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. Steve in Houston

    Has anyone even given consideration to the Blow Out Preventers on the two relief wells? Are they the same as the one on the this well? Have they been rigorously tested so that the same thing doesn't happen to them as happened to this well due to the pressures that have been a problem with this well even before the blowout and explosion.
    What is the guarantee that they will hold once they tap into the existing pipe and experience the same pressures? Someone surely has addressed this.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  2. Lori, CA

    Well, I would not hang around waiting for resolution on a trial either.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  3. lisal -canada

    those calculations sound fairly complex – it will be interesting to see if BP and the other fellows are using the same equations – and whether they they come up with different results

    July 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  4. Luke Dobson

    Hi, my name is Luke Dobson, age 11, and my dad and I created a site. Please google cap the well, and it is the 5th link on the page, with the title "cap the well". This site is dedicated towards providing solutions to fixing the Disaster in the Gulf.

    If you have an idea at all on how to fix the well, or clean-up the the oil in the gulf, google cap the well, and it is the 5th link on the page titled "cap the well". There is a link on the left that says Post Ideas, and then you can submit it and world to see it. BP will hopefully see this and start using our ideas to end this mess!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  5. Troy Kendal

    What pro-cautions/oversight is being taken on all other deep water rigs?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  6. David, Indiana

    @Starr, yes it does seem like a tremendous amt of pressure for the well to handle. It is amazing that new cap is holding under that pressure.

    What about the teams that are measuring the amts of underwater oil?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  7. Karoline, Los Angeles

    BP continues to ask Americans to trust them and cannot figure out why we don't. What we have here is a very unhealthy relationship with BP. It's sort of like a hostage situation. BP holds all the cards. Not good.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  8. annne dodds

    I want to know that B.P. will still be responsible for any more cash to be given for as long as it takes, to clean up the ocean,be that they have destroyed, and that they are also made to pay all the poor folks who have lost their lively hoods.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  9. Irene

    Who makes the calculations?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  10. Merl, Ohio

    President Obama appointed Kenneth Feinberg in charge of settling claims. Does anyone recall when? So why was Mr. Feinberg stating on July 15 that it was going to be another 2 weeks yet before the claims process would begin? I feel bad for the people that this is affecting?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  11. Sharon Hastings

    This is all orchestrated by their lawyers. Everything they do or don't do or say or don't say is an effort to minimize their liability. Since the beginning we did catch them in a number of lies so now they have been told to say nothing. Of course we don't believe anything they say anyway.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  12. Lori, CA

    Gosh, it sounds like BP will generate new jobs just taking care of all of the paperwork. Nice train Anderson!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  13. Emily

    Sorry, I'm joining you all late...what is "Static kill"

    Love that train! 🙂

    July 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  14. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Richard, Kankakee, IL.
    Good point, I agree with you......... You are absolutely right!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  15. Kenya

    Wait..this "static kill" could jeopardize measuring the flow rate of oil coming out. Ok i'm not too optimistic about this idea anymore. Measuring the flow rate is critical.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  16. Patsy Shaeffer

    Can we the United States of America take over the BP Oil well and kick them out, since they are not willing to be truthful and or transparent about what is really taking place with the well as far as the amount of oil that is being released.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  17. Nancy in Oregon

    JimInCFalls, I'm assuming that political posturing is part of what happens in such events as this. Sadly, many agendas rush into a crisis arena. .

    July 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  18. Joe

    Chad "IS THE MAN" with his computer graphic explanations. I live on the coast in Alabama and it helps when you can see explanations like that tonight to show us whats going on.KEEP THEM HONEST ANDERSON!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  19. Emily

    OH, something tells me that this is not going to be too "stunning", Anderson. 🙁 It's great that you are informing us all about it, for with what we already know, what's be stunning, imho, is that BP was not shut down. That there really didn't seem to be any 'real' penalty whatsoever.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  20. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Wow, I did not realize that they were fishermen who arrived at the scene first.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  21. Bill Simpson

    It is easy to forget that BP is working on YOUR LAND. And it is YOUR OIL. The outer continental shelf belongs to the PEOPLE of the USA, NOT British Petroleum. So when they say we don't need to know what is going on, it is like saying you don't need to know who is in your back yard.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  22. Michael NYC

    BP just removed old broken riser stub and installed new flange with 12' pipe – this could have been extended to surface collection as a new riser pipe – a new riser replacement on day 2 would have prevented this disaster – there is no reason why this could not have been donep
    there is reason why this fact has never been reported by any media sources...

