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. Joe

    Anderson your are doing a great job,

    Please show the new NASA photo dated 06/12/2010 to everyone. It came out today and shows more oil in the gulf then ever. CNN will not allow me to post the link here, Very sad....

    You have to see it.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  2. Brian Quillen

    ( Anderson Cooper for president )

    Thank you A.C. for info. You are about as close to transparency as we are going to get

    June 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Emily, Joan and Sree.
    I agree, I hope that way What BP have many damage to birds, and fishes or else.
    I know what you mean, Tony Hayward refuse appear his show anyway,. I agree with you. 🙁

    June 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  4. David, Indiana

    The escrow account sounds like a good idea. I'm not sure of the amount. What are the estimates of the total cost? I've seen 11B.

    One CNN report noted that the number of birds being found is only a fraction of the number of birds covered with oil. How many birds are believed to be in need of rescue?

    Thank you for the intvw with Drew Wheelan. That does explain why there are several people in the boats going out to look for birds? Why are they not setting out at dawn? Are the volunteers going out overworked already. It is good to know that there a so many people with expertise handling birds. From what I read on the link to the IBRRC's website on this blog, it takes a bit training to be considered qualified to clean and handle bird covered with oil.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  5. Emily

    "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."

    I'm not surprised at all! I heard all about it, however, there was no mention that there was actual paper work...just other workers from places like Haliburton, etc confirming this...knowing that there's paper work now...

    June 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  6. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Lord Brown? When you have to call your boss "lord" anything I guess that's a clue that the company culture might be a bit authoritarian.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  7. kevin fort myers fl

    Thank god for Anderson. You are by far Americas voice. Pls stay down there til its fixed. We love you.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  8. Lori on the coast. Miss.

    Time, money and desire, could fix this mess. Thanks, Anderson for sticking with us.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  9. Scott Graves

    Wondering about that plume of oil leaving the seafloor... Any apprentice oceanographer knows that the ocean has internal currents, just like the atmosphere. Ever looked up at the sky and noticed different layers of cloud moving in different directions? The ocean may be denser and have slower currents, but like the air, it has often distinct layers moving in different directions. It is inconceivable that a flowing leak at the seafloor would rise straight up in a continuous plume... It is broken up as it rises. Get some experts on that. There are marine geophysicists who can and have modeled gulf currents at depth. This needs to be explained to the public. They should not be left to think that the oil can be caught at the surface directly above the leak site. Also, deep currents may keep substantial quantities of oil in a variety of states of degredation at depth. That deep and laterally spreading plumes can seriously effect benthic (bottom) dwelling organisms, fish, etc. As it rises and spreads, thins and degrades, it can surface far away from the leak site, and be seriously harming marine life all along it's track.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  10. MunnyGroenewegen

    Admire your coverage Anderson.
    It is important to stop the flow , but who looks after the cleaning up? as this seems to have caused more harm than was necessary.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, "and also accepted the help from other countries and what they were offering before now too..."

    I totally agree with that. I don't understand why they turned away the help when they had no plan of their own.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  12. Sue R.,, Canton Mi.

    Special chain of command to save the birds...ugh,,,. So many experts that can help,,but aren't allowed to help. This is just so sad and causes so much more anger.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  13. Janis (Canada)

    Your government now need to pull every available resource, American or International to bear on this crisis. This disaster will affect us all over the world! We all care about what is happening, it is heart breaking. It will end up as one of the worst disasters in world history. It shows up corporate greed, and the harm they can do.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  14. Scott

    hey Anderson the reason BP exec wont come on your show again is the way you attacked the guy when they were on ....why would they subject themselves to that again? not saying you were wrong but the guy couldnt hardly get a word out .....

    June 14, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  15. Jim

    Keeping BP and the government honest? So far, the show has consisted exclusively of keeping BP honest, which is allright. But what about the government response or lack there of?

    This exclusive focus on BP is not sheding any additional light on the subject or applying pressure to the US goverment to take action to prevent the oil from devastating the coast.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  16. Susan, Buffalo NY

    Get the money from BP and put it in escrow, push them aside and get some professional help from other oil companies and engineers anywhere we can find them in this world!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  17. Francine

    Thank you Anderson and your team at CNN. You should win the Pulitzer for your continued reporting from the Gulf on the oil disaster. You are exposing the lies and your efforts to seek the truth will help all of us to sort through the facts. This is a war right now, to clean up and save the wildlife and occupations of thousands.

