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. Ron

    Anderson, you're doing a good job on the gulf oil disaster, however, lets focus on the politicians and federal agency that approved what BP requested to do. Whatever BP did, they requested approval from the federal government – thats where the problem starts Lets start investigating.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  2. Karoline, Los Angeles

    It's so great to see Kevin Costner talking about this invention here tonight. It's so wonderful when creative people are creative on multiple levels. I hope these are a significant solution.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  3. randall bays

    I have watched every move they have made they botched it every step of the way and they are going about it the wrong way

    June 14, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  4. DaNiel

    Man cannot expect to put profit and individual desire, before what is human...when we do this...we exercise the animal inside us...logically how can drilling in the worlds waters, where our food lives... ever make sense... who was the first person to make this decision ..what else are they famous for?...all the activities of leadership worldwide are failing and putting mankind in all states of chaos. Riches, Education, Recognition....does not a good Ruler Make...while we cry for the answers to this and all the worlds problems...we should be cautious in our expectations...for many of the Educated decide to serve self...realize that Goodrich may only be...a tire...and Power used for anything other than to help... is the dream of the Selfish.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Kelly – Harrisburg, PA,
    They are also training as vollunteers help birds and wildlife. Yes, they do.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  6. Di Canada

    Why aren't these machines already down there?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  7. Diane Meaux, Belle Chasse, LA

    Thank you AC for your coverage and listening to us. We who live here are watching our seafood industry, recreational fishing, a whole way of life disappear before our eyes. The president needs to take control of this diaster and overide anything BP has to say. Allow all oil experts/engineers from across the globe help to STOP the leaking. Hurricane season is here and I am deciding what possessions to take if we have to evacuate b/c a hurricane is headed our way. If that happens we will not have anything to come back to..we thought Katrina was the worst thing to happen!!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  8. Nikki Taylor

    Can someone please tell us how we [throughout the nation] can help the wildlife in the Gulf. Many hearts are breaking over these images and we feel quite helpless. There must be a way we can help faciliate more pro active wildllife rescue efforts! Please let us know!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  9. Gary P Salmon

    Anderson can the US Justice Department take Tony Hayward's passport away in case he tries to skip town to escape possible prosecution?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  10. Denise

    The inmates are running the asylum... why is BP allowed to control the damaged area they continue to harm? The are censoring the information shared with a proven history of protecting their own interests first.

    Let the criminals do their own "crime scene" investigation??? Anyone else see the conflict of interest here?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  11. Desmond Lynch

    I know that we are at day fifty-odds of the spill. I may be out in left field here, but there are a few questions that I would like an answer to. When the oil rig exploded, was it disconnected from the pipe coming from the ocean floor to the rig? If not, is there a possibility that the method of fighting the fire aboard, by the U.S. coastguard may have been a factor?Liquid was being continually pumped on to the rig to try and stem and control the flames and possible further explosion. Eventually the rig sank. My question is, if the rig hand not been disconnected from the pipe, transporting the oil,by the explosion, could the reason that the rig sank be because it was flooded by the excess amount of liquid being pumped into it.As a result of this, the pipe was then ruptured? Could the flooding and the sinking of the rig be the real reason for this disaster? Did the rig sink as a result of the explosion or because of flooding?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  12. Marlena

    BP, COO;, CEO, and Decision makers, Was it worth 11 mens lives to save 7-10 million dollars? What now ? You have destroyed an ecosystem! What's next?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  13. Nicole The Netherlands

    @ Jo ann and Emily, and now some dutch are there with some help and BP doesn't listen to instructions... (don't know about other countries, but at this blog there is one Canadian who offered help..)

    June 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  14. Sharon Hastings

    I can't understand why all these experienced volunteers are not being used to help with the birds and wildlife. Who is in charge of organizing those efforts?

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

    Anderson please tell Billy that my team has designed a filtering oil fence to protect his marshlands. Without this technolgy he will be cleaning up the oil repeatedly. We can't get through the red tape. If Moses could part the Red Sea, seems Obama could part the red tape sea!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  16. Paul Kaufman

    I sent a suggestion to the Coast Guard for a way to place a cap on the gusher pipe, which might work where the first cap failed, because that cap tried to fight the full force of the flow. From past experience I have little confidence that my suggestion will receive serious consideration unless the public becomes aware of it.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  17. Vinny

    Great show Anderson! I want to know who gave BP the right to drill out in the gulf deep waters? Please give me names??

