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. Emily

    Actions speak louder than words and I'm not seeing many "actions" out of the Obama Admin. (but to sue another State)

    July 6, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  2. Loree on the Florida Panhandle

    Love Her Majesty's hat!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  3. Linda in Arizona

    Oh, sure, it's the environmentalists who are behind the failure of bp and the US government, which bp owns, to stop the oil volcano and implement the cleanup. We know this because they have so much power. What a laugh.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  4. steve perlstein

    Why why is the president busy with az he should be handling the gulf maybe cap and trade is his only concern. Shame on u president

    July 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  5. Elaine from WI

    Kudos and thanks to Anderson Cooper for staying on this, please don't let up. The Midwest is staying tuned to this crisis! To the people of the Gulf – We care!

    What would the difference in response would have been had this oil catastrophe happened hypotheticaly off the coast of New York City, Washington DC or San Francisco? Is it because the Gulf is comprised of many blue collar folks? My guess is this situation would have been treated much differently!

    Lastly, WHY are we not treating this like a war on our soil? Our forefathers would be rolling. Our Washington leaders have failed!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  6. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    70% in AZ agree with the law. 60% nationwide agree with the law. Even 50% of Hispanics agree with the law.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  7. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Arizona is my home state where I was raised and still have family out there. The immigration problem has been an issue for years now. One thing I can say is that law enforcement out there has no time to "profile" anyone. Believe me, there are so many people out there. It's a major metropolitan city that is quite diverse in terms of ethnicity, religion, etc. I definitely feel the borders should be secure (to stop the "coyotes" from bringing the illegals in), but unsure how this should be done.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  8. Loree on the Florida Panhandle

    If they can sue Az then can we sue the Federal Government for not doing it's job on the Oil Spill?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  9. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Why does Sanjay call the 'undocumented immigrants'? They are illegal aliens. That's the legal definition.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  10. vic , nashville tn

    The sheriff will be next political leader from Arizona

    July 6, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  11. Jason Texas

    just annex mexico and they can pay taxes and be here legally

    July 6, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  12. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @David, Indiana – i agree with you post to me.

    In medicine, we were taught that patients recover more quickly and with less trauma when they are educated about the particular condition, treatment course, and any other related issues.

    I sympathize with AZ, but agree that the Federal Gov. needs to be in charge of immigration policy.

    I do however, feel very strongly that Revision of our immigration laws is overdue.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  13. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Most of the people in Arizona agree with the new immigration law..Don't know what the answer is to the immigration issue's,,,,but we have find a way to protect our borders.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  14. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, "It's obscene that the Administration is suing one of the states for doing their job."

    It is a total disgrace.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  15. Mike Kelley

    I have to agree with Julia. There is just no way to understand the continual and vast under-performance by BP and yes, even our government. This just keeps getting more and more huge. I have been warning anyone I could, White house, CNN, the response site, etc. that their approach isn't or wouldn't work, from the 'topkill' to the current cap. If they had, for instance, installed a locking cap (locked to the BOP, somewhere in the vicinity of a million less barrels of oil would be in the water now. They keep saying, "no matter what doesn't work, it will be fixed with the relief wells". What they don't say is that, when and IF the relief wells are in, they still may not be able to stop the flow, unless they have a locked cap installed to restrict the flow from the BOP. When the relief wells are in and the drilling mud is just spewing out from the BOP along with oil, what will 'they' say then???

    July 6, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  16. Chi

    Does the restricted access to oil spill site limit violate a journalist's rights?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  17. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It's obscene that the Administration is suing one of the states for doing their job.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  18. Emily

    Re. Lindsay Lohan... No one is above the law...good that the judge told her that with a sentence of 90 days in jail...she had a chance and blew in by not going to her appointments.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  19. Loree on the Florida Panhandle

    What constitutional recourse do states have if the federal government is not upholding their purview on immigration?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  20. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    If immigration law is solely the federal government's job they need to DO THEIR JOB.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  21. vic , nashville tn

    Arizona Vs Federal government simple math

    IF A= B and B= C there for A= C

    If I take the state law in my hand I will be punished By state
    If state take the federal law they have to be punished

    July 6, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  22. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    I think it's funny that where AC360 is being filmed, there is always some sort of background noise (trains, horns, calliope). Both Anderson and now Sanjay have mentioned this. Too funny... 🙂

    July 6, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  23. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Charlotte & Megan

    I would think that Anderson would Have to take some time off.

    He's been in the Gulf for weeks, surrounded by disaster, frustration, etc. His passion for this story likely means it hits him really hard to see what is going on.

    I know i had to take a 4 week break myself to grieve and calm down.

