July 14th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

BP Prepares to Test New Cap: Join the Live Chat

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Anderson is back in the Gulf tonight and has breaking developments on the plan to test the new containment cap in the Gulf of Mexico. Plus, the raw politics of the NAACP's resolution blasting Tea Party 'racism' and more.

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  1. Sharon Hastings

    Anderson, you and your team were doing important reporting back in Haiti but you own this story and it's good to see you back for these important events.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  2. Merl, Ohio

    Are they still injecting dispersants at the well site?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Chris, There must be a private test site some where, using which BP must be able to replicate a lot of similarities within the weak.

    An oil well once dug up could live for years and that would mean that the casing, pipes and everything else must be rigid.

    Why would not any one look at the data before you took the old cap off and if you had a mock site, cannot this be easier?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  4. Tracy Brown - Canada

    I'm getting a bit tired of everyone ragging on BP all the time. In truth, the last time an oil well blew up in the gulf, and it was in Mexico, it took more than a year to cap the well. If they can get this new cap to work as they hope, it will be record time and an unbelievable feat. I think the reason they don't release information on a "minute by minute" basis is that the situation is likely very fluid. They would just have to retract stuff all the time and then people would be even more angry.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  5. Alan Dixon - N.O. La.

    Glad you are back, we won't miss a show now that you are back. Please stay with us we need your support more than ever

    July 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  6. Deb

    @Sam...hmmm. Your information would suggest that the flow at that pressure 5-8000 psi has decimated the well. (?)

    July 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  7. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    If BP had tried al along to keep the public informed they would be held in much better light.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  8. Jan-FL.

    I'd like to know why they continue using the corexit. And I'd like to see regular air monitoring made public. Also, where are the sonar results for the ocean floor? Why is the public not aware of what to do if this things blows?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  9. Andre

    what is the white liquid coming from one of the pipes?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  10. Isabel

    The horrific environmental disaster filled with polluting the waters of the Gulf of Mexico has many lessons for us and for me as a Brazilian. The most important is we must better prepare for the risk of events like this with containment programs and think about the "Brazil pre-salt" which is deeper.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  11. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    This whole area should be posted off limits to drilling the earth has been damaged the tower is listing and its to damd top heavy seal this well and forget trying to make a profit .

    July 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  12. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Sree, VA

    You have raised excellent points. We can only pray that by some miracle, BP got it right.

    Billy, my hero. He's right, it will take years for clean up. In fact, we don't even know if the ecosystem has been permenently altered.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  13. Nicole-Clearwater

    While watching the beginning of the shut off of the first valve there was a very clear leak coming from one of the lines. Has this been repaired? Cams pulled off of it right away and have not returned to that angle since

    July 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  14. Smith in Oregon

    2,000 PSI is a common maximum pressure on the pipes and tubes being used. 5,000 PSI would exceed the burst strength of a single riser pipe which was the sensible and rational explanation and excuse given by BP spokespersons to those asking why not just a single pipe on the new riser.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  15. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    By the way, when a surgery is being performed, the doctor does not cut up the body into pieces before they figure out where the ulcer is...the doctor will wait for each and every piece of the surgery and only then will nip and tuck!

    Why is this plain common sense missing?

    Its still a caveat with too many if's and hopes that things will work!

    Engineers probably are hitting their heads against the wall for lack of comprehension

    July 14, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  16. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    At this point, I don't care if they put a board over that oil well! Stop it, enough is enough!

    July 14, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  17. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    I feel BP is crossing their fingers in hopes that this works. Again, trial and error operations in the modus operandi...and they stopped drilling the relief wells?! This could be a long summer...

    July 14, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  18. Martina

    Question: BP is not doing the "mud" injection to completely seal off and no longer use this well. Are we depending on a choke valve? Does the choke valve have a back up. Can someone help me understand this?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Merl, Ohio

    Can anyone tell me how much oil the U.S. receives from all gulf coast drillings? And is it worth it?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  20. Linda in Arizona

    To James Carville: YES!!! Why not TELL bp what to do, and what to disclose? Why not? Better ask the Obama administration. Maybe they can find out, but I doubt it. BP has been in charge from day ONE.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  21. William Gilbert

    BP's search for leak solutions from the public is a SCAM. There are no diagrams with measurements on BP's website. I searched and called BP. On the phone, when I asked for direction to a diagram with measurements, they said "there is no diagram with measurements, please send us your ideas". He said "they have received 150,000 ideas that don't work". How can you solve a problem without no details? They are lying through their teeth. Why? I don't know.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  22. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Dianne, I agree. There is no clear answer from BP at all and I dont think anyone will ever get one from the. Its clear though they they do not have any plans and are just going day by day and coming up with nothing

    July 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  23. Chris

    @Sree – they are not testing the new cap they are testing the casing that was already in place to see if it can withstand the well pressure. The old cap did not let them test this as the seal was not good enough

    July 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  24. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Great animation and explanation by Chad.

