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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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soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Kevin McCary

    Bp needs to cap on the well and be held responsible

    June 30, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Now what?? I hope that former vice president Al Gore will clean what he had damage to her....... Can he goes to jail???? No jail time. I think that he have no commit record his crime.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  3. Monica

    @Nancy -Apparently red tape is hard to cut. And its everywhere, even on the flag. It's not like they can call Capt. Planet to speed this up and solve this, but maybe they can reach out to Gen. McChrystal.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  4. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Sounds like this lady is looking for money from Gore....where is her proof?

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

    I am afraid of when it is over that the gulf will be a dead zone for a few years, almost like the gulf is starting to replenish the oil that has been taken from it over the past 100 yrs. That is the way crude starts with the animals dying in mass quanity, falling to the bottom of ocean being cooked and layered by the weight of the ocean to become more crude for the future. It is a vicious cycle. History- Crude it is a show I saw.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  6. Smith in Oregon

    It should be interesting to see how far Al Gores influence and power goes here in Oregon. In Tennessee, all the judges are good ole boys protecting one another and would throw out the charges. In Oregon, that might not fly at all.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  7. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The National Enquirer broke the Edwards affair too. Not bad for a tabloid.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  8. eukie

    Anderson, when you will stop asking Bp to come to your show. you should know by now they never will.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  9. Emily

    Why did they close the case?
    Sounds like it was re-opened just because of the interview....

    June 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  10. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson & Tean 360.

    Hi David, Isabel, Gabriela, Nichole, Nancy, Megan, oAnn, N. Royalton, Mike, Casey, Emily, everyone....

    Sorry i am late, but glad to be in time to b e on the blog.

    I do not believe this story about Al Gore and the therapist.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  11. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    It's a sad day when an law enforcement agency re-opens an investigation because of a story in the National Enquirer. That's just pathetic.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  12. Lori from CA

    This news for Al Gore does not sound good. Isn't this just He Said/She Said? How can this be proven one way or another?

    June 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  13. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I believe the woman.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  14. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    BP should not use the storm in a way of not finding a way to control the leak.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  15. Dave Y

    We need to appoint a GOV rep to to forward all scientific inquires to BP and not accept a "NO" or unjustifiable delays. The people trying to save the coast should have the priority! Let appoint a man with a passion to save our coast and kick butt – President Obama, call on General Honore! Save our coast!

    June 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  16. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Margaret,
    There are lot damaged right now below in gulf area... maybe over 10,000 I think.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  17. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    @ Heather – Spokane, WA
    I too would love to see BP hurry up and place a cap on this well, but there is too much at stake for them. As long as they are extracting barrels of oil, they are making money and I know they wish not to end this investment earlier than at all possible.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  18. Karen, MN

    I hope the new allegations on Al Gore aren't true. Maybe this is why his wife decided to take a hike.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  19. Jan

    There have been reports (don't know if they are true) about when the explosion happened that other rigs in the area suffered damage???

    June 30, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  20. deb williams

    heard yesterday on cable news station from an "expert" that best case scenario for successful relief well to work timeline more like mid to late September, not august- another 70 plus days of this

    June 30, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  21. Smith in Oregon

    @ Emily, the waves are 6-8' high at least, there are no workers out, just a handful of storm watchers, no surfers who are smart enough not to contaminate themselves with the heavily contaminated water.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  22. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Sree.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  23. Merl, Ohio

    BP knows how to drill a well, just don't know how to stop it until it runs out of oil. That's why they haven't stopped it.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  24. Richard on the Texas coast

    If there skimmers cannot be deployed from other areas in the U.S., it simply means that we need more skimmers in reserve everywhere. Maybe that's an industry waiting to happen. Some job relief for the Gulf coast?

    June 30, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  25. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Heather – Spokane, WA
    I agree with you!!!!!!! That's true. 🙂

    June 30, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  26. Jeff in Mn

    How is the NEW No-Fly zone effecting news reporting. Not sure if that was ever talked about before as I just heard the FAA declared a big area of the Gulf as a No-Fly zone around the oil spill.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  27. Lori from CA

    It seems that it is only a matter of time before the oil is cast onshore and dispursed further by a storm or other bad weather.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  28. Kevin McCary

    People in texas will need some help soon good luck we are praying for you

    June 30, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  29. Aleta Pahl

    I know we keep saying this, but is the government listening at all to the people?

