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May 25th, 2010
08:13 AM ET

Gulf Oil Mess: What should be done?

More than half of Americans are unhappy with how President Obama and the federal government have handled the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico according to a new CNN survey.

So what do you think should be done to fix the problem?

We want to hear from you. Leave us a comment here or call us at 1-877-742-5760 and we'll air some of your comments on CNN NewsRoom from 11a to 1p eastern.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Tony Harris
soundoff (551 Responses)
  1. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Whenever they find a fix for this well then they need to create stand buy's for all the other well's .

    May 25, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  2. Terry in Colorado

    Where are these tankers that we hear about that were supposedly used in Europe to sweep the oil off the surface, separate it from the water and capture the oil?

    We must stop with the use of dispersants. They just make the problem worse by breaking up the oil and turning the ocean into a giant lava lamp.

    The booming operations need to be run by someone who knows wha they're doing. I have yet to see booming that will prevent oil from coming ashore.

    The U.S. should seize all of BP's assets in the U.S. and hold them ransom until BP stops the oil flow. Presently, I do not believe that BP wants to stop the flow. They have a well producing oil and they want to capture that oil.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  3. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    We need to get Exxon and other oil company's to join in on the fix .

    May 25, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  4. deepwater don

    I wonder if BP has figured out that you have to expect the worse case scenario to drilling deeper than they ever had. Guess they consider it a learning curve and the blowout is just the price of doing business.Shows what can happen when the government has no oversight on banks,morgage and housing lending,prices and free enterprise.This may just be the catastrophe that makes America wake up and realaize we are becoming a second rate country and maybe we should do like businesses all seem to do, hire another country to manage us and we all pay maintenance fees to be run by someone else.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  5. Terry in Colorado

    1. Seize BP’s assets in the U.S. as collateral until the oil has stopped flowing and the damage to the gulf is fixed.

    2. Bring in the officers of BP (CEO, COO, etc) and require them to sit in a war room with the head scientists of the EPA and the engineers of the MMS (if they have any engineers), and meet in that room 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, directing the effort to stop the oil flow, until it has been stopped.

    3. Invite the best engineers and scientists in the world with relevant disciplines to suggest solutions.

    4. Start a web site where anyone can offer solutions.

    5. Fix the booming operations that are now just for show (booming is the floating dams that they use to keep the oil from coming ashore) and make them work the way they teach in booming school to all the oil workers instead of just throwing the stuff in the water parallel to the shore so the cameras have something to shoot at.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  6. Bill from Greensboro

    BP is not getting the job done in a timely fashion. The government has an expert in drilling and oil/gas field operations at their beck and call.
    Obama should order Haliburton to plug the well and take care of the leak, free of charge. This would be Haliburton's civic duty and taking care of the spill would be greatful 'payback' to the nation for all of the no-bid contracts awarded and billions of dollars earned during the last 10 years at the expense of the taxpayers.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  7. Raymond W. Seward

    This is a problem that all knew could happen but hoped it wouldn't. This has happened one time before and the Russians had to use a nuculear device to stop it. What they are doing is everything possible to stop this leak and at the same time keeping as much in tact as possible for further use. It may take months to accomplish this and as long as everone keeps in mind that the people of this country are at the bottom of the list as far as priorities, you will then have your answer. BP has already admitted that if this accident had happened on land it would have been taken care of a long time age. Point in case, look at the time when Iraq attacked Kuwait and blew up all of their oil wells. A United States firmed went in, capped them all and got the problem under control and in about the same amount of time that this has taken to date. What needs to happen is many things, 1. Shut down all under sea drilling. 2. American oil belongs to the American People not the world and all drilling and wells operated by Corp. of Army Engineers and owned by the American Government (which is the American People) 3. Special interest groups need to be removed from government. There are many special interest groups that are funded by big buisness that block and pass many of the bills in our government. It's the special interest groups that block the drilling on US soil now. Chances are that the special interest groups that block this drilling are funded by persons from the Persian Gulf area. I understand that there is talk on Capital Hill that a tax on oil may happen for this major cleanup. Once again the citizens of this country pays for the mistakes of big business. Look at the Congressman and Senators whom are talking about this tax, and I will lay you odds that they have received millions from these special interest groups for their campaigns, which is nothing more than buying their votes. Common Sense People, we know more about space than we do about our own oceans. We also know that our lives depend on our oceans and here we are destroying it.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  8. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    If you take enough oil out of the earth it will eventually cave in .

    May 25, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  9. Bill Lane , CA

    I am confused did I see LA Governor on TV talking about how slow the Federal Government is to react? This in his state and BP is a private Co. and the Republicans are always crying that big Government should let the states & private business run things they way they see fit?

    Now they want the Federal Government to help why do the Republicans alway want the rules to change to help them but not anyone else?

    Shows what can happen when the government has no oversight on banks,mortgage and housing lending, prices and free enterprise.This may just be the catastrophe that let us all remember we need our Government or big business like BP will do what is best for them and destroy the little guy.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  10. Corey

    I don't think that the government should be attempting to stop the leak themselves; they simply don't have the equipment or expertise for that. What they should be doing, however, is playing a larger part in cleanup and containment. I understand that it is BP's job to pay for everything, but we can bill for work done after everything is said and done.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  11. Joel

    First of all, the problem is the fault of BP not the president. BP can't handle and the government should take over. BP should be required to pay for clean-up, fixing the problem, and economic losses - even if it means their properties in US territory are taken over.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  12. Myke

    Bring in the experts from UAE in Dubai–they are the experts, and let BP pay the bill to have UAE clean it up–they already did a cleanup that was successful!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  13. derek slote

    bp should give jobs to all the out of work people to help clean up the oil. I feel there is no excuse, and is no expense to high to preserve our coast

    May 25, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  14. brian london

    I don't think it's a matter of what the government is doing or not doing. I going to guess that the government is doing all that they can do to stop this national emergency. However, I think the biggest issue is that the Obama administration has looked disorganized and slow in it's response because of the lack of a real PR campaign. The President should have a major press conference from the White House, where he not only lays out the Administration's response but also answers every question from the media. The Bottom line is the Administration needs to roll up their sleeves and get tough!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  15. Christina Morrison

    I do not expect the Obama Administration to be experts on handling oil spills. Though I expect and appreciate the oversight of the government agencies on this disaster, I want the EXPERTS to utilize their resources and technologies to stop the spew and to manage the clean up.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  16. Jack Lawrence

    The Us government should prohibit BP from selling even one gallon of gas
    or do business in any way, until the leak is fixed and the mess they caused cleaned up. Then they should be under review to decide if they can do business in our country.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  17. Michael

    BP seems to be using a domino style attack on ceasing the oil leak. If A doesn't work then B, then C, and d etc...Why not get it together and try the "top kill" and immediately be ready for a "junk shot" then whatever the next idea may be,

    May 25, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  18. Karen

    I think when this first happened Washington should have put together a plan to handle this in case BP couldn't. But I can bet Washington doesn't have a clue on what to do. So if they were to take over it would be back to square one and the coastlines cannot wait that long.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  19. Walt Horne

    Why is the Government sitting back and doing nothing.?? This is a National Disaster and someone from the Government should be giving a Daily update on what is being done!!! I feel sorry for the peole on the Gulf Coast who are having to fend for themselves. Let's do something President Obama– That's your job!!!!! Where are you???

    May 25, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  20. bob d

    What is BP not not dueing the the Fed Gov can do better to fix the problem??? and not the blame
    If the goverment takes over then is any failed remedie becomes the fiancial resonability of of us tax payers not BP??

    If this the well head saftey valves fail to work properly is there a design flaw, and how many other well head in use have the same protential for failure ??

    May 25, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  21. Brad Towers

    The Federal Government should follow its normal procedures when a major disaster strikes. The President should issue a Presidential Disaster Declaration. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) should then follow the National Response Framework and activate the Emergency Support Functions to respond to this disaster. This has not been done and needs to be done! The federal government can bill the responsible party for the costs, but the federal government needs to respond now instead of just standing on the sidelines and blaming BP.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  22. tom miller

    wondering what happened to burning the oil?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  23. Myke

    Cleaning it up is the immediate threat–stopping it WAS the immediate threat. Damage needs to be curtailed and can only be done by attacking the immediacy of the oil in the wetlands and the killing of wildlife. They said the most important thing was to concentrate on stopping–that was three weeks ago!!! Now we need to stop the damage!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  24. Dan

    The sad part is they say BP will pay the cleanup cost. Let's not be naive. When it is all said and done, we, those who buy fuel at the pump will pay the cost, because BP and ALL other major oil companies will raise the price of gas.
    Any doubters?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  25. Rich Gwaltney


    If BP’s next attempt fails, have them try this:

    All they need to do is to manufacture a pipe that is fifteen or twenty feet long. At one end the pipe is 6 inches less in diameter that the BP pipe. Over a length of the first five feet it will slowly cone out to a diameter just greater than the BP pipe. At the other end, a simple shutoff or diversion valve that MUST be left open during insertion to avoid pressure that would push the new pipe out of the BP pipe.
    Having the one end of the newly manufactured pipe tapered will make it relatively simple for an ROV to insert it into the existing BP pipe and the coning should wedge it into place. With the valve left open at the other end, there will be no pressure that will force the new pipe out of the BP pipe. Once the new pipe is wedged into place, the ROV’s should be able to quickly tap wield it in order to hold it in place. Then the ROV’s can continue to wield the pipe more securely. Once the new pipe is wielded into place, simply use the shutoff valve to stop the flow.

    The problem is not overwhelming; it’s just a plumbing problem. Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees!!!

    Rich Gwaltney
    St. Louis, MO

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  26. steve flammia

    I think that we should be trying all the solutions for cleanup that have been proposed and see which ones actually work, we need a full scale apoproach to this problem. If bp isn't up to the task( and they don't seem to be, (they want to cap this well for reuse not stop the oil flow) then we should takeover the company for the interim period until it is fixed!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  27. Curtis Cheney

    BP should put more emphasis on capping the well. Their efforts to date seem to be centered on recovering as much oil as possible from the well rather than capping it. Someone other than BP should lead the effort. Someone whose interests are not tied to profits for the company BP!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  28. Joyce V

    Maybe they should have thought of all this sooner maybe before it got this far! This is day 36 and still no real answer, how much longer before all the ocean life is dead and people are looking to the government for More Money that we don't have! Get it together President Obama and the Feds!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  29. Susan Jacobs

    Face the Americans on television, personally, twice a week with honest updates on the spill;

    Ignore Republicans, nay sayers, BP, big business, and say what you will do and then do it;

    Quit sitting on the sidelines of what is going on and get involved in what needs to be done;

    Stop the visits to other countries until OUR problems are addressed;

    Stop steak dinners and visiting diplomats because you are too busy correcting the things that are destroying OUR country;

    Say what you mean, mean what you say, follow YOUR ideas and your beliefs and quit letting others tell you what to say and do.

    I expect anyone who is President of my country to do these things. I don’t care if you have on a shirt and tie or blue jeans and a flannel shirt. I don’t care of you’re cleanly shaven or covered in oil while cleaning up animals in a dangerous situation. It is not about how you look; it is about what you do.

    “Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.”- President Barack Obama

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  30. Matt

    Well, The phone did'nt ring at 3AM, but, it's ringing none the less, and it does'nt look like anyone at the White House is gonna pick up.

    So busy changing the world , they forgot about the world we already have.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  31. Zachary Israel

    The Obama administration needs to step up to the plate with an iron fist and take over the situation in the Gulf immediately. Letting a private company, BP, take over operations in a natural disaster is illogical and will only make matters worse. The sad thing is that President Obama won't even change his stance on off-shore drilling. How many natural disasters will have to occur for him to stop the "drill-baby-drill" mantra?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  32. Shan Rodgers

    Seems like the government doesn't know how to take control. They should take charge of everything on top of the water and throw everything they have at it immediately (if they can act immediately). Let BP be in charge of deep water and stopping the leak.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  33. Alan

    In light of the fact that BP is incapable of stopping this leak I believe that our government should step in and demmand that BP get off their collective butts and get something going. Plans to plug this type of leak should have been in place before drilling even started. When I heard BP had spent millions of dollars in our congress lobbying against safety issues I was angered. A company that makes "billions" of dollars in profits annually should have been able to swoop in and fix this leak the day after it occured.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  34. mary

    Where is Kevin Costner and his clean up equipment???

    I live on Lake Ponchatrain and am very concerned,


    May 25, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  35. Donald

    I think the president should take further action on this matter. I don't believe the nature of this situation is being taken serious enough. If things become worse, and more wildlife does in fact die, who is willing to take blame for such a tragic incident that could have been prevented.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  36. Thomas

    It is ingrained in the military decision making process to mitigate risk through out an operation. Of course we should have handled the defense of the Louisiana coast prior to the inevitable assault of the oil. Establishing a defense and security plan are first in any type of operation. We have failed Louisiana again.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  37. Anthony

    The administration has dropped the ball on this disaster. They need to devote more time to resolving this instead of playing politics on other issues.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  38. Shadow


    The oil spill is in international waters. WHY isn't anyone discussing this and the limitations this has on how the United States responds?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  39. Jim

    It is not rocket science...the government should do everything to lead the way in protecting the coast and clean up – with BP paying for it...BP should focus on stopping the leak.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  40. Wayne Vaughan

    The government is not omnipotent. They don't have the personnel, equipment, or expertise to plug the leak. Maybe we should be looking to other private companies for assistance.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  41. Edward

    I am glad the Government hasn't stepped in.. It should not be the responsibility of the American taxpayer to foot the bill on fixing the mistake of a FOREIGN based oil company.. Hold BP 100% responsible and when the leak is fixed the gov can step in and make sure they clean up the mess.. Keep in mind the record profit years they have been getting, I'm pretty sure they can afford it

    May 25, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  42. Ardie & Patty Minor

    We can place an orbiting, working, station in space, millions of miles away, but we can't plug an oil leak 1 mile deep. Something is wrong with this picture. You can't tell me with all the smart people in this oil industry, that someone, somewhere knows how to to fix this problem.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  43. Jim Perdue Sr

    A blowout preventer doesn't work after a couple years in deep ocean water. They crack, and corrode and were designed for Government appeasement.

    Every oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico should be shut down and inspected to see if the blowout preventer really works. If not then each oil well should be shut down.

    Congress is going to drive up the price of oil anyway so it isn't going to make that much difference to any of us. Instead of worrying about Gulf oil contamination, they want to raise taxes on Oil companies. What idiots we have to represent us!

    The Gulf is going to be like Alaska. Drive off the coastal dweller so Big Oil can have its way!


    May 25, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  44. Pat Edwards

    If, as BP and government states, there is no plan, no equipment, no technology to stop the oil–then they shold not have been drilling that deep to begin with. The question is "Who allowed that to transpire?"
    Should be some criminal prosecutions. This disaster is due to years of non-compliance and greed. Brings to mind two names synonymous with oil and greed - Bush/Cheney.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  45. Richard Gordon

    Tony, I don't know if this is being done, but can't they use local/state/federal prisoners Angola,a for instance) as some kind of work-release program to help clean-up the oil spill. Gov. Jindal should be on top of this, too. Haven't heard much from him. DG

    May 25, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  46. sunflower717

    I think the federal government should take over the entire process of stopping this leak and stop trusting BP to be honest with the American people. The federal government has dropped the ball regarding this issue – it does not seem like they are taking this spill as seriously as they should. Key players should be out of Washington and down in Louisiana tirelessly working with the people there to first stop the leak and then attend to the important eco-systems that have been affected. Obama Administration, stop fiddling around and get on the ball!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  47. Roger

    The government's job is to govern not to engineer a solution to this problem.

