June 14th, 2010
10:05 PM ET

BP Cut Costs Over Safety?: Join the Live Chat

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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. Kay, California

    No wonder BP won't come on Anderson's show, he's sounds desperate & whiny with his constant badgering of them not showing up. They go on with John Roberts, Kira Phillips, etc, perhaps AC should change his tactics.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Our president Obama was there in Alamaba and Mississippi and Louisiana, His trip already 4th time different places with our Ed Henry.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  3. Monica

    Hello everyone. I agree Anderson's doing a great job. I'm glad more information is coming out on the efforts of the other Gulf States. I wonder how the oil is impact the climate, is their any correlation to the increase in floods or earthquakes around the globe? I also wonder if there is an influx in marine and wild life in other areas as a result of this.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
    • Daniel R.

      Great question. Obviosly pressure is being relieved...I wonder what's going to give on the "other " side?

      June 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  4. Bernadette

    Because BP only cares about the oi, is there any way we The Gulf Coast) can keep the oil and use the profits for the affected area and people. Its all about money.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  5. Janis (Canada)

    Anderson, somebody needs to do an investigation of all the oil companies. What if they are all like BP, cutting costs and endangering the earth? This would be a major thing for you guys to do. Keep them honest, you guys, if that is even possible!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
    • Aimée from Louisiana

      Yes, that's a great idea-

      June 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  6. Matthew Hage

    I am dumbfounded that people are surprised at BP's behavior! It's common corporate practice in a capitalist system. I have worked in the private and public sectors for years and the crossover is only happening because private jobs have gone in the tank to cut corporate costs and increase annual profit margins. These people that worked in the private sector are now continuing the same private practices in the public sector(government), because this is the only way they know how to run a business. All that matters to any business is the bottom line! Safety only comes first when it's convenient! Why are people so surprised at this?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
    • Lamar

      You are absolutely right, bottom line is all that matters.

      June 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  7. Albert

    Great reporting, everyone on your team. Thank you. BP may finally get a clue?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  8. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Megan, I dont know really what to expect from the hearing. Would be nice for our congress to say, "it's our fault as well that we pushed these oil companies into shallower waters than usual"

    June 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  9. sree

    .....AC is doing a great job..

    June 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  10. Joe

    Anderson, Time to move your location to Florida. Huge amounts of oil heading to Florida acording the new NASA photo dated 06/12/2010

    June 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  11. Gary P Salmon

    Anderson why not go for it! Tell Tony Hayward just what we all really think of him! It doesn't matter now if he appears on your show or not! He is a coward!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  12. Libby

    Dear Anderson,
    My place of employement, family, and circle of friends are very concerned regarding the wildlife effected by the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We feel the U.S Fish and Wildlife division of the Federal Government and the Wildlife Rescue Corperation BP has contracted lack the appropriate knowledge and experience in the task of effective rescue techinques. Our concerns are in reference to the recent denial of access to the journalist from CNN and other news organizations. I am a trained volunteer with with a local bird santuary and have rescued several hundreds birds successfully over the past five years. We believe they are euthanizing the birds rather than providing stablization, administering fluids to the oiled and malnourshed, injured birds. The jouralist do not want to place these birds in jeopardy. Due to the debacle of BP's handling of oil spill thus far, they should have intense scrutiny placed on them by all media outlets to assure they work their hardest. They should be required to give daily televised reports to the incident commander with their progress or lack thereof.

    Last but not least, let us not forget that freedom of speach is guaranteed by the constitution.

    Fire Ken Slazar, Interior Secertary

    June 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  13. ddiane

    Hi everyone

    Good for you Anderson, thank God and keep on after them with Billy Nungesser and Douglas Brinkley. This is a total shame taking so long to plug the oil leak and compensate the locals. Tony Hayward doesn't want to show up on 360 because you and your team see right through their schemes.

    Wishing you a good night.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  14. Aimée from Louisiana

    Anderson thanks for continuing to cover this story and thanks to you Billy Nungessor you are my new hero! BP stinks, not the guys working for them, but the bigwigs lke Hayward and the engineer who said it "doesn't matter. " what is wrong with those people!?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  15. Sonia Howell

    BP is slowly going down like the horizon did. They are putting off flow estimation. BP just doesn't wan't people to know how much is really comming out. They did't drill that deep for 1,000 barrels a day. They hit the mother load and is probly lying to it's stock holders.You go BILLY, Any help is good help. At least you are trying.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  16. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Keep asking Anderson, and you shall get BP on the program!

