice if you would so we can see what's going on at the white sandy beaches. Thank you, you are really the only one showing what's really going on.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
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