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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. Katy

    Concern that once well is capped, people will forget. Yes, they will, IF they ever really knew what was going on with the way search results for the spill are being manipulated on the internet. Freedom of Speech??? Right to Know???

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

    @Lori
    Same thought I had. I wonder if the Chinese authorities tried to "make contact" with the UFO.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  3. jack in cincy

    Of course the lawyers want everybody to sue BP because their fees will be astronomical. If an independent scientific survey can calculate
    how many years it will take the ECO system to reallign itself and the fishermen can get reimbursed for that amount of time, I say every one of them should go for it! The fishermen will be compensated for their
    best fishing season times the amount of years it will take for them to start fishing safely again. Don't be fooled by the concerned talk of the lawyers, does anyone really believe that thry have the wellfair of the people in mind? I THINK NOT!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  4. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    And some people say there is no such thing as a black racist! Enter Shirley Sherrod to prove them wrong!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  5. Tzila Duenzl

    Billy Nungesser for president! He is articulate, passionate, fair, dedicated, and is just what we need! And thanks for all the good coverage Andersona & crew.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  6. Paula, Colorado

    Take care of your cough, Anderson!
    Your interview with the first responders should be fascinating.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  7. Michael NYC

    once again – bolt on a new riser to surface collection – (could use "A Whale" ) and give oil revenues to people affected

    July 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  8. Lori, CA

    That is an interesting "UFO"

    July 19, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  9. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Oh boy! Wow. That was awful to hear from one of the former leaders of the USDA.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  10. Emily

    Shame on Shirley Sherrod!
    And she sounded like she was bragging about it...not good.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  11. Lori, CA

    Descrimination works both ways. All ways.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  12. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Good evening Anderson, AC360 Team and fellow bloggers. Logging in a little late this evening)

    Glad to hear the cap is still on even with some seepage. Interesting to hear from Transocean representatives. Where have they been all this time? When it finally gets to litigation, I think it will be quite a debate on who is responsible for what.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  13. Bob

    BP has to pay penalties...how long till they share it with us and raise gas prices?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  14. Sue R. Canton MI.

    WOW,,Lot's of questions that will probably go unanswered.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  15. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Mr. Toobin makes an excellent point about BP rep's and the 5th ammendment.

    Hopefully there will be criminal charges against BP and the two other contractors!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  16. David, Indiana

    If fishermen are working to clean up oil, the compensation for that work shouldn't be taken from the compensation they receive for the loss of business.

    Is the agreement if compensation is accepted not to sue for business damage, are claimants truly being asked to waive their right to sue for health issues?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Oh wow!!!! I never seen this lawyer mad at him during BP hearing..... oh boy!!!!!!!! OUCH!

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

    Adding to Brad's #'s....what about any amount that may be issued to those for health reasons, etc.?
    Was that included in there?
    Is BP going to be responsible for the mental & any physical health of the workers & people?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  19. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Dont forget they bought there freedom for 20 billion dollars .

    July 19, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  20. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Leave it to the upper management to get out of something like being honest...........

    July 19, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  21. Lori, CA

    I agree that the questioning is not being done right. They are asking the wrong people questions. It shows a lack of technical knowledge on the part of the panel and is a complete waste of time and money. It makes me wonder if they really want to get to the truth.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  22. Sally Thomson

    After BP goes bust from litigation, and no other company will work in the Gulf, will people finally be happy?

    This is a tragic accident and needs fixing reasonably. No one did this on purpose.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  23. Dean

    Why is BP offering settlements when Kenneth Feinberg is suppose to be handling them through the $20 billion trust?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Sue,
    That is static kill means to keep cap closed or to leak stop flowing over surface.

    Brad in Ohio.
    Good point there.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  25. Karoline, Los Angeles

    But here's the thing-if we don't get an accurate measurement then guess what BP's lawyers will argue until we're all senior citizens? They will argue the precise amount of oil that flowed into the ocean.

    I have heard that's why they were so keen about using all that Corexit. Because the Corexit broke it into tiny pieces so less could be skimmed up. Less to measure = less that BP has to pay out in fines.

    These are not honest people (just in case you didn't notice).

    July 19, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  26. Lori, CA

    Wow! Those estimates related to the needed maintenance work are scandleous

    July 19, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  27. Emily

    @Brad Ohio,

    BP would have been much, much better off had they paid the fines that they should have been awarded over time...looks like they are going to be paying now.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  28. Gary, Phoenix

    AC & 360 Team –

    What about this? Instead of capping the oil well, let's have BP resume operations when safe to do so and provide the like amount of oil produced by this well in gasoline to those affected.

    Let’s provide years of free fuel to the families, business and state governments that were directly impacted by this environmental disaster until the ‘well runs dry.’

    Love the show!

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

    @David, Indiana

    Hi. Anderson had the professor (i don't remember his name) on this evening, who literally said that BP orignally stated that the present "lines" would not stand up to 6000 plus pressure.

    Apparently, later today, BP suggested that the "lines" Could handle 6000 plus pressure.