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

    I agree with Shane. I wonder if the escrow account is just an effort at "Let's Make a Deal" for the administration. Why does Obama want to make a deal with BP? What do we, the American people get, if he cuts a deal now?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  19. Lori from CA

    My personal opinion is that first, not enough questions are being asked before these projects are operational. The problem is that federal, state and local agency personal who are responsible for ensuring that the laws are being enforced in the first place are not doing their jobs. They are not qualified and get derailed when they do ask questions. Second, environmental regulation is being used as an excuse as to why the emergency response is slow. This is simply not true. During an emergency, the intent of the law is to fix the emergency.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  20. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    What good does it do to keep complaining about this oil spill, to keep blaming, fretting?

    All I want to know is what is being done NOW and will be done in the near future to stop the dang thing.

    How come we don't hear from people all over the world who might have some good ideas to stop this spill?

    Maybe there should be a call out to high school and college students who might have some ideas.

    This spill will affect the Gulf for decades if not a hundred years or more. It could continue forever.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  21. Fred

    Anderson, you opened your show discussing the live video of the leak and commenting that your audience may be tired of seeing it. We are tired of it!!..tired of the Gulf being destroyed, and tired of the fact that the government is handling this disaster so poorly. Please do not stop showing that disturbing video of the leak, and please do not leave the Gulf...don't let up Anderson!

    We better see some big action from the White House and this upcoming Oval Office address...Obama's legacy is in big trouble.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  22. Julie

    Heartfelt thanks to you, Anderson, for doggedly continuing your coverage of this epic tragedy. Please stay until a positive resolution is somehow found for everyone involved. Once the press leaves, the interest ebbs. You, and all those tenaciously working with you, are the constant thread of hope for those living through this at ground zero and all of the world who will be affected by this horrid disaster. Help the world wake up to the urgent need to respond and change our ways. Our children and the children of generations to come need us to clean up our messes and nurture our precious earth back to health. Blessings and gratitude to you.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  23. Rob Orsich

    The email released earlier makes me sick. "Who cares?" Of all people, you should care BP.. you should.

    Enjoy your plummeting stocks while they last, because I highly doubt you morons will be around much longer.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  24. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I've never been more disgusted with my government.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  25. Betsie Huben

    What is the Jones Act that Bill Nungasser was talking about? How does it affect the ability to act decisively to clean up the disaster? Thanks for helping us all understand! Do not let up. We need you.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  26. Victoria in Missouri

    Are they working still on relief wells? It looks like nothing is going on with the well. Could they be not doing anything because they are pissed off and they are going to show us they are the boss?

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

    "`the Americans don´t listen and don´t follow our instructions'."
    Wow, that is disturbing to have to read...did it say if it was BP or not?
    After all, as you've seen here nightly, the volunteers, etc. are not allowed to speak to the press. I have a feeling that "the Americans" is BP, however, I don't know that for sure of course.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  28. Di Canada

    I heard that 'senior British officials have warned about the economic impact of destabilizing a company that is a staple holding of British pension funds'. As was Nortel in Canada, we lived, and so did our pension funds. Another attempt to help protect major shareholders not the pensioners.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  29. Ron from PA

    @Anderson: I think the real reason that BP is insisting on only their staff and a US Fish & WL official on these "rescue" boats is that they are trying to prevent even more emotion-driven footage of the wildlife from hitting the airwaves.

    For these self-serving reasons, they are obstructing hundreds of wildlife experts from implementing a real, large-scale rescue and allowing countless birds to die!

    Anderson, thank you for continuing to push these guys for the real story.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  30. Bernardo

    Dear Mr. Anderson, I represent a Canadian company that builds barges complete with equipment to recover heavy crude oil from bodies of water. I contacted BP via their hot line and sent the complete information and specifications of the equipment. that was four weeks ago and as of today I have not been contacted by anyone. then I contacted O'Bryans wich is the clean up contractor in charge, they refered me back to the same contac I had already sent the information to.
    Who would be the person I could contact to get a serious look at the equipment? time is crucial and I know that what we have to offer would help with the recovery of the oil that is and will get heavier as it is exposed to the open elements, light duty skimmers will not be able to pick up the oil as it gets heavier and thicker by the minute.

