July 1st, 2010
09:45 PM ET

New Oil Spill Access Rules: Join the Live Chat

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New rules in the Gulf will make it more difficult to see the disturbing reality of this disaster. Despite promises of transparency and full access - photographers, reporters and the general public now could face fines and felony charges if they get to close to response vessel or booms. We're keeping them honest. Plus, Anderson's exclusive interview with Jimmy Buffett. What the superstar thinks of the spill and how the area will recover.

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.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

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soundoff (374 Responses)
  1. Maureen

    Anderson, Is this ruling going to be challenged?What about the 2nd ammendment? Living in St.Pete. FL on the Gulf, we are all concerned about what is / or not happening on a daily basis. Seeing how impotent big oil and the Gov. are about this whole disaster it's no wonder they don't want us to know anything. Thankyou for your dynamic ,provocative and honest reporting. This is literally so sickening.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Wendi -Bay Harbor Islands,Florida

    Nite all. Anderson keep on doing what you are doing. Thanks

    July 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Michael - Huntington Beach, CA.

    I'm angry that any company or government agency would try to block the press or citizens from viewing the BP oil spill damage. I hope more Americans will oppose these new rules too. Thank you Anderson Cooper and the AC360 team for another great report!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  4. tonya

    AC thank you for reporting the truth. Thanks to the parish heads you interviwed for standing up and not being afraid of telling you what's really going on there with clean up.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Anderson and bloggers Emily, Mike, Sree, Nancy, Nicole, Starr, and Megan.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  6. barbara

    This is a nightmare. The media doesn't give it anywhere near the coverage it needs, and deserves. I can't, for the life of me, figure out why. We're in trouble....big trouble.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Have a good night all and happy 4th!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Matt Ruda

    Great show (as always) Anderson + Crew. Try and get some sleep this weekend. Y'all deserve it.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That seem to be a nice walk on the beach!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Deb

    Thank you for letting us share with you Anderson!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good night AC360 Team and fellow bloggers.

    Anderson if BP tries to have you arrested for your great reporting on this disaster,,,don't worry there are many who will stand beside you and bail you out.

    Stay safe everyone.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Lori from CA

    Good night and sweet dreams.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Megan, Joe, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, Ed Henry, Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, (Danie), Lori, (Adelaide), Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you on Monday night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!
    Have a good Friday!
    Have a great weekend!!!!! Cheers!
    Thanks for coming in, for join us tonight! 🙂
    Have a great night & good sleep at home after work!!!
    See you on Monday night!!! Just a plenty sleep at home!
    Have a great weekend!!! Thanks so much, Anderson, we miss you!!! 🙂

    July 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  14. Scott in Findlay,Ohio

    We are huge Buffett fans with 35 shows and counting under our belts. It is great to see someone with his passion and influence trying to make a difference in the situation. They need to let his boats thru to help the wildlife.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Emily

    Good night Anderson, 360 Team, Jo Ann, Mike, David, Megan, Nancy, Sree, Gloria, & Bloggers! & Moderator(s)

    Have a Happy 4th and wonderful weekend!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Kathryn PlymMtg PA

    Anderson, thank you for staying on this issue. So many of us have deserted the stressful acknowledgment of this disaster, but you have hung in there and are there when we are ready to resume our support. . I personally have returned and will do whatever I can. One feels so inept watching. But, you, Anderson, are the spokesman for all of us! You do it so well--

    July 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  17. Karin Urban from Berlin/Germany

    Thanks Anderson for keeping us updated!
    Good night everyone!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  18. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Anderson, I regularly watch your show and deeply appreciate you staying on "live" week after week to report this story and tell us the truth. Keep up the good work and have a great 4th of July!

    Good night everyone.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  19. steven cullman alabama

    Good job anderson

    July 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  20. Alex Valiao (Fresh Meadows, NY)

    I hope Anderson and the crew are taking the best of care. Protective gear as you know is a must so no wheezing or other respiratory ailments while you are all in the coast. Thank you for fighting .

    July 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  21. Emily

    There is never a stupid question Anderson!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  22. Sharon Hastings

    Jimmy says it best. "I know liars when I hear them". Maybe a new song?

    Good night Anderson and everyone. Keep up the good work.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  23. Karen, MN

    Good Night. I'll chat with you tomorrow!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  24. Deborah Benton, Gulf Shores, AL

    Jimmy gave a free concert at LuLu's (his sister's restaurant) last night for the locals. I missed it, but I was so thrilled that he cared enough to give his time and talent. We, the locals, are fighting depression and fear every day.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
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