June 17th, 2010
09:47 PM ET

BP CEO Grilled on Capitol Hill: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, the showdown on Capitol Hill between lawmakers and BP CEO Tony Hayward. Plus, did BP know the Gulf well could be leaking as much as 60,000 barrels of oil a day? Sen. Charles Grassley wants to know after looking over a BP document. We're Keeping Them Honest.

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  1. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    The idea that BP would be given any credence relative to the selection of a judge is simply disgusting.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  2. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Yes, I'd say they'd want to keep it out of Houston. Sheesh.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  3. Joan in Connecticut


    Yes, I'm starting to think terrorists, or worse, politics.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  4. Patricia

    Amen Nancy!! Catastrophes do happen and let's get it fixed and figure out how to keep it from happening again. After it's fixed then lets start the blame game. Hayward is ultimately responsible but he's the CEO. Where/who is the COO of BP? Shouldn't that person be answering questions as well? After all he/she is the Chief OPERATING Officer, don't they oversee the operation of the business???

    June 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  5. Jana, Georgia, formerly from Indiana

    Why should this surprise us that BP has a judge in their pocket!!!!!!

    If the goverment lets him hear this case, that is just not right.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  6. Stephaine, Michigan

    Great Job Anderson... i just wanna make one comment as im watching tonight... it took the coast guard no time at all to shut down the barges with the vacumes but the guy that was talking about getting the atlantis shut down has been trying for months to get that inspected by the government... hmmm conspiracy.. the government seems to be showing us all how much big oil is in charge!!! its sick and im disgusted!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  7. Greg

    Sorry just don't know alot about the Gulf stream an were it goes, but if it does lead to other nations. You would think they would be here to help stop the oil before it gets to them?

    June 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree with you, Russell Honore will take over at least, I hope he will doing good job, too.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  9. Helen

    How can BP choose a judge?

    June 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  10. NMercado, Ph.D.

    This judge Hughes should be taken off the bench! How unethical is he going to get before someone takes him off of the bench!!! He should NOT be overseeing BP cases...

    June 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  11. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    @Libby @Jerry So right! this disaster IS and will continue to be worse than katrina. Still, inaction is the same 🙁

    June 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  12. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I think they should have had Honore question Hayward. He would have gotten some answers.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  13. Sophia Garcia

    Oh no they better not get a judge who's got a pocket full of oil money!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  14. Lizzy Braun

    Anderson rather than spending my summer as a young college student I have spent all my time following this oil spill. What can we do as individuals to help stop this disaster?
    Also, how is this going to affect nature and the ecosystem for those not in direct contact with oil? (Food, rain, etc...)

    Thank you

    June 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  15. Charles A. Bowsher

    If Trace Adkins is against the deepwater drilling moratorium, please ask him where are the skimmers and boom going to come from if there is another accident?

    The "Drill Rig Emergency Response Plans" of any company who lists the same response companies as BP did are now operating at capacity and don't have any extra capacity should another accident occur. That means their "Drill Rig Emergency Response Plans" are invalid and they must stop drilling since they do not have proper protection.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  16. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,
    I don't understand why they didn't call them in asap! I get that FEMA is for "natural disasters", however, I would have had the Navy & any Military there right away...Day59, what a joke...

    I sure hope that they are able to get every skimmer, haystack, whatever is needed from wherever.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  17. Joan in Connecticut


    That's a good question that you asked earlier. Why wasn't the Jones Act lifted 6 weeks ago?

    And another good question, how hard is it to ask BP to stop spraying dispersements in the gulf?

    June 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  18. James

    Hello Anderson
    Is it Thursday today? I can't believe that a C.E.O.would not know anything
    about the developments of the wells they drill,especially a very dangerous well.His job is to create value for the shareholders period.
    How does Tony Hayward create value for shareholders!
    Is it like standing in the rain and pretending it isn't raining?

    June 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  19. lisal -canada

    perhaps they are just hiding their documentation so that other people don't steal company secrets – the industry has some rather derogatory terms used to describe it – do they try to steal each other's technology and data?? just wondering – one big industry with several players must have it's own smaller internal structure and rules (as well as culture)

    June 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  20. Nancy

    In 2005 CONGRESS changed the water / air protection act which exempted oil drilling thanks to Cheney, Haliburton and their good ol' boys. They all should have been charged with crim against humanity! I include those who voted for that law too.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  21. Amanda

    Just a thought... but did anyone really expect Tony Hayward to go before Congress and incriminate himself and all of BP when the company is fighting for it's survival? I'm not saying one way or another whether it should survive - although you can't get money out of a stone dead company - just that under our law you have the right to not incriminate yourself. Which is exactly what he did his best to do. Congress had to go through the motions and he had to show up. After that... unless Congress can force answers somehow... and until their are criminal charges...

    June 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  22. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Megan, After losing as much as 22$ on each share of Anadarko, I had to buy gold as much as I can! Market was going down because of BP and that was the only place that I could find safety!!!

    It touched 1246$ today, and many analysts are saying it could touch 2000 before the end of the year

    June 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  23. adrean

    i grew up around oil rigs and i know alot of them arnt safe. they dont meet the safety measures.
    my sympathies to the 11 families
    my father died on an oil rig 10 years ago.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  24. Greg

    I know the Oil is going up the coast with the Gulf stream. But were does the stream lead to? I mean do it keep going to Canada or head out into the Ocean an then to the other nations on the other side? If the oil keeps coming the impact of the oil going farther to others is high is it not?

    June 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  25. Marcel

    A federal government regulator not regulating!! The real issue will eventually focus on the MMS and come back to haunt this administration. Sadly this will take some of the heat off a morally bankrupt oil campany.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  26. paula

    this oil diaster, makes you wonder if terrorist are involved.so many blunders...on purpose or just unprepared

    June 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  27. Sonia Howell

    I agree with you Nichole from the netherlands. We need Russel Honore' plan. I would not be surprised if the flow estimate rises. We pray someone gets organized .