    For me, governing in this instance means making sure that the cleanup is performed and legislating safeguards insuring against this kind of accident again.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  48. Sean

    Coast guard is not equipped to deal w/oil blow. Why haven't we enlisted the US Army Corps of Civil Engineers? It's apparent BP is not interested in fixing, it impacts their bottom line, the $500m study will impact the consumer@ the pump. I'm with the pres. Of Plaquemin Parish. Fix it now!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  49. SteveCHNC

    This is an example of a high cost, low frequency event and many times these things are not properly prepared for. Realistically, it's hard to say that the federal government should have been prepared for this. There are many disasters that can happen that are difficult to foresee and too many to be prepared for (i.e. 9/11, Katrina) and the shortcomings are only obvious after the event has occurred. The upfront costs of being prepared for every imaginable high cost, low frequency disaster would be extremely prohibitive. However, the federal response to this disaster is too slow due to bureaucracy, and this is more often than not the case. It seems that the state of Louisiana has more concrete plans and they are prepared to take action right now. Let the local and state governments do what they need to do to save their home.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  50. roland huber

    this is crazy, in my opinion to stop the oil and cap this leak they should have lowered an 4 sided box with retractible roof. having the roof open while deploying to alow the flow to not hinder the placement of the "box". after the box is in place the roof should then be closed and a valve with conected to pipes is to be opened.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  51. L Adams

    Hey Tony, why now do people want the government to do something, these are the same people that hate government except when they need help. What does this say about their credibility, Zip, None, Nada, a bunch of loud mouth, ignorant, morons who couldn't pour piss out of a boot with the directions on the bottom, and these people want to run the country, they had their chance and almost destroyed this country. Lets deport the e legal immigrants that came from Europe, where are their papers.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  52. Dan Bronson

    There are three parts to addressing the spill. Capping the well must be handled by BP , but saving the shoreline and handling the ocean pollution must be addressed by government. BP simply is not capable of handling those.

    The President must make those involved move MUCH faster.
    This is Katrina all over again. Glacial bureaucracy is not capable of emergency response .

    First get Interior, Coast Guard and Corps of Engineers out of the way of state and local government actions. Second use executive authority to get BP or federal checks to those doing the cleanup within one week and pick up the pieces afterwards or this oil will stain the Obama administration permanently.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  53. student J G

    They should just demolish the whole rig instead of trying to save it.
    Just blow it up!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  54. Sherilyn Underwood

    President Obama: This country needs you to step in immediately and take over this national disaster. Put together a group of smart engineers and academics and get people working on a solution. Sieze BP's assets now to pay for it. Why would we trust the repair of this mess to the very folks who brought it to us?

    President Obama – Your lack of leadership in this calamity has already hurt us. Please take control of this situation – NOW!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  55. Angel G

    Wait a minute!!!! I am watching the CNN news and some people are sugesting now that the goverment should take over of the oil company? In this case BP?
    More goverment take over?????

    May 25, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  56. Mark F

    Tony, there's little more the government CAN do. The federal government isn't in the drilling business and they don't have the equipment or expertise to deal with this leak. This is BP's leak, they have the gear and the people to stop it, and they're working on it. People need to settle down and stop the finger pointing. The fact is, BP wasn't out there drilling for their own amusement. They were drilling because Americans demanded the oil. And we all knew this was a risky, dirty business before we placed our order. So let's just have a little patience, because this could take awhile.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  57. David DeSousa

    I feel every one involved is doing the best they can,This is a problem that we have never seen before.
    Guys like Billy Nungesser,Bobby Jindel, are grandstanding for the camera, taking advantage of the miss information and anger of the people.
    Everyone needs to have patients .

    May 25, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  58. Troy

    It's crazy that Americans scream "too much government" on one hand but expect them to have the resources to handle an oil spill a mile deep. Peeshaw. Take over BP until a solution is in place and clean up funded. Otherwise sit by idly and watch.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  59. John

    Last month we wanted Obama's liberal government out of our lives totally – but now that that we have an oil spill, big government isn't doing enough and should takeover the operation of a private company and make things right? Am I seeing just a bit of hypocrisy here?

    If you build your house and life on a Volcano, below sea level, or in a swamp you should expect unfortunate things to happen. Lay off the government and look in the mirror. That's where the problem is.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  60. Eric Williams

    It seems to that all the fixes that BP has came up with already has something to do with getting oil onto a ship. Instead of just plain stopping the leak. As far as what the government should do, lol, I guess now its ok for government oversight, spending and more regulations huh? I'm for it, but what about the ppl that complain about it. Looks like a another game of Political Chess.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  61. Jill Ayers

    Be proactive we are obviously out of oil. Lets stop putting our garbage in petroleum based bags. Stop giving out plastic at the grocer's. Stop bussing student to huge ineffective schools. the time has come to build smaller schools close to where children live. Maybe the day of the super store that we drive to needs to end. I think president Obama is a good man and president who has an unbelievable task. He needs our help support and ideas. This is unthinkably sad. We need to start understanding we are out of oil as we watch the gas prices go down.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  62. Laura (Ring)

    Tell the man who spoke from the parish in Louisanna, to go ahead and do what he has to do, those people have waited long enough. I held a elected government office for 28 years, start the work to get it cleaned up, what will they do, arrest you?, So What ! Laura

    May 25, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  63. Henry in Birmingham

    I would like to know what the government is capable of doing. Fine them billions of dollars, spill still exist. Set deadline, they have already missed deadlines, spill still exist. Only the Oil Companies can stop this disaster. All OIL companies should get together to assist in this project, and let's not depend on the government to do something it has no control over. Regulations are mere words when you have a foreign company who are incompetent as they have shown with one failure after another. A old fashion boycott of BP would get their attention

    Henry in Birmingham

    May 25, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  64. Lance (Chicago to Houston)

    Tony, I thought if someone damages your property here in the U.S. common practice is to sue the guilty party. I am having a hard time understanding why we haven't gone after BP. Everyday this Gulf Coast spill situation isn't solved, we create more and more of a problem with our coastal region. We should be charging BP millions of dollars in fines by the day. Just think of the damage and affect this problem will cause our coastal residents over the years. The Federal Government should take charge of the BP/ Gulf Coast situation immediately. Our Government should charge back all costs to BP and all other parties involved.

    With hurricane season just around the corner, this situation needs to be pressed much harder!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  65. Tom, Vermilion, Ohio

    I knew President Obama and others were in over their heads early on when Obama said "the first priority was to stop the leak". What does "stopping the leak" have to do with "containing the oil at the surface"? Containing the oil should have have been a first priority with the proper oil containment boom. Heavy seas (big wave) oil containment technology does not yet exist. This is what surprises and frustrates me. When the rig first sunk and oil first come to the surface, it was a small slick, now its big. Wrong equipment, bad designs; no business drilling in the Gulf. Hurricane season is upon us. Better shut down all wells in Gulf.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  66. Bobby from Charleston SC

    BP should not be taken off of the hook for this spill. Efforts to contain and clean should be a collaborative effort between the coast gaurd and BP. The last thing we want is for BP to not be held liable for damages and have the taxpayers pick up the tab b/c the "government" took over responsibility. Its time for BP to put those BILLIONS in profits every quarter to work!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  67. James

    President Obama needs to get the USN Seabees right across the way in CBC Gulfport moving on this barrier project, instead of letting BP and the public relations machine they own continue to act in their own best interests. This is the job Mr. said you would be different; call, raise or fold

    May 25, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  68. Paul Jencka

    Hi Tony,

    I was disappointed to hear elected officials grandstanding in tones consistent with professional wrestling promoters when referencing what "they" are going to require BP to provide for US citizens affected by the spill. Phrases such as "we are going to hold our boot to their neck" until every drop of oil is removed from the shoreline. "If you made $50K before the spill, you will receive $50K from BP following the spill." according to one of the more militant politicians.

    BP is a foreign company governed by less than straight forward laws and treaties.

    My recommendation is to interview victims of the Valdez spill to get of feel for how many dollars a gulf business owner should put into their hope chest. Secondly, play the interviews for the most egregious grand standing elected officials and request specifics on how they are going to back-up the promises they made to their constituents on national TV.

    Lastly, in my opinion, the most touching interview CNN aired was of a gulf business owner effectively trading his potential compensation from BP for a clean up of the breading grounds along the shoreline of the Gulf.

    Thank you Tony.

    Paul Jencka

    May 25, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  69. George

    What needs to happen in the Gulf Oil Spill is like every other problem we face. President Obama and the current Administration Need to Take Ownership and stop the finger pointing at the previous Administration. It's been over a year and the change we see is an Economy in collapse and other major problems like out of control Illegal immigration, National Security based on Luck, Gulf Oil Disaster.....Skyrocketing underemployment and college grads with staggering debt and no job. What we hear is "Previous Administration...." Where's the Change? Where's the Plan? Where's the Great Motivator?
    Was it all just Smoke and Mirrors?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  70. Jill

    Tony, why is the goverment the ones who should be stopping this? is not everybody, complaining that there is too much goverment, and we want private bussiness to run the country! We are all at fault for this mess, due to our countiued greed for oil. BP and the other two compainies involved should be the ones footing the bill and cleaning up the mess. Also all the oil companies should come together to stop the leak, it is obvious that drilling this deep should be stopped, when there is no back up if the blow out valves do not work.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  71. Steve Keep

    Hi Tony,

    I believe Mr. Mungesser, his Parish, all Gulf coast states that are threatened by this spill should ignore the Army Corp of Engineers, bypass the bureaucratic mumbo jumbo, and proceed with their dredging plans. The bill should be sent directly to BP at 80%, the US government for 20% because they are killing the Gulf by inaction, indecisiveness, and feet dragging.

    President Obama needs to take command of the disaster immediately. BP's operation must be commandeered, all local assets brought to bear to get this mess under control right now. President Carter did it with Three Mile Island, what is the problem? To hell with the 6 month studies, the spill is imminent. By the time the studies are done, it will all be gone.

    Remember strong democrat leaders like Frankilin D Roosevelt. He would have already been in charge and dealing with this weeks ago. Put your pants on and get it done, the country is counting on it!

    Steve Keep
    Cortland NY

    May 25, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  72. Judith

    Where is the president? He is talking on TV almost as much as news anchors are. He is flying all over the country to campaign for his party members but he is not talking about or flying to the Gulf coast . The priority of the government beginning with the president should be to save our coast line and the many lives, animal and human , that will be changed forever.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  73. Peggie Watson

    This oil spill is akin to a terrorist attack on our economy and should be handled as such by the Obama administration.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  74. kirk keys

    tough issues demand tough decisions. i suggest:
    – obama approves LA plan for berm construction today w/ funding now. its sand, after all, and could be removed later.
    – re-org epa response capabilty ; cut heads
    – navy / coast gaurd take responsibilty for dispersents,take command of this aspect of disaster today.
    – bp owns all costs. any hesitation introduces legal action. attorney general prepares approach immediately.
    – ajoining states adpt LA proposal or alternate plan, for immediate implementation. obama bypass ep a and related buracracy.
    – military / science technologies compliment bp ownership to stop leak; obama owns alignment of resources and sets demand expectation.
    – award coast gaurd commander

    May 25, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  75. Joseph Peil

    Dear Sir, I have exausted myself since the beginning of this spill in the gulf attempting to be heard.I have over 40 years of experience working underwater in the oil industry. I submitted plans for dealing with this discharge to Senators/Congressmen etc. called the BP line etc. Called The Admerals office/ they said Not Interested. They said BP doing everything possible (NOT TRUE). The engineers at BP have the admeral fooled and in their pocket. These are the same engineers that created this mess to begin with. They are not can do people. The protocals for dealing with this type of discharge have been around since they first started drilling below a depth that service diver could reach, designs and equipment have been available for years. Because of a lack of knowlege on the part of BP and the administration in dealing with this type of desaster suddenly everyone claims ignorance. All of this is untrue. There is nowing and resolution

    May 25, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  76. rosemary soares

    First the American people don't want more and bigger gov in their life, but the moment there is a problem they scream for the gov to come and rescue them and solve their problems. This is BP who is the problem and must solve it and we need to penalize them for this. To always blame the gov is not fair...maybe the coastal states need to be prepared for the disasters that come their way before it happens. Seems like they are always a dollar short and a day late. Could be someone like Dick Cheney planned this to derail the Obama presidency since he is involved in Hallaburton who is involved in BP, why did Chris Wallace on Jay Leno mention a huge amount of $ he got . Darth Vadar??$$.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  77. Karen

    And has anyone thought of what will happen if BP goes bankrupt?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  78. Paul Stipp

    Tony, What should be done was a question that needed answering years ago when these ul;tra deep water oil companies began drilling at these depths. Educated research and development should have been done on ways to use redundant sucessful emergency mechanisms to prevent disasters like this from happening. Allowing any company to put in jeopardy 20 or 30 million americans jobs, livelihood and a fragile marine environment is just unacceptable under any conditions.for any reason.
    Presently, The President needs to take control of this with a team of the most educated and experienced in clean up and oil containment that can work with local government to do whatever it takes to minimize this disaster from getting worse. We need tens of thousands of boots on the ground to assist. We need to use all of our military assets and anyone else that is wiling to perform labor or donate money to assist.
    The President should have a nationwide emergency declaration on television to put this plan into effect immediately without delay and at all costs. The government owes the citizens at least this much.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  79. Kim L. Jones

    To start with they should be dumping sand bags over top of the leak. If you can use sand bags to stop flood waters. You can use it to slow or stop the oil leak since oil is thicker than water. You should consider taking cement bags and placing explosive chargees inside them and placing them in plastic. Again just like you could with sand, build a mountain of them over the leak. But with cement you can explode them and the cement will mix with the sand and water. Both of these ideas will wok. If your sink or tub were to begin shooting water out. What would be your first response? Cover the hole and place something heavy over it.Same principle here, cover it with sand or cement, something heavy. Even if the pressure is so great that you can`t cover it. You would be creating a wall around it. And you`d be able to place something heavier on top of the wall.
    You can also have pumps skimming the oil. You then take what was skimmed and take it through a still{Boil it at 212 degrees} boiling the water off. You then take it and put it through a filtering cart{5 mesh bag}

    May 25, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  80. Ernest Johnson

    I'm not privy to all that's being done right now, but from my perspective this catastrophe is presently being engaged on one front, which appears to be to cap the spill. Although I agree with this strategy, I believe it should be changed to a two-front strategy, with the second being to do everything humanly possible to secure and protect the wetlands. This could be done by enlisting the assistance, and seriously considering the plans of those who live and work in this area. I truly believe that neither BP or the government knows what to do to stop this flow, because they both function on a reactionary basis, which does not consider worse-case scenarios in their planning. I would highly recommend that they become more proactive in every respect to hopefully prevent these types of disasters in the future.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  81. Hagen Bernecker

    This is a real eye opener, our top politicians including Barak Obama promote off shore drilling in our coastal waters without beeing educated in the risk involved and without any emergency policies in place.
    " Drill baby drill " just shows how naive and irresponsiblle our politicians are.
    Weak laws, poor judgement by our politicians and greedy companies have finaly come together for a meeting in the Golf of Mexico.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  82. Rob

    The total stupidity of the management of the oil splll is the finger pointing and waiting on BP instead of taking action.
    Mount on all the fishing boats (which have nothing to do anyway) a strong suction pump with two hoses; one to suck up the oil, the other to pump the oil into a huge "mother tank ship".
    If a couple of hundred ships would participate this would certainly help.


    May 25, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  83. Ol'Bob

    I agree that we should seize all assets of BP and sell them off to pay for the clean up and to pay reparations to those who have been injured by this spill.

    I hate to tell y'all this but the US does not have the authority to do that.

    The same mistake in the 14th amendment that gave corporations most of the power they currently have gave corporations the same rights to due process that you and I have. That means that we can not just seize their property any more than the government can seize your personal property. We have to take them to court. We have to let them spend millions of dollars on lawyers whose only job is to drag out the court case as long as possible. We will have to pay even more millions of dollars to sue them. Then, if they lose, they have the right to appeal all the way to the supreme court. In other words, it could take 20 years before we are able to start to try to collect damages from BP. By then the damage will be done and they will have had time to make sure there is nothing left for us to recover.

    We need to change the law so that we can seize the assets of BP. Corporations like BP have no fear of our laws. Something like the deaths of those all those men in Houston or the ecoside of the entire Gulf of Mexico is nothing but a business risk that adds to their cost of doing business. Also note that they are "British Petroleum". They aren't even a US corporation. Most of their assets are out side the US where we can't get at them. How are we going to collect anything from them 20 years from now when they finally lose in court? Do we send out the Navy to grab their tankers on the high seas? Not likely.

