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. Suzan Marshall

    Let's hear more from the world's scientists, engineers, geologists, and oceanographers who don't work for BP or other oil companies.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  2. Meagan Semmelroth

    Thanks for the response. It is very true that people are probably worried about the repercussions of taking over responsibility. But it is extremely sad that bureaucracy would get in the way of saving our planet.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  3. Libby ~ Anchorage, Alaska

    Wow. That is quite the octopus!! Wonder if he'll get he last game right? 😀

    July 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  4. Michael

    bp will not collect or contain because of a liability to the amount of oil spilled –
    just replace the top flange and add a riser to surface collection

    that would stop leak but indicate true amount – so will not be done –

    go figure – must stop bp –

    July 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  5. lisal -canada

    a psychic octopus – right. wonder who nadia octo-mom is picking to win

    July 7, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  6. Sandy

    What a mess if this plan doesn't work , to stop the well . Gulf of Mexico , filled up with Oil ( poison ) , couldnt swim , boat , fish , nothing in the ocean .

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

    Welcome back!!! Nice see you again.

    Wow!!!! I have seen earthquake in San Diego CA.... I am glad no one hurt or damage. Whew!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  8. Emily

    That's wild...the octopus!
    very creepy to look at. 🙂

    July 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  9. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Can we ask the octopus whether BP spill will be contained?

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    July 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  10. Libby ~ Anchorage, Alaska

    I hope all of you on the East Coast are trying to stay cool! That heatwave sounds unbearable!!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  11. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Let's face it. they can't stop it. Years of oil spewiing. I simply can't believe it what I am hearing

    July 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  12. Michael

    bp will not collect or contain because of a liability to the amount of oil spilled –
    just replace the top flange and add a riser to surface collection

    that would stop leak bu

    July 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  13. Emily

    This is really something, seeing what Tom Foreman is showing us...
    Why are we not seeing this from BP?

    July 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  14. Dan

    Could/should the entire area around the leak site , the riser and cap, water and oil, be frozen with liquid nitrogen, until the relief wells are completed? It could slow the leak if the riser pipe was frozen solid , maybe stop the leak . This is a great idea , please use it .

    July 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  15. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    @ Emily
    It is really sad to hear that Roy is going blind. I wonder if those workers back then signed a release form, somewhat like we do when in a auto accident when you sign off with the insurance company to finalize a claim. It releases them from future liability. Roy probably had fewer symptons at the time. Also kind of like the Vietnam Vets and Agent Orange. It has taken years to discover it in our veterans.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  16. Dana Paykos

    As I am watching tonight's show and learning more and more about the toxic impact of the spill, I am growing ever more disgusted with BP's pathetic performance in their lead role in the clean up. I have been thinking about how different our government's response would be if this were a massive chemical spill occurring on land and directly impacting the health of our citizens. We would not allow a private company to call the shots as to containing the spill and mitigating the damage. How bad will this horrific situation have to get before our government will say, We are Taking Control? Is there a point at which our government can say "We are now in control of all decisions regarding research, containment and mitigation? The stakes are that high!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  17. Richard Springstead MD

    The Doctor you spoke to with BP appeared lawyered up.
    How in the heck can you know the long term effects of this spill on humans if you don't do a physical when hired, with labwork. This is a travesty, how can you track long term exposure without baseline labs and physicals.
    These people are not Robots they are human beings.
    Thanks Sanjay and Riki Ott.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  18. paul

    You are the only show still really covering this crisis the best you are allowed so good job keep it up. I just don't understand stand the lack of urgency from our government on this matter and why BP still gets to Call the shots and also why the media gets pretty much pushed away are they hiding something because we all know their credibility is crap.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  19. Suzan Marshall

    Re: Getting BP to Appear on your Program

    We view this as a declaration of war on the US.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  20. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Of course people are getting sick from this "sick" oil spill! It will wreak havoc for years or decades on the environment. It is already deep into the food chain~ oh BP!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  21. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    If BP wanted they could have executed any one of the millions of ideas they received from every one in general! from nuking to oil cleaning companies, so many worth while suggestions and none for execution.

    You cannot argue with some one who does not understand the language and the interpreter isnt listening. It like blowing a whistle to catch the attention of a deaf and blind person!

    BP I am sure will only do what they think is right! Not what will work for every one or not what will work sooner!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  22. Merl, Ohio

    God please watch over all of our brothers and sisters in the gulf. Let them solve and cleanse Mother Earth.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  23. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

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

    Yes..... I agree..... Sree. Very sad indeed.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  24. Emily

    @Michael Armstrong Sr,
    You've asked some good questions here....
    I wonder what the side effects of this dispersant are also?

    July 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  25. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Of course people are getting sick from this "sick" oil spill! It will wreak havoc for years or decades on the environment. It is already deep into the food chain~

    July 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  26. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, "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..."

    You might be right, but they have been pointing their fingers at people like Thad Allen and organizations like MMS, but never at Obama when he is the one who made those promises to Billy and the other Louisiana officials. Why isn't he getting the heat like Bush did during Katrina?

    July 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  27. Lisa Melbourne Florida

    Where is our Government!!! Much is being hidden from the american public it seems. people of the gulf coast are being poisened and the government seems like it is letting it happen. Corexit, Benzine ect... where are the epa reports on air quality?

