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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  1. Sharon Hastings

    @ Mark. Can you even hardly keep a straight face when asking your brain to wrap around the concept of first even building something for humans to live in and using products contaminated with formaldehyde, then trotting them out again for people to live in who are working around toxic material all day and are cautioned to wear massive protective gear. All this while making a new rule where photographers and media cannot get within 65 feet of stuff for "safety" reasons. Whew.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  2. Ron (Toronto,Canada)

    seems like the USCG Admiral is defending B.P. more than the Gulf Coast.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  3. Cathy

    Thanks Anderson for reporting the truth on this "huge" cover up. It's a total disgrace to the American people what our government & BP are doing to this country. Come one 65 feet away, what a bunch of crap.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  4. 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.
    This is a national EMERGENCY

    July 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  5. Alex Perdido

    Hey Cooper,
    Government stinks, doesn't it?
    Nothing in the government works. How come you are still talking about BP oil spill anyway? I thought you would be discussing the war.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  6. tony from miami

    i don't understand how the president of this nation could let a foreign country dictate to the white house how this cleanup should be handled,i bet that if this happened with one of our companies in their part of the country i guarantee that their goverment would've stepped in and taken over the clean up and demanded a big pay back

    July 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  7. Mary

    If their goal is to slowly kill all life on this planet they are off to a bang up start. And we are just watching it happen right in front of our eyes – 60 feet away.....
    So who is going to stand up and take our country back?
    Big oil does not own the ocean – big oil does not own America!!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  8. john

    You wonder if Thad Allen and BP are prolonging the oil oil spill and its cleanup to affect the fall election and 2012 . BP exporsure to long term liabilty would be a lot better under Republican leadership . John Boehner and pals for the policticlal milage they gaining out of the disaster would be the most disappointed men in the USA if some one came up with the soultion to stop the flow tomorrow. As absurd as it sound have the Republicans cut a deal with BP to be resolved after 2012.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  9. dave

    This here is way worse then Katrina. You cant stop a hurricane and people had a chance to leave but chose no to. Here there was plenty of warning the oil was coming and yet BP and the Government did nada to stop it bf it hit shore. It is to late now, The Gulf is being killed by total incompetence by our so called leaders in DC

    July 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  10. Lisa in Louisiana

    @Mark they cut corners on production with the trailers which rendered the "curing" process ....... Ha sound familiar?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  11. rae worsham

    Tony, I agree with you 100%!!!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  12. Michael

    1) BP uses dispersant in order to limit liability in the calculation of the amount of oil spilled.

    2) BP does not collect oil in order to limit liability in caculation of the amount oil spilled.

    The use of dispersant and not collecting oil are the greatest contributor to the escalation of this disaster.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  13. mick la.

    they are killing the gulf it is a sad day on the bayou

    July 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  14. dave stone DELAWARE

    i am watching ac 360 now.. and what do i here is some stupid idea of keeping the midea away from the oil up areas.....what the --- is going on here ..i think this is a ploy to benifit BP by the gov. come on get your heads out of your buts and let them report this issue.. Anderson. go after them.. make them talk to us.. this is.. i think the end of the gulf as we know it if our dumb president don't do something NOW

    July 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  15. Nicole

    This is the land of the free!! What are they covering up to take our freedom away! Let people see what is going on. Let these countries come in and help that have said they would. Because Bp & the Government does not have a clue.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  16. desmond

    Anderson just heard you say that you are "not the enemy". Wrong you are the enemy of the Federal Governemnt BP &USCG etc. in this context. You are rightly in their face every night showing us what a pathetic clean up job they are doing & now to inpede your reporting capability they come up with this law to keep away or else!!
    I suspect the order to do something to limit media coverage such as 360 came directly from the Whitehouse. Once again your interview with Billy N. etc was inspiring and unfortunately will fall on deaf ears with the Feds & BP

    July 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  17. Robert

    It seems obvious they are using PRISONERS to assist with all clean up efforts... 1. they come in large numbers 2. can be controlled/brainwashed easily 3. wont mind living in toxic fema camps 4. can be paid very little to work and not talk to anyone 5. finally, anywhere is better than a cell. thoughts?