    I wish Anderson well and hope he can get some "real" rest.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  24. Diana in Sarasota

    Sanjay and Anderson, you make me want to do more. You are an inspiration to us all. Is there a "Save the Gulf" group? I want to help.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  25. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I seriously think CNN needs to look into the possibility that the Obama Administration is deliberately slow rolling stopping the leak to advance it's alternate energy agenda.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  26. Charlotte

    I do not feel sorry for Lindsay. How hard is it to go to class once a week . We all have to go to work all week !!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  27. Jason Texas

    Richard on Texas Coast< I agree keep it coming it is important to have pictures of animals that are hurt during this global disaster containment should be of one of the biggest plans by goverment BP should be on leak

    July 6, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  28. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good for Judge....... Actress Lindsay Lohan land in jail for 90 days starts on July 20Th, she must have back to rehab and counselor. I agree with Judge. She need help right now.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  29. Loree on the Florida Panhandle

    BP staying in business is the 'greater good'? I don't know if we can stand the greater good if that's the case!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  30. Diana in Sarasota

    A commercial fisherman said the fish will migrate in the next month or two down to the Keys and they can't avoid the Loop Current. The fishing and seafood industry on the Gulf supplies 30% of our nations supply. What will happen if the Oil is in the Loop Current when the fish migrate?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  31. Dr. Stuart Scheckner

    Besides the mental effects of the Gulf oil disaster, I do not hear anything regarding the potential health effects of the oil on the public. The workers trying to contain the oil have already been reported suffering from the oil fumes. However, this is only part of the potential health disaster. As the oil contaminates more of the Gulf, a storm and strong winds will send a silent toxic invisible plume over the residents of the Gulf. We have to be on the watch and monitor toxic pollutants in coastal area and perhaps further inland. The long term health effects on residents could be insidious and long term. Even the slightest increase of toxic materials in the air will have an effect on the most susceptible. Leading scientists should give opinion on this without political interference.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  32. Emily

    Aside from Business, how many mail is posted anymore?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  33. Jan from Texas coast

    I would question any diagnosis from a BP clinic.... whose best interest do THEY have at heart?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  34. David, Indiana

    @Starr, Yes work is important to the psyche the soul, so having one's work interrupted by a disaster with problems in cooperation

    One thing that helps people relieve stress is having an accurate assessment of the big picture. The negatives and the positives.

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

    I WANT to stop all that heat! ...and that's a bad thing?! ahh 🙁
    What about all the humidity?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  36. Richard on the Texas coast

    To the folks at CNN...Please keep the photos of the wildlife coming. People need to see the heartbreaking effects of this mess. If the Coast Guard won't let you get close, get some super zoom lenses (I'm thinking NFL HD type cameras that can zoom in on faces of players.) And keep visiting the wildlife rehabilitation centers - we need to keep hope alive, as well. Thanks!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  37. Loree on the Florida Panhandle

    @Merl, Ohio

    You clean up a continuing leak by overwhelming force. You clean faster than it leaks. You contain it to the area you want it to stay in.

    The problem is BP and/or the government don't want to do what it takes to get ahead of this leak, contain it and overwhelm it. Why is anybody's guess. I guess only God knows.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  38. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I am very concerned for the gentleman who is going blind.

    Petrochemical substances and especially thick crude oil has been known in the medical community to be very toxic.

    All persons working in the Gulf spill need goggles as well as good masks and the hazmat suits.

    Again, BP appears to be working by attrition. If people die, no medical expenses likely to be paid, lesser amt. to the family. BP mostly hoping that the people move away from the area. It will be years and years before a court makes any awards to anyone.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  39. Jason in PDX


    I agree about a lot of what you said but have some issues with people just sitting around. If it were your lively hood wouldn't it be tough for you to go to the soup kitchen and volunteer? It would probably be more productive but it would be hard to be away from the front line and maybe have a chance of helping your industry. It is also hard to arrange your own therapy when you can't pay for it. Not everyone has a church to go to.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Oh boy!!!!! Hurricane are coming to Mexico and East coasts are having heatwave above 100's degrees!!! Yikes! Thanks Chad, Sanjay is also right, Please keep drink water all times and use cool air your health. could have heatstroke.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  41. Chi

    Re Mental health a major concern: Please keep BP honest, AC360.

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

    My kids and I watcted tv for 2,hours today and we saw the bp commerial 8 times!!!!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  43. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    In a strange way, another storm system traveling in the same direction as Hurricane Alex is somewhat helpful for not stirring up the oil spill area. However, not to the residents of Northern Mexico and South Texas.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  44. Merl, Ohio

    Civil servent, ring a bell to anybody? We the people...

    July 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  45. Jeanie, Houston, TX

    Something definitely needs to be done to reduce some of the red-tape that is holding up the people that have skimmers and the expertise to help in the clean-up efforts.

    I know of a consulting company that has the ability to provide numerous skimmers. They apparently had someone with BP say they were interested in using the skimmers, but then the Coast Guard was saying that they couldn't be used because they weren't "proven" to work.
    So, they have had these skimmers sitting in the water just waiting to get "approval" to be used. I think in a disaster situation like this, that the people capable of gettting in there to help should not be held up as they are.

    This company needs some coverage so they can show what they have just sitting there waiting for someone's approval before it can be put to use. I have the contact information for those that are managing these skimmers, if someone would like to give these guys some coverage.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  46. Alsy

    Is there a possibility that there is more than one leak further down the well?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  47. Wade

    I guess our president is showing his new strategy.Ignore the situation,and it will go away.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  48. Victoria in Missouri

    What an interesting take on the environmental movement. We certainly haven't heard from them
    Thanks for the idea.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  49. Sharon Hastings

    Yes, BP does have the government over a barrel. Alot of barrels of oil. What is bigger than big oil?? Of all the things the government could be doing now, they decide to sue Arizona???

    July 6, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  50. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Funny how it's safe to embed reporters during the invasion of Iraq but not go out and film in some oil.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
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