June 30th, 2010
09:48 PM ET

Tracking Hurricane Alex: Join the Live Chat

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Hurricane Alex hits land along the west coast of the Gulf of Mexico and is having an impact at the oil spill site. We'll have the latest developments on the storm. Plus, see how BP is trying to shutdown its own safety watchdog unit, which was created under Congressional pressure in the wake of BP oil spills in Alaska and that devastating fire and explosion at its refinery in Texas City, Texas in 2005.

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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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soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Melissa and anyone in Texas, Take care and be safe!

    June 30, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Take care yourself in Texas my friends!!!!!!! Watch out for Hurricane Alex!!!!!

    June 30, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  3. brian

    after 72 days i wonder if this will end ...i like the idea of blowing it up

    June 30, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  4. Sonia Howell

    I am with Bill Clinton, Blow it up and pile on natural debree. But our government is relieing on BP tech.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  5. Merl, Ohio

    X amount of barrels Bp has been collecting off of the Horizon well X 72 days X $ per barrel=No loss for BP. Devistation for the U.S.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  6. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    @Emily~ I am north of the Hurricane area. But we will get lots of rain. Thanks~ I hope those stay safe in the affected area.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  7. Emily

    and when the oil starts to come ashore, is there something to clean it up?
    (besides using shovels)

    June 30, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  8. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    @ Melissa, Texas Are you having to evacuate? How close to the area are you?

    June 30, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  9. Rebecca, Gainesville (UF) FL

    Good evening everyone :] I'm looking forward to more of the show and becoming a regular here! And I really hope that the people of the Gulf can dodge the bullet this hurricane season so the oil won't come farther ashore.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Kevin McCary

    Hurricane Alex is not what the people of the gulf need right now they are going through enough

    June 30, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  11. Smith in Oregon

    The Pensacola Fl, beach line is now filling with tar balls as far as the eye can see, go figure!

    June 30, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  12. eugenia - San Francisco

    Flooding similar to that caused by Dolly in 2008 is expected across south Texas.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  13. Linda in Arizona

    Thanks for the Gulf coverage, Anderson. Please keep it up. We will be watching.

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

    Hello Everyone. I wonder if this will send more animals towards the oil spill? And if this will send oil/plumes west towards Texas?

    June 30, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  15. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I have to say that Anderson has the perfect timing when it comes to train and boat sirens during the show 🙂

    June 30, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  16. Madison

    Thank you for praying. It seems to be helping a lot.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  17. Merl, Ohio

    What would make one think that the relief well is a sure seal? How many failures has BP already shown us? Such as top kill, etc. Hesitation leads to devistation.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  18. John Harrison

    Thanks Anderson and CNN!! I hope you will meet more of the people along the Gulf Coast, New Orleans is GREAT but there is much much more!! Don't stay too long you will want to move to the SOUTH!!

    June 30, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  19. steve

    Heres my fear, if the mud doesnt hold, instead of 1 well spurting out 100k barrels of oil, we will have 2 wells spurting out a total of 200k barrels of oil. What is their plans if this doesnt work ? Do they even have one ?

    June 30, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  20. Emily

    Are you in the effected area of Hurricane Alex?
    I hope that all that are, it turns out to be okay...

    June 30, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  21. Jennifer Waldon

    I have to hand it to BP for already starting to drill the second relief well. I'm so glad they think the hurricane won't require them to stop the containment process.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  22. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I hope and pray the relief well is going to work and the hole will be plugged . The thought of the huricane season combined with this oil mess is so hard to even imagine.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  23. Melissa, Texas

    My family is making a plan right now. Because I got a warning that a big storm will hit us.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  24. Sonia Howell

    @Summer. I wonder the same thing myself, We have experienced alot of record floods here in the past 6 weeks

    June 30, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  25. Emily

    I hope that Hurricane Alex is not going to be used as an excuse by BP in anyway.

    Love that train! 🙂

    June 30, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  26. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    June 30, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  27. Wendi -Bay Harbor Islands,Florida

    If drilling the relief well is so dicy then I am afraid BP is the last company to be doing it

    June 30, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  28. Merl, Ohio

    I pray for the people of the Gulf and I pray for the people of the world. And I pray that we never let money overpower logic, for we cannot afford another disaster. Let us look and study over all ways to be productive and provide without destroying life. Please let the loss of life end whether animal, plant or human.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Betty Ann,

    June 30, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  30. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    @Wendi~ Thanks for the info! Rick Perry actually made a good call? Amazing!

    June 30, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  31. Melissa, Texas

    Wow, Hurricane Alex sounds very serious. I hope it doesn't do alot of damage near my house. I'm taking this very serious.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Sonia Howell

    Wow, that is really bad for Everyone down there. That huricane is churning alot of waves

    June 30, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  33. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I am really happy to see that Alex's eye is not over the gulf of mexico! at least the almighty had spared the spared people down there from another major hit.

    But, Alex is still dangerous enough to create trouble for gulf

    June 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  34. sumner barenberg

    The pundits have stated that the oil slicks are evaporating.

    The question is where do these volatile compounds evaporate/sublime to?

    The volatile organic compounds, such as benzene, that have evaporated will condense and ultimately appear in rain water, further contaminating
    the environment, ground water....

    June 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  35. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Four days to settle down for a Hurricane 2...can you imagine if it were a Hurricane 5?

    June 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  36. Wendi -Bay Harbor Islands,Florida

    Good evening blogger and the AC360 team.

    Betty Ann yes you can declare a place a disaster area before the fact. It allows for aid to get there much faster.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  37. Heather - Spokane, WA

    This storm is definetly something Louisiana does not need right now. It is just going to make things worse

    June 30, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  38. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. Lots of news tonight it seems. The Al Gore story is one I hadn't heard. Thank you again for staying with the oil spill story. No one is doing it like you are.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  39. Madison

    Is anyone taking care of pets that are stranded?

    June 30, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! It's great to see you on–it sounds like an interesting program tonight.
    I hope the Hurricane doesn't do a lot of damage, or hinder the efforts to clean up the oil spill much longer.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Sonia Howell

    Hello everyone !!

    June 30, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good evening.

    Looking forward to the show tonight..

    June 30, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Kevin McCary

    Good Evening Anderson ac360 crew and bloggers

    June 30, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  44. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Can you declare counties a disaster before they are a disaster?

    June 30, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Joe, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, Ed Henry, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Charlotte, Sree, Nancy, others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!

    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Happy Wednesday night!!!!!!! 🙂

    June 30, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  46. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Good Evening Everyone! I wish these politicians could keep their pants on. They continue to dissappoint.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Good Evening Anderson, AC360 Team, Megan, Starr, Emily, Jo Ann, Sue, David, Nicole, Gloria, Heather, Di, Samantha and other bloggers!

    Hoping for a great show tonight!

    June 30, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Good evening Anderson, AC360 Team and fellow bloggers!

    To the folks in South Texas and Northern Mexico..."batten down the hatches".

    Looking forward to a great show.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Smith in Oregon

    Wow, none of BP's, Exxon's and Conco Phillips Gulf of Mexico Oil wells awarded under Bush-Cheney had a single Hurricane and Tropical Storm emergency response report filed. What was that Louisiana Federal Judge thinking when he overturned President Obama's temporary moratorium on Ocean drilling in the Gulf of Mexico? Ok without Hurricane spill and emergency response plans?!

    June 30, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening everyone

    June 30, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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