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. Ken Lawson

    Mr. Cooper,

    I remember the President saying the local leaders could call directly if they think "things" are not doing well in the gulf.

    Has anyone tried to call the President? or was the rhetoric of President just that.

    I am perplexed. I am watching now live and stunned by the coast guard and the prresident has not been called???

    can you fiind out if local leaders can really call the President???


    July 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  2. Carol

    Thank you, thank you for being there. You have to keep them honest because we can't. Very excited to hear everything Mr. Buffett has to say.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  3. Renee from KC

    It's all very depressing – I think that this administration that I had so much faith in, seems to be in bed with BP – it's the only explanation I have for the lack of urgency . . . .all this help is out there & no one is taking control & getting it done . . . . .

    July 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  4. Wendi -Bay Harbor Islands,Florida

    Seems like no one cares I just can't believe that they put those trailers out there to be used. That;s outrageous

    July 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  5. berlene

    it's my understanding that anything beyound 3 miles is international waters. if so, who can bp stop anyone from skimming the oil, or trying to help?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  6. Sharon Hastings

    The return of the toxic trailers?? And then calling for "full disclosure" for how this happened. The total incompetence involved in this whole affair is beyond belief.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  7. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Toxic FEMA trailers??? Could they have brought in new ones for this disaster knowing full well the others were no good? Unbelievable!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  8. Sue R. Canton MI.

    What ever happened to freedom of the press? They don't want the public to see or know whats going on....yet we know whats happening to the wildlife. It's so hard to believe and understand whats happening in our country. To see everything unfold each day is heartbreaking.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  9. Mark

    Okay...I'll bite. Why are those Fema trailers soaked in formaldehyde? That could've been explained in the piece.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  10. Paul Bordelon

    Louisiana native living in Washington State. Where are the two US Senator’s from Louisiana? We see the local politicians, but these two should be in the forefront getting the help for Louisiana.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  11. L Byrd

    Anderson, Thank You for reporting everynight about the disaster that has happened in the Gulf, and keeping us all informed about the lack of support that our President and Federal Government are doing to clean up this mess. This is day 73 and we are now better off than day 1, what a shame!!!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  12. Annabelle


    You are a rock star. Your constant coverage of the oil spill and the stories you are telling make YOU the CNN hero in my eyes and in the eyes of our entire family.

    I do have a question. Who is in a position to make sure we send skimmers, or whatever is needed? Who is that person? Where do we as Americans, apply the pressure? You are doing a terrific job, but maybe if you could display an address or a name or a phone number, we as Americans can jump up and down until we are heard.

    Thanks, Anderson. Keep up the great work!

    Manhattan Beach, CA

    July 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  13. Victoria in Missouri

    Obama talks the talk but he doesn't walk the walk.
    You people are living in a wasteland and is being ruined intentionally.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  14. John

    Using dispersants at the source of the BP oil leak will only reduce the amount of oil that is seen (visible to the public, and available to easily gather for removal). I guess BP hopes that the old phrase that "Out of sight, out of mind" will work to squelch the outrage to this catastrophe. The reality is that this doesn't get rid of the problem, but simply hides it. BP (and government officials) knows that this oil spill can't be stopped by simply "plugging the hole" at the ocean floor, since the oil pressure is beyond our technology to contain it. Why else would the Federal government place the event under the “national security” umbrella (gag), other than to lock-down all meaningful dissemination of the event to the public? The Federal government is complicit in the catastrophe, since the guidelines for safety were watered down, and BP (along with other oil producers) cut corners due to greed.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  15. Lisa in Louisiana

    What are they banking on that the people who buy the toxic trailers will be dead from exposer of Corexit ........ really I beginning to think they have spun out of control!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  16. deb williams

    another slap in the face to the gulf population – toxic housing for workers!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  17. 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 10:18 pm |
  18. Donna

    We're not hearing much about the cleanup workers getting sick, because they're not being allowed to wear masks.
    Is that still true?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  19. pam lloyd

    It justs breaks my heart to see all of the helpless animals suffering because of human error. If we do not do something very soon alot of these animals may be gone forever.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  20. Stac

    I'm thinking BP and our government knew from the beginning cleanup was hopeless, any effort to clean up is futil at least not until they can stop the leak, untl that time any effort put into this is useless and they know this everything else was just for show to calm the public down..and on the no camera, everyone should protest and bring their cameras

    July 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  21. RT

    Impeach Obama !! Billy N. for president.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  22. Janice Ocala Florida

    Hi Anderson,
    We are all asking the same question's and no answers are coming forth.Obama is doing nothing except getting a pay check,and for what,,,he is helping BP destroy the area more..corrupt government ..
    Is Obama sleeping with BP,cause he is letting them do population control by killing are animals and people.
    Love your work Anderson,you have to be frustrated by now

    July 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  23. Becky

    Why weren't the FEMA trailers destroyed as they are uninhabitable!
    Where are the workers coming from that they need to even stay in FEMA trailers?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  24. Steve Burns