    July 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  23. Theresa in Mississippi

    It seems that oil is now seeping from the ocean floor near the cap and how much money BP would have to pay in fines is pretty irrelevant in terms of killing the Gulf of Mexico. They don't have enough money to pay for the damage they've caused. Furthermore, I'm sick of hearing people on your show gripe about the moratorium on deep water drilling and the loss of jobs to Lousiana. It's not the Gulf of Louisiana, it's the Gulf of Mexico and it affects my state, my children and grandchildren. If I sound angry, it's because I AM angry.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  24. lisal -canada

    too bad if BP is finding things annoying – i think they have caused a few people some problems that are more than mere annoying

    July 19, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  25. Irene

    Why couldn't measurements be taken earlier in the disaster? It doesn't make any sense, and sounds like one more way BP is trying to fool the public and the government.,

    July 19, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  26. Lori, CA

    Hi Anderson. Hello Everyone!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  27. Mig OConnell

    While I am excited to see the end of the oil gushing into the gulf, I have a question for BP about the solution of pouring cement down the well to cap it: won't closing that pressure outlet create greater pressure lower in the well, particularly at the weakest points were oil is still 'seeping'? Can you be sure this solution won't just lead to a blowout in a different, more difficult to close, location?

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

    Point well taken on trusting MMS. However, they did estimate at least 33,000 barrels a day. I'm certain there a similar wells in the Gulf that could proved an estimate. I think that Congressman Markey is posturing for political reasons.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  29. Emily

    I didn't know that a BP spokesman came out and said "don't expect us to keep you informed; it's not our job too"....
    The waters (& beaches, etc) belong to the people, Not BP!!

    Can that be challenged by anyone?
    Why is there not someone in the Gov. overseeing what BP is doing?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  30. Heather - Spokane, WA

    It is BP's job to keep us informed. It became their job when they decided to allow something like this to happen and then not do anything about it for a long time

    July 19, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  31. Chris Hrudka

    Anderson you said in your opening comments that we have a right to know, but you also said that they (BP) has a right not to talk to you. So how do we reconcile our frustrated desire for information vs. their right not to talk to us? The public is demanding of fast information, but what are "rights" and what are "wants" in this discussion?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  32. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree yours, Anderson is doing great job there in NOLA since 91 days, Keep them Honest! 🙂

    July 19, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  33. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Maude, NYC

    You make an excellent point re: Laws.....there must be some laws that govern BP and the release of info that is TRue.

    Congressman Markey makes a lot of sense!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  34. Merl, Ohio

    By pumping in the mud at over 8,000 lbs. doesn't this put more pressure on the seal that they were worried about even holding the 6,000 lbs. pressure that exists now?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  35. shawn

    I have worked in the oil industry for over 30 years, why take the chance on a static kill, when the well is shut in and they are drilling 2 relief wells. It is just another way od BP trying to get out of letting everyone know how much oil and gas is comming out of the well. Believe me BP knew how much oil and gas this well was able to make before they started drilling the well. Believe me oil companies do not spend millions on wells, not knowing what there return investment is.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  36. David, Indiana

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

    Thank you for that explanation from Chad Meyers and Don Newenhuise about how the static kill works compared to the top kill.

    Those are huge fines. Estimated almost four million barrels in the gulf a this pt.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  37. mary

    Anderson you are the best. You are what journalism is all about. BP has had an extremely arrogant attitude toward the American people. It is not their country or coastline. We do have every right to know what is going on in our country. My only question is why our government has stood by while this was happening.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  38. Nancy in Oregon

    More than ever, I realize how important engineering is now. Engineering departments must certainly be validating their existence and need for growth and support now.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  39. Emily

    No wonder there has been no transparency on BP's part!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  40. Irene

    I hate that the only way we can tell how much oil is being released is to pour more oil into the Gulf. I sure hope they come up with another way.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  41. Isabel Siaba

    @Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    You are right. This is so scary, huh?

    I wonder what legacy we leave in the future?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  42. Su from Fort Lee, NJ

    I'm not an engineer nor do I claim to know a lot about the oil rig. BUT, it just does not make sense to me. The rig failed at the location of the cap. It took over 80 days and many other "ideas" to try to seal the cap. AND FINALLY, we had some good news. WHY ARE THEY TRYING TO MESS with something that they FINALLY have accomplished: no oil escaping.
    Why don't they just complete the relief well as originally planned and spent millions already getting ALMOST to the location.

    DON'T WAKE A GIANT FINALLY placed to rest!!!

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

    Its scary when they talk about whats happening on the sea floor. I try to listen when I hear scientist talk about.it. But the reality is that their not even sure whats going on. I only hope for the best case scenerio

    July 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  44. JimInCFalls

    I hope they succede in stopping it. I hope the cap still works and that they are able to seal the well with secondary wells they are drilling.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  45. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, 360Team, Jo Ann, Mike, David & Isabel, Megan, Nicole, Sree, Nancy, Starr, Gloria, & Bloggers!

    Just joining you all now...

    July 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  46. Karoline, Los Angeles

    What can go wrong with the static kill? What's the worst case scenario with that?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  47. Kevin McCary

    i have never heard of static kill, would it work

    July 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  48. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Starr, Im with you, Im skeptical about this especially since BP has had all of these 'ideas' about stopping the well and nothing has worked until now and now they are planning this static kill, Im skeptical about this new 'idea'

    July 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  49. Starr, formerly known as vincent


    Yes, i prefer that they complete the relief well first and attack the problem that way....it sounds safer.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  50. Nancy in California

    What keeps the mud or cement from just falling into the reservoir?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
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