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

    Bush had Brown with Katrina, Obama has Allen for BP spill, the more things CHANGE, the more they stay the same. NO PRESS, NO TRUTH.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    All of these restrictions are meant to protect BP and to hide the damage that has been done because of the incompetence of the Obama administration.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  20. steve etlinger

    have you been keeping parish pres nuns. honest by confronting him( probably for less oil regulations and less gov't while he lamblasts the gov't ) have you really given thad allen a fair deal.for all the things he's doin.Also he's the one that'l be blamed for everything and there are always things that will happen if they can ( murphy's law)

    July 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  21. Julie - Hillsboro, OR

    Anderson needs to do some investigating to find out why the government feels more loyalty to the "oil industry" vs. the american public. This event effects our planet, not just the shores of the US.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  22. Emily

    The only time that I recall hearing someone really outraged and with a plan was when (ret) Gen. Honoré was on.... Thad Allen doesn't impress me at all...

    July 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  23. Merl, Ohio

    X amount of barrels BP has collected off of the Horizon well X 73 days X $ per barrel = No loss for BP, devistation for the U.S.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  24. Lisa Frye

    The Dispersents are what upset me the most. I live in Gulf Shores AL and there are rumors of illegal night flights spraying dispersents. Why haven't they been made to stop using them by our government. We can't clean up the oil after it sinks to the bottom, and it increases the toxicity of the water making it worse than the spill on wildlife.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  25. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Hears a news flash if the government says the trailors are safe and they say the seafood is safe maybe its time to realize that Obama is a not such an honest and honerable person .

    July 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  26. Bruce

    The first real test of the Obama presidency and he has failed the nation. I am angry. These new rules are something out of the Bush/Cheney play book. Mr. Obama, where is your leadership?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  27. Susan, Kauai

    Civil disobedience. It is MY ocean... YOUR ocean. People and reporters violate en masse the 65ft. rule. Go out on surfboards, swim out, use zodiacs, airboats and bigger. I want to see close-ups... micro shots. What are they going to do...? arrest all people and reporters and lock them up? That'd be great P-R.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  28. Kathy P.

    We on the Gulf Coast are fed up with the lies, the cover up, the misuse of funds. You have contractors down here stuffing their pockets with BP money and not putting it into the cleanup. Now we have workers on P'cola Bch sick from the oil and told to not say anything to the media. Anderson, please stay and keep helping us fight this tragic situation. Please Mr. President, stop letting this oil crisis turn you into a Bush-clone. I was proud to be a Democrat and voted for you, now I'm ashamed to be an American living on the Gulf Coast who has been abandoned by her government! Do something besides shutting down traffic in Pensacola for 4 hours!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  29. Linda G

    What a crock. BP and Obama are in bed with one another. Let those who know the waters and organizations that want to help the sealife dotheir jobs and say out of their way. Just came from FL and Save our Seabirds is ready to go help when they are called. Why haven't they been called??? We have a right to see all that is happening.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  30. Annemcmullen

    Doesn't bp have another currently operating in the gulf that is 4 times bigger than the one that exploded? Called the Atlantis? Thank u

    July 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  31. ricardo

    @Anderson...great job, just must be so difficult to do this night after night...

    What you need to do is conduct poll after poll on questions related to a thousand different angles of handling the cleanup...Collect poll data and repeatedly (nightly) hammer the air waves linking the worlds view of how Obama is doing with this. It's eleection season...and he's put Thad Allen in to buffer himself and dems. Link the lack of results, skimmers, and access you're finding to Obama–when he sees his popularity % measured in terms of the world's anger over this mess, he'll step in to save himself before he moves to save the Gulf or it's people...Allen can't buck his boss and doesn't dare make him look bad–so go over his head to get results, cause he (Allen) and BP will never listen to people they see as "beneath" themselves.

    PS: Please look out for Billy Nungesser–he seems like a great guy. So afraid he's gonna collapse under the strain. He's got to be in anguish.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  32. Martha

    Well Anderson I knew the day would come when they wouls start blocking reporters from reporting the news ...you better watch out they may shut you down too. If its not reported poeple will not know , know what ???? wel , that there is just such a much bigger picture here . the curruptness the Illegal activity just the whole situation is wrong wrong wrong ...is there not a law that prevents them from blocking reporters reporting the truth ...the truth is what they are blocking ...thats their goal to shut all you reporters up ...so watch out Anderson

    July 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  33. Cat, Louisisana

    If I go to my camp this weekend (located on the beachside of Grand Isle, LA) can i take pictures of the beach ?? what about the drive along the way ?? What if our property is within 65 feet of the beach??