    We need to change the law so we can punish them *now* and make sure that we can punish any corporation that breaks our laws. Only when breaking the law becomes unacceptably expensive will these corporations pay any attention to them.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  84. Lauraine

    Stop the blaming, get to work and get ideas from S. Hawking, Dean Kayman, MIT and even Spong Bob.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  85. Linda Reed

    President Obama is looking weak as a leader if he doesn't take a stand to help clean up our coastal waters. As a supporter, I'm confused as to why he is taking the back seat and not recognizing the urgency to this vital food source and the air we breathe. My family and friends in that area have had enough devastation. Give them the support that is needed to get this mess cleaned up.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  86. kathleen rollins

    leave admiral in the same role – BP should not kicked off the job since we do not have expertise in oil well drilling in deep water .
    Coastal cleaning and protection have the locals government parrishes and counties be the leaders with expertise from all the organizations with knowledge such as scientists, industries, corp of engeeriers as support but enlist the public to help so what if they make a few mistakes from differant points of view overall I think would be successful they have the passion and reasons to make this work. It is their home, their livehoods their love of their culture. Let them lead that effort.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  87. msdevine

    I have concluded the responsibility our government has to this disaster is to hold BP accountable for it's lack of adherence to the strictest safety policies. The head of BP overrode the head of the tanker sealing off the well all in the name of saving money and time. This makes BP culpable, and FULLY responsible. Their assets should be seized, as any assets would be seized in a criminal investigation, and held until they have repaired/payed for the damage their criminal negligence has done.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  88. Barry Revell

    We should attack energy as a moral equivalent of was
    How to get off America’s oil addiction?
    Ask T Bonne Pickens.<< I would love to meet the man.
    We send billions overseas to countries that don’t like us.
    And this creates havoc with our balance of trade.
    If we kept that money in America our economic and employment problems will be solved
    According TBP, we have an endless supply of natural gas. Green energy.
    American homes have natural gas, this with gas compressors we can fill it up at home.
    We can end toxic oil drilling. We can kick peak oil out the door.
    All automobile companies make natural gas vehicles.
    This is a no brainer.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  89. Kim L. Jones

    BP doesn`t want to stop the leak.What ever they do to stop it. They`ll have to undo when they build another rig{ I saw on one of CNNs specials that it takes 20 years to build a rig}.Although burrying the leak with sand bags or cement bags would work, the bags would wrap around the drill bit when they try to re dig. So they`re trying liquid mud. It`s not going to work, you need the bags to hold the material together or the pressure coming out the leak will just blow the material around.
    I bet you that if I were to get a ship and go and start putting that oil and water into drums BP and the Coast guard would stop me. I challenge CNN to get me permission.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  90. Joe Calarco

    I thought we had passed the deer-in-headlights presidential response to crisis with the departure of George Bush. No such luck. Here is Obama, claiming no one in government knows how to handle an oil spill. Well, perhaps no one in government has a clue, but Obama and his EPA have a responsibility to protect us from catastrophic environmental disasters, and preventing the drilling of wells at any depth that cannot be shut off within three hours., They fail this responsibility on a daily basis. Someone needs to be in charge of gathering and coordinating international expertise in designing a disaster response. BP's history indicates that it evades responsibility. Obama worries that if he takes responsibility this will be seen as "Obama's Katrina." Well, it already is, and much more. If he cannot deal with this crisis, his presidency itself is unsustainable.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  91. Rhonda

    Why can't they come up with a huge like wet/dry vac.
    That as it sucks it up, it catches and seperates the oil and clean the water.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  92. John Sanderson

    People are blaming Obama for every thing...
    They are not thinking about what got us in this mess. Bush, and his war's got us in all of this!!!!
    We should bring ALL of our young men & women home NOW!!!! These war's can not be won, they have been fighting since 95AD!!!! The National Guard was never set up to fight war's. If these people were here they could help with the oil spill.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  93. Angie

    Republicans and Tea Party always say No to government regulating business practices, companies, corporations and industries.

    Yet it is Republicans and Tea Party who always yell, "where was the government when this happened?"

    Well you can't have it both ways. Either place the government in the position to regulate, which means you have to pay the money so the government can function as the police for business practices, companies, corporations and industries.

    Or Stop Complaining!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  94. Maribel Barquie

    Mr. Harris:
    Baton Rouge's wet land needs plenty of shampoo and conditioner or a fire set where the oil has taken over (the birds will fly away to safety...sad to say...those who can fly) This is not going to be a one day treatment, this is not louse. They cetainly need to build the sand domes everywhere, treat the oil spilled in the wet sand and plant those magnificent micro-oil eaters and wait half of a century or more for results, while the birds and everything around keep on dying! We need drastic measures even if the coast burns!
    *****************************************************************************Coast Guard Commandant retires but will remain in charge of the "Oil Spill" in the Golf of Mexico therefore it doesn't matter where the sun will rise tomorrow, he will not loose his well earned and deserved retirment and wishes commandant!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  95. Jason Brand

    If anything history and past accidents have taught us that it's always worse than we think and we won't know the impact for years to come on just how bad! I would think that knowledge ALONE should be enough to motivate everyone involved to handle this as the major major catastrophe it is! I think BP could perhaps engage other petro companies to start drilling the relief well needed now instead of doing so in a couple weeks/month. I have heard that up to 10 other countries have offered their assistance and BP has turned them down. I heard 100's of coastal local ships are sitting at the dock not being used. Perhaps the Government could step and mandate BP: use other companiies to drill the relief well, accept help from other countries, and employ local fisherman and their boats way beyond the capacity they have already done so! Hurrican season is coming and now is the time to throw everything including the kitchen sink at this situation! No help from anyone or anywhere (within reason) should be turned down!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  96. michael

    Have you ever noticed how everytime a oil spill happens, gas prices sky rocket, what is the government going to do once gas stations raise the price on fuel rises, because everyone knows that is one of the main reasons the economy failed, people could not afford gas.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  97. Barry Smith

    Shut down all BP oil wells in the US until BP has capped the well, cleaned up the spill, and paid all the personal claims. The lost revenue from those other wells would really motivate BP to think and work faster and smarter on this leak. And it would motivate them not to delay paying the claims with year-long legal delays.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  98. Diane Parker

    If the siituation weren't so serious and tragic for our fellow Americans, it is an important lesson: contrast all the attack on our "BIG" government until someone wants some HELP!! BP is a private/ foreign owned concern which a lot of Americans have touted that the government should not touch. Paradoxes – aren't they informative!!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  99. bob graham/highlands ranch, co

    It always seems that oil disasters are never treated as disasters and the main concern of oil drillers is "The Hole" and not the leak.

    At any time there is a leak, there should be several different fail safes and destroying the "Hole" should not be a concern.

    Here we have a drilled hole which has been lined with metal pipes and many things could (at the minimum) slow the flow from the leak, if not stop it altogether.

    Placing explosives in a circle around the hole and detonating all simutaneously, should move enough dirt/rocks from 360 degrees and at the minimum shrink the open diameter of the casing, causing the flow to lessen until a new hole can be sunk...There are other means, such as a contraption which could hydraulically shrink the exposed plumbing, also slowing the flow at the minimum.

    I do not believe enough has been done, and my deceased ex-wife used to work for Red Adair, so I have seen or heard of many cures.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  100. Helen

    It is absolutely egregious that something which can potentially and now HAS had such catastrophic impact on our country, the world and the environment does not so much as have an iota of federal regulation or oversight! Clearly BP has one agenda and it is green.
    What was their first quarter gain this year?!
    Not only should BP pay every single dollar of cleanup cost but also pay for years to come for the negative impact on the environement and its residents.
    The advanced technology is here to clean it up. Ask Europe. President Obama, I voted for you but you are acting a "slow" as the former President Bush. Show your stuff, harrness your power and authority and DO SOMETHING or we will next election.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  101. John Traver

    The Coast Guard should have been made the lead agency in 1990 with adequate funding to do what is needed. This is not rocket science. Ten oil tankers with oil seperators could have done wonders. But it takes money and years of perperation. The oil seperators need to be designed and built and the tankers bought and retrofitted. Oil seperators have been arround for over a century.

    The drillers could have been required to provide triple redundency on shut off valves. Provisions for a top hat, of known size and performance, on a cement base could have been required that would be sure of stopping the leak. However, all of these things would require the expertise to be with the government, not the private corporations. It would have to be designed in at the well head and inspected by the goverment ROV's.

    Elections have consequences. Doing things on the cheap by relying on the commercial industry is always dangerous. Corporations are interested in profit, and willing to accept some risk. We should not accept that risk.

    Where was Bobby J. one year ago when he could have used the stimulus money for building the island barriers?. We knew they were needed for hurricanes. They would be in place now.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  102. Lois Cook

    Please tell me why the gulf area is not supported by means that are suggested by the people out there that have some good suggestions .How about straw, fibers that collect oil, etc., etc., etc. Please try something that might not be chemical.
    This is a 'country' disaster, let alone the financial disaster.
    This should not be a situation that can "Bought Off". That will not replace the damage that has been done to our country.
    Please wake up!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  103. JT in Indianapolis

    Hi Tony!
    The huge oil spill in the gulf is a terrible disaster and I am sympathetic to the residents & marine/wildlife that is (and will be) affected. This is something that should never have happened! And all the finger-pointing is disgusting.

    I am a little concerned with the 'run to the government' to fix the oil spill problem. With all the rhetoric decrying less government involvement, why is it that the affected states run to the government for help? Why isn't it mandatory that ALL states with off-shore oil rigs be provided with booms at the expense of the oil companies? Or, why don't oil companies with off-shore oil rigs have booms available on their facilities? I am a little weary of blaming the Obama Administration for not doing more and not doing it quicker – our country was in such a mess when Obama took office. The cozy relationship with MMS & oil companies is just another legacy inherited from the Bush/Cheney oilmen. I wonder how many other cozy relationships remain?

    May 25, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  104. Lydia Trevelyan

    Wait a minute.
    Let's backtrack a bit to the time when BP and other Oil companies applied for permission to drill in the Gulf. What federal and state governments approved the drilling, what regulations were in place at the time and what contingency plan did they have in place to deal with any disasters? Didn't this take place before the Obama administration took office?
    The point is, this disaster is out of control because few safeguards were in place to protect the sensitive eco systems near these wells. ALL well operations in the Gulf should be reviewed immediately and environmental rules and regulations tightened. The American people should demand no less.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  105. Bill from Rotonda West FL

    Lets get real. The dispersants are a rough combination of detergent and microbes. But these dispersants were engineered to work at atmopheric pressure, not at 5000 feet of water. We/they have no idea what the chemistry is like at that depth. Stop the use of dispersants now until we fully understand the chemistry at those depths!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  106. Casey Madsen


    The problem of the Coast Guard 'not responding swiftly enough' is NOT because of the government. The Department of Defense DOES have a vast amount of resources but private contractors run several of the operations for them. In fact, the Navy and the Marines dont even own the computers they use and arent allowed to update there systems even! They sold a contract for a private company to take care of that for them. I live next to the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center in Southwest Indiana, and I work there as well, but we saw the same sort of 'slow response' when we were hit with devastating floods 2 years ago. The ability to respond now rests on the shoulders of those the government pays. Why doesnt anyone complain about the groups that are actualy causing these complexities? And why is BP under fire when it's not their fault the blowout preventer didnt work? Scapegoats are keeping this country from fixing the actual problems that are at the center.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  107. caleb

    i think that until BP, and the government, realize that humans are not the only life form to worry about, the oil spill will not get cleaned up.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  108. sam tsohonis

    Whatever is done to get this under control, I think it's pretty ridiculous that a project of this magnitude can be initiated without first having engineered a solution for such a failure. Are you telling me that nobody at the drawing board saw this as a possible eventuality?

    It reminds me of early childhood when I pooped while taking a bath. I knew immediately that I had made a mistake, but there was no changing it once the damage was done. Luckily, as a pre-toddler, I was able to come to the conclusion that it was something I should never, ever try to do again...

    May 25, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  109. Bill

    Your email regarding UAE from a submitter shows a lack of knowledge and what the industry is comprised of. UAE was trained by American and British companies. The experts are still within the western hemisphere. The companies are cooperating and trying to come up with a solution. There is a reason Obama has not commented, He has no clue what to do. Leave it to the experts. It is an unfortunate and horrible situation that is similar but harsher than trying to plug a leak in an airplane 1 mile above the earth.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  110. Mary Casey

    Hi! Tony
    Want to get BP's attention? The government should fine them a
    million dollars a day. I'll bet that thay will cap that well in no time

    Why is the House wasting their time formulating a bill that will raise
    the oil tax? That will only hurt the American people..

    May 25, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  111. stella

    I thing we should let them try to. Fix it

    May 25, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  112. Richard

    Like everyone else, I hope the Gulf Oil disaster will be quickly resolved, but I can't help but wonder if the same folks down in the south who are decrying the government's handling of the situation are the same ones who demand that very same government "stay out of our lives"?

    May 25, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  113. dorothy fade

    The Navy has submarines that weigh thousands of tons. Why not park one on top of the spill? If it can’t go that deep, rig it with remote control. Leave it there until they get the solution in hand, or bury it in concrete. They have little remote ones operating down there now. Why not a big one? There is no excuse for inaction. My solution would end the problem in a day and should have been used the first day. so what if it costs a billion dollars. Send BP the bill and seize their assets until they make arrangements to pay up.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  114. Nancy

    We are all concerned about this terrible disaster in the Gulf. BP should be paying every state that has a coastline! We will all be affected by their slow and ineffective ways to fix this horrible eco disaster. Why has Obama not been flying over this oil disaster as the President did over Katrina? This will kill all of our beaches even up to the Carolina's, we are apalled at this slow response to our beautiful beaches and eco systems!
    I think BP should have their assets frozen to pay for all of this mess! I say get off your rear ends and do something fast, before it is too late!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  115. Joseph

    First, I understand that the US Government does not have an oil leak stoppage agency. However, the one actual failing of the Administration, as I see it, is that no one with actual hands-on disaster/managemednt oversight has been put in place to oversee BP. Why has the Administration not required BP to have ALL potential remedies prepared at the same time so that if one fails, the next is already in place and set to go. This is, in effect a war, and our military is well schooled in having multiple contengencies ready to go at the same time, multiple back-up plans. We have that expertise available, put a battloe tested General in charge. And we should be requiring BP to do this instead of trying the first "dome", then waiting awhile until the top-hat is prepared, then BP changes its mind and tries the siphoning "straw", which is inadequate, but it takes even longer to get the "top kill" ready, and a "junk shot" may follow, but there is no indication that it is ready if the "top kill" fails. I'm from Mississippi and I love the Gulf that is being killed. Come ON Mr. President!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  116. Doug Thorpe

    It appears that BP is placing all of its eggs in one basket and hopes that will stop the leak; that is not good enough. BP must conceive of 10 different methods and develop all 10 methods at the same time with 10 different managers and 10 different machine shops. The USA must come up with 10 different ideas and pursue them at the same time. If one fails, you will be able to try a different method very soon thereafter (not days later).

    Why not place a bigger pipe in the 20” well head; a minimum of 12” pipe with a booster pump would be way better than the 6” pipe with no booster pump; no wonder it didn’t pick up much. If a 18” pipe with booster pump was inserted into the end of the pipe, it could pull hard enough that the other leaks in the pipe could be minimized.

    Why is BP placing booms along the coast? BP should be encircling the oil leak with MANY concentric rings of booms. If you stop the oil at the source, it will not spread to other parts of the world. If you can contain the oil at the source, then what good will a single row of booms do along coast?

    May 25, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  117. Keith of Washington

    Once again the fed's has failed at protecting our wildlife, and our waterways. My only question is who's going to pick up this tab? I'm sure the fed's will figure out a scheme for us tax payers to eat this one!BP needs to be held responsible for their inability to solve this problem. Fines are Not enough.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  118. Dan McCullough

    It is time for President Obama to demonstrate real strength and send in the US Navy to shut the well. Send in the Navy seals and let them do thier thing..blow the well shut.

