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. Diana in Sarasota

    I'm concerned about the safety of the Manatees and Dolphins and Sea Turtles. They are the stuff of our childrens dreams. CNN said today the spill could reach the Keys. That is past the Bradenton-Sarasota area where the Manatees come in and Sea Turtles lay their eggs. We must stop the oil now! We need to fire BP now! Our government should takeover and consult the Netherlands and other countries with experience to solve the problem-or just close the valves in the Cap (hit it with the Rover again)!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree yours!!!!! (Yes, Anderson is....... miss him all week) 🙁

    July 6, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  3. Loree on the Florida Panhandle

    Where are the oil company experts? I understand BP's people won't talk, but why won't the others?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  4. Merl, Ohio

    How much life can live in the ocean and how much life has died in the ocean unseen and never noticed? Like the American people , not being noticed and accepted by our government.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  5. Steve

    The government is just looking out for the greater good for the most people. That happens to be BP staying in business; not the people of the gulf getting made right. If BP goes under, the whole world economy, which is already hurt, will crumble. Ken Feinberg himself said that BP going under would be a horror. But guess what: He's Resigning?! I wonder why!!?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  6. Brad - NEOhio

    If this catastrophe were happening in Nantuckette or Martha's Vineyard or DC, anywhere the bulk of regulators and lawmakers live & "play", you can bet your bottom dollar the response would be far different! The culpability rests with BP, and also those in DC starting from the top down!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am really concern fishies and wildlife's so bad....... I am thinking about whales, dolphins, pelicans and birds....... I hope volunteers are helping mammals right now.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  8. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I am dumbfounded that Fish & Wildlife thought there would be little damage to the animals, ecosystem, grasses!

    The week the explosion, even I knew how bad the invasion of the oil could be. When nothing was done in the 1st 4 weeks i was then certain that we would be looking at an unmitigated disaster for the animals, ecosytem and the entire body of water (not to mention the people)

    July 6, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  9. Emily

    That's a huge conflict of interest!
    Reporting to BP's health clinics....

    July 6, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  10. Victoria in Missouri

    Big Business Big Government are no good

    July 6, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  11. Jan from Texas coast

    as a therapist by training , I assure you there is lots of PTSD and despression hitting. It is interesting they said "not for profit" organizations they gave money to - but did not offer to bring in therapists who cannot afford to volunteer because they have to also make a living, but have expertise.

    As to the wildlife - the NEW numbers for "toxicity" for Corexit have changed. They now rule it as "non-toxic" -- the definition of toxicity is : if it kills 50% of the wildlife within 48 hours..... get that, 50% have to DIE for something to be considered TOXIC...... prior to this time, EPA had rated this Corexit as "toxic".... 20 times more toxic than the "sponge" the Army Corp uses....

    July 6, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  12. Emily

    This looks like an emotional interview here w/Roy.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  13. jimmie castello

    The heads of all these agencies are put in place by political favor. They are not capable of the jobs they are given . And they are given not earned. They are protected by the administrations that put them in these positions and the American people can do nothing about it.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  14. Jason

    complain about skimmers i know a guy in ms has one and no one will talk to him about it BP keeps saying we will look at it

    July 6, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  15. Loree on the Florida Panhandle

    how can the coast guard keep press out? freedom of the press, it's in the constitution!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  16. Emily

    What about the dispersants?
    What kind of damage are they doing?
    Does anyone know?
    They really are 'disturbing' to look at!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  17. Mary West

    A topic that I've only heard on radio but more on the internet, is
    the powerful pressure of methane gas and possible fissures on
    the ocean floor...this combination could cause what they are calling
    an oil spill "tsunami."

    I think there could be merit in this theory and I think you should
    be investigating this with scientist and physist.

    Please continue to help us CNN.....our country needs you more now than ever before. Our Government is crumbling and the country's problems are getting worse by the day. Mary

    July 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  18. Amanda

    Hmm... now they wont let us take pictures to document this disaster??! Wow... seems like they are trying harder and harder to sweep this under the rug and act to the american people that they have things under control....
    The pictures are what makes people stop and realize that this is not going away, and we all need to band together and help out down there in any way we can. This is such a mess.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  19. marilyn

    President Obama has let us down. BP is running this show.

    Looks like Obama will be a "one" term President.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  20. Sue R. Canton MI.

