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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soundoff (209 Responses)
  1. Renee

    I went to a Tea Party rally because I was curious about it. I did not see all this non-sense. It was just a bunch of folks getting excited about working on campaigns.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  2. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    Tea Party racists are very real.l I get numerous e-mails each week from friends who think I am a Tea Party member. The racist crap these people send makes me sick! Trust me, racism exists in a large degree among the Tea Party people.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  3. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, "The NAACP is in the business of being racist."

    I couldn't agree more!

    July 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  4. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    If you read the Tea Party Contract From America you'd see that the 10 points have nothing to do with race. It's all about small government and fiscal responsibility.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    Tea party conventions and meetings are filled with obvious racist signs, racist pamphlets being passed to passer bye's and speakers with racist rhetorical rants. I haven't seen anyone grabbing those signs, removing those racist speakers nor stopping white supremacist's from passing out their pamphlets. Doesn't that indicate they are allowing that to go on?

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

    Tough, tough decisions to be made. No matter what Obama does in terms of offshore drilling, large numbers of people will be upset. You just can't have this kind of horrible event occur and just continue on with some quick plan to keep drilling. I have to honestly say that personally I don't want any offshore drilling in the gulf but at the same time I feel very badly for all the people whose lives were dependent on these jobs.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Oh wow!! I never seen Martin and Mark aruge their comment, I don't accept that "racist" It is so slly response.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  8. Tracy Brown - Canada

    Jim: Yes, the "cap" keeps the oil underground and there is tremendous pressure against the cap, and the rest of the rig as well... you have to make sure it doesn't blow out in some other place. Then, the relief wells, new wells that are being built, tap into the oil reserve and relieve the pressure by allowing the oil to come up into the new well.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  9. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The Tea Party is 21% non-white according to a USA Today/Gallup poll.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  10. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The NAACP has just as many racist members as the Tea Parties. To be fair, Anderson should have had David Webb on to represent the Tea Parties.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  11. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    @ Jake

    I meant to say "and make the leak worse". Typing too fast...

    July 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  12. Yoly, Florida

    As a Tea Party member I can tell you it is false. Allen West speaks at all of our rallies. He is loved by the members.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  13. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The NAACP is in the business of being racist.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  14. Martina

    The government should step in, but then we do not want government in big business but this is an emergency ...should not they step in
    maybe it is true no one knows what they are doing but BP who is only concerned with siphoning oil from the biggest reservoir they have ever found. and for the tea party,
    everybody needs to step back and take a deep breath and stop calling each other names.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  15. John Williams

    oil was seen in the Harvey Canal early in June by my cousin so the oil has reached the fresh water in Jefferson Parish

    July 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  16. Gail Duncan

    Will the crew do a show on change? Like all of us going to oil addiction rehab and change our lifestyle? maybe the clock is going backwards to the point where we really act on things that matter. Family, community, environment......it is time for us all to embrace positive change before it is forced on to us. Think about it....

    July 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  17. Smith in Oregon

    Yes to the earlier blogger, the lighter colored fluid being sprayed by a triple headed nozzle attachment into the main flow is the Corexit dispersant being applied. It looks to me the Oil outflow has greatly increased during the past several hours, I don't recall that much totally spewing out before?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  18. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @David, Indiana

    I'm not sure, but it is my impression that the relief wells are necessary to be sure that the well is totally capped.

    RE: the 35 wells moratorium. I'm confused. We have had this disasterous oil leak and there are 35 more "experimental" wells in Gulf.

    I would think you would want to be very sure that no other wells are in any danger of repeating BP's perfromance.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA


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

    It is called foam.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  20. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    @ Jake "you said the govt put a hold on the bp cap"

    The Federal Government placed a hold on the cap due to concerns that this could put damaging pressure on the busted well and make the lease worse.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  21. Don Keel Toomsuba Ms.

    If the new cap seals tight and doesn't leak why even do the pressure test and risk blowing out the pipe or whatever would rupture? Couldn't they just put the pipes on it and collect all of the oil until the relief wells are finished?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  22. deb northeast ohio

    Al Billy ( my man!) said, this oil will be in he gulf for a longgggg time
    Perhaps we ( teh USA companies) can put some people to work, building skimmers and other equipment to clean up oil spills around our country and the world
    Nomatter how much it would be desireable for the world to NOT use petroleum based producs, that is a pipe dream, not to be realised in the near future. We and other countries will contnue to search for oil in the oceans. Better to be prepared for the next incident

    July 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  23. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "That should be a interest interview with the first responses!"