    July 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  28. Libby ~ Anchorage, Alaska

    Kelly ~ they've already tried that though (cutting it off at the source). It sounds like the best option are the relief wells they're drilling next to the spill.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  29. David, Indiana

    Good evening Sanjay, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, Sree, Nicole, everyone. A lot to do here, sorry to be late.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  30. Linda Reed

    Where is President Obama and the urgency to get this cleaned up? Who is he listening to regarding this tragedy? Why has the pressure stopped from the other media sources? CNN and especially Anderson Cooper 360 is the only place to get an honest accurate update.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  31. Anthonia-BayArea

    Good Evening Everyone! Great to be back on the blog!

    I hope the BP oil spill will end soon...!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  32. Dan

    What happened to the idea from the "space coast" area , about using magnets to stop the spill? Please follow up on previous "fix " ideas . You ran the story in June.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  33. steven

    why hasn't the press characterized the magnitude of the spill in terms of biblical proportions. Let's be honest, words can't express the horrible nature of this catastrophe.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  34. lisal -canada

    so maybe it IS a virus – that lives in high-pressure deep-water oil – a toxic virus – BP would like that because then it would be 'naturally occurring' and they could blame the toxic virus and call it an 'act of god' making people sick instead of their toxic chemicals.

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

    This devistating gushing oil well during these dark economic times brings to mind another manmade catastrophe during the great depression. The dust bowl. We learned better farming techniques from that but, "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." What will we learn from this? If we survive it. For our ocean hasn't!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  36. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    This oil leak is turning out to be a regular Pandorus Box .

    July 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  37. Philippe

    from Montreal, Quebec. what words can be said, no man made paper can replace nature.i feel they should bankrupt on this, not the end, rebuild them as the first massive clean energy distributor, take the mud, turn into gold. We have to, as humans, one a single small rock in a big galaxy

    in the words of a wise man, increase the peace

    with love, from me

    July 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  38. Carol Wigent

    I wonder–if it is so dreadful as to harm clean-up crews, is it OK to burn it in our engines? Does refining oil make it safer–or just subtly malignant?

    July 7, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  39. Dan

    Why don't they freeze the leak area with liquid nitrogen , until the relief wells are finished? Seems possible to this blue collar dummy.

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

    That was an emotional interview by Drew...how very sad. I feel really bad for Roy. I can't believe that BP would not follow-up on the workers.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  41. Sharon Hastings

    The truth is probably that alot has been known about the negative effects on humans and the environment with an oil spill. However, no one has wanted to focus on this because we need the oil, we live by the oil, we haven't made any move to change our dependence on the oil. Hope we don't die by the oil as so many other wildlife and plants have died. Wake up America!!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  42. JimInCFalls


    I agree, BP is being demonized and that the media in general is not doing a good job of covering the disaster. However, this oil isn't going anywhere and will likely impact the region for years, if not decades.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  43. Ron from PA

    Great report on Exxon! BP is not cooperating with the government or American public and deserves heavy the criticism they are receiving.

    Having said this, since BP is taking many pages out of Exxon's play book from the Exxon Valdez disaster, we do ourself a disservice by not focusing more on the Exxon spill and what we can learn from it.

    The biggest example of this is Exxon's delaying and withholding tactics led them to paying less than $1 billion in federal fines and only a few billion in civil damages to individuals. I am sure that BP studied Exxon's tactics very carefully and they have been a very astute learner.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  44. Libby ~ Anchorage, Alaska

    Meagan, As far as why BP is still the primary party, I think it's because once another agency, organization, company, or government entity takes over, BP could try to take legal action on how much they pay out. Just a hunch after seeing what happened here.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  45. Kelly

    I would like to know, if the United States Navy could offer any suggestions in stopping the spill. Could the U.S. Navy use their submersibles and go down and valve it off. Something has to be done soon, time is wasting away, for our dear gulf region!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  46. Geoff Daly


    Please ask OSHA and EPA why there own rules require respirators when fugitive fumes of a toxic nature are present....read Nalco's MSDS sheets about exposure-ingestion.
    Remember the respiratory system is a chemical plant and we breath in all gases exposed too...EPA only measure individual gases not compounds. So what we take in is filtered into the human internal system via the lungs.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  47. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Bp has their own Dr's in charge. What a joke. Seems like they are running everything in our country...
    I will continue to pray for all who are suffering due to this horrific disaster. .My heart goes out to these people who are getting sick.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  48. Suzan Marshall

    These corporations run the world and are more powerful than governments. Can you explore how We the People can combat this takeover? (I am not a Tea Partier, by the way – just a Citizen of the World.)

    July 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  49. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    I'm glad to hear the clean up workers in the Gulf are being "monitored" but earlier on some of the bloggers who live on the Gulf were saying the smell is horrible (I assume air quality is extremely poor). What about the general populus? Could a slow poisoning be taking place without their knowledge?

    July 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  50. Chevis Necaise

    i live in Pass Christian, MS. We have found out that all of the oil being picked up off the beaches and oil booms will be put in the Pecan Grove land fill in our home town. The oil and booms are being deemed non-hazardous. if they are non haardous why are our waters closed to fishing? can you please explain this or check into it.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
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