    The emotional impact of this disaster is taking it toll on too many.
    It wont make it go away ,,but it sure would help emotionally if our Fed.Government and BP showed they were on the side of the people and the environment.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  21. Merl, Ohio

    We the people should've never left any environmental disaster happen, for we are the caretakers of Mother Earth. Think before we put our wallet in front of our eyes.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  22. Loree on the Florida Panhandle

    @David, Indiana

    pennies on the dollar is the total amount of oil collected, with 1 million barrels still floating in the gulf.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  23. Charlotte

    I worry about the wildlife for the years to come!!!!!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  24. David, Indiana

    @Starr Possibly not having to go through the thorough review of all potential environmental impacts leads to BP not being more responsible and responsive. This is just the pt where govt can apply pressure.

    It is good that all the not for profits are getting funding from BP, but clearly Louisana counseling programs could use that help too. What is the hold up?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  25. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The Coast Guard is restricting access because the pictures make the Administration look bad for doing nothing.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  26. sue

    Good evening Sanjay,

    I would like to see you do more research on methane gas problems as well as the other toxic gas that is released along with the methane and the possible health problems that could be incurred by people breathing this on the coast. Could this have something to do with the 65 ft. set back and $40,000 fines? I would like to hear more from a geologist and chemist point of view on your program. Some of these gases have a 4 part per million toxcicity to humans. I imagine the reports will show a much higher number. Iam afraid that this may be the sleeping dragon and we can use all the help we can get from you and Anderson. Thank you.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  27. Merl, Ohio

    How can you clean up a steady leak? You can only maintain any cleaning until the leak is stopped. Then you can clean up, but mankind can never create life in the ocean

    July 6, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  28. Marie, Burbank, Ca

    I second the thought "Where is Obama." I know that he was at Camp David for the weekend. I can only hope that he is planning a vacation to the Gulf this summer to support the people there, instead of going to Martha's Vineyard. Why are the people of the Gulf being stranded and tangled with red tape?Is there a hidden agenda? We should have all forces out to assist the people, animals, water, and marshes of the Gulf. This is an ecological catastrophe. Why doesn't Obama get it? We need to save our Nation.

    Anderson, thanks again for the great reporting. I think that CNN should receive an award for the coverage of this disaster.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  29. Emily

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

    It's only going to get worse...to think of all that area has been through...and they don't seem to be getting the support from the Gov.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Lori on the coast. Miss.

    This president is no leader. He is totally asleep at the wheel. But I do have faith in the American people. They may not admit they made a mistake by giving him a chance, but, they must see his extreme failures to deliver.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  31. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @David, Indiana

    Dr. Gupta mentioned the total amount of oil collected, but i can't remember the number, but it was not much.

    Maybe another blogger remembers the amt. and will post it to you.

    I remain absolutely astonished that Obama has done NOthing so far with the oil spill. Apparently, oil companys are in charge of the world, not our government.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  32. Steve Salsbury

    I believe Obama is doing little to nothing to clean up the oil. It is in his plan to discredit oil to move forward will his new energy wish list. The worse mess in the Gulf, the easier it is to convince people of his new plans. However, it is back firing in his face. He is only showing how week and uncaring of a man he is. He is only concerened with what he wants and screw everyone else.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  33. Shelia Goodson

    Imagine for an instant this disaster had actually been caused by an act of terrorism on one of our oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and there was no BP to blame or compensate for the clean up of our environment nor compensate all the people whose lives would be changed forever...What would President Obama do?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  34. Cat

    Also, why aren't we seeing the oil that is spewing in the other location about 10 miles away> Again, is this BP/govt. only showing us what they want us to see?
    Why no talk about the rig at relief well #1 where the workers were issued gas masks because of the methane and they closed deck #1.
    I think BP/govt. knows it is much, much worse than what they are telling us. That they don't have an answer to all the problems and are too scared to tell people for fear of panic.
    And if BP is so concerned and willing to pay every last cent to make this right, have they been so busy snapping up the best legal teams in the country?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  35. Mary West

    The President is ignoring the biggest disaster in the nation's history
    and now it affects 5 states.

    What can we do as people who need the President to use his
    political power to expedite the resources and manpower we need
    to save us ! We have been crying out for over 2 months now and
    it's only getting worse and will continue....

    Please continue to educate America that this affects "all" of
    America. CNN, please continue to help us as you have....there is something ethically and politically "wrong" with us drowning in this sea of oil.

