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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soundoff (371 Responses)
  1. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    All of this red tape is causing more animals to die! It doesn't make any sense!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  2. elizabeth harlach

    I believe we need to take the help offered from other countries now . The U.S. can blame B.P later . But this crisis needs to be taken care of today , leave the politics out of it . We can figure out the cost of things later and worry about who owes what . But for today we need to get started to end the oil spill and start getting it out of the water now.
    Elizabeth H.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  3. peter sudarsky

    To substitute new entity in the effort to stop the spill would cause years of delay.... a stupid suggestion.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  4. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Can regular people be trained to help? What does it take to train volunteers?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  5. Emily, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

    The coverage of the spill on this program is absolutely unrivaled. No show has hit as hard or been as fair. We all appreciate it greatly.

    However, the constant replaying of the BP-is-scared-of-us clips is starting to come across as arrogant. By all means, continue to invite them for an interview, but the 'greatest hits' style compilation is getting a little tired. We all want to see a BP official on AC360, but the way you're going about it now isn't going to accomplish that. You know what they say, you catch more morally bankrupt oil company CEOs with honey than you do with vinegar.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  6. Jacqueline, NY

    @Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio "All of the oil companies should be investigated for safety violations. The government should not have left this in BP's hands. They should have built the berms and tried Costner's machine much earlier whether BP liked it or not and sent them the bill."

    I agree.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  7. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    What is the survival rate of the birds being rescued now? so sad.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  8. Debbie

    Thanks for listening, Mr Cooper. Now that I have said my say, I will wait to see if anyone will take me seriously. We need to stop pointing fingers and assigning blame. We need to get to the SOLUTION and stop staying in the PROBLEM. The finger pointing will go on forever!!! Please be advised that the device my friend has designed is probably the "best thing since ice cream" as far as creating a successful end to this terrible tragedy.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  9. Emily

    Why are they not using hay and whatever else to clean up this oil so the birds feathers don't have to drown in it?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  10. Anne

    Just like BP cutting corners to cut costs on this oil rig, the tactic of taking short cuts to cut costs is happening all over our country. "Be sure your sins will find you out." Eventually your cost-cutting maneuvers will reveal a faulty product.. This time the "faulty product" is the blown oil rig, and it is having disastrous results.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  11. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Even though stopping the leak itself is something BP has to do, containing and cleaning up the oil is better the more help there is. Where is FEMA? Where is the National Guard? Why doesn't the government pay fishermen to help and bill BP? Much more could be done.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  12. Ana Thompson

    BP shareholders in England are upset that the US is "saying bad things about BP and that it is reducing it's share value. Really?

    BP's CEO and it's Executive Management now know the impact that their cost saving decisions have (not only on it's share holders), but the entire world.

    The lack of corporate responsibility (to the environment) at BP caused
    the value of BP to drop. How is their genius policy making decisions
    working for them now?

    Let's get real here.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  13. mike


    I apprecaite that you are there on scene bringing the story, But please stop wasting precious air time on BP not appearing on your show, get some new talking heads, and so some more reporting. So little of your time is actually spent uncovering the story. Most spent commenting on the story. Wht has happened to to the idea of reporting. The story is not about you.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  14. Janis (Canada)

    I notice Monica's remarks – have often wondered if the removal of all that oil from the earth is causing earthquakes or some other problem. Never heard if this was ever investigated.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  15. robert boothe

    Anderson Cooper continued to hammer BP tonight. The U.S. Coast Guard is responsible for taking care of the American coast. Why did they not take control of containing the spreading oil within the first week of the spill>

    June 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  16. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Giving B.P. until mid July is foolish our government hasnt learned its lesson yet .

    June 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  17. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Rules, regulations, laws, safety are all meant to be enforced. If not, they are just ink on a paper and are some where in a closet.

    Yes, I agree BP is definitely at the core of the blame! But, there are other corporations, agencies, regulators and the government itself that is at the parity to share the fault!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  18. Ras_menelik

    This kind of extinction has not happened in 65 million years.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    One of these evening, BP will be on the program to help set the matters straight. We all will be listening. I am looking forward.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  20. Jacqueline, NY

    Good evening all!