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

    I can't believe that BP, a company that has a history of putting profits ahead of safety and lied through their teeth about this oil leak from the beginning, is warning the Gulf coast residents that they will not tolerate fraudulent claims!! Totally unbelievable!!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  32. randall bays

    Edit; i contacted BPs response line a month ago deep water horizon response two weeks ago FYI no response from BP to date

    June 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  33. Kathryn PlymMtg PA

    How sad. All these people anxious to help the wildlife being ignored.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  34. John

    Would be curious to see who in washington has ties to BP, and if/how that has had some type of impact in this debacle.

    John in Chicago

    June 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  35. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN


    Louisiana is divided into 64 parishes like other states are divided into counties or boroughs. Some of the parishes around New Orleans are Plaquemine, Terrebonne, St. Bernard, St. Charles, Jefferon and Lafourche. Plaquemines is south of New Orleans near the barrier islands that got heavily affected by the oil spill. Hope this helps...

    June 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes, President Obama will be here on TV tomorrow night starts @ 8pm ET, I can't wait what he will say respond to BP.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  37. Brandon

    I really hope that BP Reads this. I am an American. I do not think highly of you guys or your country now. I can not believe that you all can sit on your British Rear Ends and say there is nothing wrong. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. I hope that also you will fly over to the gulf and do something about it. I mean my gosh how flipping lazy are your British BP Employees? To me, You do not care what happens over there. You BP And the Brits, ( Especially, your BP CEO. ) Are numskull people. I wish you would have tried so much harder. Hope you lose sleep over this. I know that I have. You Lazy BP Workers. 🙁

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

    Mei from Arizona,

    YES, BP didn't come on the show again tonight. They're afraid, I think.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  39. susan

    anderson,faithful fan, i was raised in galveston so as a southern girl it breaks my heart...but those emails speak volumes [they didn.t care]so if germany can nuke and shut down a well ... why can,t we?if we don,t do something now, god help us all if there is a hurricane ...get rid of bp ...and seal that well.....billy n...is right on the money bp is liers they only care about the money they don,t care about the lives or the enviroment....thanks anderson hope you read this.....
    angry in pennsylvania]!!! keeping it real

    June 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  40. Monica

    I finally saw the BP commercials. This technique has been used several times before with a high success rate as long as communication channels are controlled, the press can’t discredit their information, trusting people with short-term memories, and a claims number with functioning process behind it. This may work in some remote areas now, globally, and in the distant future.

    With all this press, I wonder how many other companies are just like BP? One move away from causing another disaster and just haven’t been caught yet. If only we could be proactive and not reactive.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  41. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    I wonder if you can teach dogs to help retrieve the birds? But that might be dangerous for the dogs...

    June 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  42. Louise

    Keep on the oil spill story and BP. We need to know. And after it is stopped , we want to know long term effects.and please - pull a distressed birdf that is upside down kicking its legs in the edge of water out of the surf! - one CNN shot showed such a bird being washed over by the surf.).

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

    Help the wildlife! Thank you!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  44. lisal -canada

    this is now bp's nightmare – they now have a bit of anxiety and fear to deal with instead of just causing it

    June 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  45. Curtis

    I am rig manager for a oil and gas drilling company, first, please tell all of America that not all drilling companies operate this way. Second, your people at CNN need to hire a person to explain to you guys the "what and how" about drilling a well inside and out. It would help clear some of the grey areas in your reporting.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  46. Penny Watkins

    Hi, BP should not be allowed to drill on US waters!!
    How many other BP rigs are ready to blow?? If they short changed this rig – you know they have short changed others!!! Just a matter of time before it happens again!!!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  47. Shane

    This Escrow thing,, I don't quite understand how a person can come up with a figure for the Dollar amount!,, This Mess is going to make a tremendous Impact for Decades to come!!!! My opinion Is its going to cost in the Billions,, Thanks to BP for Cutting Corners, we have to live with this and our Kids and there Kids are going to be Affected!!!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  48. Beth from New Orleans

    If help is needed with the wildlife, why aren't they using volunteers? I for one have tried to volunteer, registered many places...NO RESPONSE!!! I may not be a bird expert, but I can certainly do something to help!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  49. Mel higgins

    Why do we tolerate collusion between BP, USCG, & law enforcement keeping the press away from story of injured animals pics, via privatization of public places.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  50. Joan in Connecticut

    Once the money is in escrow, maybe more bird handlers can be hired.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
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