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.

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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 (374 Responses)
  1. Deb

    Since there is so much pressure of oil emptying into the gulf, what is taking the place in the center of the earth to fill the void that the oil is gushing from?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  2. art

    Anderson- Please stay with this story. You seem to be the only one telling the truth.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  3. RJ

    We need to stop this madness and let BP and the Coast Gard know that we will not stand for this, and we will not stand by and watch this disaster play out, we will not just set and watch a bird die because of some regulation that says I have to abide by an invisible line of discrepancy. This is lower than low and the President needs to speak up louder on this one and let the people who want to help help, and let the media through to show the world how much BP is devastating our way of life and marshes. WAKE UP!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  4. molly

    Toxic trailers – sold to the highest bidder!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  5. Michael

    BP's legal culpability grows with every barrel of oil skimmed off the surface. They are financially motivated to NOT recover this oil from the surface. They should be removed from the site.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  6. Pamela

    Thank you Anderson for continuing to cover this, Thad didn't implement this media blackout rule, this came from WHouse.Don't want peeps to know what is going on, notice the story got quiet on all other media outlets....

    July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  7. Sree, Richmond, VA

    I was wondering when FEMA and Katrina and trailers would all come up? Looks like my wait is over...

    I am glad that the trailers have finally started moving..just 5 yrs late and to the wrong place...

    July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  8. niwat kurusattra, chicago

    Shame. Now independent reporters are legally prohibited from making true, honest and alternative perspective journalism. Oh Blimey BP got their own report on their webpage.

    Mr Cooper, please keep them honest and transparent!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  9. mike

    i can not believe in this day and age , we have censorship. the government is trying to censer the oil spill.

    anderson, you are the only one still reporting this oil leak....

    keep up the good work.... watch every night.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Matt Ruda

    1. Why weren't these trailers destroyed when the were found to be toxic.
    2. Why where they allowed to be sold?
    3. Why in God's name was formaldehyde in trailers anyway?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  11. Rose Filteau

    I tuned in to listen to Jimmy Buffett's view on the oil spill. I quickly became appalled when I heard about the new government 65 ft rule. What in the world is going on ?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  12. Lee

    Why don't you guys get one of those small UAVs like they use in Iraq and Afghanistan to go see what they won't let you close enough to see? What was the UAV that was involved in the Somali pirate situation that rescued the captain of the merchant ship? Go talk to those guys. Those little UAVs aren't supposed to be very expensive and maybe they'd even do it as a service.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  13. rick

    Is America willing to lose the Gulf? Abandon New orleans and coastal towns? It seems that way. B ureaucracy has no feelings. Proof: the toxic FEMA trailers are back! Where are our lawmakers? Where?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  14. Bob

    How has it been 73 days and you idiots still cant stop this leak. With all the technology in this world today you guys cant think of a way to stop this. That is just ridiculous. Come on, this is going to be the end of the world. Just put a giant tarp over top and duck tape it down. Duck tape fixes everything.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  15. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, Sree, Nicole, everyone. Sorry to be a bit late.

    What is the rule now in place? Reporters on boats can't be within 65 feet of the coast or of boom? What is the traffic like in areas where there is clean up?

    How much oil per hour can the skimmers pickup?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  16. carla

    dear mr. president:
    snap out of it.......our water is filled with oil......still

    July 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  17. Paula, Colorado

    I think the restrictions–even if unnecessary–indicate an effort to control the situation. I'd hope BP and the government would just lighten up.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  18. Eric Shannon

    I assume airspace is now (even more) restricted. Lets get news helicopters, private pilots, and the civil air patrol taking pictures.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  19. suzan paschall

    a friend of mine was deployed down in LA for oilspill with the coast guard and guess what? Some of the locals ure disturbing with the boom..its blocking thier favorit fishing spot...He explained in a letter how frustrating it is. So there are people who will disturb the equipment even people who live in LA, I was suprised. So lets get real there maybe a good reason for this new rule on distance from equipment Not everyone in this world is good and cares.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  20. Merl, Ohio

    All other off shore drillers and all that should be held responsible should use the Horizon well as an example of how to devistate and desicrate all life upon Mother Earth. Is it worth it? You make that choice, some already have at the expense of all.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Everyone is complaining about BP when it is the government that is allowing them to do this. Why is the Obama administration protecting BP's interests and ignoring the wishes of the Gulf residents?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  22. Deborah Benton, Gulf Shores, AL

    Exactly what kind of restrictions have been put out there? This is news to me and I live here!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  23. kandee

    Hey Guys,

    Oil and the USA... Declaration of Dependence.......this "Independence Day." Truth is Truth.