    How did it come to this? A catastrophe of this proportion and the government sits "while Rome burns." I mean is there a government at all here? Or did I dream we had a government?

    June 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  30. Marc Larouche

    The President of the United States should order forfeiture all oil rigs owned by BP and have all their employees sent back home and the rigs and all equipment taken over an operated by American People...Use those people that are so adversly affected by this spill to replace the BP employees that would be leaving.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  31. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Hurricane Alex is kicking up a storm!

    June 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  32. Emily

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

    That's awful! Do you know how they are cleaning them up?
    I hope it's not still with shovels.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  33. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Why cant BP just smarten up and end this? Put an actual lid on the pipe and make it solid so it will actually stop it instead of making it go in different directions.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  34. Merl, Ohio

    Bp is already drilling itself two relief wells to collect the oil they didn't collect from the Horizon. Call it as you want, but that is what it will end up. Who's the fool?

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

    I hope FEMA is ready to help that part of Texas. They are getting pounded down there, Tornado's Mudslides, That is severe. Be safe you Texan's

    June 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  36. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Early night for me folks.

    Good night and god bless all. talk to you folks tomorrow.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  37. Kevin McCary

    I do not know when this oil spill will stop but it needs to be plugged and needs to be cleaned up.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  38. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @gail, right now the government isn't acting at all. It's 'run' if you can call it that, by President Obama.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  39. Sharon Hastings

    Wow, that hurricane sure kicked up its force in a hurry. My thoughts and prayers are with the folks in Texas. Take care. We in south Florida know what you're going through. Be safe. Even over here we are getting alot of rain and wind all day long. Looks like it affects the whole gulf to some extent.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  40. Emily

    @Megan,
    Thanks. 🙂
    Many have questions & I know that Anderson would ask BP questions if they would appear! It's Day#72..this is so serious and I still don't see much urgency.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  41. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    We are lucky this is not a terror attack. If this is the way the Obama administration handles a crisis we are in serious trouble.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  42. Sal

    Anderson, I appreciate your coverage of Hurricane Alex and also of oil spill in the gulf. Is it true what local media in Matamoros Mexico is reporting that "spots of tar are washing ashore at Playa Bagdad beach" just South of South Padre Island and Brownsville Tx can you please follow up on it, just to make sure it's true.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  43. Nancy Vona

    Keep it up, Anderson! I look forward to your show every evening. You are venting the same anger I feel. Thank you for speaking out. What I want to know is why our government is not taking charge. Cut the red tape and GET OUT THERE! Quit debating and start acting. This is total devastation. Quit using the dispersments and start sucking up the oit like they do in Europe. The rest of the world is watching us blunder. I am very ashamed of what is happening.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  44. Marie

    Anderson, this is the Gulf held hostage: Day 72.

    Government failure: all information requests should be fast tracked to an federal information access coordinator whose job it is to get all possible scientific data. Government failure: too few skimmers and all manner of rescue equipment for the shoreline.

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

    The microbes in the water are eating the oil? Wake up, check any oil spill sites whether on land or in the water. I know of drill sites that are over 50 years old and microbes have not eaten any of the life killing oil.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  46. Monica

    If BP can appt Suttles, then maybe the govt should follow suit.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  47. Sue R. Canton MI.

    @ Tanya Lombarbo,, This is why people are so upset. People have tried to help ,, But the help is being turned away. It's shameful that they wont accept help from companies like yours. and so many others.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  48. Jan

    Maybe what this country (USA) needs is new leadership...no more democrats or republicans...clean house...vote in some independents and do away with all lobbyist groups...no more buying votes!!

    June 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  49. gail

    Why do people say "the gov't" without making a distinction as to who was running the "gov't" that led to so many of the problems we are now seeing with regulation and safety not only in the oil industry, but mining s well. Money over safety seems to be the norm for corporations these days.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  50. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    This is day 72, there is no excuse for the delay by the Obama administration in lifting those restrictions.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
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