July 6th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Oil Recovery Efforts Fall Short: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight live from the New Orleans, we dig into reports that BP has fallen short on the amount of oil it promised it could recover from the Gulf. Plus, the Queen comes to America. We've got the details on her speech to her hat.

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  1. Jim

    What about the methane gas?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  2. shawn

    I was wondering....if this leak was left to continue(which it is obviously is), how long would whatever undersea reserve that feeds it, last? Simply put, when the hell is this oil pocket going to run dry? from where I'm sitting, this is'nt going to be "contained" before its allowed to simply empty into the ocean completely. Also, is BP being allowed to reap any profit from the oil thats coming up? if so, why??? these people are criminals! Military control needs to be put in place down there. this is like watching a wildfire here in California being allowed to burn itself out, regardless of the damage! are the people/wildlife in the southern coastal states not valuable enough to finally stop this? 2 and 1/2 months now? Mr. President, you should ashamed. instead of "yes we can", we now have "I'm too scared to go against big oil"

    July 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Mike - Las Vegas

    The enraged fishermen need to go out and seek their own treatment from a church or charity and stop waiting around with their hands out to BP. If you're really that bad off then pull yourself up by your own bootstraps and go visit a free clinic or your pastor and arrange your own therapy instead of crying about BP not helping you out. You should know already that they're not reliable and only view you as cheap, disposable labor.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  4. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I do believe that PTSD is a reality in the Gulf.

    It is true that each person does have a breaking point, particularly when you don't have the resources to feed you family, pay you bills, etc. & work. Work is very, very important to the human psyche.

    BP is despicable in its ignoring very important requests.

    That woman is exactly right, the people of the Gulf are an "inconvenience" and BP does not care a whit about them.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  5. Eric J

    It is not fair to always blame the Us Army Corps of Engineers for the problems in the gulf. Fact: The Governor of Louisiana waited 20 day to ask for approval and another 10 days to sign it when it was given. Took the weekend off? Fact the New Orleans staff as well as Mobile, Jacksonville on the HQ in washington were all working on the response during the weekend.. It would be nice if CNN would get both sides of the story

    July 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Is $10 million enough to aid those in need? I'm sure it's hard to place a price on the cost of mental health counseling. I figure pastors, priests, and rabbis are pretty busy down there helping their congregants with this disaster.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  7. lisa

    It seems that BP refuses to make a real effort to clean up beaches because the well has not been capped. Tbey won't clean a beach to have to return and clean it again.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Naomi and Jesse

    My husband has been in the oilfield industry for 23 yrs and thinks BP does not know what they are doing and need real people who can fix this....and foremost President Obama needs to stop acting president and start being one! He is the Pesident I believe he needs to stop asking the congress or goverment people for ideas and do what he needs to do act dont speak; actions do speak louder than words..and we need action by our President !!!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Ken, "Can anyone tell me why we contuine to PAY BP millions in miltary fuel contracts and they have not done everything they said and the oil still flows!"

    That is a question I would like to hear the answer to myself.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  10. caroline

    Initially I assumed BP would do EVERYTHING possible to mitigate the damage. Then, I thought the government would step in and force BP to do more. I am so disappointed in the response. Everything is in slow motion, or it's too little too late. I think so much damage could have been prevented that BP and the government had acted.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  11. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Sure,,,were going to all pay for this. The thing is with all the loss of jobs,there won't be as big of a demand for gas. there are so many shady things going on right now,,,its hard to trust.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  12. don, texas

    Sanjay wants to know who benefits from the weak, delayed, inadequate clean up? Julia, Sanjay and the other man were stumped. I can tell you – BP benefits by amortizing the costs of the clean-up over a long period of time – years – by delaying costs they save more of their (obscene) profits. That's one reason they used the dispersants: out of sight, out of mind for now. Why has Obama's response been so weak? Hmmm....BP supplied the most fuel to the military, I believe, of any oil company.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  13. Nichola