    Will be saying prayers for wildlife, marine mammals andmarine life, Residents, and Media in hopes we will get to see the truth even though they are trying to keep us from it , by blocking Media .

    Makes it hard to celebrate " Independence Day" to me.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  24. dustin

    it is so obvious bp are a bunch of no count idiots they have no sense theyre all a bunch of money grubbing idiots

    July 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  25. Deb

    I understand we need to skim, and get the best skimming equipment we can get. Because we need to do all we can with all we have got. But, the undersea volcano of pressure from the center of our earth is so huge I can't imagine how a man-made machine will ever be strong enough to "cap it off" and "stop" the flow of oil.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  26. Richard, Florida

    Keep the heat on Anderson – there is something here that is deeply wrong and deeply disturbing. I don't know who could follow this story without feeling a sense of complete helplessness. If Anderson can see it, if Billy can see it, if Carvil and Matlin see it, and if everyone that follows the story sees it where in the world is our leadership and were is the world has common commonsense gone. What exactly is going on here.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  27. tony harris

    can someone tell me what happen to the 30 million that BP gave to the gov of La.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  28. Frances Collier

    I would expect this from the prior administration.... am amazed and outraged that this coverup is current policy under President Obama.
    You go Anderson, expose this blatant attempt to hide the truth and muzzle the free press.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  29. David of Los Angeles

    It's totally hopeless Anderson. After all your reporting BP and the government are just so incompetent it's a hopeless situation. Anderson go back home and have a happy long 4th of July, you deserve it.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  30. Sree, Richmond, VA

    @ Karen, MN – As good as it gets, is an awesome movie! It's got better credits than BP 🙂

    July 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  31. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Karen, good one! I think everyone should be saying that!

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

    Good point there, I agree with you! 🙂

    July 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  33. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That is right we are not the enemies here if we were you would not have a fighting chance.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  34. Emily

    @Karin, (Berlin/Germany),
    "Transparency – I missed it on either side just from the beginning!"

    You are not the only one!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  35. Zujein

    It seems the government is against the people! And this is something my 12 year said!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  36. Renee from KC

    All the rules about access are to cover things up. On Larry King in the talk with the guys who are trying to shut down the whaling industry – they were asked about all of this & they think that BP is collecting and then burning dead animal carcasses at night to hide the fact that so much wildlife is actually dying. . . . . . That was the first time I'd heard that

    July 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  37. nancyinoregon

    Maybe that's the problem...framing it as 'enemies'....It's all beyond me, I'm afraid.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  38. Eric Shannon

    I think Fl gov. Christ would question the Coast Guard keeping my son and myself away from booms on state beaches.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  39. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    BP and the US government are co-conspirators in this.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  40. Sonia

    The limited access that the press is being given makes me wonder if something is being hidden from the people. How can we trust BP us making the right decisions at this point when they are the reason this all happened? They are clearly in control not the US government!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  41. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Karen, MN
    Me too.... I can't wait see Jimmy Buffett interviews tonight, I do love his music also. 🙂

    July 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  42. Joe

    You should listen to Bill Clinton. He's got it right. 1. plug the leak 2. stop the oil from coming on shore 3. clean it up with any and all resources
    4. go after the people at fault.

    Louisiana doesn't vote Democrat. Obama is not doing everything he can. The media needs to quit giving him a pass, it's ridiculous and we all know it.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  43. Karen, MN

    There is a great line from the movie “As good as it get”. " Sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up here." Why are they selling us crazy???

    July 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  44. Merl, Ohio

    I wouldn't let BP wash my windows, they don't understand the concept of "transparent".

    July 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  45. Cathy

    When is the American people going to rise up & let these crooked people in charge outta there??? This is totally insane that greed takes over our wildlife and our most useful resources. Cement the damn hole spuing in the Golf!!!!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  46. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Biden and Obama are all talk and no action.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  47. Sree, Richmond, VA

    If this is happening to such a powerful country in the world, what if, had this occurred with country like – may be, New zealand?

    They would be living on oil right now after the 70+ day count!

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

    So now BP is in control of the Gulf? Who made them the boss of everyone? Why do the parish presidents have to listen to them?

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

    No, if they spent half the time trying to come up with an idea, how to stop that oil spill then an only, should they tell other not to show pictures or go in effective areas.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  50. Vicki Wilson

    The 65 feet will not be a problem when you are using a 600mm lens on a DSLR camera with a 1.4x or 2.x Teleconverter. Bring in the big lens!
    Keep them honest!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
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