    Based on Everything BP has done, i don't trust Anything they say.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  30. Nancy in Oregon

    Good night, people. This is too sad...more than the oil spill hurts. Rest well.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  31. Heather - Spokane, WA

    The deal that BP is offering to the fishermen sounds good , but what exactly are they willing to pay them for anf how much? Fishermen use alot of money just to keep their boats up so I wonder if BP is willing to pay them for the upkeep while they are not working

    July 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  32. Michael NYC

    any replacement of broken riser and flange and subsequent riser collection at surface would indicated the real spill rate

    July 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  33. Merl, Ohio

    Is Feinberg working for BP or was he appointed by President Obama ? I don't know.

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

    Luke Dobson
    Thanks for information......,. Good point there, Nice you have here joi with us this blog! That's make sense.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  35. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I still dont quite understand what a 'static kill' is.

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

    @Brad-That's a big number!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  37. Gary, Phoenix

    AC & 360 Team –

    What about this? Instead of capping the oil well, let's have BP the oil platform, resume operations when safe to do so and provide the like amount of oil produced by this well in gasoline to those affected.

    Let’s provide years of free fuel to the families, business and state governments that were directly impacted by this environmental disaster until the ‘well runs dry.’

    Love the show!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  38. Emily

    Do you know much much dispersant are & have been used?

    I guess no one knows the amount of oil left in the well?
    Have we been told how much oil was in the well before it started leaking oil?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  39. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The clean-up goes on!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  40. Sue R. Canton MI.

    BP should not be forcing the people to sign away their future.They don't have any idea how long its going to take before its safe to take their boats out or whats going to be happening in the next few years.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  41. Michael NYC

    – a new riser replacement on day 2 would have prevented this disaster – there is no reason why this could not have been done –
    there is reason why this fact has never been reported by any media sources...

    July 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  42. Tom

    on the issue of measuring the flow rate from the well raised during your show tonight, even if it were opened full flow to one of the production vessels on the surface, with the reservoir pressure reduced now because of the uncontrolled flow to 6800 psi from virgin pressure (est. 15000 psi), NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW THE ACTUAL AMOUNT OF OIL FLOWED. THEY CAN ONLY BACK CALCULATE FLOW RATES BASED ON THE VIRGIN PRESSURE AT THE ACTUAL DRAWN DOWN PRESSURE FLOW RATE.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  43. Brad Ohio

    The Flow- The Gulf Oil Catastrophe –
    Some estimates are between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels of oil a day (1.47 million to 2.52 million gallons a day) have been billowing into the Gulf, according to official estimates. (Of course it depends on what officials one wants to believe)

    Do the math:
    I’m going to say 75,000 barrels per day simply because this is most reasonable to assume as most experts have now said between 75,000 and 100,000 barrels per day.

    (75000 barrels) X (75 days) = 5,625,000 barrels

    That’s right, 5 Million, 625 Thousand barrels of oil, (and that is probably a low estimate!) have erupted and flooded the Gulf and its shores.

    (5,625,000 barrels to date on day 75 BP) divided by (500,000 barrels avg. size of the Exxon Valdez spill) is now 11 times worse than the Exxon Valdez spill.

    Eleven times worse and counting.

    In addition to this, the fines BP faces are $4300/barrel. As of day 75, that is ($4300) x (5,625,000 barrels) = $24,187,500,000.00

    July 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  44. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Anderson for bringing up the status of payments to the locals by BP.

    Obviously, No One Knows, how long the area will be damaged or even if the ecosystem that used to flourish in the Gulf will every reestablish itself.

    But, the people of the Gulf are between a rock and a hard place. If they do no accept BP's terms with the signing of a release, how they will they survive until the courts get involved. It could and likely will take years and years.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  45. Karoline, Los Angeles

    BP is certainly not acting in good faith. Are any of the citizens banding together to form PACs or non-profits to represent themselves as a group against bad faith BP?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  46. Nancy in Oregon

    Yes, Karoline, it's a relationship for sure. We have to be so careful who we trust in any relationship.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  47. Candace

    What I don't understand is how all that pressure is able to be kept down their without some sort of seepage....and if there isn't any major seepage won't this pressure steadily build up until sooner or later the cap just blows off?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  48. Woody Brown

    I don't understand what the problem is getting an accurate measurement of the oil flow. BP expected 8,000 psi, this number came from somewhere. The hole in the blow-out preventer has a diameter. Oil has a liquid weight.

    Thus, do the math: that weight at 8,000 psi through a hole of x diameter...and, if you like, minus 10% natural gas (or whichever percentage seems likely, or is accurate based on that amount of oil collected into ships just recently).

    Of course, it's a bit more complicated due to degrees of restricted and unrestricted flow and a few other variables...however, we practically know what these variables are and can make use of the video to compare differences in volume of oil gushing.

    It just seems to me that a fairly-accurate measurement can now be mathematically figured.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  49. JimInCFalls

    @Nancy
    I agree. Unfortunately for this country, and the suffering folks in the gulf region, political agendas are overwhelming transparancy, as well as the implementation of timely solutions. Its been my experience, agendas dominate when there is a vacuum of leadership, which is what happened in this case.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  50. Merl, Ohio

    How can the people with claims for their losses determine how long this will affect their livelyhoods? Because Mr. Fienberg states that they have to give a finite amount, which is impossible to determine and give up their right to sue BP, or they can do with nothing now, and sue and wait forever to be compensated!

    July 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
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