    I am an 18-year-old living in Canada and have followed this event closely. I was one of the Obama supporters through his campaign and when this spill happened I was confident the federal government would get involved, especially since his platform had a supposed strong determination to clean up off shore drilling. I think as the people of north america not just the states we all should be pressuring the government to loosen the ties and do all it takes to clean this up. There is no answers being given, and we shouldnt be requesting anymore, we should be demanding. This is ecologically catastrophic, save us and protect our land and waters like promised.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  14. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Sree, Richmond, VA
    Will any one help us pay our gas bills down the lane?
    Yes, Anyone can help the bill your gas, I think BP should have pay for this bill gas. 🙁

    July 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  15. Russ

    Although we are the greatest country in the world, we are definitely behind China is dealing with natural disasters. There is no red tape when they are fighting a war on disasters in their country. We could learn something from them as they have learned to flourish from our capitalistic ideals. There must be a balance.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  16. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Samantha Rowley – Nashville, TN, "There is way too cozy a relationship between the government and the oil companies"

    Obama received more donations from BP than any other candidate during the election, $71, 000, that is pretty cozy indeed.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  17. Loree on the Florida Panhandle

    This is absolutely willful! I have no idea who it benefits, but no one can be this stuck on stupid.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  18. jonathan

    i am very dissapointed that we would be so smart yet so blind. this is not an executive disaster, its a natural one. he went for 20 billion. gb left them alone

    July 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  19. JimInCFalls

    @Star "Where is Obama?"

    I agree. Whe need to be keeping the Obama adminstration honest, along with keeping BP honest. It seems like Obama is fixed on pursuing his agenda and this disaster is an inconvenience.

    The federal response has been abismal. Everyone keeps saying the same thing – If we were fighting a war, the gulf would be occupied territory.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  20. Amanda

    Is this not basic plumbing???!! Why is this taking so long to be stopped? I am not a "conspiracy" person, but Good Greif... this test of patience is making me wonder why this isn't #1 top priority to the leader(s) of this nation!!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  21. Victoria in Missouri

    I can't believe day after day the same comments the same needs the same incompetence is occuring.
    We need a total gas and oil product boycott.
    We also need to limit our gas use to a complete minimum. Don't go anywhere you don't have to go.
    No plastic-well no new plastic

    July 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  22. David, Indiana

    Good evening Sanjay nice to see you sitting in for Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, Sree, Nicole, everyone.

    Though I think the unified command gets not nearly enough credit, it does seem like the Fed Govt and BP are sort of cozy, it does seem like that, but at this pt doesn't BP have to be a responsible partner? Isn't that what should be expected at this point?

    Given the waves of oil coming ashore and in various places now all over the gulf, it is hard to believe that 90 percent of the oil will be picked up by august. How much oil of all the oil spilled is picked up at this point?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  23. Phyllis

    This is where the war is. Bring our boys home and lets find a war on our land. It's embarsassing to be an American. Shame on us.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  24. Nic

    I would like to Thank CNN for all of their coverage on this disaster. I would also love to hear your thoughts on the reports on Chemical and/or Toxic rain?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  25. Sharon Hastings

    Again I want to thank Anderson and all for keeping the spill high priority in the news. I can already see this story slipping away on the other stations. Please keep going. It's a bigger story than ever and a bigger and bigger tragedy every day. We all thought it was the worst thing ever 2 months ago. What would you call it now??? Armageddon for the Gulf.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  26. Ken

    Can anyone tell me why we contuine to PAY BP millions in miltary fuel contracts and they have not done everything they said and the oil still flows!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  27. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Julia Reed is right, Obama has failed to fulfill the promises he made concerning the oil leak, and he doesn't seem to care.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  28. Merl, Ohio

    I feel government and people of power have been driving drunk for many years and the only thing in their eyesight and their thoughts are for their wants to be fulfilled. Their representing the American? Start the healing, bring it to their eyesight. Make them aware of their doings. So that alls wants are fulfilled and we have a future.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  29. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @chris, I usually pooh-pooh conspiracy theories, but the environmentalists have to be looking at this a the way to save the planet.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  30. Sree, Richmond, VA

    I guess regulators facilitate the fact of dropping the ball theory! unless some agency dropped a ball on some issue some day in the past, we would not have regulators trying to control something today!