    Folks,this is scary!! Do you realize with this rule we are beginning to be like the old communist regimes who kept their people clueless about what was going on. This is not freedom. Thad Allen is a disgrace and so is the gov't . There is more at stake here than this spill,WE are losing our freedom. I am afraid. Who is making these decisions? People write to your congressman now and tell them your anger and uneasiness about this!!!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  25. Mark

    What is happening to all the oil that is being collected during the clean up? All sorts of things are being used to collect it, so where is it all going?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  26. Eric Price

    This BP disaster is pretty clear evidence that Obama hasn't fulfilled his campaign promise of restoring openness and transparency to government.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  27. Leezia

    Providing people who are cleaning up our beaches with toxic trailers is unbelievable. I remember when AC was reporting on Katrina five years ago - it's stunning to see that we're still reveling in the aftermath of that hurricane. We're not done with Katrina damage control and now we have to deal with BP. Does anyone know where these workers are going to live now? It's so frustrating.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  28. Richard on the Texas coast

    I seem to recall that President Obama told Billy Nungesser to call if he needed anything. It's time to give him a call.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  29. lisal -canada

    workers clean up toxic environment – workers are exposed to [known] toxic trailers – adds elements of "it's the trailer's fault because it is already known" – shunning liability.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  30. steven cullman alabama

    You might as well let a group of monkeys run the show they would do a better job, just do the right thing to begin with! And bp, obama spare yourself further shame! I guess obama is getting a good pay check from bp! Obama should man up and be a president not a sissy!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  31. Merl, Ohio

    What discusts me is hearing about a well off shore near South Africa that has been leaking oil for 50 years! How long is this one going to leak?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  32. bob patterson

    It sounds like we need to bring Lt. General Russel Honore out of retirement and get things moving again.
    It's just amazing to watch how our government spends money.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  33. Heather - Spokane, WA

    First the government is helping BP kill the environment, now they are trying to kill the helpers......good thinking.........(sarcasm)

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  34. Jeanne m kennedy

    I can't believe that we can't trust our government.....what is happening ???
    Our president must be BP's lap dog...so sad....this on our country's birthday

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  35. John in Texas

    Every day it is becoming more evident that not only is BP being untruthful but one has to wonder what kind of "arrangementl" is the government and BP working up. Whatever is going on we can rest assured that the people of the Gulf Coast will come out on the short end of the deal. Thad Allen is a joke, how can any man with any self pride spew the garbage that he does. Does he really think anyone believes anything he is saying?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  36. Elle

    Several individuals from Sea Shepherd were just being interviewed on Larry King Live. One of the guests mentioned the bodies of dead, oil covered wildlife were being burned at night – after dark – to help hide the devastating effects the oil and dispersants are having on the wildlife.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  37. carla

    lovely toxic trailors to house people for oil cleanup......you can't make this stuff up.....cause no one would believe it

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  38. Mike from California

    This is marshal law .....what next?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  39. mick

    i am afraid this is the future of our country we are headed in the wrong direction

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  40. nancyinoregon

    That's the sad truth, suzan paschall....it isn't so simple as white hats and black hats, good guys and bad guys. I'm afraid that it's a microcosm for all the human foibles. Can't bear to watch much more.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  41. Sonia Howell

    This is like our government,Trying to make a buck. Those trailers should have been destroyed

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  42. Mark Freshwater

    Nobody covers the oil catastrophe like CNN! And nobody covers it better at CNN than Anderson Cooper! Thank you for giving us a voice in spite of an indifferent government bureaucracy and a corrupt BP. Day 73 and still not enough help!! Don;t let them silence you!!!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  43. Emily

    Wow, I never thought I'd see these back! Toxic Trailers....sounds like a really bad reality TV show, too bad it's Reality!

    Why were they not destroyed?!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  44. Cat, Louisisana

    Approximately 423 miles of Gulf Coast shoreline is currently oiled—approximately 259 miles in Louisiana, 48 miles in Mississippi, 47 miles in Alabama, and 69 miles in Florida.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  45. Ginie & Reed

    CNN & journalists – take legal action against government for violating constitutional rght of media which is the public's branch of government. We need you – sic 'em!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  46. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    @Kathryn PlymMtg, PA
    So good to see you blog again. I thought there was a missing team member. This is a difficult crisis especially when there seems to be no real progression in resolving this. Hang in there...we are there for you.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  47. Vet in Bama

    I totally agree with the rules, CNN and other new outlets are there to report the news, not to make news up. Anderson, if you keep Nuggesser and Jindal of your show every night complaining about the Gov't , maybe you could continue to report.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes! That is absolutely right! Thad Allen never answer their question at all. Perfect right.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  49. Christine in Colorado

    Anderson and team, thanks for your continued reporting from NOLA. You are the only reliable source of news of what's happening back home in the Gulf. Keep having Nungesser on; I look forward to his truth-filled, passionate updates each night.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  50. Diane

    Hi Anderson & team

    What the hell I don't believe what I have just heard! This is totally insane. I think the local officials and the people there should all get together by the hundreds or by the thousands and get out there to continue the cleanup or protest these changes. They would be unable to arrest or fine everyone!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
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