    June 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  18. John Rowedder

    I do not understand why BP cannot install a new valve on the end of this gushing oil well. Why would someone think that a "cap" would stop all this pressure. My idea would be to install a butterfly type valve or a water type valve while the valve is open. This would allow the oil flow through the valve while they attached it. Once they securely attach the valve on this gusher they could simply "turn off" the valve slowly thus stopping this potentially world wide disaster. Has this been thought of? Maybe someone should inform BP of this because I truely believe this would work. I know welding this valve on the broken pipe wouldn't be recommended but I know there has got to be some sort of underwater adhesive that would work. Anyway, that's my idea.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  19. Benedetta Dubetz

    It's all about business and how many business people have been hurt. What about the destruction of an ocean?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  20. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,
    I wondered about FEMA sometime ago...however, it didn't start off as a "natural disaster" like a hurricane...can Pres. Obama dispatch them on his own now?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  21. Dean

    Way to bring tourism back to the Gulf: contest for world's biggest tar ball

    June 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  22. trish

    this has been going on. 56 days!!!! so, yes, maybe we(local leaders, news, plain ole people like me, etc.) "seem" to be repeating ourselves, but, haven't we all been told "The squeaky wheel gets the oil?" and, well, when you find yourself having to "scream" louder and louder because you weren't heard the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th...and so on, ad nausea, and you find proof from independent highly educated sources that contradicts what the federal government says and then finally, much later admits that it is true, how can us southern Louisianans(and anybody i would hope) not get disgusted, frustrated, and really mad? I applaud Anderson Cooper and Billy Nungesser to continue to keep letting the world know the truth, because I've been posting about this since day one, and the rest of the United States aren't hearing the truth, while sometimes friends from other countries tell me that what they are hearing, is closer to what us locals have been saying...but our own federal government is not. The lies need to stop, the "red tape" streamed lined, and the people most qualified to do what needs to be done, allowed, and not just promised that they are.
    Us down here, just want to have it all to stop-the lies, the oil spill, the empty promises, and have our federal leaders, and everyone else involved, to step up, "man" up, and just do what needs to be done, and not just give us more "lip-service". Trust us down here, that the time of action has long passed, and everyday that goes by with this continuing only makes it worse and harder to ever, if it's even possible, for us to recover from another disaster. trish

    June 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  23. Ken


    BP reminds me of a movie (can't remember the name) where an auto company had actuary's expense fixing the problem of a defective auto and weighing damages to be paid out from deaths resulting from the defective autos.

    I would like to be a fly on the wall in actuaries office of BP as the calculate risk management issues . Its a bean counting issue


    June 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  24. sharyn

    Does anyone else realize Costner's company Ocean Therapy Solutions was formed after this latest spill? I cannot find information on a "Dan Costner, Scientist" anywhere. I hope it works, but the founders of the company include a real-estate agent, a lawyer, Costner, and a scientis from UCLA.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  25. Scott Graves

    Thanks for staying on this topic Anderson. It is important that the public be held rapt.... We cannot afford to treat this like so many disaters we see on the tele. People have become jaded, and bored by all the overhyped tradgedy they see daily.... Do us all a favor and keep us on this topic. Help us understand the importance of persistent concentration on a disaster of this magnitude... I bet the other networks will begin to drift to newer sordid stories and treat this one just like so much old news!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  26. Ian Sharp

    In the North Sea government regulation forces that redundancy is built into the operation. They drill in deeper water also.

    They have a boat that will go over any well head under the sea that will transmit a sonic signal to a valve that will automatically shut off the flow at the well head.

    US regulations do not require this from any oil company. So the US has far laxer regulations than anything that the rest of the world would accept. You need to look at the industry as a whole, why the ROW is safer that the USA to operate an oil operation in, whether it is drilling, refining, or transporting. This hysteria rant is unseemly and plays only to the local markets fears !

    June 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  27. Debbie

    Hi again, I guess I am on a roll......I just wanted to say let's not forget about those 11 men that lost their lives 52 days ago. Add that to the current conditions in the Gulf with the birds, wildlife, people's very way of life, income potential lost and, last but not least, the scarey future and continuing devastation for years to come for all whom live in the beautiful Gulf area. So sad, please do what you can – I know you will.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  28. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    What's up Kevin?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  29. Lori from CA

    I would just like to reiterate that during an emergency, the intent of the law is to fix the emergency situation quickly. No environmental regulation is required to address an emergency. Just fix it.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  30. Tina

    Has anyone read "Beyond Business" by Lord John Brown? This book is suppose to be a memoir . I want to know if he talks about the cuts to get to the BP profits. If so, was any of his cuts a part of how BP was doing business out in the gulf.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  31. Sandra Rogers

    Please advocate for the bird specialists from around the nation to help with the disaster. They don't need BPs permission. The waters belong to America.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  32. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Let's hope our elected representatives stay focused act appropriately during the hearing tomorrow. I find it vulgar, childish, and unprofessional when they become petty, accusatory and un-businesslike.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  33. Debbie, OH

    Great show and wonderful reporting. Look forward to the insight of
    Billy Nungesser and Douglas Brinkley,,, feel they are very truthful and
    really concerned. I do not understand the hesitation on the part of our
    government not taking control of the situation. Keep up the good work!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  34. lisal -canada

    so is bp 'too big to fail'? if they ceased to exist, who (what customers and clients) would be impacted the most? who of their partners could be considered 'too big to fail'??