    But with organizations like MMS involved, dropping the ball is just a plain old standard!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  31. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    The Jefferson Parish councilman (name?) is correct. There is way too cozy a relationship between the government and the oil companies. Now that there is trouble, how does the government take leadership and crack down on these companies? It radically changes their relationship in a weird way. Kind of like parents who "befriend" their kids to find out the authority is long gone.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  32. chris

    Who doesn't want this cleaned up you ask, Sanjay? The US environmental movement. They want this event to be the "three mile island" for the oil industry in the US. You never see anyone from the Sierra Club et al, expressing outrage over this. Yet if one salmon is injured someplace, they are all over the television. Ask yourself why, and then you will know "who doesn't want this cleaned up".

    This entire story has been so buried, I have never seen anything like it. Its totally off the radar of most americans, like it isn't even happening.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  33. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Dr. Gupta! Really glad to see you hosting. Good evening Team 360.

    Hello, David, Isabel, Gabriela, Nichole, Megan, Nancy, Emily, Mike, Casey, Samantha, TN and everyone else.

    Consisten lies from BP. They are interested in getting the oil for profit, no interest or feeling for the Gulf Coast and all of its residents and the millions of animals too.

    Where is Obama??

    July 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  34. Sree, Richmond, VA

    A total of 50,000 layoffs so far and the moratorium on all the wells in the coast. We are running short of 1million barrels a day worth home grown production of oil. Means that much more demand in the market for oil.

    So who do you think is pay for it when the oil prices go up? News is, other countries are buying more oil when its cheap, and 1 yr down the lane, gas can become really expensive based on the lack of supply!

    Will any one help us pay our gas bills down the lane?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  35. JimInCFalls

    Good evening all.

    I agree with Julia, we've known since the first week of the disaster not to trust BP. The federal government is now in charge of the recovery, not BP. So we need to start asking the hard questions of the Obama administration.


    July 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good point..... That happens anyone are so disappointing broken promise... Right now BP are accoutable and liars to us. So I agree with you, Sharon. BP are not honest as well, Keep them Honest!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  37. Linda in Arizona

    It doesn't matter that bp is lying. They own the government. They can do whatever they want to. It's so obvious who is in charge. Don't expect anything else because no matter who knows it, or how blatant they are, nothing can be done when they are the ones calling all the shots. As far as federal oversight, there is none. They're all corporate lackeys starting at the top.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Emily

    Good Point! WHY is this Not being attacked like a war?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Cleanup credibility gap? Since when has BP ever had any credibility...?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  40. Kevin McCary

    Hey Sanjay and fellow bloggers

    July 6, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    We need to organize a search party. Our President and government are missing in action.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  42. Emily

    @Julia Reed,
    The President has been acting like Nothing has been happening on his watch! (Not just this BP spill/gush)

    July 6, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  43. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good evening.
    Good to see you Dr.Sanjay Gupta. Looking forward to tonights show.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Emily

    The #'s
    BP says, "they are what they are"....that's the best that they can say?!
    Just what Are they?
    ALL of the #'s?
    What amount is left in the well? (and the other #'s already mentioned)

    July 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes, Sanjay is doing great job host tonight for Anderson........

    July 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  46. Kenya

    More broken promises from BP...
    Evening Dr. G, Mr. Cooper and to everyone.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Sanjay and everyone. Any BP "promise" means nothing to most of us. They have proved themselves over and over to be unreliable or just plain liars.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  48. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Good evening Sanjay, AC360 Team and fellow bloggers.

    Looking forward to a good show tonight.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Sanjay, (Anderson), Megan, Joe, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, Ed Henry, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Charlotte, Sree, Nancy, others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Hope you have great weekend! 🙂
    Happy Tuesday night!!!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Emily

    Good evening Dr. Gupta, 360 Team, Jo Ann, Mike, David, Megan, Nicole, Isabel, Sree, Starr, Gloria, Sue, Bloggers!

    Glad to see you filling in for Anderson tonight Dr. Gupta – Keeping BP Honest.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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