    I agree with you Anderson, BP would do well to provide education to the American people.

    Finally, some good news for the locals, let's pray.

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

    I do hope and pray that this plan works. There has been so much damage done already,, that I know I won't see this cleaned up in my lifetime. Its a sad thought.

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

    Hello everyone......
    Nice see you again tonight......

    July 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  27. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    Wow! There is no need for a BP person explaining things. Cand Meyers made it easy to understand.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  28. Eliza

    Good Evening,
    I thought the team was still in Haiti. Please don't forget the people there. But I am happy to see you in the Gulf covering the spill.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  29. Merl, Ohio

    BPs attempt to have 5 hookups to retrieve oil instead of sealing well looks like it's still giving them complications. I don't feel they were ever attempting to seal.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  30. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    You cannot think, assume or second guess on a situation that's already implemented. The pressure, current, leak and everything else should be positively tested and the contingency plans must be ready!

    Every task from the old cap to the new cap must be on a minute-by-minute schedule and with all risks (that are probably way out of imagination) measured.

    In IT we do this for a project for 100$ and for so many billions, there is no mock testing, schedule, contingency, risk or a plan!!!!

    July 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good point there, I agree yours, They could not have interview as well. They had no comment as well.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  32. Heather - Spokane, WA

    From what the video of the gusher shows it doesnt look like the new 'cap' is working

    July 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  33. Cessy- Chicago

    Hello! to you wonderful AC360 fans and amazing hardworking staff! Great to see you back tonight, Anderson 🙂

    on BP oil leak: this is really frustrating

    July 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  34. Smith in Oregon

    2,000 PSI is a hard core pressure washer, 5-8,000 PSI is used commercially to cut thick plate steel using water and sand. 13,000 PSI was determined by the Cameron Team of experts on the outflow earlier. I hope this put's such pressures into a understood and more common framework.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Amanda

    Billy N.! I love him. I think he has done so much for his Parish. I can see his pain and anguish and he is so nice to come on to AC360 and talk with Anderson every night. He lets me know what it is like to be in the devastation. I want him to know he is not alone. We all feel for him when he is talking about his frustrations. Just let him protect his parish, I dont get why they arent letting him.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  36. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. I'm scared about all of this. I heard today that one fear is that the pressure will blow up, blow out, or rupture the well and this could result in the Gulf becoming a dead sea.
    No one really knows if this will work. I'm glad they"re being cautious but it's still an experiment.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Dianne

    Hey Anderson, you were just saying that the BP people aren't sure if this cap is going to work....well my guess is they are flying by the seat o their pants. After all, do you remember their contingency plan? It sounded very flimsy to me..anyone else agree?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Sue R. Canton MI.

    @ Sree,,,Good questions. You know we won't get answers like that from BP though.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I don't know why BP think that there are safe interviews! They can't run, and they can't hide from the true.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  40. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening everyone

    July 14, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  41. Isabel

    Good evening Anderson, friends and bloggers!

    @ Anderson Cooper

    It's great to have him covering the disaster in the Gulf personally again. Welcome back to the Gulf!

    July 14, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  42. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good evening.

    Looking forward to tonights show.
    Nice to see you back in the Gulf Anderson.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  43. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson & entire team 360 in the field and in studio.
    Anderson you are everywhere!

    Hi, David, Isabel, Gabriela, Nichole, Nancy, Emily, Megan, oAnn, N. Royalton, Mike, Casey, everyone.....

    I remain under whelmed with BP and its' actions.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    This approach to implement and test seems backward. Why would have they not had a mock test of some sort to understand the pressure before ripping the old cap off and putting on the new one?

    This just seems so backward! If you have 3 months to put the new cap on, then you must have tested it with various volumes and all, before you ripped the old cap off. How can you put the new cap on the well and then at that point be not sure?

    Arent the plans being approved in advance? Why after the install?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Anderson is right now back to Gulf tonight. 🙂

    July 14, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    Do you think Anderson is gonna get his request for assistance in commentary as to what is happening in real time? Of course not.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Paula, Colorado

    Hi–it's great to see you back in the Gulf!
    I hope the new containment cap is a success.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Good evening Anderson, AC360 Team and fellow bloggers. Welcome back to the Gulf! Looking forward to a great show.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    July 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

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

    Hoping for a great show tonight!

    July 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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