July 7th, 2010
09:48 PM ET

Dead Oysters: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, dead oyster found in the Gulf.  Plus, a BP doctor talks about the injuries and illnesses he's seeing on the job.

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  1. Bobby Ray

    Again – forget who pays what when – the guy from UCSB and his team require a very small amount in the grand picture. We are getting distracted by the who's who in the zoo of responsibility and action. Get the job done by those who can do it – field people...

    July 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  2. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Great report by Drew, but no matter how closely they monitor these workers they can never be certain of the long term effects of something like this. They don't know enough about these dispersants.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "I would like to see AC or Sanjay interrogate members of the Obama administration about this."

    I remember seeing Randi Kaye's report on Monday, and a Gov. office was closed for the holiday! Perhaps they are getting the run around, if they are trying...

    July 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  4. JimInCFalls

    @Sherry German

    I hope your family is alright. For certain they should contact their physician.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  5. Michael

    This spill is stressing me out. I need to sue BP for mental anguish. Whole world should sue for damage to the worlds ocean.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  6. Suzan Marshall

    Republicans, Democrats, and Independents are suffering. Can the rest of the country pull together to help them?

    July 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Is there a possibility of an unknown bacteria that could be hidden away in that oil for millions of years .

    July 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  8. rusty cranford

    why are we not seriously talking about blowing upthe well.This is a tried solution the wells which erupt. The government needs to ersue this. It is our site, we only leased itto them

    July 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  9. chris

    Indeed JoAnn, that is exactly it. BP is to be demonized for sure, but there is no way they could issue these kinds of mandates to control the situation down there, without the complete agreement of the federal agencies – and they have that.

    The adminsitration is running out the clock – this story is totally off the air everywhere except CNN. The relief well will be done in about 3 weeks, the president will fly down there when its done and declare "we have fixed it", and this story will be over. The drilling ban will be permanent.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Geoff Daly

    Please ask the BP Doctor about the Tulane University findings by Dr Erin Gray about the Corexit found in the food chain and also now in Apalachcola Bay.
    Has he read the mid 1970's Corexit report on the Neuro Toxin effect on Wildlife in Europe and the Exxon Valdez acccident in 1989...what about Humans...Nalco's MSDS warns of ingestion. Please have a full comment given.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Connie

    I just listened to Dr. Sonja Gupta's discussion with Congressman Mackey about BP's refusal to comment on the letter he sent to them regarding the team of scientists who want to study exactly what the oil spill is doing to the gulf. The Scientist who sent the request directly to BP has also heard nothing from them. I don't know why BP cannot be demanded to respond to the letters sent to them. Who is in control here. I say start the research and send the bill to BP.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  12. Meagan Semmelroth

    As Samantha said above, why is BP still in charge? Can we, the people, not take over and put the experts in charge? Why are we still sitting around waiting for BP to do something when we know that they do not want to? I do not know the red tape behind this, but with the extreme damage that is being caused, can we not cut through it to save our environment and try to improve our situation?

    July 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  13. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    If we people who are thousands of miles away from the incident are this distressed, I wonder how bad the people directly impacted because of the incident are!

    The very living of millions of people comes straight into jeopardy because of some few people who did not do their job!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  14. Bobby Ray

    Comments closed on Gupta's issue – My comment – forget the billions in per gallon penalties if it gives BP the power to withhold permission for scientists to explore the oil leak. US Gov't needs to pay the slight millions scientists need and get the job down now! Pass the buck and collect the buck later – not while the ocean floor is leaking. What are you thinking?

    July 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  15. Sandy

    I don't believe a word BP says , they Lie . The government should of had restrictions years ago . Lobbist must be paying someone off, in Washington DC . To save them $$$$$ look what happened , never had a backup plan , nor do they care for those in the Gulf , BP only thinks of thereselves , there proof on that . BP should pay for the entire cost , they're at fault . What does BP have to HIDE , not to go on TV and talk to Anderson Cooper ???
    BP destroyed everything in the Gulf of Mexico , everything , this reminds me of a Terrorist or are they ????

    July 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  16. Sherry German

    My daughter and grandson, age 2 1/2, live in Pensacola Florida. They have both been sick. My daughter said that a virus has been going around. Should I have her send the child to family away from Pensacola?

    July 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  17. Benoit

    For 8 millions dollars the gov is waiting for BP to pay to find out how many barrels!!! Really, I think it's time to take over from BP and make them pay

    July 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  18. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, "He's not afraid to appear in AC360!"

    Hi Emily. I would like to see AC or Sanjay interrogate members of the Obama administration about this. I wonder why they are getting a pass.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  19. Sue R. Canton MI.

    This is what is concerning to everyone. There are so many experts wanting to help with this disaster,,,yet most are being turned away.
    Been hearing this for a long time and it's scary.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  20. Larry Clark

    Why have they stopped publishing air quality data along the gulf since levels of 3000-4000 ppb of benzene were reported in New Orleans. Those are citizens that will be seriously affected.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  21. Sharon Hastings

    I'm very worried about the recent news you reported on today Sanjay concerning the workers already being treated for serious health problems. Now I'm wondering how toxic the spill really is along with the dispersants. This is like the worst horror movie except it's true.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  22. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Does the good doctor still feel that the seafood is safe to eat .