    June 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  35. Marcus

    Anderson, while comments about bp interested in time and money versus safety are true, the root cause to their behaviour lies in their performance management and reward system. bp identifies young intellgent, high performers who they fast track in their organistion. In developing these individuals they will rotate them through the organisation for short stints with the promise of if they do well they will quickly move to a higher level coupled with very high financial rewards. Individuals knowing this, in their job will cut costs to maximise profit to get a good, high performing review, knowing that they wont be there to live out the consequences of their decisions as they would have moved on to the next higher level.. Please dig deeper, dont take my word for it ... do your own investigation.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  36. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Why can't we have Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. for our Secretary of the Interior?
    Why can't Obama let at least ONE progressive close to environmental issues in his administration?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  37. Joan in Connecticut

    What is holding up all these great ideas from going forward?? I suspect it's that while the coast guard may be in charge, BP is still in charge of approving money spent. Maybe when a good amount is in escrow Adm. Thad Allen can approve money being spent toward different things. Do you think so? I hope so! : )

    June 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  38. patricia feit

    Good evening Anderson. Again, thank you to you and CNN for being on the 'front lines' of this catastrophic disaster that has exploded on our shorelines. I love that you have Douglas Brinkley and Billy Nungesser on every evening to give us daily updates of what is really happening on a daily basis. You have been there almost since the beginning, as well as Billy and Doug giving us a judged reaction and emotional response of this horrific occurrence. At day 56, I feel that the wheels of the federal goverment are finally getting "greased" and are finally pulling all of the elements together, while you, Billy and Doug have been "leading the charge" without "attachments" to any "political' dogma or agenda. Cliche to say, but "power to the people" and you and CNN for letting us "be there".

    June 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  39. Wayne

    Obama needs to bring our top scientists and engineers with him to the Gulf for their opinions and solutions. It's ridiculous to think Obama should know what to do about solving this crisis with his legal background. Next step, sieze the oil well and address the problem ourselves. Chances are, we're going to be paying for this spill anyway and we might as well address the problem ourselves. We can fight BP in the courts later. We need to stop this oil spill NOW.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  40. Patty Sykes

    I feel so bad for the birds and other wildlife. Why is help not being accepted from people like the audobon society?

    June 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  41. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Sounds like the fines we impose on these companies are not high enough to actually ensure safety..... they consider it a cost of doing business... maybe the cost needs to equal the impact.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  42. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    It is sad to hear that execs at BP turned a "deaf ear" to their own rank and file regarding cost-cutting measures all for the purpose to gain profits.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  43. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    No one above the law!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  44. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    BP was fined in October 2009 for not correcting those safety hazzards discovered as a result of the Texas City explosion.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  45. Jack Henderson, Philadelphia

    I think that the energy of the US Government should be totally on stopping this oil leak and forget the hearings in Washington until the oil is stopped. Period. Where is the sense of priority within our nation. I truly feel sorry for all the Gulf states people and wildlife. God Bless our nation and say your prayers for a miracle to happen.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  46. Nicole The Netherlands

    Again a great report by Randi Kaye..

    June 14, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  47. John Cash

    Haven't you noticed that Adm. Allen was the same fix-it guy that Brownie and Pres. Bush had during the early days of Katrina. As soon as Gen. Honore came along Adm. Allen disappeared and things started improving rapidly.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  48. Emily

    Wow, Browne would also not answer AC360s questions...surprise, surprise!

    June 14, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  49. arthur yonushewski

    The govorment and the public should of taking control by day one, we are already suffering by BP actions its enough playing around time to take control, if the oil gets into our currents to the artic and destroy more of our ice bergs it is the truth.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  50. Karin Kimball

    Thank you Anderson – you are on it tonight! Finally, someone is taking on the issue of the absurd bureaucracy that is preventing help from getting to the birds. I want to hear from Obama that he will allow Americans to get in there and help the wildlife. BP does not own our wildlife. Americans want to step up and help. Obama – make this happen.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
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