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

    "I am also disappointment right now against BP."
    I AM TOO! and to hear that BP is STILL not appearing on AC360...very arrogant!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  18. Joan in Connecticut

    I've read the comments from Brits on their online newspaper articles. The British have no idea of the scope of this and they also seem to be very content blaming the United States for everything that's gone wrong in the world for the past several decades. The idea of one of theirs doing something this awful isn't sitting well with them.

    You should read some of their online newspaper comments on this story. It's an eye opener.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  19. Joe

    BP does care about the birds. They're working on a chemical right now that will make them sink to the bottom.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  20. Sue R.,, Canton Mi.

    It's so sad to see the people that have lost their jobs due to this BP disaster having to depend on this company for their future jobs trying to clean this mess up.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  21. Kelvin Davis

    The banks and the oil companies have a back door to Washington DC. This is why profits is over safety. And lives is not a concern when it comes to coal and oil. America needs to understand that greed control is the motivated factor for a golden parachute.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  22. Karoline, Los Angeles

    I can't believe the British are angry at us because we're angry at BP. We're not mad at the nation of Great Britain. We're just angry at a few irresponsible British executives who don't seem to care about humanity or ecology. Aren't some Brits mad at them too? It's their planet also.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  23. Sharon Hastings

    I think President Obama seemed forceful and in charge today and on top of all issues. And it sounded like more was getting organized in the way of clean up and also plans for more ships to retrieve more oil at the site. I was happy to hear that some of the ideas to help like Kevin Costner's were being implemented.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  24. Graham

    With all this oil gushing from the B P well and the slow results from BP why dont other companies jump in and collect this "free oil" it must be worth something isn't it?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  25. Kenya

    Keep the invites to BP going Anderson. I love it 😀

    June 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  26. Rich Brian

    Hi Anderson great reporting – Suggestion – why can BP shut off another rig and move it over this well and drop a pipe down over the blowout and start capturing the oil that way?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  27. brent charvet

    thanks for being here! b.p. lies over and over.glad you are here to get to the truth.thanks from s.e. louisiana

    June 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  28. David Michael Ross, MD

    I don't want to hear about who screwed up, what the political fallout may be, who did what or didn't, the blame game, etc, etc.
    What I want to hear about is the engineering/science and technology of how to stop this leak, What is the geology of the leak? What is the likely outcome if nothing is done? What techniques are available to stop the leak, if that is the desired solution. What are the costs of stopping the leak as opposed to letting it run its course?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  29. Jim

    I think everyone knows that BP is responsible for the leak. We get it. You're keeping honest. However, 20 minutes into the show and its been nothing but keping BP honest. How about a focus on what the government and president of the most powerful country on earth could be doing? No wonder BP won't come on the show.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  30. Dave

    BP's own documents submitted to the MMS on 3/10/2009 state that a blowout from this well would spill 300,000 barrels or 12,6 million gallons PER DAY

    June 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  31. clyde

    i suggest making what i call a circular net to capture the oil rising up from the damaged pipe. it would have large flowtation devices arranged in a large circle around the area the oil is coming to the surface at. it would also have a large type of tarp such as the blue tarps everyone is familiar with, something very tough that would attach to the flowtation devices forming a very large tube that would extend down in the water several hundred feet which would direct the oil to the surface to be sucked up by oil tankers anchored around the circular device. this would allow us to capture most of the oil and give us time to come up with a permanent solution to the problem. the oil could also be filtered and saved for reuse.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  32. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    We need war ships out there to keep that equipment secure if they cut and run were doomed .

    June 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  33. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    BP should be working day and night trying to put a top on that oil spill!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  34. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I can't believe that BP, a company that deliberately put their employees in danger and lied through their teeth about this from the beginning, is warning the Gulf coast residents that they will not tolerate fraudulent claims!! Totally unbelievable!!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  35. sree

    you are right Benedetta

    June 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  36. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Billy, you are amazing. I've been in situations where you have to fight every day to help desperate people and situations... it's hard, but your hard work is worth it!

    You too Anderson!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  37. Emily

    I think that Billy is looking very tired...he's starting to look like Sean Penn was when running into all that red tape....I hope that he's looking after himself...