    July 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  23. Libby ~ Anchorage, Alaska

    Merl, it's really a bummer isn't it? I saw on CNN that in 2007, US Fish & Wildlife signed off on BP's report that the Deepwater Horizon poses little to nothing as far as a threat to area wildlife. Wow.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  24. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    I think that we are seeing more & more, just how much the oil companies and the Gov. are really together! The people (& environment) don't seem to matter at all!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  25. John bAuda

    What are the chances
    The relief well may fail and why have we not heard about using a detonation to shut the well; is this not an option?

    July 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  26. Merl, Ohio

    To my understanding of government from the President on down, all are cival servants. So who's supposed to answer to who? I've been lost for 51 yrs.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  27. joe

    How does the govt expect to be able to appropriately fine BP if they wont get in there and measure the flow of oil?

    The federal govt is being negligent in their responsiblity to the American People. They need to get in there.

    There is a lack of leadership in the federal govt in driving this issue, besides the drilling which BP is directly responsible for.

    Congressman Markey has a nice bark, but his bite has not gotten much done.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  28. JimInCFalls

    @Jim Yerxa

    The Obama adminstration is in charge, but they are cleverly shielding themselves by directing the public's anger at BP.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  29. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Just where are the clean up workers taking the tar balls, dead animals and such? To a normal landfill? Are they being burned or buried? This could explain some of the health issues depending upon how they dispose of such. Toxic thrown aside is still toxic. This could be a good story to hear.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  30. Emily

    @Libby ~ Anchorage, Alaska,
    "Kudos to Congressman Ed Markey"

    He's not afraid to appear in AC360!
    It's good to see him again.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  31. Emily

    "Hoping for a great show tonight!"
    It should be very information...very sad to read that dead oyster were found in the Gulf.

    Should be interesting to hear what Dr. Gupta has to say about the medical issues too.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  32. Jim Yerxa


    I dont get it – this is the tail wagging the dog. When is the US going to wake up and take this over from BP (one way or the other) – who cares about the lawyers! Do what is right for the Americas and take this out of the hands of BP!!! My 7 year old daughter is up late tonight and she – at 7 – asked why are the people who broke it "fixing" the problem!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  33. Libby ~ Anchorage, Alaska

    Congressman Markey should take over as Incident Commander! 🙂

    July 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  34. Merl, Ohio

    27,000 abandoned wells in the gulf. Dispite warnings of leaks, government and industry officials have never bothered to assess the extent of the problem. That means no one really knows how many abandoned wells are leaking and how badly. Face it, steel casing and concrete to seal well. Horizon was sealed with concrete.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes...... That is true..... They are processing right now. but they are not helping anything to do now.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    BP can only shut the scientists out if the Obama administration allows them to do it, so it shares the blame.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  37. JimInCFalls

    "BP is shutting scientists out" –
    "BP Silence" –

    These leads are misleading. It is the Coast Guard (i.e., federal government) that is locking people out. I watched some footage earlier today where the coast guard was turning reporters away from areas where there was oil damage along the LA coast.

    I think everyone understands that BP is at fault. However, the governments response has been horrible. Please keep the government honest.


    July 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  38. Emily

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

    Good to see you again Dr. Gupta.
    So, BP turned down an interview with you too? Surprise, surprise!!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good evening
    Good to see you back again Sanjay. Hope Anderson is getting a well needed rest.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  40. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Again, why is BP calling the shots? Now to turn away the experts who work in this field day in and day out. Are the legal ramifications for BP so hindering their common sense of using all available and reliable resources so this disaster can end? Litigation is down the road and I think unavoidable, but where is their sense of teamwork? Can the experts go to the government agencies for help? Obviously not...

    July 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  41. Merl, Ohio

    The General Accountability Office, which investigates for Congress, warned as early as 1994 that leaks from offshore abandoned wells could cause "environmental disaster" killing marine life. In a lengthy report GAO pressed for inspections of abandoned wells, but nothing came of the recommendations.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  42. JimInCFalls

    Good evening everyone.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  43. Libby ~ Anchorage, Alaska

    ~~ Good evening ~~

    Kudos to Congressman Ed Markey. What an incredible job he's been doing since this oil disaster began. I'm glad Dr. Gupta mentioned him!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  44. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Sanjay and everyone. It's been no secret that BP is resisting all efforts to allow independent access to measure or test anything. Sadly, I feel we will have ample opportunity for a very long time to test the impact of this oil spill on our environment.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  45. Cessy - Chicago

    good evening, everyone!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I dont know why BP is so tight with the purse right now when they could be helping so much with the people and their reputation.

    Tony is going around the world looking for $$$ but he cannot help pay for peanuts (for them) that are more than life savers for us.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Good Evening Anderson, Sanjay, AC360 Team, Megan, Starr, Emily, Jo Ann, Sue, David, Nicole, Gloria, Heather, Di, Samantha and other bloggers!

    Hoping for a great show tonight!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Good evening Sanjay, AC360 Team and fellow bloggers.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo 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! 😀

    July 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Kim

    We're watching this and reading it but it's like so horrible and why is it taking so long to get moving on skimmers cleaning up this oil ? They can't stop this oil spill can they ? We heard today the relief wells didn't work and is that true ?

    July 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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