    I cannot vote again for President Obama again if he cannot step up to the plate in a real emergency like we have now.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  119. Jane Connor

    What happened to the 2 Florida scientists who had what sounded like a REAL solution to clean up the wetlands? They were using "microbes" that "eat" the oil...and turn the oil into something like....soil? I believe I saw the story on CNN. The 2 "inventors" have a company that produces this solution and they were frustrated that no one was listening to then! This interview with them was shortly after the spill while the oil was only in open ocean! (I am certain the story was on either MSNBC or CNN.)

    May 25, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  120. Joseph McKinney

    This disaster is very much a case of the public not wanting government until trouble but now trouble 'where is the government' if the government kept people to take care of all these things first there you would hear is cost and if then we hear how they don't like BIG GOVERNMENT but do it on the cheap......Joe

    May 25, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  121. rndomthought

    BP should crush the pipe at the tip where the leak is to slow the flow of oil, or hammer the pipe to close it like closing a soft drink’s straw with the tips of your fingers. and then put a cap to cover the pipe the diameter of it should be bigger then the pipe and have suction at the end of it. First when you have a cap bigger then the pipe there will be no pressure pushing it a way from the pipe, then they start collecting the oil.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  122. Ryan

    This is a great tragedy and nobody wants to stop the leak and restore the environment more than BP. They are loosing money every day their product is spilling out into the environment as well as accruing more clean up costs (which will already be measured in the billions of dollars). BP and Transocean are not however completely responsible for this effort. These companies were providing a service to the American people in a manner which was overseen by numerous federal agencies to ensure they were conducting business in a safe and responsible manner. Until investigations prove the operators were in deed at fault this should be treated as a joint effort in response to a disaster. BP should be in charge of the operation as they are the experts with the engineers and the equipment, but they need our assistance. Let's work together to fix the problem first, have some respect for the engineers and leave the blame game for later.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  123. Darrell & Paula Patterson

    We think it would be a great idea for CNN to publish a basic training guide on their website for people who want to help with cleaning oil from the beaches. Since the government takes so long to accomplish anything, we think it would be a public service for CNN to provide access to this type of information.

    CNN could publish a simple course on needed equipment, handling and disposal of pollutants, and proper care of affected wildlife. Access to this information would allow more people to volunteer their efforts towards oil cleanup.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  124. paul kruse

    I am an oceanographer, and have been following the abortive attempts to stop the oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. 30 -40 years ago explosive engineers developed a technique to close off metal pipes using det. cord. It is a simple technique and simply squeezes the pipe,choking off the flow. I have not heard this approach mentioned. An experienced explosives engineer can do it.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  125. Thomas


    I think we have been overwhelmed with this oil mess and have forgotten that we are in the middle of hurricane season. I spoke with a friend of mine from New Orleans and he stated that you do not need a hurricane to create a mess all you need is a tropical storm. He stated that a tropical storm would sit offshore and churn up the water and oil. If you think Katherine was mess, think about a tropical storm or hurricane sitting offshore stirring up that oil.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  126. Mike

    first off ,we need to boycott BP until they have cleaned up there mess in the gulf! I would like to see them bring in oil/water seperator pumps. Also i wish the Federal Gov would step in and handle this situation. and any other countries that we have helped out in the pass if they could come help us!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  127. Phil

    Everyone says the BP has the expertise- obviously not. The oil has been leaking for 35 days. Why does it take 3-5 days between different attempts. Plan B should be there with Plan A if it fails. Let's launch one less shuttle and get the NASA guys involved.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  128. Bob B., Pittsburgh, Pa.


    I sure hope that the Army & The Navy, Ordinance people, are looking for a Bunker Buster type solution. Surely we've got a way to collapse the Earth on itself and seal this leak permanently. If a BP facility was burning down, we wouldnt be waiting on BP to put the fire out. Its common sense that we dont want it spreading to our neighborhoods. Isnt THE GULF our neighborhood?

    May 25, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  129. rick Hill

    I have a solution to the seemingly lack of ability to find a solution to the BP spill. All decision making execs, all decision making government officials should be placed 2 apiece in a skiff with 50 rolls of paper towels and shoved into the effected marshes to wipe off reeds and skim oil. We get a solution in a couple hours.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:46 am |

    we live in the age of the spin if you don't ask the right question to a direct topic you get a spin.... what about the permitting (drill'n) in the other environmentally endangered areas (land & sea), are they on hold or have they been resented (as they should, obversely we can't trust the Oil Corporations to find their way out of a paper bag) WE don't need drilling on the Eastern Coast, or in Alaska (what about 'those permits'..... Nobody has asked about those PERMITS .....

    May 25, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  131. Al

    I keep hearing the phrase "BP has been unsuccessfully trying to stop the leak." I've been hearing this phrase over and over even though it's untrue.

    The truth of the matter is that BP has wasted alot of time not trying to stop the leak, but to instead contain and control the leak while continuing to have access to the oil spilling out. Every single option that has been attempted to be implemented has had designed into it a way to have continued access to the oil.

    It is only now with the "top kill" method that they will be making their first serious attempt to truly stop the leak. Why so now at over a month since the beginning of this disaster?

    May 25, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  132. Alan Holmes

    Please do some reporting on the possible causes of the gulf oil rigg explosion. if you have time, review the Ranger Walker program where Walker goes undercover to stop an enviromentalist gang from blowing up just such a well in the gulf. Their plan was to create an enviromental mess that would possibly stop offshore drilling. Maybe this possibility should be considered.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  133. Fredericka Jarvis (Fred)

    Is there a way to determine how much pressure will be exerted on the cap after plugging the hole? Because if that pressure builds up after plugging it, that cap will blow like a volcano if the ocean flooor experiences an earthquake and the disaster will be unimmaginable.

    They can use a semi-permiable membrane to collect the oil that is on or near the beaches, wet lands, etc. and store it in barrels for future use.

    Now for the actual rupture below the ocean floor- they can use flexable, sturdy connectable tubes to form miles of pipe-lines that direct the oil to storage areas, similar to the way the tap brings water to your home. A valve controlls the flow. They would need a steel connector like an open barrel, to place around the rupture and secure it in place several yards below the ocean floor, then connect the flexable pipeline to channel the oil to storage areas.


    May 25, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  134. MacIntact

    Really it should have come down to we was first to jump on fixing this... Everyone should be apart of this, not just the BP, and if there is extra cost yes they should cover it, so down the road BP and other compaines will what and what not to do. But RIGHT NOW we all need to do something, We need a buy out for our Gulf Coast. really for the world.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  135. denis mildon

    As a Canadian, I find it funny that so many southern Republicans who want less government and freedom for capitalism to make money easily want the government to step in and rescue BP. I thought it was private enterprise that was supposed to save the nation. Will these same Republicans be willing to pay the taxes need to cover the government's cost of fixing the Gulf disaster?

    Denis Mildon

    May 25, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  136. khan


    Why cant we create the biggest underwater vaccum pump that pumps the spill into a big tank were the water is purified and thrown back into the sea, while the oil is pumped out.


    May 25, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  137. aran

    first the last thing we need involved is our joke of a government. All Obama can do is point his finger and say we won't allow this then runs off to do a photo op.

    Where are all the small businesses that showed their solutions for cleaning oil? Let them all out there.

    Seize the assets of all the companies involved to pay for all of the clean and only release when they have come up woth a solution that has been validated by the group in the middle east who are the experts. Certainly don't allow DoD or any of our government in to validate because if they actually do work they are clearly imcompetentent. But part of the solution needs to employe the fisherman waiting on Obama to finish his statesman act. And it should start today not tomorrow today.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  138. Daniel D Heagerty

    Treat it like a Nuclear Plant Accident.
    Put the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) in charge. They are the most technical people the government has. These people can find fixis better or as good as anyone. I've worked in Nuclear for 35 Years and believe me there's not a Drill Reg in the world that has the complexity and safety backup systems of a Nuclear Plant. They are prepared for emergency.DDH

    May 25, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  139. Richard Beal

    The Republican say that the government can't do anything right but then they want the government to fix the oil leak. What gives they can not have it both ways. We must also remember that for 8 years our interior department was run by the oil industry. We let the oil industry run wild so don't expect this mess to be clean up over night. That is both messes, in the water and in the department.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  140. Victoria Nikolov

    I saw a demonstration of the SMART SPONGE where a combination of oil and water poured through the sponge. The oil stayed in the sponge and only clear water came through the sponge. The company contacted The EPA and Obama and BP yet no one returned their call. WHY IS THE MEDIA NOT PUSHING TO USE THE SMART SPONGE?

    BP has been told by the EPA not use the effective chemicals. Washington won't give Governor Rendell what he needs to protect the shore. This is a disaster that could have been blocked from reaching shore with the chemical and fire. Our government would not let BP set the oil on fire. That is how oil spills are cleaned up. Fire. Nothing would have reached shore if Obama did what he is supposed to do. The way you demanded Bush to do something during Katrina. You didn't require President Obama's response during the severe flooding of the Grand Ole Oprey, Nashville was under water. Could it be because the people of Nashville are country singers and most likely conservative, that they were left to sink. It was two weeks before Pres. Obama even said anything. He did nothing. That is his MO. He never responds with action. Look at the sinking of the South Korean ship and Pres. Obama has not responded the way an act of war should be responded to,.

    Victoria Nikolov
    White Plains, NY

    May 25, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  141. ocrmom59

    Listening to some of these republicians talk about wanting more government involvement now and they themselves do not know how to stop this leak and disasters.

    It is sad that this is happening but let not forget one important thing, the people who worked for these big oil companies knew about things that should been done before something happen, did nothing but kept making more money. If you work for a company and know danger alerts around every corner with no plans in place tohelp solve it when it does, you should be contacting every agency that is reponsible to come and check it out. But no it easier to just close a blind eye until something happens.

    Well now it has happen, and the ones who wanted less government has endangered the lives of their people and wild life, not the government tied these big companies hands by looking the other way, but the ones who profit from it.

    We can blame this president or any other president for not getting involve at this time but it is wrong to blame. Put the blame on the ones who looked the other way and made profits from it. Start with the people who you elected to be your voice and continue to say no to everything that would put these companies more responsible for keeping plans up to day for these disasters when they happen.

    All those who cried they wanted their country back and less government is getting their wish, where are these people now, crying for the one thing that they are against, the government. The government look real good now, don't it. Now that the party of no can no longer do the work by themselves. We all need to take heed to all these disasters that are happening and stop all the name calling because of not being able to get your way. Look in the mirror and see what you have caused by beingable to get your way for so long.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  142. Su from Fort Lee, NJ

    To Mr. Harris,
    You asked the wrong person the right question to Rep. Joseph Cuo. He is as misinformed, misdirected and clueless as he was when he voted "yes" to the health care b/c he was only thinking of his Vietnamese constituents when voting, NOT FOR ALL of his constituents – AMERICANS!

    What he should have said is continue to put the pressure on BP to collaborate with others who have had similar experiences with broken pipes. AND LET THE LOUISIANA and local officials DO THEIR JOB. They want to protect the shoreline, estuaries and wild-life sanctuaries so LET THEM DO THAT instaed of blaming on rules of the law and bureucratic procedure. We don't NEED a commission to study the effects NOW . What we need are manpower to build temporary barriers with sand bangs, dunes, absorbants, etc. etc. to prevent the oil spill from moving further inland!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  143. Jean Atkinson

    Does anyone else see the incredible irony in all of these small-government believers suddenly finding such an urgent need for the government to take over this disastrous oil spill in the Gulf? It galls me to hear not one note of humility in their strident demands for such a takeover. Where is their long touted advocacy for government "getting out of the way" and letting private enterprise such as BP handle the disaster?

    May 25, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  144. Linda Cole

    We've heard how oil spill will affect fishermen but have not heard how spill will affect the hospitality industry(condos, hotels, restaurants, parasailing, jet ski & boat rentals,etc.). There is very little other industry here so the sugar white sands & emerald green waters are our life's blood, Here in Panama City Beach we are dependent on the beach & it's waters. If oil spill reaches our shores it will devestate this entire area economically for years to come. Not to mention what it will do to our wildlife. The spill has already affected our tourism because we have had many cancellations. So far, our beaches have not been affected by the spill and we need people to know this so our money-making season won't be a total wash-out. For many businesses on the beach, this is the time of year that will sustain them through the off-season. Please let everyone know that our beaches are as beautiful as always and that many hotels-condos are offering special deals just to get people down here so our season can be saved. Love ya Tony!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  145. Melanie in Louisiana

    Why can't one of our Navy submarines go down & land on top of 24" pipe & smash it closed? It might not stop all of the gushing oil, but would be able to stop most of it. Also, heard from someone who went down to marsh yesterday that BP is having all of the bags of toxic waste put into a shallow landfill (near the marshes we are trying to protect). BP claims their waste is NOT toxic! What will happen when we have a hurricane or a tropical depression come through Louisiana? All of the toxic gulf, etc., will be rained all over the coast & inland in all of the gulf states.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  146. sandra young

    i believe they should come up with a devise to squeeze the pipe or pipes together tightly until a shut off valve can be install.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  147. GOD Bless America

    I have personally seen one or two out of seven or more people, which are employed by the Federal Government , are incredibly competent employees which have been unprotected in the past federal government ineffectuality e.g. people being productive. The seven or more which are not competent employees e.g. to people being injurious are employed by the federal government… and are destine to stop the one or two out of the seven or more people from taking over the Federal Government ranks and being productive i.e. reducing incompetents in the ranks …
    Now it seems to me that the public wants less Government intervention @ times and @ times the public wants more Government intervention e.g. to do more i.e. with less…
    I see the need for the news stations to find and support the one or two out of seven or more people that are employed by the federal government which are competent employees so to increase competent employees in Governmental ranks for a direction of change from needless and/or less Government intervention…
    However it has been said: “Corrupt Government is better than no Government @ all.” which is sad if that’s what we the people have in mind …
    Thank you and
    GOD Bless America

    May 25, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  148. Wendy J

    To hold BP accountable, the government should tell them as of today their operations will cease in the United States until the oil spill is completely stopped.

    President Obama needs to tell BP they have put up $100 Billion, up front, to guarantee the clean up and well being of the whole region.

    Remember they profited $181 billion in 2008 when gas prices were so high. This is pure profit, not. sales.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  149. Steven Scott

    First of all, thank you Tony for being a great anchor, you tell it like it is from both sides and the most fair Anchor in the news. This is why I watch you.

    I have lived in Wasilla, Alaska almost my whole life and experienced the Exxon Valdez. There was a chemical that was developed around the same time the oil spill happened here in Alaska, that when applied to the spill it would bond the oil together in a gel like substance, non-toxic, biodegradable that allowed skimmers to retrieve the spill much quicker. Why didn't BP use this first to keep the spill to a minimum.

    BP does not want this due to revenue and they must feel it is less expensive to pollute the ocean with toxic chemicals then pay all the claims when the oil does destroy the eco system. No oil, no proof.

    Water can be separated from the oil, saving the crude for refining. Allowing BP to keep the greed going thinking they could salvage the oil first before capping it off and the fact they did not have the technology.

    Why didn't our President make them use the chemical that was non-toxic, and cap the well off the first day with any means necessary. Why is BP not using the non-toxic chemical for recovery, then the toxic chemical that dissipates and pollutes?

    My feeling is because BP wants the evidence to go away quickly as possible and blame the eco system on some other factor non relevant to the spill. That is big oil rearing its ugly greedy head instead of doing the right thing and taking care of this the right way.

    All BP oil leases should be suspended until this spill is cleaned up and all the shore, the eco system is back in place all claims have been paid. BP should concentrate on clean energy and stop polluting our ocean.

    The President I feel is pulling a Bush right now like Bush did with Katrina. Taking way to long to do anything about this.

