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.

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)
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5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

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soundoff (374 Responses)
  1. lee steedley

    do i detect the possiblity of the beginnings of a cover up? this is the United States of America, you know freedom of the press an all that. so sad, and here we are getting ready to celebrate the 4th of july.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  2. molly

    I hope pregnant women are far away from the dispersants. We don't know what the effects will be – very scary.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  3. pam lloyd

    Just posted and got bumped.... What the real tragedy is the wild life caught up in human error. Buy the time this is over many of the wildlife species may be gone forever.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  4. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

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

    Did anyone really believe that?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  5. philip

    those fema trailers that were shown in the report tonight are for sale in central texas (Kerrville , Tx) by a mobile home supplier and are being sold to the general public without reveiling the truth about the
    dangers! check it out

    July 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  6. Robert

    I dont know why they are still using that high toxic deadly corexit that stuff is going to go into those clouds and rain every ware in all the fresh waters.not to mention if that dirt is being buried and ware do you think the run off from that will go,?into the fresh waters.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  7. mahoud hassan

    please excuse my english i am from jordan and i can not understand how the super super power in this world can not clean the spill i am so sorry but the world is watching an oil company is more poweful than the the usa .i just want to tell i am an engneer and it is so simple to stop the spill.mr anderson do you remember the first dome pb bulid and they could not use it .this is the souluation you bulid the same dome without the top and stat puting another dome on the top and another and another until you get close to see level and then close the dome top and start taking pumping the oil to the ship it is that simple .if you need more detail you can contact me good luck

    July 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  8. bev/louisiana

    Hi everyone,Its ashamed we have to put up with what is going on....I am from a family of oilfield workers,And I am proud of it...I am spealing of 50 plus years in the oil family...This has never happened before...Why now????? BP has always had a bad reputation in the gulf...Years....And who are they to tell us we can't do this and we can't do that..They are in our territory...Even the Federal government is crap....We voted these people in office ,we vote them out and get someone to help....This is our land,Our hearts and souls are in that land...But,we are Louisiana,so we get forgottten,as uaual...I sure would love to know what they are hiding......It was the biggest oil hit....No one says that......Kind of make you wonder??????? But no one says the truth......

    July 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  9. Angie

    Who's in a position to stop these idiots...Us! what are American's doing....HELLO America – do you mind if we pump millions of gallons of oil in the ocean and the coast guard says sure no problem. That's right we will just get some money later, never mind what they have ruined...get up...do something!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  10. deb williams

    i am convinced that the majority of american public doesnt care much for this story because not enough people have died, sad to say, but i believe that is the truth.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  11. Merl, Ohio

    Clean up oil. Put in registered land fill. Isn't that another form of dispersing? Out of sight out of mind. But it is still there.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  12. Wendi -Bay Harbor Islands,Florida

    again BP lying and running amock doing what ever they want. It's our backyard not theirs

    July 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  13. Dee Marcus

    With no media comes no truth about what is really going on. Not only those of us living on the Gulf Coast but the World needs to see what BP is doing on a daily basis...Keep on Keeping them Honest, Anderson, Please!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  14. Marguerite

    I just saw the segment on the Fema trailers. That is so unbelievable and horrible! You're right, Anderson, it totally boggles the mind!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  15. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    BP and the coast guard have been conspiring from the beginning to hide the truth from the American people.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  16. Alex Perdido

    Oh wow! Democrats sure made a mess of things. Or was it because of the Republicans and the effects of their time in office? I sure am confused. What caused this oil leakage?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  17. David, Indiana

    @Karen, Mn I guess we are all stocked up on crazy. That's a double edged sword.

    Why not let oil workers stay in all the condos, hotels that are unoccupied due to the decrease in vacationers and tourists coming to the gulf?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  18. j sweeney

    you deserve the HIGHEST-of AWARDS FOR JOURNALISM-keep the heat ON

    July 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  19. Libby

    Admiral Thad Allen received much praise for his performance involving the search/rescue and recovery efforts during Hurricane Katrina. I don't think anyone could dispute this however the magnitude of this disaster appears beyond his knowledge and experience. Five states, millions of people are depending on his
    competence. Unfortunately he has only shown incompetence, actually total buffonery. He should stand up and admit this disater is too big for one Admiral to handle.

    The lives lost, the slaughter of our wildlife, the livihoods of american citizens in jeopardy, this situation is very Grim..........................................

    July 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  20. michael

    I keep hearing there is some much more that can be then what is actually being done. This must mean they don't want to do more, shouldn't be a surprise, obama hasn't done anything else he's said... "Oh, your going to get the troops out as soon as you get in office, ok I'll vote for you". Democracy is a dream, time to wake up

    July 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  21. Lisa in Louisiana

    @Jan I agree except I think I would replace "sick" with decedent & depraved! As for the dispersants while it may look good on the top what clumps and goes to the ocean floor remains extremely toxic. And to worsen the maters it makes it unable to reach.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  22. Bryon Cornelison

    The federal government does not want people to see their failures & I don't think the government actually knows how many skimmers they have, many governments at all levels fail at keeping inventories of equipment. I suspect the usa has no clue what is really there verses what they have on paper!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  23. Kathryn PlymMtg PA

    @Samantha Rawley, Nashville Tennessee- I am back for the duration. It is actually too important for me to put my head in the sand. This issue needs all our attention. Thank you for your kind words

    July 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  24. Theresa - Mississippi

    I feel horrible about the animals and environment, but Louisiana allowed all the canals to be built and the oil rigs, etc. that are causing all the damage and to hear them just complain about the federal government, when a short time ago Jindal was saying government was too big is a bit galling to me. Why don't you point that out to him?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  25. Rich baehrle

    I think our government and BP but especially our government is an absolute disgrace for the extremely incompenent lack of response of cleaning up. The President to every Congresman and Senato rsshould be held accountable for this disgrace. Every American should get on the phone now and shove their faces in this mess

    July 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  26. mick la.


