July 19th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

BP Oil Disaster Day 91: Join the Live Chat

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We're tracking developments in testing of the new cap on the broken oil well. Plus, new details about how few claims BP has paid to people in Gulf and tonight's other headlines.

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  1. Irene

    While I'm really glad AC is covering the oil spill in as much depth as he is, none of this is really surprising. The real headline/news will be if BP ever does tell us all it knows and stops playing games.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  2. Merl, Ohio

    How much integrity was tampered with by the lines that they had going up to the two ships before the new seal was put on?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good point there!

    I think Cement will work on it , I hope will works right, I am sure.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  4. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    If the ocean floor breaks open there will be no way to stop the oil from destroying our water for the next 100 years!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Jane - Vt

    Good evening everyone.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  6. Nancy in Oregon

    Thank you, JimInCFalls....I just hope that there is a 'cork' that will succeed in stopping it, for a million reasons.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  7. Merl, Ohio

    Thad Allen said, "Make no mistake, the number one goal is to kill the well and stop it at the source." I didn't hear him say anything about reopening the well until lately!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  8. Karoline, Los Angeles

    I don't know that we can trust anything in any MMS documents. They have no credibility with me.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  9. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Now i know why i am so skeptical.

    The professor said that initially BP said the lines would not hold at 68 plus pressure and NOW they think it will??

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

    Yes, It is very hard to do so delay fix up since 91 days now.... I agree.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  11. Isabel Siaba

    @ Anderson

    There is a news that BP must sell assets in Venezuela and Colombia and that this restructuring will be crucial for the survival of the company. That is fact?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  12. Sharon Hastings

    I'm suspicious of this new plan even though it sounds like it makes sense. Are they having some kind of problem or problems with the relief well drilling (we would never know since they wouldn't tell us)??

    July 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  13. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    So they go pouring mud, cement, golf balls, and whatever they could find with the first experiment when they were aware of the pressure and consequences.

    Sounds like first few experiments in the series were just mock tests but in a serious environment.

    If our government has learned anything from this, please, create test sites where engineers can simulate all such disasters with a variety of causes and find a solution for each situation, before another well blows up

    July 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  14. Cessy - Chicago

    HELLLLLOOOOO! everyone! Happy Monday!

    Hi! Anderson 😀

    July 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  15. Michael NYC

    is not this a big story and true
    once again – all that was necessary was to replace flange and broken riser.
    once again – because that would have given the accurate rate of oil leaking the right thing not done
    also this would not pressure BOP and well casing –
    also would not add 100+ tons on top of listing BOP –
    also would expose clearly that the “flange and broken riser pipe should of been replaced" on day 2 and this disaster avoided completely!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  16. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Well we have to have a chance to measure the flow rate. That's important.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  17. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening, Starr....oh gosh, so do you think this will never be resolved then?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  18. JimInCFalls

    I think the flow rate is a non issue. The projected yield from the well was part of the MMS documents for the Horizon rig. Further, there are hundreds of similar deep water wells that would provide a reasonable estimate. This information is readily available to anyone that wants to google it.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Oh, sand would probably work best!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  20. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Yes Anderson,,,We do have a right to know whats going on.
    It's an uneasy feeling for all of us. Especially the way BP has given us so much false imformation.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Merl, Ohio

    I thought this is the reason for the relief wells. And why are they taking so long? Every week is another week longer before they'll be there.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  22. Kevin McCary

    yes i am glad we have a way to seal it, why has it took so Long to for bp to think about static kill

    July 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  23. Nancy in Oregon

    I do too, Isabel....Chad helps explain things so well. In laymen's terms.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    It is called to fix up and to keep closed cap, not to flow over surface the gulf.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  25. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    BP Not wanting Us to know anything....don't be silly...they have been so transparent.....NOT!

    What a great explanation by Chad, but i really have doubts that the "kill" will really work. Professor, not withstanding, i'm very, very skeptical.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  26. Kenya

    This static kill idea doesn't sound too bad. Hope it's successful.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Heather - Spokane, WA

    What about just cementing the well instead?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  28. Isabel Siaba


    I have faith that the problem will be solved, but this delay is distressful.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Maude, NYC

    1. What are the laws regarding our right to know?? How legally obliged is BP to keep us appraised??

    2. Be aware – the fines are calculated re the oil on the surface. Most of the oil is in a giant and I do mean GIANT polyp shaped blob BELOW the water due to the pressure and cold. what can be done to address this legally & journalistically?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  30. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Hello Anderson and bloggers. Long time no blog. 🙂

    July 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  31. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    The only thing that I would ever thank BP for is their crash course of "management do not 101 series". last 3 months, day in and day out, they have practically taught me every such example of a "dont" from a management, communications, implementation and a control perspective.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  32. JimInCFalls

    Good evening to all.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree with you and Anderson too. No one have idea what is going right now......... Good point there Anderson and you.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Jim

    Anderson- Question – Why don't they hook up the lines to the ships so if they HAD to they could open the Valves & direct the Oil to the Ships???

    July 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Merl, Ohio

    We should be thankful to have the opportunity to seal this well. What would it be like if there were no way to seal it?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Kevin McCary

    Good Evening Anderson and fellow bloggers

    July 19, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Static kill? What?!"

    July 19, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    There is other option right now to stop leaking, so leaking also hold on forthon right now. Yes, there is solve problem.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good evening.
    Looking forward to tonights show.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I agree with you Anderson, why can't we have a commentary as to what is going on with the well?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Nancy in Oregon

    Good Monday evening, Megan and everyone.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson & Team 360.

    Hi, David, Isabel, Gabriella, Nichole, Nancy, Emily, Megan, Mike, IoAnn, N. Royalton, Casey, Sree, everyone....

    I'm concerned that if they close the well now, as Anderson said, we will likely Never Know How Much oil when into the Gulf.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! I hope you had a great weekend.
    I hope the efforts to stop the well permanently will succeed.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Kenya

    Hello world!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. The information has certainly never been flowing from BP. They release information only when it is favorable to them and even then it's rare.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening everyone!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Isabel Siaba

    Hello David (Indiana), Megan, Starr, Nicole, Emily and everyone!

    Good evening Anderson and 360 team!

    After all, when we could believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and BP solved the problem?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Joe, Nicole, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Charlotte, Sree, Nancy, others and my friend Facebook Bloggers!!!!

    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Hope you have great weekend! 🙂
    Happy Monday Night! 🙂

    July 19, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. 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 19, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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