    Thank you Tony for letting me respond,

    Steven Scott
    Wasilla, Alaska

    PS. I am a Democrat and support our President but feel strongly about this issue.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  150. Kent Bonde

    I for one am hopeful that BP and all those involved with this unprecedented ecological disaster, are doing everything within their capacity to stop the flow of oil and begin the long clean-up process. Pointing fingers, playing the political blame game and trying to second guess the technology being applied to try and cap this leak, is nothing more than counterproductive to the effort. BP has everything at stake in this disaster, and I seriously doubt they are dragging their heels on this. If anything, the Obama Administration should be supplementing the clean-up effort instead of playing the wait and see game and blaming everyone including the former administration for this problem.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  151. msdevine

    Seems like they could fashion some sort of barrier to keep the oil in on area. Why couldn't anchor a huge funnel to the ocean floor made of heavy plastic and have tankers siphon the oil off the top? Seems fairly cheap and somewhat simple...oh, yeah, a little too late now.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  152. Eric Forrer

    I an a resident of Alaska and was a relief skipper on a 135 footer on the Prince William Sound Spill. The people of the nation own the resources, which is why contractors pay license fees and royalties to harvest or produce those resources. I make the argument that BP is engaged in wonton waste of a non renuable public resource, and the company should be charged market value for every barrell of oil released by the leak. This means a daily charge of that days value for oil times the number of barrels lost to the ocean, as ultimately determined by an independent scientific team. Its my oil and I want my money. A fee like this is the only thing that will get BP's attention and push them to switch from spin to solutions.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  153. Mike Owens

    What has happened to companies like Red Adair's co. the hellfighters. I feel that the government should develop something that answers to FEMA as an emergency response team. It should draw from the US military ie the Navy and Coast Guard.Also, isn't there manned submersibles out there that can work at the depths, or remote submersibles for that matter to properly place the new plugs or siphon hoses?

    May 25, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  154. homer ladnier

    my family has lived on the gulf coast since 1719 they came over from France and they settled along the coast to do 1 thing thats to fish/oyster ect now the oil spill is threatening my way of life and my family's

    May 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  155. michael

    With all of these animations of the "Top Kill " method show a complete in tact and clean connection point on the pipe, but when you look at the live camera it doesn't look like the animation. I am also curious to know what if any air quality samples have been taken due to all of that gas leaking into our atmosphere

    May 25, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  156. Paul

    If our government won't do anything about holding BP responsible and wants to play the game of “powerful corporations doing anything they wish no mater how illegal or damaging to our economy and environment” than I think the American citizens should play their game. I think the American citizens should start a class action lawsuit against BP – American Citizen verses BP Oil. Put them out of business the good old American way; using lawyers. What top law firm would not jump at the chance to have maybe 500 million plus citizens sue BP. That way every one makes a few bucks, BP goes under, gas prices don't go up and other companies will think before making catastrophic decisions that affect all of us and our environment for years to come, if not permanently. If the government won’t do something, I say we sick the lawyers on BP. Heck for that matter get citizens from other countries involved since this affects our whole planet.
    That is my suggestion for a solution. Anyone want help get this started?

    May 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  157. sandra young

    another idea install a larger pipe over top the leaking pipe, but of a softer aliment that can be squeezed on to covered piped and stop leake and still pump oil into tankers. use a large heavy duty rubber hoes squeezing it on to leaking pipe, having some sort of squeezing devise hold that squeeze until the rubber hoes can be affix having a turn off valve placed onto opposit end. i know this can be done.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  158. alex

    I have two ideas i would like to run by you. BP had the right idea; but why did they use a rectangle dome instead of a oval dome? The secound is why didn't they use a bigger tube to go over the broken pipe, then using smaller tube to insert into the broken pipe.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  159. Bill Skibel

    My dad has a plumbing buisness in Mass.
    When we worked together at times we had to use what he called a blow bag.It's attached to a hose once inserted into a PIPE can be inflated to seal it up against the ID preventing it from being pushed back out.This always blasted the clog in the opposite direction because it had a smaller opening on the opposite end as the water feed that lead to the inflation,seal and possitive preassure on the inside.
    My other thought was from that point maybe 50 feet back would be an external flexable boot wraped around the pipe and continue to flood it with liquid nitrogen slowing or freezeing the flow while the the blow bag held back some of the flow.
    Judging from some of the other emails i've read my( BLOW BAG) idea may just be a new discription of the officials in charge of this mess in the future.Engineers party way too much in school and when they get out are too full of themselfs,i work with them and the hardest thing for them to consider is another corrective action that wasn't there idea.
    Think about it,it would work,thanks, bill.

    May 25, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  160. Sandy Morgan

    BP should pay every single American $1,000,000 in damages for the destruction of their land, the loss of their jobs, long term medical costs, and the poisoning of the entire Gulf food chain.

    ALL Americans will be affected by this for a lifetime.

    This would cost BP $310 million - hardly enough - when you have lost your country, your economy, your health and your food.

    May 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  161. Jeff Santen

    Did it ever occur to anyone that BRITISH PETROLEUM isn't working on a plan to plug the well, but working on a plan to recover most if not all the oil and gas being released into the Gulf. If they plug the well, total loss. If they find a way to recover the oil and gas, it would minimize their losses as well as fund the clean-up and some if not all the legal ramifications. They are stalling, and working on a plan that's best for them, Not the people of the United States, especially our sister states in the gulf. Disgustedly yours, Jeff Santen

    May 25, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  162. Judy Roberson

    Bring in the experts from UAE in Dubai– They have already dealt with a problem such as this and they were very successful . BP should be held responsible for all clean up not only for the shore's but also for the devastation this is going to cause with the life forms of the ocean.
    I understand the concern for out of work fisherman, they could be out of work for years to come, who really knows how many decades of harm this could cause. They should be held responsible for the cost of whatever it takes to clean the Gulf so that the ocean life can thrive as before. Now I am hearing about the taxes they are planning to place on oil, why should the people have to be the ones paying for the mistakes they made? I'm sure I am not the only one thinking this way.

    May 25, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  163. D J

    I think BP ought to be removed from the so-called 'clean-up' in every way shape or form! Another Oil Company, completely independent from BP, should be brought in immediately to finish the 'clean-up' the right way, to be paid, in full, by BP! It is quite Obvious that BP DOESN'T HAVE A CLUE as to how to rectify the oil leak and all the problems it's caused.
    Personally I am going to boycott using any BP (or ANY OF IT'S SUBSIDIARIES) gas stations.. And I urge everyone to do the same.
    I can only hope that when the oil leak is finally fixed than an investigation is conducted to see what criminal charges should BP, and it's executive officers' should be charged with.
    Finally, I think BP ( and all of it's past, present, or future subsidiaries )ought to be BANNED , effective IMMEDIATELY, from drilling ANYWHERE in the US and it's waters... All current drilling by the aforementioned BP ( and all it's past, present, or future subsidiaries) should cease within 24 Hours!!!
    'Nuff Said!!
    D J

    May 25, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  164. Carl

    Other countries have submersible subs that can go a mile deep to routinely fix oil leaks. BORROW THEM. Naturally we don't have any subs because of oil company greed. Put Cheney and Bush in jail for deliberately allowing their oil company friends to avoid installing safety valves on the rig equiptment that other countries use routinely for SAFETY. Cheney was told they were necessary during the Bush years and he thumbed his nose up to the truth for personal gain. Its all about money and greed with U.S. oil companies. "Drill Baby Drill" means" Kill Baby Kill". The public should be mad as hell but they should also be directing that anger at those historically responsible.

    I think coastal states that have not been affected by oil need to ban together to form a lobby and long range plan to defeat any future proposals for oil rigs off the coasts of their respective states to protect tourism, wildlife, jobs and business. They should engage now before state politicians looking to line their pockets solicit for oil rigs without regard to seaboard voters.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  165. Carole

    It is no longer beneficial to bash BP or the pres at this juncture we need to get solutions and stop the finger pointing

    let us get great minds to work here and get this fixed or we shall be killing off our oceans if we can not get this stopped and cleaned up asap!!
    lets get to work on the solution

    May 25, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  166. Jason H

    Here's what I remember from the out of control flowing and burning oil wells in Kuwait about 20 years ago: They detonated them and Blew them Up! That's how many of them were plugged.

    Can we just use a Hydrogen Bomb to Stifle and Smother that oil from puking into the ocean?

    Or does BP and the US Government have their Hands so far deep into each others' pockets that they are actually reaching for more than money?

    If this were a forest fire, it would have been contained by now. If it would have been Insider Trading, it would have been done by now. What is the hold up?

    May 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
  167. tony

    I wish the Congress would stop wasting BP’s money on hearings when there money is best spent on the fix.
    Why waste taxpayer’s money on hearings about something that’s happened, when the money is best spent on helping fix and clean up the problem.
    I wish my Gov. was more proactive instead of reactive.
    More money would be saved as well as time.
    If we focus on the fix not the blame we can get past this.
    The Corp of Eng. Should have been mobile ASAP. As well as FEMA. This was a gimme, (as I call it).
    Anyone could see that this had the potential to be catastrophic.
    And stopping off shore drilling won’t help anyone or anything.
    The problem was we forced them to go so far out that TECHNOGY was slow to catch up.
    Being a reactive Gov. you waited till something happened to figure out what you should have done before it got built.
    Should have asked "What is?" in the Permit process.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  168. phyllis rhodes

    Did I head a comment in passing that those yahoos in Washington were gonna tax the people for the oil clean up? Is America awake? BP should have to pay for everything-e-EVERYTHING! I don't mind cleaning up a mess I made but I sure don't want to clean up someone elses. If they tax us for this that tax will never go away. (I still want to know who paid for Nancy Pelosi's $400,000 vacation in January!)

    May 25, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  169. Fiona in Georgia

    Just an observation, I find it fascinating that everyone is jumping to find someone to blame, BP should fix the problem, the government should fix the problem, like they wouldn't if they could! Yet, no one, including all the media is asking the obvious question, "How on earth were these drilling rigs allowed to operate, without a worst case scenario plan?" Oh, one other question, "Are all the other rigs out in the Gulf any better prepared?" As long as the Lobbyists hold sway in Washington these types of things will continue to happen. Fox guarding the chicken house scenario.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  170. james holmes

    what they should do is make an inflatetable tube insert it the pipe make sure it have a one way check valve so air will not escape, also put little spike around tube so when you inflate the tube it will grip the wall of the pipe so it won,t back out.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  171. Bill

    I feel that each major industry, oil refining, coal mining, nuclear waste, and the like, should be inspected quarterly (or the appropriate timeline) to conduct mock catastrophic disaster drills.All countermeasure backup systems must be routinely validated.

    The gulf oil disaster should bring an end to the "rubber stamp" methodology used by government inspectors in their oversight of coal, oil, and nuclear energy.

    BP owns this oil disaster right now, but we must think now about whether disaster relief should be an industry-wide challenge.

    May 25, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  172. Angela Savage Austin

    Why aren't the other Oil companies such as Exxon, Mobile and Shell coming up with expert ideas to fix this mess...could it possible be more political than one knows...bidding wars....Does Bp own them and us?

    May 25, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  173. Eveiyah

    The plug will not work salt water cause concrete to crumble that is a folly .

    May 25, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
  174. Bearfoot

    BP could set over the hole with a drill rig, run pipe down with a tapered steel plug, twist it into the leaking pipe tightly, cut it off 4 ft. above the plug and it would be sealed. That`s the way they drilled the hole to begin with, so plug it the same way.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  175. maze1gerald

    Well BP is not as advanced as I thought.imagine a billion dollar oil company not being able to stop a leak.what are they running that company with, duct tape and hay bailing wire?

    May 25, 2010 at 9:32 pm |
  176. maze1gerald

    Maybe if those BP exeutives had to face going to a gulag they would hurry up and fix it.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:47 pm |
  177. MR.AL

    MR.OBAMA needs to let Wasinton take over!! This spill has gone on long enough, BPs had enough failures, the gulf coast is at risk along with the fishing industry. This finger pointing between BP,Halliburton and Transocean is just been plain STUPID!!! BP owes the people of America and the Gulf Coast more than an appology and excuses. If BP, Halliburton and Transocean want to blame each outher go to court, but leave America out of it.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:13 am |
  178. Tammy Walker

    To your question these morning if Boycott BP makes an Impact. I would like you look at these and than ask again:
    OK People, so many always say it really makes no sense to boycott BP. I know there are far more things we can do and I know it is a problem with all Oil Company's. But we gonna hit them where it hurts and it makes me feel gut. How about this numbers here? If I post this wrong please feel free to correct me
    OK you pump...lets say 25 gal a week for 2.69a gal this = 67.25 OK ?
    So now multiply by 115.000 i get 7.733.750.00
    I hope I got it correct 🙂
    So please quit saying boycotting BP does not matter

    May 26, 2010 at 5:54 am |
  179. Lloyd Caster

    President Obama should not order the Government to take over this spill. If he did, BP could claim "government interference prevented them from handling the spill and, therefore, BP is no longer responsible for any further damages." BP caused this problem. It's theirs to stop. The Government should ensure the spill is handled responsibly and, it should ensure Full compensation is made to those affected.

    May 26, 2010 at 6:31 am |
  180. Richard Boley

    I am unhappy with CNN's very bland coverage. There are no details. BP says they are testing. Testing what? What are the results? You have no people on the recovery vessel. All you do is feed us "facts" mouthed by BP who no one trusts. Why should we trust CNN who is unwilling to get the real story from the scene?

    Cnn could tell us that they tried to get access but BP told them to go away. Probably what happened but why didn't CNN make an issue of this. No they stay on shore eating the crumbs fed by BP. That is not journalism.

    May 26, 2010 at 6:54 am |
  181. William

    It has not been mentioned, or perhaps I missed it but no one has asked BP on the size of this oil field. Before they drill the oil company explorations always determine the size of the find and how long it will be productive before going dry. If this continues, how many weeks, months or years would this spill out crude if it wasn't capped? Would it eventually contaminate the world's waters, and how long would that take?

    May 26, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  182. sandy

    Disappointed in BP, President Obama and any engineers involved in this problem resolution. Where are the 'brightested minds in the world' and why have they not been working on possible solutions? Root cause analysis is critical; this must not happen again. However, to quote one of my more sage managers: ' it is not whether or not you make mistakes, it is how quickly you can recover that is important.' Where was the risk analysis up front? Where is the list of possible problems of deep water drilling and either designs to prevent those problems or mitigate the effects? Where was the disaster planning? We are not dealing with a failed corn crop - we are dealing with the destruction of several ecosystems and and incredible amount of damage to incomes. Paying after the fact is 'the right thing to do', but 'getting it right the first time' is critical.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  183. Rach Pe

    Why can't CNN have a knowledgeable oil well expert on the air (right now) to explain what the viewer's are seeing in the BP Oil spill live video.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  184. Bob

    The live feed is showing oil/gas coming from a pipe. This is not the wellhead. This is not where the work will be done. BP is still not showing us the real picture. Are they still hiding something?

    May 26, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  185. melissa gonzalez

    Why don't they have tankers in the gulf sucking up the oil? They could then take the oil/water to the refineries, separate them, and return the clean water to the ocean.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  186. Thomas

    I agree with the General you just talked too.:They should of plugged the leaking oil pipe right after the fire was put outas soon as possible andnowafter the oil leak has been let to gush out into the gulf we now have a oilspill diaster in the gulf all becauseBP didntplug up the oil leak in asap.The damage is done.But if its not plugged up and let to continue to gush out into the gulf until august when relief well done it will even get worse.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  187. ThomasBaird

    I agree with the General you just talked too..BP should of plugged the leaking oil pipe right after the fire was put out as soon as possible and if BP didnt our government should of got in there and got the oil leak stopped /plugged up the pipe,and now after the oil leak has been let to gush out into the gulf we now have a oil spill diaster in the gulf all because BP and or our government didnt plug up the oil leak as soon as possible.The damage is done.But if its not plugged up and let to continue to gush out into the gulf until august when relief well done it will even get worse.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  188. ThomasBaird

    I agree with the General you just talked too..BP should of plugged the leaking oil pipe right after the fire was put out as soon as possible and if BP didnt our government should of got in there and got the oil leak stopped /plugged up the pipe,and now after the oil leak has been let to gush out into the gulf nowover a month,we now have a oil spill diaster in the gulf all because BP and or our government didnt plug up the oil leak as soon as possible.The damage is done.But if its not plugged up and let to continue to gush out into the gulf until august when relief well done it will even get worse.
    Just seeing the oil down there still gushing out of the pipe and I dont see anyone down there even trying to funnel it in some way to prevent whats still leaking out from going into the gulf water..