    July 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  24. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I dont see how they can shut down all the oil rigs. they should all be honestly inspected for safety Just like when a coal mind caves,,they dont shut all the mines down.,,,but they should also be honestly inspected.for safety.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  25. Jim

    Maybe I have missed something along the way in this Gulf situation, but if the oil gusher is capped, then where does the oil go?...it just doesn't disappear...it still exists...does it push against the cap?...is it diverted somewhere?...is it retrieved in some other manner?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  26. Heather - Spokane, WA

    The story the first responders told is just amazing. Bless them for being there to help

    July 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  27. Tracy Brown - Canada

    Derek: You might be right. When they stopped proceeding with the well cap, they did some mapping of the ocean floor. I think they had some concerns about pressure being built up underground that they were checking. That's my guess, anyway.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  28. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Sitting at homes we are so skeptical and we all want to be proved dead wrong! We all have a question similar to "what if this happens.." or "what if that happens..."

    Isn't it the responsibility of who are all involved in the clean up to give us the assurance? If we who live miles away need assurance, I can extrapolate to think what residents of gulf could need...

    just plain sad...

    July 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  29. Cathy

    I know I can always tune in every nite and get the best info on the Gulf on 360. Coverage has been amazing. This is so important. So much at stake for all of us in America. Praying for a miracle. Thank you. Gulf will need our attention for a long time. Keep it up.
    Cathy in Tennessee

    July 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  30. Gail Duncan

    Greetings from Germany peeps! Gut's is what AC360 crew have. In your face, answer truthful, keep it real Gut's. Yes, where is the money going in Haiti, how do we get pass the red tape and where is humanity?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  31. Merl, Ohio

    Are the releif wells going to be making two more holes in the casing that are not going to be sealed tightly? So why are they talking about pressure leakage now? Sounds strange to me.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  32. deb northeast ohio

    is the huge skimmer – A Whale – in operation yet?
    anyone have any info on that?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  33. Tammy Christine

    Keep ya finger crossed, for some good news! ready to be capped.. Two other wells almost done.. Love you, beautiful folks on da coast, Kissess.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  34. lisal -canada

    i think the people of the gulf should just trust their instincts and keep on working away at getting things cleaned up as best as possible

    July 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  35. Kathy

    On BPs live shot-– Look at all the DISPERSEMENT they are using.......What are they hiding now?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  36. Beverly

    why haven't we asked our Navy forces about their intelligence regarding underwater ops and what they have known for years. Obviously the corprate world doesn't know what they're doing...let the marine forces take conrole and force the waters...what they've been trained to do...obviously not what BP has been educated to do

    July 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  37. John Williams

    you can see on the live video that they are still spraying dispersants on the well.....Anderson what about the cracks on the sea floor? Its going to take years to clean the gulf not 6 months

    July 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  38. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    If they stop this well tonight the damage is done for decades to come .

    July 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  39. Ray

    For Chad - there is a new choke valve (looks like an elephant truck) that hangs off the new stack. This has the equivalent of a "knob" that slowly closes the choke valve. After they closed the main top flow valve – the choke or "elephant trunk" valve was leaking so they closed that. The valve that is on your screen is the "kill valve" which only has an on/off switch - so they can't proceed to shut the well until they stop the choke "elephant trunk" valve from leaking.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  40. Victoria in Missouri

    They need to stop the corexit. It is most likely causing some problems being carried inland during rain. Crops plants and grass are getting burns on them. There are birds dying and it appears to be related to the spill

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

    How was BP drawing oil from the well below the flow? Do they have other holes?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  42. Derek Anderson

    Have you heard any news from BP regarding methane that is escaping from these wells, and the albeit farfetched yet ominous theory proposed by Dr. Gregory Ryskin from Northwestern University regarding the explosion of a 'methane bubble' that could a cataclysmic series of events? Is the oil spilling into the environment really the only potential danger that exists from this disaster caused by BP?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  43. Ann Vitale

    Keep them honest! You, Billy and James should stress the point that none of the oil had to reach the beaches in the first place.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  44. Kenya

    I've missed hearing from Nungesser and Carville...great to see them on tonight. Hello world.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  45. Geoffrey

    There is a lot of talk that the moratorium will raise gas prices and cost jobs. Perhaps if Americans pay for gas what the rest of the world does, we can finally make some good progress to break our oil adiction.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  46. John Williams

    hey Anderson please report about the toxic chemicals thats in the air....and thats has contaminated water throughout the gulf....please report on the toxic rain thats is coming down across the south. Anderson have you heard about the chemicals in the atmosphere?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  47. jack warner

    the pics of the well suddenly look different. the oil is not coming out of the top of the stack they just installed♠, like it was up to a few hours ago. it's coming from further down the new assemblage.

    this suddenly looks much worse.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  48. jake

    In the 1st few min of the show, it sounded like you said the gov. put a hold on the bp cap, is that true? If so, why?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  49. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, Sree, Nicole, everyone.

    @Isabel Nice to see you again.

    If this procedure with the new cap works then the well is sealed and ready for the relief wells to intersect the well and mud to be pumped. Or are the relief wells not needed if this works?

    At this pt how much oil is estimated to be in the water on top and in the water? 4m barrels?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  50. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Thats just it , BP doesn't seem to have a contingency plan for anything they have done so far.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
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