    God bless..... Mary

    July 6, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA


    What about the methane gas?

    Yes, There is possible methane gas.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  37. Sree, Richmond, VA

    This is the first incident in my life, which I am not really clear about! I dont know whether i should be an optimist or a pessimist.

    I dont want to be a pessimist because, I will be negative about the situation and will miss every tiny positive thing that could happen.

    I dont want to be an optimist because I could live in never ending fiction.

    And its very hard to stay balanced and keep your head straight! So much of information out there and so little that we can comprehend

    July 6, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  38. Charlotte

    Hello everyone!!!!! I miss Anderson I hope he s having a good vacation!!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  39. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    If there is any silver lining to this, it's that many have learned what kind of person they elected President in 2008.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  40. susans

    Heartfelt thanks to the Gulf Coast residents and all those who have stepped up and helped try to contain this disaster on day 78!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  41. jimmie castello

    The spill isn’t being cleaned yet because the people who are going to make money on this haven’t been picked yet. As soon as the pie is divided something will being to happen. Welcome to Louisiana politics. Even the federal offices are corrupt. In parishes that only have 65,000 registered voters you can buy the vote. Demigods hold offices here for years because no body cares what’s going on in Louisiana. This is our three hundred year history. Collusion between government and business.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  42. Barbara Ann Levy

    As an observer from West Palm Beach, Florida and a therapist in the state of NY, I find the absence of urgency about the "explosion" in the Gulf by the federal government, Army Corps of Engineers, etc.. disgraceful, and shocking. Skimmers etc should be in place without question. There seems a hidden collusion with big oil by our federal government. I am shocked that Obama does not address us regularly about this; every week. The system of it all seems incestuous. BP provides our wars in the Middle East. Their history and former connection to Iran.....hm....BP's silent disregard is outrageous.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  43. Lori on the coast. Miss.

    You don't have to be a fisherman to get depressed over the devastating effects on our environment. Keep in mind, it is not happening, now. The real effects are coming much later.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  44. Regina

    I am calling the White House tomorrow, to insist that the administration use the power and authority it has to bring all resources possible, to suspend whatever laws and regulations necessary, and to begin the end of the national disaster now taking place in the Gulf. I suggest everyone do the same!
    If the president fails to act, it will certainly be hard to imagine that there is not some sort of agenda. Too many local leaders in the Gulf have described too many problems which the federal govenment could be, but is not, addressing.
    If anyone wanted to weaken the United States, further our economic distress, and cause our resources to go down the drain, this disaster would be just the ticket....

    July 6, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  45. Jason in PDX

    I think it is funny that John is complaining their isn't enough government action. The minute the government tries to bring in any regulation on oil companies I'm sure John is standing with big oil. Nothing will change until we change campaign finance reform. Small oil spills or this giant one. Big money is always in control.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  46. Nick

    Anderson and his team have done a great job in presenting the facts, from which I can deduce only one explanation: BP has the Federal Government over a barrel. One can envisage that they would have said

    "Do not sue or penalize us to the point where our business in the US is no longer viable or we will walk. In other words we fix it our way or it's the highway and then you will have to fix it yourself."

    This is the only explanation I can see for the government's lack of action on so many fronts. That's what I would have done if I was BP. I would have given a lot to be a fly on the wall at that White house meeting between the Chairman of BP (of "Little People" fame) and the Cabinet.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  47. Tom

    In reference to the depression about fishermen and others out of work; what if the federal government employed those who have lost jobs in the gulf due to the oil spill to help clean up the mess? The government could take the credit for something good that they want; unemployed people will be able to work for what they care about, and BP would be able to point to support for the effort in a humanitarian way if they kicked in the reparations funds to help support the effort. They could create a new section of Americorp to manage the clean up.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Oh my goodness, poor families have bad health due oil spill leaks, My heart goes to them........ I was so concern for them.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  49. Morgan Cooper

    I think as we the people in Louisiana, we should just tell BP and the government that were going to take this matter into our own hands. I have been trying to volunteer and help, and they just say sit back and be patient! Be patient?!? What are ya'll doing? Absolutely nothing. I think we should go out into the Gulf and clean the oil up ourselves. It wouldn't be much, but anything helps.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  50. Merl, Ohio

    Place income or expense in front of environmental disaster is not the answer. We still have to deal with a disaster along with preventing any other disasters happening ever again.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
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