    June 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  38. Joseph, Edmonton, Canada

    A.C., your show is the best at following this very important story. It's great seeing Billy N and Doug from Tulane giving their views.

    Keep up the great work. Good luck to the people and all the flora and fauna of the entire Gulf Coast.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  39. Chip Brown

    Anderson, the teams working on containing and eliminating the ocean oil seem to only focus on a limited number of ways to clean up the Gulf. I watched on CNN where a private company demonstrated a non-toxic enzyme that seemed to eat through oil and break it down. Why hasn't anyone at least TRIED this option (or other) to see if it works. What I saw on CNN seemed like a great option better than just skimmers and people cleaning beaches which are only going to get worse again and again until the hole is plugged. It took Costner about a month to get "someone" to realize he had an option to help. Regards,

    June 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  40. ann

    everything done in the dark shall come to light. the ones who say stop talking badly against BP are the ones who are in bed with them. you know the British don't care about the Americans.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  41. Deborah Miller

    I say the Federal Government has had enough time to do something about the oil spill, and since they can't or won't, then it's time for the local authorities to just start doing what they need to do to protect their beaches. They know the area better than the idiots in Washington.
    Do it and worry about all the red tape and bull crap later. What can they do to you that is worse than the oil spill itself? It's way past time to "sh– or get off the pot!!!!!!"

    June 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  42. Janis (Canada)

    It is amazing coverage you guys are doing – I really appreciate hearing from all the people in the gulf area who are being affected by this. I don't think Britain better expect any raises in their dividends from this awful company. How can they complain about how BP is being treated? Have they not looked at the poor people losing their livelihoods?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  43. Jamar

    This is yet another revelation. Our government officials have become so comfortable with making money they've forgotten the purpose, and true power, of their positions. Why is it taking two days and not two minutes to respond to a request for machinery that could ameliorate this catastrophe? More officials should be working around the clock...it's called overtime. Or maybe that's just a term for common folk.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  44. Nikki- Canada

    I just dont understand the delay- it has been 56 days and we are still dealing with this. If a hurricain came through and people where in need or an earthquake and social structures had fallen or ethnic cleansing had occured there would be wold action! Why are we not acting and demanding and donating and writing some crappy song about save the fish? Why has the govenment not deployed their millitary to take care of this? I am sure there are some subs or robots or other equipment that the millitary have that BP does not. I just dont understand the delay.......
    As for the ecconomic issues I beleive a full barter system for the local area might help- maybe it would need to be tweeked but I think a little outside the box solutions can have some very big effect for the local people.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Joan in Connecticut,
    Yes, Tony Hayward will be televised during hearing, I am sure of that.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  46. Jennifer Smith, Mississippi

    It's time for BP to PAY UP!!!!! And act like grown ups instead of cowards!!!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  47. George

    No one seems to have addressed the effect that this extraction may have on the planet. If you suck the air out of a tennis ball, the ball implodes. The oil down there obviously warms the ocean and provides life. We don't have a clue as to what we've done or allowed to happen.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  48. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening, Emily, JoAnn, Megan, starr (if you are here!) I tried earlier but the board wasn't up...got sidetracked then with a plant identification!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  49. Dianne in Crawfordville, FL

    This area is really upset with President Obama. The only concern that BP has had is they did not want us to know how much oil has been actually gushing. They have not had any concern about our wildlife and shores. When BP said they would take care of the situation President Obama should have told them that they better start clean up ASAP and not let this oil reach our shores, Period!!! This is so unresponsible on so many levels from both BP and our government. I'm totally disgusted with both.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  50. Nicole The Netherlands

    hello everyone!...
    Dear Anderson! and 360 team: Today in a dutch newspaper a employee of an Dutch company who IS working in the Gulf was complaining about `the Americans don´t listen and don´t follow our instructions'.
    They are trying to do clean up with Rigid Sweeping Arms on two ships. The arms are an Dutch invention who worked in clean up in Spain and France. They are there with 7 dutch instructors..

    quote: "BP sends the ships too close to the source. There the oil is as thin as water. It does not really help that BP injects fluid into the oil at 1000 meters depth to dilute the oil eather".
    "We said that they should begin from shore because there the oil is thick"
    You got my e-mail, can't translate the whole article here..

    June 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
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