    July 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  27. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    President Obama and Vice President Biden are doing best they can help them there, I hope that will be on the way help people in Louisiana....... Right now that is so horrible storm Hurricane Alez slammed into Texas and gulf area, so many damaged.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  28. Sree, Richmond, VA

    @ Chittaranjan, I was just thinking myself of Bhopal gas tragedy! In fact, every night this time when I watch AC360, it reminds me of Bhopal.

    For every one else, it took 16 yrs (the tragedy about the leak happened in 1984) for our government to even prove who is at guilt!

    A lot of souls vanished off of earth and many more still suffer!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  29. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @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???"

    They work at the pleasure of the Obama administration.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  30. jan lee

    I truly wonder how differently this would have been handled if it had occurred off of the coast of New York City.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  31. Mary Lidkea

    Anderson, what you are discussing right now points to the need for the President to be involved. He has the prestige to cut through the red tape. When he says he is not a petroleum engineer and therefore he has backed off. We don't need him for that. We need the Commuinity Organizer,who, even from Washington can ask the questions of the residents and those on site and overrule the Coast Guard, the committee running this or whoever needs to be pointed in the right direction. He is the guy in charge. Aid is being turned away instead of being welcomed. As Truman said, "the buck stops here".

    July 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  32. labella

    I live in new orleans and thad allen needs to be removed, he only works against us and the president what a joke he just doesn't get it
    its a joke 73 days and still no emergency is laughing at us letting BP running the show. this is the president 's katrina and what a failure he is.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  33. desmond

    BP/USCG should be using these few days of bad weather to get their skimmers & boom operation in better order than it was a few days ago. As soon as seas calm they should deploy in right places & really be seen to be skimming & containing the oil with booms .Most importany location is right on top of the spill with concentric booms with skimmers inside & moving the oil/water mix via floating hoses into tankrers outside the containment area.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  34. ceecee

    About those toxic FEMA trailers, why do they need trailers at all if BP is hiring local fishermen?

    July 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  35. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Maybe the media should remind the government of the 1st amendment and what it is about

    July 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  36. Sonia Howell

    Jindal, I was under the same impression, that our government would protect that investment. Our government just lagged their boots. This dispersant has to be backed off.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  37. Heidi Ann Berg

    The time is now to take a stand against our own government. People need to come together in this and do what is right and take a week off buying anything from any were especially gas until they clean up the spill. There is lives of many of Gods creatures that are at risk. One week to us is vacation one week of sitting in oil would be eternity

    July 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  38. mike

    Anderson, you are the peoples reporter, with out you keeping them honest, american people would forget what happen.

    we need to see more video fly byes over the oil spill.... anderson show us the oil slicks that are 30 miles long...... show the wild life dyeing maybe it might wake us up...

    July 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  39. Jerry from Ottawa Canada

    What do you think Obama is going to do if a couple of these oil company execs send him an e-mail asking him to lighten up on BP or they may be forced to relocate a few hundred rigs. Do you think he's going to tell them to show off........ not likely, he's going to protect your supply of oil.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  40. Bill

    Oh I suppose we can now call our country The United States Of BP.Also Pres.Obama,You are a fraud who thinks you'll just make one of your speeches and it'll smooth things over.ell..You'd be wrong people now know you ran just to administer your own agenda .

    July 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  41. R.C. Crawford

    How can we, as citizens, know what is really happening if "our" press, our eyes, are denied a chance to see and judge for ourselves what is happening.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  42. Vicki Bohnenkamp

    This is nothing new....our government has now made it where the media and the public cannot watch while they brutally round up our Wild Mustangs herds!!! While our Sectry of Interior states that we should keep our boot on bp's neck......I'd like to see him step up to the plate, someone needs that same boot. It all makes me sick to watch our govt work..... Can anyone think out of the box??????

    July 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  43. Anne McDermott

    Anderson – Great opening and great commentary. Don't stop when the show is over. We know you won't! At the start of the July 4th holiday, it is time to hold DC accountable!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  44. Juanita.....Fl

    Hi e1....what do u all think about the new ship BP brought in from Britain....a little convenient for them. What if they plan on using that ship for the long term to collect the oil so they can sell more to make up for the billion's they've paid out.
    No way BP isn't going to make a profit from this spill.
    Think about it and post your idea!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  45. Emily

    "What is the rule now in place?"
    Thad Allen has restricted the media from reporting on what is going on.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  46. Matt Ruda

    Anderson did they create no-fly-zones around every foot of boom out there? If not, why not film from the air. Make sure you stay 65ft in the air and you're fine. If they protest, I've heard propwash is good for repelling blowhards.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  47. Julie

    This is outrageous. No real action by our government and now an attempt to stifle the free press. All American citizens have the right to know what is going on, but our government seems to have joined BP in attempting a cover-up of their ineptitude. Please, CNN and Anderson, don't leave - keep on keeping us informed of what is really going on.

    And more power to Billy. We need someone like him in charge.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  48. Wendi -Bay Harbor Islands,Florida

    come on government get this done. Clean it up before it's too late.
    What ever it takes should be done.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  49. Aaron

    The establishment of a 65 foot perimeter is not unreasonable. Consider how a telephoto lens can bring into clear focus subjects across a football field.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  50. Jamie Cramer

    I am getting discussed by our government, I dont see how they can keep people and reporters away from something that is so important to all of us, If you ask me i think the government is doing just what BP is doing, trying to cover up one of the worlds biggest disasters of all time. jamie cramer N.Y.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
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