    May 26, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  189. ThomasBaird

    Your question is what should be done now.You asked that 4weeks ago didn tyou? I sent in my plan and it wasnt used.So It has become a Gulf oil spill diaster that could of been prevented.
    I submitted a plan in the first week but BP didnt want to take my advise.
    I believe my plan would of worked and wouldof prevented the current gulf oil spill diaster we now have . Damage has been done and if the oil leak isnt plugged up and the toxic desperents stopped being used it will get even worse.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  190. Chris Moore

    Here is a thought that should stir our complaicent government into putting all possible resources forward and solve this matter. "Gulf Moisture", is a term used by weathermen in the southeast. I have heard no one address the potential threat this disaster poses concerning the water cycle and the potential of this disaster to reach far inland. How will our rivers and waterways in the southeast US be affected by the evaporative processes that bring billions of gallons of water up from the gulf and drop them on our forests, rivers, and drinking water supplies? We don't know the affect of intense solar heat on this oil, but anyone who has pumped gasoline knows that fumes are a real issue. This is truly the largest man made disaster in the known history of the planet and all aspects of its potential should be addressed. May God have mercy on us, and may the 5% of people in the world who control 95% of the money for once lay greed down.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  191. Kate

    When the car industry was having problems, Michigan found ways to produce wind turbines. Now that the Gulph is experiencing such an environmental catastrophe, why isn’t anyone connecting this event with the need to stop consuming so much oil? It would be great if the states most affected could become the front-runners for clean energy initiatives.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  192. Rick from Syracuse

    Has anyone put a price per barrel on the salty crude. And who owns it now that it is just spilling into the gulf?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:09 am |

    BP could treat it like a new well. Since some of the pipe is exposed, they could drill into it and pump the oil up from the new hole. This would reduce the pressure at the leak and allow them to cap it with the cement. How about that Tony!!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  194. Kate

    Tony, not a comment, but a question.

    Please tell us the width of that pipe that we seeing spilling oil out. This will be a huge help for those of us watching to put this into proper persepctive. It could be 12 inches wide or it could be 6 feet. HELP!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  195. Nancy Nelmes

    John Hofmeister, former executive of Shell Oil on Larry King last night said he had notified BP weeks ago of the success placing super tankers in the gulf. They have suction capacity that would suck up at least 85% of the oil currently flooding the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama needs to call him to get details and move the supertankers in place to begin this evacuation even while the spewing continues. Save what we can of the environment.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  196. Ric

    The Government should do what they do best, form more committees and have more meetings. This way there should be enough Bull____ in Washington to plug the hole. At least we would get something for our tax dollars...

    May 26, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  197. VK

    Why cant they have a controlled explosion like the Russians did several times. Why dont they think outside the box a little and have the military and government step in for ideas. What im saying is have a controlled nuclear explosion. It has been done before

    May 26, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  198. john

    why not vacuum the oil at the source with large funnel at the end of the hose

    May 26, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  199. Linda Nenn

    The USN has two decommissioned DSV deep submergence vehicles in its reserve fleet. The SEA CLIFF and the TURTLE. The President should order the USN into the area ASAP, or request one of the 4 nations, maybe 5, that currently have a DSV that can send their manned craft to the sea floor, if for no other reason to guide the proposed seal pipe into place.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  200. Gail

    I don't know what to do, apparently no one knows what to do...I am not a BP hater, but does anyone really think that Chevron or Exxon or who ever would have any better success..This should never have had the opportunity to happen, if people were more concerned about responsibility than profits...

    May 26, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  201. mike

    It occurred to me initially that there should have always been a pressure switch and valve set up that would detect when either the flow or the pressure in the pipe change and would then shut down the flow until such time as a determination of what caused the blip could be made.
    now it seems to me that we should be able to drive a ballon into the pipe, like that used in angioplasty, expand the ballon and seal the leak, then take some time to cap the pipe.
    what amazes me the most is that no one at BP did a "what if" scenairo and had a plan in place to address this.
    Finally, someone needs to go to jail for this!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  202. Dan in Houston

    Put the Navy in charge. Assign a 4-star admiral with total responsibility for stopping the leak and cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico. His orders should be clear: Do it or kiss your stars goodbye.

    Then, park an Aircraft Carrier on site and put the Admiral and the entire command and control staff, as well as heads of EPA, Interior, and other Cabinet officers on the carrier with orders that no one gets off the ship until the job is complete. They can get anything they need flown out to the carrier but no one leaves as long as oil flows from the well and the spill is not contained. Anyone that can't cut it must resign their job or commission and leave in public disgrace.

    Justice Department files criminal charges for manslaughter and places the responsible BP officials in Federal Detention without bail while waiting trial.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  203. Joseph

    President Obama should reach out to every unemployed person in the country and offer them the opportunity to come be a part of the relief and clean up effort. Fly them out; put them up; pay them well; then bill BP later. These oil execs are like carnies in Tommy Bahama shirts. It is time for federal and local intervention.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  204. Lisa Weitzmann

    Tony, did I totally miss something? If the "blow-out preventer" is what stops the oil from flowing is what failed, then why can't another "blow-out preventer" or a turn off valve be activated at another part of the pipe line before and after the spill? I know it'snot as simple as turning if a valve and the oil stopping, but there MUST BE SOME WAY to stop the flow from other points on the line?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  205. Lamar Sessoms, Jr.

    Put Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney and George Bush iin charge of the clean-up. Promote less Fed regulation over corperations and "Drill Baby Drill". Not until all of the trees are gone from the forest, not until all the birds are gone from the sky, not until all of the fish are gone from the waters, not until then will the neocon Republicans learn that they can't eat money.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  206. John

    I would like to see ships with powerful hoses to suck up near and at the top of the ocean and other computer operated subs to place the hoses near the leak to such up the oil at the start.
    Thanks Tony

    May 26, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  207. mel b.

    will the goverment also chk out the rig that is drilling 8000 ft in the gulf after this is all over with to make sure nothing happens there it is Chevron owned

    May 26, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  208. Phil

    I just dont understand what the holdup is betwenn the government and BP...There are hearings on Capitol Hill...WHY? Waste of time. Just like the government towaste time when we need a solution. Instead of placing blame at this juncture let's solve the problem and then figure out the consequences. Mr. Obama welcome to your Katrina. Time to call in the military. Hows this lets put some unemployed people to work to help with the cleanup.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  209. VK

    Im sure the only reason they are taking there time in fixing this well is because BP doesnt want to lose this well. They want to cap it so that in the future they can use it again. They need to realize that money and this investment is gone. The min this well started to leak money should not be out of the question but BP is being cheap and doesnt want to lose this oil. Well thank you BP for trying to stop this leak.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  210. Lisa Weitzmann

    Tony, when 911 happened emergency services from all over the U.S.A. showed up In A Day. Why isn't that happening now with the spill? Karin interviewed a town or county homeland security officer this morning who organized his staff and others to pick up the oil by hand and there beach is "clean" compared to others we've seen. The Federal government did not have to "organize" everyone who showed up on 911.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  211. Ron

    Plugging the leak is definitely necessary and I hope the top kill idea works . However, the damage already done needs to be addressed immediately with a massive comprehensive effort . Using dispersants doesn't seem logical to me . I think some sort of coagulant to limit its ability to spread farther and wider is the way to go. Then use huge drift nets with a fine mesh to corral the spill into ever smaller areas and then scoop it or vacuum or pump it off the surface into a tanker . Whatever you do don't dump even more toxic waste on top of an already disastrous environmental catastrophe.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  212. Jean


    What to do about the oil spill? This oil spill is a national disaster which may spread worldwide, underground, into the sea, lakes, rivers and streams and cause a further disaster. Typical example of man's capability and incapability and who cannot foresee the future and what will occur in the future. We are always surprised and shocked at such disasters.
    I do wish that people would not blame President Obama. He did not cause it and in reality he cannot prevent it or end it.
    It is BP's business or was. BP is the expert and should know what to do also to have its experts end this continuous spilling. As the saying goes: "If at first you do not succeed, try again" and keep trying.
    There are those who appear to have suggestions, who give advice and know what should be done but do they which would be effective. This is a trial and tribulation for America in view of the overall loss of business, food and employment which is created by this oil spill.
    My conclusion is to pray fervently to God for his divine assistance. He sees our works, efforts, mistakes and anxieties. The only hope and help for the world is Our Lord Jesus Christ. Help Lord, Help!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  213. Rick from Syracuse

    If the market puts a dollar amount on the salty crude and determination about the ownership of it then the ships may come.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  214. Yvonne Gonzales

    I believe President Obama should organize a think tank consisting of the best minds in the oil industry (not BP alone), scientific community, and gov't and solve this problem ASAP!!!! This situation makes me want to cry!!! BTW – How will the upcoming hurricane season affect this problem?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  215. Ron

    We need volunteers and workers from anywhere and everywhere at all levels of government from municipal to federal to get involved . The Military should take over the command and control and organization responsibilities because thats what they do best. The way people and governemnt pulled together for 9/11 is the way we need to pull together here and just Get the Job Done. Oh and by the way , BP should pay for ALL OF IT !

    May 26, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  216. L.Alvarez

    Rick, Don, Tony, everyone please ask ??? Why Oh, Why are we not using four or six skimming super tankers in the Gulf sucking all the oil up....... if they are available get to it.....!!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  217. Bruce Sharratt

    I bet that Salami Bin Luden and Al Queda are happy with BPright now! BP just committed an act of terrorism they could have only dreamed about! They have been pointing their finger at everybody else, I am surprised they have not pointed it there! Thanks BP!

    Salami Bin Luden

    May 26, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  218. Dan in Houston

    Why isn't Tony Hayward, CEO of BP, in the Federal Detention Facility in Houston, Texas, being held without bail while waiting to stand trial for homicide?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  219. Bradley

    Is it possible that the oil on the oceans' surface could be ignited by a lightening strike?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  220. ron marton

    where are all the GOP with there DRILL BABY DRILL maybe now would be a good time to turn the keys over to them. sure do here from them now THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE.....

    May 26, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  221. Randy

    OK, there are so many people with good ideas on how to clean up the spill but it's not getting done ! The spill is big enough to let these people go out into a certain area and test their results. Maybe we should just dump tons of OXY-CLEAN into the gulf and watch it go away like the late Billy Mays used to long as this does not harm the sea life.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  222. jeff harrison

    Here is how to fix the leak... use a nucular submarine and attach a huge plug to the nose of it and ram it into the pipe leak using the sub motor to hold it in place as it is permenantly attached....this shouls tak 2 days max

    I'm sure bp can give us the diamiater of the pipe... kind of like pluging off a chaimpain bottle with a cork...
    excuse my spelling as i'm dyslexcik

    May 26, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  223. bryan emery

    i think with all tha mmoney there spending on this the idea to just simply get a pipe that starts off smaller than tha hole an gets bigger over time an just hammer it down it sounds like a simple fix to me?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  224. Ellen

    Where are all of America's Volunteers? People en mass can help the top sludge by dipping the awful plastic bottles filling them up, capping them and sending them to an oil refinery. The chain gang that is shoveling up the sludge, putting it into plastic bags which more than likely will end up in a land fill is totally inadequate.
    BP can supply tents, porta potties, food and water for the volunteers along with appropriate clothing.
    Just "Start" to skim off the sludge already and stop pointing fingers.
    DO SOMETHING about this now!

    Please mention this volunteer effort on your show.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  225. ThomasBaird

    It goes to show how, the oil pumping shut off safety valves failed.They didnt have a back up so the oil has been allowed to gush out into the gulf waters as they try to find a solution asking there best and brightest on what to do now a month later asking for public to send in suggestions and then not use them but let the oil leak continue.

    What worries me now is whats next? How is all of our Nuclear Power Plants in the united states do they have emergency back ups already in place just in case of a nuclear power plant melt down, or will it be like a BP oil leak diaster figure it out after it happens and then the clean up?
    To find out they are not prepared and dont have a back up if there back up doesnt work to prevent a diaster.Is disturbing.
    And to just watch the oil still gushing out of the pipe goes to show us there mentality of compitance on dealing with it.
    You would figure they at least could slide a bigger pipe over the end of the pipe where the oil is leaking out and clamped it tight then to pump it up into a oil barge. but what did they do? they slide a smaller pipe into the leaking pipe and are pupming some of it up but not all of it.tells us there way of thinking doesnt it?

    May 26, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  226. Joan Z. Drum

    How to stop the Gulf oil leak:
    Load it up with explosives and blow it up at the source. In the film, “Boom Town”, Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy used that approach and it worked! In real life, Red Adair used this technique to shut down oil rigs in Kuwait after the first Gulf War. These examples were instituted on land, of course, but with the undersea destruction thus far, an underwater explosion, if it worked, could stop further destruction.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  227. Scott

    Several items that I think are being overlooked, first I think that it is already too late to worry that this may have an ecological impact, it already does and over this past weekend I saw Bill Nye speak about clean up and asking for ideas, how about Grass Clippings, he mentioned Hay or Straw but I am sure that we have an enormous amount of grass clippings daily.
    second, how about crimping the end of the pipe like the bottom end of a toothpast tube or instead of putting a pipe inside the one that is gushing how about a pipe that is larger and then pump it out as it comes out.
    Finally, when do we get the rest of the world involved with this problem? if left to gush as it is now it will soon become a global situation and being that BP is global company maybe we can provide them with some global incentives(Boycot) and impact thier way of thinking.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  228. Michael in Phoenix

    Blow it up.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  229. Cliff

    if shoving mud into the blowout preventer in the top kill manuever today or tomorrow doesn't work I think we should try shoving various members of the Board of Directors of BP, Haliburton and Transocean into the various holes to plug the leaks...

    May 26, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  230. Doug & Patti

    Why is the Obama administration proposing a tax on gasoline to pay for the gulf oil cleanup when BP should be footing the entire bill?

    May 26, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  231. Paul McGrath

    Blow it..........Drill under the leak, fill it with dynamite and blow it

    May 26, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  232. Cecilia M. Krajewski

    Okay, maybe, I'm exposing myself as a total imbecile. But, why hasn't BP been required, from day one, to bring ALL available oil tankers into the immediate leakage area and pump the oil AND water into those tankers? "Sparing no cost". Unloading and loading that mix around the clock. And, WHY are people standing around bemoaning the thick buildup at the shoreline instead of skimming it (the hell)up????? Anyone?

    May 26, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  233. Nikky

    Move BP out of the way and get the experts in there. It is obvious BP should not be in the oil business!! They did not plan for this type of emergency and should never be allowed in our WATERS again!! Period! This is beyond criminal and whoever was in charge should be and let the inspections slide for gifts!! Should go straight to jail!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  234. Alyce

    Make BP close their stations until the leak is fixed. I bet that will get it fixed faster because they won't be making money.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  235. Joe

    With no skimmers or other clean-up ships around is BP using the Gulf as there own storage container to clealn up afterwards and recapture the oil and profits while the american people capture all the suffering.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  236. Tom Pep, from NJ

    Hello !!!! McFly!!!
    How about a Sub sends a heat seaking torpedo to blow it to smithereens!!! It will implode upon itself and plug up the leak!!!... Or are we afraid that we mite destroy the equiptment that cost BP so much money ???

    May 26, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  237. Walt

    First lets get it fixed, then go after all the corrupt, paid off, crooks in Government, and that is a bigger task and problem than the oil leak.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  238. St.Jon Clark

    The government needs to get involved. They need to blow up the well head with conventional explosives and go ahead and close it. Profit should no longer be dictating direction at this point. There is such a thing as the law of diminishing returns. I understand BP has invested a lot in this well, but their investment does not outweigh the investment millions of people have in the ecosystems and livelihoods dependent upon them along the Gulf.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  239. Robert Picacio

    Everyone is talking about the oil coming ashore now, but what happens when the first Hurricane comes into the Gulf and if it hits the coast and floods the coast, where will the oil go then.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  240. Barbara Shafer

    Where's the EPA? If I drop oil in my driveway they are all over it with costs & clean up . Hazmat where are they ? Why doesnt the goverment blow up the entrance like the wells in Iraq and cave it in ? What do they think it will make it worse its been over a month this is a global catastrophy. Its makes me very sad and extremely angry.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  241. Pete

    Have BP bothered to ask for assistance from the other big oil companies to come up with a quicker solution to stop this leak. As we can see this is a real problem for all oil companies, and surely pooling resources would make the entire industry safer in terms of preventing further man made disasters like this, and being able to react much sooner when they do occur. Perhaps the other companies have done better research on capping broken wells at depth.