    @Joan in CT,

    Ii was weeks ago that even I suggested other oils companies get involved.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  21. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Jennifer Smith, Mississippi,
    You are absolutely right! Good point!!!!!!!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  22. niwat kurusattra , chicago

    Hi Anderson Cooper and everyone.

    To this point, we all have came to concur that we are already in the middle of worst-case scenario. Literally speaking, the situation couldn't be more worse dealt that it already has been. BP crisis management from the top CEO has proved inaccountable. what about President Obama's delay response ? Though I'm highly anticipated to his Oval office speech tomorrow.
    To be optimistic about it, i mean really we have faced our own worst outcomes, every single conscious being on the gulf area has been contaminated, and it will take decades to restore the pristine the gulf of Mexico's

    Mr Cooper, wish i could go down there with you to see it firsthand!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  23. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "They should have built the berms and tried Costner's machine much earlier whether BP liked it or not and sent them the bill."
    and also accepted the help from other countries and what they were offering before now too...

    June 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  24. Stephenie Updegraff

    I love your coverage and how you are trying to make BP accountable.
    I have a personal interest in the Gulf Coast since I own rental property there. I usually have the entire month of July booked by now, but unfortunately at this point I do not. I just have a small condo. I can only imagine how the owners of the million plus homes/condos are feeling. Bottom line it does not matter the cost of the property or business. It hurts whatever the value of the property.
    BP better get ready to open their wallets very wide.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  25. Priscilla Howard

    Is this not a form of terror? Kevin was on W/what I saw as an xcellent device? Why do they continue 2 dodge all things that may help? How can BP keep on keeping this on? Im of no power but, by God if I were there I would go forth & try anything & everything possible 2 clean–no matter how little. Some is better than none. Thx Prissy Howard

    June 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  26. Vickie

    If BP has any American assets/accounts, we might want to freeze them. Something tells me they may start disappearing.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  27. Sue R.,, Canton Mi.

    Anderson,..,you know that BP is not going to come on your show because you were involved in exposing their lies. Even if they excepted your offer they would probably only allow you to ask certain questions that they approve of.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  28. Lynne

    Great job on your constant call for transparency from BP. I love the way it is a priority – could you also do the same for our POTUS? The Great One is severely lacking in this department and I just love the way you seem to want that aspect taken seriously 😉

    June 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  29. Janis (Canada)

    We heard on the Canadian news this morning that there is a barrel of oil coming out of that pipe every 8 seconds! Has anyone else heard this, and how was it figured out?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  30. Beth from New Orleans

    How about if.......once the BP ships/barges are filled with oil ....they probably have to go to the LOOP to offload to pipelines....Once they get into Louisiana waters, Jindal should seize the oil....refine, sell and use the proceeds to help all that has been lost in Louisiana..

    June 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  31. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN


    Please do not let up inviting BP on the program. If they read our blogs night after night, they would see that a worldwide audience deeply cares about this situation and will not be disinterested over time. We want to see the crisis resolved and the situations down there remedied. Thanks for all you're doing to report on this.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  32. randall bays

    A C look i was watching your show and also watching the live feed at the time they were trying to put that top cap thing on they blew it when they cut off the riser pipe to short!!!! I could have stopped that oil from getting to the surface. But no one is hearing me i can help i have contacted deep water horizon they replyed they will evaluate the merits of my idea that was a month ago and im watching everyday i bet im logging more time watching that live feed than you guys you gotta get someone to lend an ear we gotta stop this thing NOW Randall Bays American

    June 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  33. Joan in Connecticut

    Megan Dressler,

    It will be very interesting to see the hearing! I'm glad it will be on TV! I would bet anything that Tony Hayward will take the fifth.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  34. Sandy Malcolm

    THANK YOU for covering the oil assault. It would really help to see an organizational chart of who is "in charge" and has decision making authority in national disasters such as this one. Surely there IS an organized response scenario in place?!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  35. Emily

    It will not cost you a cent to appear on AC360...Anderson is a professional, and you owe the people an explanation! Paying for advertisements ARE NOT WORKING!!!!
    Someone @BP should be allowed to speak with Anderson...after all, we are told that many of yous are in fact American....