    July 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  34. Jon

    Welcome to the world of OIL. This is all about MONEY. Not the Marshes or the Wildlife.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  35. Jan

    Good evening everyone! I have one thing to say tonight. We have become a very sick nation. Our leaders and politicians are sick. These big corporations that are too big to fail are sick. Our bankers are sick. Every night Anderson and too few others are screaming and begging at everyone to listen, but it is falling on deaf and uncaring ears whose political agendas and greed have trumped what is the morally right thing to do. Thank you so much Anderson. You are such a kind spirit surrounded by corruption that has detroyed this country.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  36. rae worsham

    This whole catastrophe sickens me. The priority is the marshes, the wildlife and getting the oil up. What I don't understand is I was unaware that the Gulf was owned by the Coast Guard and BP and even the Federal Government. It is owned by the citizens of this country and I say Louisiana officials go in away. Billy, I commend you sir. You are one Hell of a political figure and I would vote for you in a minute!! There has to be action quickly.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  37. Deborah Benton, Gulf Shores, AL

    We've had military showing up in the area over the past few days. I was told that there are military exercises going on in MS, training them to do crowd control and massive evacuations. I hope this is all rumor. I also was told that the sea floor is leaking oil & gas. We are hearing so many rumors that I don't know what to believe anymore. All I can do is pray and hope for the best, be prepared for the worse.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  38. Nancy

    Get these lying, greedy BP reptiles out of America! How many officials are getting paid to help BP cover their criminal activity? What is the REAL reason BP is being allowed to destroy American coastlines and economics? Is there more oil under the wetlands? WAKE UP AMERICA!!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  39. george

    A frien of mine delivering a boat from Fort Lauderdale to New York ren into a huge oil sleek 80 miles east from Saint Augustine ,he has pictures to prove it ,it measured abouth 80 miles long.I wonder if is related to the Gulf speel?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  40. Lisa in Louisiana

    where are the agency's who were put in place to protect us from harmful contaminates that poisoning our waters and air???

    July 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  41. Charlotte Pitre

    What country is this?! Excluding the media, hiding things from the public, lie after lie. Please help us. The local media reports very little. They are being intimidated. We need and demand the truth... all of the truth.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  42. mike

    i remember seeing more clean up reporting from the exxon spill 1989..

    July 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  43. Brian

    I don't have those capabilities or the money to get that kind of gear!!!
    I will figure something out.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  44. Tony

    Well, Well the Media cannot get within 65 feet of anything , I wonder who handed who money??
    it just goes to show that B.P. has people in our Goverment on thier secert payroll !!!!!!!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  45. Theresa Ison

    ..... Keep fighting the good fight.... If it weren't for you and CNN, our citizens would be clueless.........Thanks for all you do!

    Your faithful Floridian viewer,


    P.S. please...........65 feet....geez........

    July 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  46. Kelley

    How does the Fedral govt. let this happen?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  47. Sue- DE

    The gulf becomes more of a snafu as each long week goes by. The fed says all is moving along briskly. Then reality sets in when ac360 crew tells the real story. Why this bizarre-ness? I'm supporting the folks of the gulf! When they start to reclaim their land, blow off the inhibiting fed folk and their red tapeand do what they see has to be done, then the situation will resolve

    July 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  48. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "Why is the Obama administration protecting BP's interests and ignoring the wishes of the Gulf residents?"

    I don't hear a lot of outrage in general...I can't believe that the same anger that was out there during Hurricane Katrina is not here...it's unreal...

    July 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  49. robin

    I am in Bay St. Louis, MS and this is unbelievable! When are the people going to stand up and scream and realize Obama has no CLUE what he is doing!!! He acts like its not even happening! Bush and Katrina are no comparison to this...Obama does not care, and that is more obvious every day that passes!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  50. Karen

    we will never know what the oil is doing to the bottom of the ocean. this is like a nuc attack the bottom of the ocean is dead.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
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