    Vancouver Canada

    May 26, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  242. Ellen


    Where are "America's Volunteers"? Call them and they will come!

    Plan: Fill empty water bottles and crate them, put them on a flatbed and send it by land or rail to a refinery. The plastic bags being used by BP my just end up in a land fill "on our land"!

    Thank you,


    Volunteers of America fight back!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  243. Carol

    Regarding the BP oil spill:

    They tried to put a tube inside the leaking pipe. What about putting a larger pipe around the leak? This would direct the oil to the top where they can separate it from the water. We built the Alaskan pipeline, can’t we put in a pipeline around the leak even if it is far under water? There wouldn’t be any pressure in installing it and it could be pinned down to the bottom of the ocean.
    Mr. Costner’s machines would have better access to the oil to be separated. I have tried writing to every news agency there is, to Bobby Jindal, Salazar and others. Noone will listen. I know this sounds like a simple solution. Maybe it is!

    Carol Shannon
    Estes Park, Colorado

    May 26, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  244. Tiffany

    Get more skimmer vessels in there . . . again, call for help from the world!!!!!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  245. Peter Bernstein

    As was done in big spill off Arabian coast–circle super tankers and pump the oily water into them and let them offload their filled tanks at places that can separate out the oil. Side benefit would be a means to help pay for this mess.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  246. Michael

    The efforts to plug the hole are not going to work. Imagine if you have your garden hose on full blast and water is gushing out. how are you going to plug that hose? They need to drill a larger hole next to the broken pump. Then the majority of the oil will come out of the larger hole which is fitted with a non broken pump. Now they can plug the broken pump with the blast of gunk.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  247. Dan

    Why can't they slide a long collapsed cone shaped metal plug into the pipe and then hydraulically extend the cone outward, like with the Jaws of Life separators, to plug the flow in the pipe? BP was able to insert the siphon hose. They could do the same technique here. With rotating slits cut in the plug as it was closed the oil flow could still bypass the plug so its not expelled by the pressure. Then by rotating the slits to the closed position and with the hydraulic pressure holding the plug in place the flow would be stopped.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  248. Tom Di Nardo

    Hello Tony,

    Have heard many rumors that oil from offshore rigs may be sold by oil companies to the highest bidder, not necessarily to American pumps.

    May have missed it, but is this true, and would you ask some experts?

    Seems as though if our ecology is at risk, we should at the very least be the country receiving the oil!

    Best regards,

    May 26, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  249. KellyM

    Having BP orchestrate the clean-up efforts is like asking insurance companies to oversee healthcare policy, or pharmaceutical companies to regulate the sale of their own drugs! It makes no sense! There are plenty of third-party, small business and other organizations with more efficient, safer, less toxic means to clean up oil spill damage!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  250. david wakefield

    Hi, How are you? I set up a mock test to stop this oil leak and it worked. this pipe is a 21" pipe with a high volume-low pressure leak. because of the low pressure you can take those 14,000lb sandbags and strategically place them around and then on top of the leak and it will plug it. This is quick-simple-and inexspensive. THIS WILL WORK

    May 26, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  251. Jon Elu

    BP is supposedly negotiating with Ecosphere Technologies to use their eco-friendly Ozonix system to clean up Gulf. Lets hope they do..because so far their actions have been minimal...Can we really trust BP?

    May 26, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  252. Ryan

    I'm surprised the administration has not asked the Department of Defense or Joint Chiefs of Staff for possible solutions. I would think the United States Navy may have the assets and knowledge to complete the job.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  253. bernard sharp

    Pick up the heavy weight and drop the weight on the pipe and pound it closed

    May 26, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  254. Ron

    I hope to God that we have learned a lesson here! It's all lies, they have no safeguards or plans for an emergency. They have no business being allowed to drill where they can not respond quickly! Please wake up, we are ruining the earth at an alarming rate and are no better than those killing the Rain Forests! Stop all offshore drilling and mandate electric vehicles be built NOW. We can do it!

    And has any phycologists read the face of the BP CEO? He doesn't have any confidence in what he is saying and is lying 100%. He has no idea how to fix this leak and my guess is that it will leak until August or later until a new well has been drilled! The Gulf Coast is lost!

    Ronald L. Noe USAF Ret, DAV

    May 26, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  255. Elizabeth

    This oil spill is horrific.They said they had a plan for Wednesday,so what happened?I think they don't want to close it because if they do,then they won't be able to use it again.I don't even see a lot of workers doing clean up.It breaks my heart watching these animals die from our own doing.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  256. Greg

    President Obama is not Aquaman! The free market has concentrated the people with expertise in solving this problem within the oil industry. I think Obama should ask the oil industry for whatever help it can give, but the federal government is "way out of it's depth" on this one.
    The pressure involved in working at 5000 feet are mind boggling and the effort to stop the leak might as well be performed in outer space; the technical difficulties are equally, if not more, challenging.
    Sadly, I think that everything possible is being done and that the window of oppertunity for the only thing that the government could do, requiring better prevention and response preparedness to this type of situation, has passed. Get it right next time and keep trying to stop the leak!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  257. David

    Tony. why is it they can not sleeve this pipe and send all the oil to the top side for a sip to load. A DSV isa lot cheaper than this is going to be. Also we can drop a high expolsive in a window but we could not send a charge down a pipe to make the dirlled hole close itself up. Maybe because i do not a degree to get in my way it does not seem that hard but someone need to appy some common sense whihc we all know the government and corporations do not have. I 've seen kick backs on rigs working in the gulf and also worked the valdez spill. my heart goes out to the people of LA who will never be made whole again by the fed or BP.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  258. carl koza

    Could the leak be smothered with hundreds of thousands of sand bags?Sand is none toxic,cheap and readily available.At least this might stop most of it until the relief wells are complete.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  259. james

    When this happen in the Persian Gulf yrs. ago they used supertankers to suck the oil and water up into their tanks and then seperated it, why couldn't this be successfully done here.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  260. Lisa

    With what it will take to clean up this mess, going by the news that CNN has been broadcasting ,it sounds like the cost of this could put BP out of business. I'm wondering if BP knew that from the beginning. Maybe that's why they were acting so strange and initially lied to the public?

    As far as cleaning it up? Get ALL the American oil company experts to work with the U.S. Navy. Between the two, I think it would be our best shot!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  261. John

    We continue to hear that various efforts to control this disaster are hampered by the 5000' depth of the well. It seems to me that if we have neither the equipment nor expertise to work effectively at these depths, we should place limits on how deep we will permit such drilling to match our capabilities to respond to potential emergencies.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  262. Melissa Jay-Jacquez

    What's the problem here?? While all the experts are brainstorming, blue-skying, etc...why can't two (or more) huge syphone tubes be placed at the leak to flow up to mega tankers for cleanup 'later'? For the one tube I saw the other day, it was like trying to stop the flow of toilet water with a straw............jeeze! Get the majority of the oil RE-DIRECTED if possible to buy some time for a real, permanent solution. People and animal life are suffering!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  263. Michael Ruscella

    As a businessman, i don't find it to hard to believe that BP is hesitating with their top kill effort! At the present they are siphoning between 7-10 thousand barrels a day, and at $70 per barrel they are still making money, $21 million per month! Just like the dispersents, they already had BP's money tied up in their inventory so why in the world would they spend more money regardless of whats right or wrong!!!!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  264. Virginia

    1. Why hasn't the gov't ordered BP to bring in 10 or 20 skimmer boats?
    2. Why has the Army Corp of Engr brought in dredgers to start building sand sand berms out side the marshes?

    - from Virginia in Texas

    May 26, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  265. eric thorensen

    I understand that BP is only liable for $75m. But this is not an accident or an act of nature...this is an act of gross negligence. Tthe rules governing this situation should be the same as any act of gross negligence. In other words, the sky is the limit.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  266. dee mcmaster


    1. I find it rather disturbing that it has taken BP, Oceanwhoever, and Haliburton 37 days to try the top kill. I find it even more distrubing that the day they are suppose to be doing it, all of a sudden they don't have enough Data. The day after they were told they "HAD" to let the live feed continue? If I were a reporter, my first question would be, What for the past 37 days have you been doing, if not gathering data? This stinks of a coverup, and being caught trying to hide something.

    2. My next question woudl be, WHY can someone, your reporter, in fact, not see anyone collecting oil on the outskirts? HIRE HIRE HIRE HIRE. Get people out there, get whatever it takes and get it off the ocean surface. Heck, email me, get me a boat, and let's go. This is ridiculous. You shouldn't be able to see 17 miles in any direction and SEE NO one doing ANYTHING.

    3. This country needs to quit blaming Obama for smething I think he probably has nothing to do anything with. I think the media ought to point out, IF indeed BP is actually trying to get this started today , and all of a sudden have the government step in and take over, it would probably cuase a big delay. Now, if Obama doesn't do soemthing soon, well, then I am thinking ther emight be a problem. But if I were him, I would be saying, let's see if this is going to work, if not, we step in. That is provided if they ever even try it.

    4. When will CNN get some new stuff. All I am seeing is his interview from this morning...oh, and also, why didn't anyone ask him why it wouldn't be till this AFTERNOON he would meet with his people....yeah, we got plenty of time....right. Anyway, go find the SOB, and find out what the F is going on.


    May 26, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  267. Phil Welch

    Seems to me that BP should pay the going rate per barrel for every barrel brought to their tanker(s) located around the Gulf; or possibly their oil rigs – and maybe even competitor oil rigs. That is, let anyone and everyone recover the oil floating on the ocean surface and base their income on the number of barrels recovered.

    There's likely many ways to scoop the oil up into a vessal large enough to allow the oil to settle on top and water on bottom, which could then be pumped out leaving only the oil. Given the financial incentive, I think the bulk of oil could be scooped up and if the oil has been degraded so that it is no longer suitable for refining; it could be used for many other purposes such as asphalt, etc.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  268. Barbara Shafer

    it appears they are trying to salvage it not seal it . send a bit of explosives in there that will cave it in . And whats it take to make it through your sensorship of our opinions CNN. You got to just love this free country.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  269. Mary Phillips

    The government has submersibles and robots.(Alvin) If a robot can go down and plug the hole with a rubber or cork plug and then cap it off it seems that can solve the problem.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  270. Tanya

    There was a new and updated version of a skimming boat that was presented on Daily Planet last week. It proved to be able to gather the oil much, much better than the regular skimming boats already out there. They reported that they'd presented it to BP and the idea has been turned down. Real solutions to this very real problem have been presented over and over. The corporate wheels must have a speed other than slow.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  271. Leo whiting

    Why cant they take a section of pipe the same size as the broken pipe.Put a gauge in it to tell us the amount of gallons that are coming out of it?I am sure we could use one of those underwater robot arms to hold the section in place long enough to get an estimate of the flow.Seems like a simple idea to get that information.Once you have that you can get an idea at the force that the flow is and think of a more cost effective and real idea.Why has there not been a group of people sitting around thinking about the what ifs?One would think these are the questions to have not what can we do after we are in a bad spot.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  272. Trudy

    Blowout preventers can always fail. Accidents will always happen in the future! As if the Exxon Valdeze wasn't enough, now this from BP. And these tradgedies will continue to happen thereby eventually destroying our seas. The only way to preventy it is to STOP OFFSHORE DRILLING FOREVER! We have other technoligies. Use them instead of destroying a necessary resource and wildlife we already have!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  273. Christian Whelan

    What happened to the Deep Water Horizon Structure when it sank?
    1000's of tons of steel that sank on top of the well and on the drilling site?
    Why has the media not covered this obvious obstruction to damaging the Blow Out Equipment and pipe on the ocean floor? Is BP hiding other possible Oil Gushing Pipes in the network of Equipment? And is this monstrous obstruction make sealing these cancers, impossible?
    Why isn't the US Navy Monitoring BP's behavior 1 mile down to keep them

    May 26, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  274. Bill Howard

    Here are a couple of simple ideas to slow the flow:

    1. If one tiny pipe is catching 2-5000 barrels a day, why not stick another one or two in the pipe? It looks to be at least 18 inches in diameter. We know this works.

    2. Is there any way to pound the end of the pipe to flatten it out and at least decrease the flow of oil? I know that can be done on high pressure brake lines as a quick fix.

    3. Why wouldn't a HUGE pile of rocks on the end of the pipe block or slow the flow of oil? In the last month, hundreds if not thousands of tons of rocks could have been dropped on the end of the pipe.


    May 26, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  275. Phil Welch

    There's likely many ways to scoop the oil up into a vessal large enough to allow the oil to settle on top and water on bottom, which could then be pumped out leaving only the oil. Given the financial incentive, I think the bulk of oil could be scooped up and if the oil has been degraded so that it is no longer suitable for refining; it could be used for many other purposes such as asphalt, etc.

    BP should pay the going rate per barrel for every barrel brought to their tanker(s) located around the Gulf; or possibly their oil rigs – and maybe even competitor oil rigs. That is, let anyone and everyone recover the oil floating on the ocean surface and base their income on the number of barrels recovered.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  276. Lisa Knowlton

    Perhaps the answer ironically is in the BP logo, the sunflower. In 1994, researchers in Ukraine began using sunflowers to help clean a highly contaminated pond near Chernobyl. Planted in floating gardens, the sunflowers' roots were dangled in the water, where the effectively absorbed dangerous radionuclides.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  277. Maureen

    We are blaming the oil industry, President Obama and others, but nothing about our own huge appetite for oil and energy. The TV ads for RV’s, power pleasure craft, fast cars and big SUV’s surround this horrible coverage. The use of plastics and pesticides in our country is feeding this oil frenzy as well as poisoning our land and sea environment. We all are to be blamed!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  278. mark

    four drill pipe to sea floor box shape membrane.rings on each corners.lower membrane to sea floor.begin pumping

    May 26, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  279. Sally Forth, Oil Suckers

    Clean up should NOT WAIT while the gusher is stopped! Where are all the boats available to clean up and prevent further spread of oil!?The Federal Government IS charged with our basic security. This includes eco-systems all ocean life depend on. We CAN bring in emergency oil-suctioning tankers from the Arabian Gulf and regions of the Middle East where oil spills have happened before and been managed. LAWYERS should not be in charge, preventing volunteers from staffing large fleets of boats to remove oil as much as can be accomplished! They no doubt are warning against liability ... so volunteers (who could also sue BP and whoever sends themcannot get out there and clean up oil. All hands must be "on deck on the whole Gulf" and in deeper water to clean, suction, remove it! There is NO good reason why we should WAIT while BP tries to stop this gusher! Simultaneously, clean up efforts with MULTIPLE SPONSORS, coordinated by governments, MUST go on! The same staff who do the hole plugging, and the prior testing of how much force is needed, equalizing pressure, etc., IS NOT THE STAFF who will clean UP THE OIL! End oil as our addiction and sickness, NOW.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  280. KellyM

    Let's uncomplicate some of the clean up efforts! BP, biologists, other scientists are extremely concerned about the spill getting into the Loop Current and further damaging more Gulf and ocean waters. Why not suck the already spilled sludge from the surface and just below, much like a wet/dry vac? They're trying to do that at the bottom, the source of the spill... why not also at the top??!! Put several empty oil tankers out there, harnessed with sucking hoses and fitlers, and get the already spilled oil out of the water and out of the current, in addition to using the booms, etc.