    June 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  36. Mike Kelley

    Back on May 28th, I suggested that BP reverse their 'top kill' connection and suction the oil, especially before they cut off the riser pipe, on about every site possible including the deepwaterhorizonresponse site I have heard that now they're going to try that but, why did they wait so long? The delay has cost somewhere between 100 and 200 thousand more barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf. Are their engineers really that stupid. And what about the president's "greatest minds on earth" also 'working' on this. I have seen nothing but old methods and bad choices.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  37. Karoline, Los Angeles

    @ Barbara – If we get over our national naiveté then I guess we all turn into ruthless businesspeople.

    I always thought laws were supposed to protect us from the ruthless among us whether they are motivated by a lust for cash or blood.

    If we lose our laws, then we have lost it all. I hope the Supreme Court comes to understand that. Soon. Or maybe Congress could make some new laws to clarify what a person is.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  38. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I don't see that the federal government has done basically a thong in 57 days. I was absolutely amazed that FEMA hasn't been activated yet. what are they waiting for? It's appalling!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  39. Lori from CA

    Keep asking Anderson. The environmental process is required to be transparent. That is the intent of the law. For projects requiring federal compliance it seems to be just opposite. Keep asking. I want to know the answer, and when I ask people have tried to shove me under the rug, lock me in the janitor's closet, etc.....

    June 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  40. Lamar

    Great job! Anderson and CNN on the coverage here in La.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  41. Lila

    Please, forguet about bp, it is mayor disaster that need the Navy, the Nasa, use the submarines of the goverment, ask for help to another countries. Stop the oil for coming out. I will join a force to clean if "they" organize a force. But who are "they"?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  42. peter sudarsky

    Months if not years of delay would result by replacing present managers of the spill with someone new.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  43. peggy strom

    Why is the public not boycotting BP went the public turned on Exxon on their spill, credit cards were sent in, or destroyed, and no going to station for gas. This is so much worst looking at years of destruction.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  44. Jack Henderson, Philadelphia

    Anderson, please consider our solution to stop the oil flow immediately. I can send you specifications on this operation. It will take a day or two to completely stop the oil flow. It is a custom 1/4" plate steel disc that inserts into a half cut in the pipe and automatically locks as it gets inserted and seals the entire inside of the pipe, from the outside. This allows for a permanent 'top kill' method to be accomplished immediately. Please contact me to discuss. Thanks.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  45. Tina

    So why is BP talking about bringing in ships that can pick up 50k drums of oil when they say only 25k is leaking......What's wrong with this picture?
    Obiviously I missed something or they are still lying.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  46. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Nicole The Netherlands, Thanks for the great info! I hope 360 looks into this.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  47. Aimée from Louisiana

    I read in another blog that BP has the sole contract to provide fuel for the armed forces- does anyone know if this is true?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  48. kandee

    BP is removing dead animal carcasses in the middle of the night so that no one will know..........nastier by the minute, eeuuww.

    Poor wildlife, fish and ecosystem gasping for air....like us after a whiff of Gas.

    Is this right?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  49. Mike

    Can someone please explain to me why the beaches in LA and FLA are not flooded with volunteers scraping the oil from the beahces. Why is BP not paying everyone with a boat to manage the booms to prevent future oil washing up?

    Why is their not a sense of urgency around the greatest disaster of all times

    June 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  50. Fred, Virginia

    It's incredible how much time and attention is put on BP. Their time will come. For now, the attention should be on why the United States Government is not in control. How long will we wait for BP to come through? The Parish President Nungesser and the Governor of Louisiana have it right, just get control of the situation.

    Why on earth are we all sitting around waiting and smacking around the very and only group we're dependent on to fix the problem? Either help and support them to solve the problems or fire and replace them!

    Fix the 2 problems FIRST. Punish later! Make the judgment based on their progress and success.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
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