June 16th, 2010
11:38 PM ET

Behind the Scenes Photos: Cleaning Birds from the Gulf

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

Go behind the scenes with Anderson Cooper as he reports from the Gulf oil spill. In this photo gallery, Anderson went to the Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Louisiana, a kind of triage center for oiled brown pelicans and other birds. Here is an up close look at what it takes to rehabilitate these animals and return them to the wild.

Jeff Hutchens/Reportage for CNN

June 16th, 2010
11:27 PM ET

Beat 360° 6/16/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

A man dressed as 'greedy businessmen' floats in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park for a mobile phone promotion on June 16, 2010 in London, England. Giffgaff promotes it's new mobile phone tarrif as 'community-led'. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

Beat 360° Winners:

Steve Brusk
"How the small people summer."

Joseph from San Francisco
"The latest appointed BP CEO enjoys his first voyage on the new company yacht."

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June 16th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

BP Executive Apologizes for W.H. Comment: Join the Live Chat

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Another BP executive has apologized after coming under fire for comments he made.   Plus, a preview of the showdown expected tomorrow on Capitol Hill between lawmakers and BP CEO Tony Hayward. We also have tonight's other headlines.

Want more details on what we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
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Filed under: Live Blog
June 16th, 2010
09:00 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Birds in Danger, BP Executives at the White House

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, Anderson will be reporting from Fort Jackson Oiled Bird Rehabilitation Center in Buras, Louisiana, where birds caught in the Gulf spill are brought to be cleaned. He'll give you an up close look at the operation.

There's a lot more to cover tonight. President Obama met with BP executives at the White House today where the oil company pledged to set up an independently managed $20 billion escrow account to cover economic damages connected to the spill. We’ll dig deeper on that development.

There's also the comment made by BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg to reporters after the White House meeting.

"He (Obama) is frustrated, because he cares about the small people. And we care about the small people. I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are greedy companies or don't care, but that is not the case in BP. We care about the small people," Svanberg said.

Small people?

Just moments ago, we got this statement from Svanberg:

"I spoke clumsily this afternoon, and for that, I am very sorry. What I was trying to say - that BP understands how deeply this affects the lives of people who live along the Gulf and depend on it for their livelihood - will best be conveyed not by any words but by the work we do to put things right for the families and businesses who've been hurt. Like President Obama, I believe we made some good progress toward that goal today."

Once again, a BP official has had to apologize for a poor choice of words. Previously that dishonor fell to BP CEO Tony Hayward who took heat for saying, "I'd like my life back" and the amount of oil lost is "relatively tiny" compared with the "very big ocean."

Hayward will be in the hot seat again tomorrow when he testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

We've obtained a transcript of his planned remarks. It shows BP still doesn't know if its efforts to stop the leak will work.

"We cannot guarantee the outcome of these operations, but we are working around the clock with the best experts from government and industry," Hayward says in prepared testimony to be delivered tomorrow.

We'll have more details on Hayward's testimony on the program. Anderson will talk with Sen. Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts, who is the chairman of the committee Hayward will face tomorrow. We'll ask Markey what he wants to hear from Hayward. For weeks, Markey has pressed BP to be more transparent.

"What has been clear the whole time is that BP has been more concern about its own bottom line then it has to what has been going on the bottom of the ocean in the Gulf," Markey said earlier today on Capitol Hill.

Hayward will be added to our list of the "Culprits of the Catastrophe" tonight on 360°. All this week we're naming names and holding them accountable.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
June 16th, 2010
08:00 PM ET
June 16th, 2010
07:17 PM ET

Video: Gulf coast residents are "devastated"

Larry King

Edward James Olmos travelled down to the Gulf coast to witness the devastation from the oil spill.

He says he "went to the Gulf of Mexico just to lend our support by documenting what we saw... Well, the people that we met took up all of our time. It was brutal! I was not ready for the human aspect because no one had prepared me for it. I thought they would be angry. They are devastated."


Here is the video that Olmos and Robert M. Young shot from the region...

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
June 16th, 2010
04:59 PM ET

Behind the scenes on the Gulf Coast

New Orleans, Lousisiana- June 15: Anderson Cooper interviews Al and Sal Sunseri, the president and vice president of the P&J Oyster Company, an oyster processor and distributor famous in Louisiana. P&J has been in business for over 130 years. P&J have had their oyster supply dry up as local oyster beds have been declared unfit for fishing due to the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the BP oil spill.

All photographs courtesy: Jeff Hutchens

Filed under: 360° Radar • Anderson Cooper • Gulf Oil Spill
June 16th, 2010
02:22 PM ET

BP agrees to put $20 billion in escrow fund, official says

CNN Wire Staff

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BP has agreed to place $20 billion in an escrow fund to pay for claims in the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, a senior administration official told CNN on Wednesday.

The development came as President Obama sat down Wednesday with top BP executives at the White House in a highly anticipated meeting that follows repeated administration insistence's the company must pick up the tab for the disaster.

BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg, CEO Tony Hayward and Managing Director Bob Dudley, and BP America CEO Lamar McKay were meeting with Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder and other administration officials.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
June 16th, 2010
01:17 PM ET

Video: Oil impacting more than 1,000 birds

Anderson Cooper
CNN Correspondent

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
June 16th, 2010
01:13 PM ET

Louisiana cleanup crews trampled pelican nests, official says

CNN Wire Staff

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Venice, Louisiana (CNN) - Crews cleaning up the oil in one Louisiana parish have trampled the nests and eggs of birds including the brown pelican, which came off the endangered species list last year, the head of the parish said Wednesday.

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said the parish doesn't want to turn away contractors, but he called for more care when crews work in the sensitive wetlands.

He said officials recently found broken eggs and crushed chicks on Queen Bess Island, near Grand Isle.

Plastic bags containing snare boom were "recklessly placed" around the island without consideration for wildlife. In one picture released by the parish, a plastic bag was on top of a nest containing broken speckled eggs.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
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