    June 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  28. Karoline, Los Angeles

    I got the impression today that Hayward does not know how to run anything outside of an office building. After all, to be a CEO you have to be good with numbers, hiring and firing people. You don't have to actually work in the field.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  29. Susan Grand Island, Ne

    So what happens when a Hurricane enters the gulf & sends the Oil to Texas..More beaches to clean up.....I wonder what Mexico would do??

    The US gov't has been turning down help from other counties...Why???

    The blame game has to stop soon.. don't we all live on one planet, Earth
    Can't we all work together to clean up this envirmental disaster.!!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  30. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Libby, I don't think the well will gush out in perpetuity. If that were the case, we wouldn't have to drill. Oil companies would just collect the oil as long as the well lasts. However, your point is well taken; we do need to stop the massive amounts immediately.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  31. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, Yes and case in point is the juxtaposing the politics in Washington today with the immediate needs along the gulf as far as cleaning up oil. That is prodding from the press that helps clarify what issues need attention.

    Rep Barton said the first time that BP is responsible and in the wrong, so the pile on was mostly politics in my opinion.

    How many drilling rigs are there in the gulf, isn't it something like 4000?

    This spill is incredibly hard to fix, the oil is blasting out of that well. US regulation–required ways of plugging the well in an emergency need to be improved, inspection process is in question. But keeping in mind how employment in that industry is being affected is a key consideration. Voicing those concerns makes the govt more sensitive.

    I can see that there is a safety issue with a two heavy duty trucks on a boat like that. It's good to get that answer. Vaccuuming those marshes looks like arduous and difficult work.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  32. Stephanie

    Linda: If that is true, their state gov't hasn't been doing their job!!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  33. Nicole The Netherlands

    @ Suzanne Campbell, I really really hope we won't have to look at that at day 159th!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  34. Merl, Ohio

    Everyone is talking about involving the military and treating this like we are at war. In my eyesight the only way I see that it is like a war is not through military stratagy but through the loss of lives on both sides, sea life and eventually more human life. And then all life on earth as we know it. Water is the basis of life.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  35. Michele

    First of all Anderson, Thank You dfor having Trace on, I knew he wouldn't stay quiet for long, as a man who has done this job he knows what he is talking about! You will get more insight out of him then you will BP or our Govt!!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  36. Sue R.,, Canton Mi.

    I think Anderson spoke a little of the possible safety flaws in the Atlantis rig a few days ago. When Mr Abbott spoke about the Atlantis and other rigs that were not safe at the hearing today.,,that should have been the wake up call for Congress and BP.before something worst than this happens.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  37. Kat

    Why should we expect BP CEO Tony Hayward to remember any of what he learned via education and on-the-job training since joining BP in 1982 as a "rig geologist"? After all, most Americans' memories are short: First, President Obama would never have agreed to drill for oil in the Gulf had the majority of Americans not insisted on it; second, most, if not all, of our elected officials aren't new to politics. They're the same ones "we" keep re-electing year after year after year.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Well said! I agree!

    Wow!!! Gold price so high most record, I haven't hear before...... I wonder gold price can be popular.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  39. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Jana, Georgia, formerly from Indiana, "Plus they have to take care of those walurus"

    Looks like that may have been their top priority!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  40. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Samantha Rowley – Nashville, TN

    The 20 billion $$$ into the escrow fund will come in many years to come! Not all of it is coming in within next few days, weeks, months, or even years!

    I think it is at least as much as 6 yrs if I got that number right, that BP will have to fund the escrow account!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  41. Todd

    Tony Hayward is just arrogant, he makes millions of dollars a year and doesn't know anything about bp? The U.S. needs to take care of our country, we should of been out there 59 days ago soaking up this oil and just give bp the bill, but instead, we just sit and wait around until the oil reached the beaches? Good job Obama, way to be on top of things?

    disappointing 8(

    June 17, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  42. Libby

    Sue-DE .. I think the problem is that they have a love/hate relationship with them... :/

    They hate what's going on, but the majority of residents there seem to want the drilling to continue..

    June 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  43. Nancy Newell

    It doesn't help when you can't get the inspectors that are left to come out of their offices. Some of the agencies carry the 'interested party' too far. some of them you have to be involved in the said job and be working for the contractor and be on the job when they get around to visiting the job.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  44. Stephanie

    The Navy and the armed forces have already stated that they do not have the equipment or expertise to handle this spill.

    The best scientists in the world are working on trying to stop this spill...I doubt that anyone is coming up with anything they haven't thought of.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  45. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Chances are if BP cut corners on this well they did it on all of their other wells. If Obama wants to prevent another disaster, he better get someone out there to inspect those other wells before it is too late.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  46. Sharon Hastings

    Nothing about this whistleblower story surprises me. Nothing was done. And all of MMS should be terminated and replaced.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  47. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "Someone should question Obama and Thad Allen about that to get them on record."

    I agree! I'm still for Gen. Honoré taking over.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  48. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Keep the Atlantis rig safe!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  49. Kelly

    I thought I heard last week that ExxonMobil has a 25% interest in this well. Is this true and if so, why aren't they being held accountable for any of the spill.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  50. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I saw a post earlier tonight when some one said "The CEO (Hayward) does not know his own business"!

    Just to play devil's advocate, Obama did not know what was going on in his federal organizations either? We cannot expect a single human being all the way at the top to know everything about their business. That's why there are other executives, and if they all did their jobs, the CEO or the president or any one on the top, would always do their jobs better!

    No offense meant now either!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
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