    If the Exxon Valdez alone – a single oil tanker – spilled close to 11 million gallons of oil, several EMPTY oil tankers could help on surface clean up and better keep the sludge from migrating further into the currents!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  281. eric

    Top kill is my idea not bp I called them Saturday. And told them to use a hose and liquid nitrogen to freeze the oil and fill a mile of quick set concrete and they immediately took my idea and made it there own, except with mud

    May 26, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  282. Dan

    Please ask what the diameter of the pipe is that we see spewing the oil? is the 18" or 3'?

    May 26, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  283. Terry Hiscox


    All you need to do to take care of the oil spill is for you or CNN to conjure up John Wayne, Red Adair and Boots & Coots. I am confindent that they can take care of the mess expeditiously.



    May 26, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  284. Roger

    Why don't we have a bunch of vacuum pumps sucking the oil water mix near the leaks into tanker vessels . Seems we could catch a lot of the oil.

    Secondly, why are using dispersants. DIspersant means spread. If we let the oil rise to the surface, then at least we could try and gather it up. The dispersed oil offers no hope.

    This is a global disaster. We need global help. Other countries, Russia, Saudi Arabia, have dealt with similar disasters. We rush to send our armies all over the world, we should try and get help resources from other countries. This mess will spread from the gulfstream and around the world. People will die from eating toxic fish that migrate through the area.

    We need to reach out to other oil producing nations for assistance in how to deal with this. Their help is in their own best interests.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  285. emilliano

    We demanded the oil, having been sleeping while the rest of the World is moving ahead with renewable energy. So now we pay the price. The lesson ? Wake up, America. This will NOT be the last environmental disaster because of our dependance on OIL. The reserves are deeper and harder to get at, and we are NOT prepared to move forward. We are in DEEP trouble ..........

    May 26, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  286. Sandy

    Tony ,

    BP should pay for the entire cost , to clean this up plus pay those who's unemployed because of this . BP never had a plan , if something happened . Why should "we" trust a foreigner , they havn't done anything yet and weeks went by .
    Polictians and President Obama should rewrite a law against big businesses who destroys USA . Taxpayers shouldn't pay for BP problems . Again BP should pay 100% of the cost .

    May 26, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  287. SamIAm

    I cannot BELIEVE this oil spill has gone on for this long! BP makes that kind of money but they don't have a fail-safe plan, a contingency plan? NO EXCUSES. President Obama should be standing at the shore DEMANDING action! My heart goes out to these people whose lives have been devastated for years to come. And the loss of wildlifem sea life, and environment. It boggles the mind!!!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  288. Mike Muller

    Hi Tony: Im a retired Bp Pipeline and Logistis Employee,most of my years with Amoco Oil, Remember them?. My sugestion or thought is were dealing with a mile deep in the ocean, the temperatures are already very cold. Why not shoot Liquid Nitrogen, or Carbonic Gas or some variation into those BOP injection lines and Freeze solid the Well casing long enough to sit another BOP down or manifold in some valving to walk the line down. Is this a posibility? Mike M. Roscoe,NY

    May 26, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  289. rick

    the russians had a similar leak in siberia,30 yrs ago in which they used a small nuke to seal, is this a last resort option, if all these bp eforts fail?
    if so what would the effects be on the oil that is subsurface and the effect on the coastal beachfronts and marsh lands

    May 26, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  290. James Daymon

    Obviously, not enough is being done control the oil. Any emergency response team or military group would come into a situation like this would look to contain the flow before trying to stop it. Firefighters contain a fire to keep it from spreading, police surround a mob before making arrests or dispersing the crowd. A funnel with a large diameter tube running up to a tanker at he surface would allow the oil to flow the surface naturally with out dispersing into the sea. By suspending the funnel/tube, rather than a closed system, the issue of pressure at such depths is greatly diminished with the openness of the system. This disaster make me ill to watch. Please move quickly.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  291. Ron Budsan

    I live on the Gulf and I have watched through the YEARS the emergency response to oil spills on a MICRO level by marina operators and boaters who may be careless about filling their tanks. In a word its PANIC, FEDERALFINES and PERSONAL recrimination. Remember we are talking about GALLONS here. The disconnect between these two levels of offense is STAGGERING !!
    A month ago I wrote to friends in Ireland and Virginia telling them to prepare for the "spill" as the Guilf is not a lake....our interconnectedness is apparent and will be Global in its epic consequences.
    I never thought I would envy the Chinese their responses to wrongdoing BUT I remember warmly the conclusion to the state trial of the manager who allowed poison to intrude into milk. I believe !

    May 26, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  292. Pedro Diaz

    Why dont the oil companys get together and bring in oil tankers into the gulf where the oil is spewing and start pumping up the oil into the tankers including water and then take it some where and separate the oil and water. Maybe by doing this it would minimize the oil seeping into to the ocean. This sound crazy but everything they are doing is not working but maybe this would help. The oil companies have big pumps and the Money to do this. I think all the oil companies should get together and help out to solve this big problem and BP should pay for every last penny spent on the cleanup.

    P. Diaz

    May 26, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  293. Bill Bucher

    If I remember correctly the first to tries to stop the Deep Horizon oil gusher were thwarted because of crystals clogging up the oil collection ports. Can this problem be turned into a solution? Could we use this crystal forming process to form a matrix?

    Another thing, have the older Navy guys that used the DSRV to “adjust” communication lines in very deep water come up with some ideas?
    This could be a very good source of experience

    May 26, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  294. Sidney Oliver

    Now: Separate the issues. BP focuses on plugging the geyser. Oceanographers and scientists on measuring the volume and assessing the damage. The US and state governments on protecting the shoreline. Get the Coast Guard, Navy, and National Guard down there! This is a matter of national security! BLOCK THE COASTS and SOP IT UP NOW using every means available.

    Future: Levy a $5 Billion deposit on every rig in the ocean, like a rental deposit in case of damage. Stop furture offshore drilling NOW. Annually audit Big Oil for adequate safety technology and technique like we audit foreign countries' nuclear capability.

    Impeach our President and Congress for treason if they don't instantly get it that their allegiance is to the USA, not to multinational corporations.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  295. Dixie Housen

    I don't remember which channel had this but they interviewed the CEO of Shell Oil and his response made the most sense I have heard on what to do to protect the coastline of LA. He said they had an "unpublished" oil spill in the offshore drilling around Dubia (pls correct spelling). They surrounded the oil leak with large oil skimmers and sucked the oil off the water. The pumps separated the oil from the water, recovered the oil for the company and put the water back in the water. I believed they mentioned about 10 ships, but no one even knew they had an oil leak!
    Please take the time to research this.....
    We are dealing with a situation that no one knows what to do and this is just a big learning experiment to see what would work.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  296. Chuckko

    The navy could easily sink a sub over the blow out preventer. Yes, the hull will be crushed but a capture container could be created which when correctly placed over the blow out preventer could have necessary piping to assist in capturing all the oil. This would give time for the relief well drilling.

    We need to sacrifice a submarine in the interests of thousands.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  297. Richard

    I know im now expert on drilling for oil 1 mile deep or what could be used at that depth. What about getting the engineers & experts that draw up plans for are submarines that can go deeper than one mile deep to start working on something that could be use to stop the oil. They know what pressers are at that deep & what can be used at that depth without collapsing! Let them try to come up with something even if the top kill works we will have something that can be used latter if this ever happens again? I hope that it doesn’t but at least we have a plan ahead!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  298. Barbara Shafer

    raise the tax to pay for clean up are you kidding me, I thought BP was going to pay . What clean up I havent seen them do anything but a bunch of medocre attempts to suck niagra falls through a straw. How much more do they think the American people are going to take. Next whats gonna happen the price of gas get raised to cover the costs either way we pay. I cant believe they dont have ready the means to take care of this who has been sleeping at their post .EPA< HAZMAT< COAST GUARD somebody do something. Other than making us pay for nothing.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  299. Bob Welch

    Oceantech is a nonprofit R&D organization that has developed and demonstrated a cryogenic process using liquid nitrogen (LIN) to safety and effectively remove (and collect) spilled oil on water with no harm to the environment. We have lined up enough local LIN supply to effectively remove 40,000 gallons of oil per DAY. The process was tested and proven effective in the first Gulf War to extinguish the oil fires with the Red Adair company. BP and the Unified Command have ignored us for weeks, probably because BP does not want to spend any money for LIN or the people to operate the equipment. The process is especially useful for collecting the oil from the contaminated wetlands. Please contact us to arrange a demonstration in Plaquemines or whatever site you choose. Please send me an email address and I will send you a brief presentation with photos and data.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  300. Chet

    How can BP talk about stopping the live feed while trying to do the top kill after the federal government ordered them to keep the live feed running? Unless they have something to hide.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  301. Stacy Sean Cartwright

    A message to America and everyone affected by this oil spill in LA I Stand before you today with solutions as I have for the past 30 days I Can have wetland skimmers running in 72 hours removing thousands of gallons of crude per day . I appeal to the American Public and the state of LA give me the chance to save what I love your home my home our home America. I have did the math built the prototype and begged the nation for the last 30 days. Now the time for action is well upon us allow me the resources to save what we all love. I don’t want your money, I just need the resources to build one single unit and then we will build more no matter what it cost we can be doing a lot more than setting back watching everything die around us . I can Do what I say. I say to the American public and the press HERE I AM. We must take any and all actions to do whatever it takes to secure our home.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  302. Michael

    Where are all the countries that we send millions of dollars to when they need help......when we need it.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  303. john baker

    I think bp should watch the corona commerical were thay throw a lot of rocks in the water to make a island put a mountain on top of that pipe. I dont think the tax payers should pay for bp big mess.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  304. e. michael moody

    What is the status of Kevin Costner's oil spill solutions? Stories from last week say that BP was looking into it but nothing recent since then...why not let him and his research company give it a shot...BP doesn't seem to have the fix after 37 days; I say the Gulf Coast (where I grew up) is too important to let the oil companies mess about with it

    May 26, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  305. vanessa

    I was just wondering before the oil well set up and the pumping started what was keeping the oil from coming up???? If the well was removed and then tons of sand , mud, dirt whatever can be dumped on top could that close off the opening of the hole where the well was dug????? Why cant they make a big cork or plug to put in the holes to clog this up????

    May 26, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  306. JoJo

    Tony, we could start praying. It might do some good.
    Pray to God or any other Supreme Being that folks may have.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  307. Mike Levine

    Why is it taking so long to stop the Gulf oil well leak? Obviously, the Administration and BP are more interested in salvaging this well site instead of salvaging the Gulf.

    If President Obama was truly more concerned than the rest of us about this preventable disaster he would issue an Executive Order to the Navy to come in and surgically place a nuclear explosive device under the sea bed and collapse this well site and seal off the leak. However, this requires the site be permanently abandoned.

    The Russians have the technology and successful experience in collapsing run away wells. They’ve offered to help the US and the Administration has ignored their offer.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  308. David Larson Evans

    Here is an idea there are natural fissures in the gulf that are leaking thousands of gallons of oil into the water daily, so after BPs mess is cleaned up the company could work on plugging one of those natural leaks as a way of making up for the disaster. If they did such a thing BP could reap the benefit of better public opinion along with helping the gulf.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  309. ThomasBaird

    What is it we are seeing with this BP oil leak disaster in the gulf?

    It has to do with:Incompetence is the inability to perform; lack of competence; ineptitude.

    Administrative incompetence, dysfunctional administrative behaviors that hinder attainment of organization goals.

    So this Gulf Oil disaster has made me worry about our Nuclear Power Plants Safety now.Are we sure they are safe and have a back up to there back up in case of a melt down? Or willit be like a BP oil leak in the gulf , we had a safety back up shutoff valves but they didnt work.We didnt have a back uo to the back up.Sorry.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  310. David

    The only fix to this problem is by inserting a smaller diameter pipe with a control valve into the opening of the oil flow to reduce the pressure. This will reduce the pressure in the blowout preventer enableing work to be done on the preventer

    May 26, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  311. Debbi in Mesa AZ

    Hi Tony,
    First, I have to tell you what a fan I am of yours......I love how you always seem to ask the questions that I would ..and you wonder how, or why...the same thoughts that we do. You always go "that one step " farther to give us the most and best information on whatever subject you are reporting on. We really enjoy your segments.
    Now, my question..(which you probably have already answered in your reporting and I have missed it) regarding the Gulf oil leak.....will it EVER run out of the oil gushing up out of that pipe?? Is there really "never ending" barrels of oil under the ocean??

    May 26, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  312. robert hall


    Put peple to work.. BP/FEDS/STATES need to go on natonal campaign, advertise buying spilled oil BY THE POUND.Get jobs for oil..% deducted for contaminated oil water/sand/ weeds.

    Recovery/buying stations many jobs would pop up.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  313. Charles Bedford

    Tony the way I would plug the leak is, make a slit above where the oil is gushing out. After making the slit, then drive a shim into the slit. I feel there is too much inertia at the end where the pressure is greatest. In addition bp must not treat the enviornment as a toilet. Thank you, Chuck.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  314. Andy

    i think we the people should stick BP wit the biggest lawsuit. its not cool at all that we the tax payers as they call us, the people. should have to pay for anything. president Obama should of handled this better. thirty eight days later is the dumbest thing we could have done. just like the new orleans situation. and the arizona racial profiling law viet is bein passed. which is causes issues around america. Stop worrying about the little things and others outside our nation that is protected under god and not the goverment. please we as the people need to speak up. every little voice counts. one small voice is bigger than a loud voice.. Stop the leak.:) oil and outrage. stop BP!Stop offshore drilling. your killin our beaches and wildlife

    May 26, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  315. diane snow

    There are many ways to get BP to fix their mess: Hit them in their greedy soul. Charge them $1million for each day this disaster continues. Send the the oil covered birds, turtles, fish, along with a big bottle of dawn to BP management and hold THEM captive until each and every animal is returned to its God given condition. Seize their bank accounts and disperse the money to the folks whose lives they've destroyed. Bill them another million for each penny they increase oil prices. Fine them another million for EACH lie they tell the American people. Charge them another $1million for each square foot of their ugly oil slick. At least make them pay a $1 billion deposit for each of their drilling sites in this country.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  316. Tamra M.

    I live in Louisiana and am sickened by this huge mess with BP. My question is this: If they try to "top kill" the well and it DOESN'T work, what consequences will there be? Can it blow out the well all the way where oil and gas are blowing out like a volcano instead of a geyser? If you poke a pin hole in a shook up can of coke, the pressure from that coke going through the pin hole makes it much bigger. Is this a possible senario if the "top kill" doesn't work? Thank you in advance and thanks for you coverage of this tragedy. Love ya CNN!!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  317. Wendy J

    Former CEO of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister said that supertankers should be lined up around the leak. They can each pick up and hold 1 million barrels of oil out of the ocean.

    He has presented this to BP executives weeks ago, but is still waiting to hear from them.

    Maybe CNN could talk to him and broadcast this on the news.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  318. Barbara Shafer

    why dont the take some coast guard crafts there and some pumps suck the water with the pumps run it through a filter and back where into the sea

    May 26, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  319. MSchill

    I'm half fecetious...but considering the long term cost, why not dam up the Gulf of Mexico and make it a dry sea bed. With global warming it's only going to get deeper and much harder to drill, and clean up the inevitable spills.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  320. Frank Schleyer

    Hi Tony,

    I'm a Firefighter in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island, Canada. I have a suggestion for a simple solution to plug this oil gusher that just may work.

    In fire rescue situations when confronted with a situation that involves great weight or pressure we use air bags. These air bags are capable of lifting thousands of pounds of weight in order lift objects off things or people in order to rescue them.

    Why couldn't the people trying to stop the flow of oil into the gulf simply use a long cylindrical shaped heavy rubber bladder and insert it into the pipe. Once inserted all they would need to do is inflate the bladder to expand it against the pipe walls to stop the leak. Once the leak has been stopped they could fill the space above the bladder with concrete or whatever they would need to fit a permanent plug.

    This concept would be much the same as the smaller pipe they put into the large leaking pipe in an attempt to fill a the barge with some of the escaping oil.

    I think this could be a very workable solution to plug this leak.

    Thanks for listening and I hope someone will pass my suggestion on to someone who can do something with it.

    A Concerned Firefighter in the Gulf Stream path of this oil spill,

    Frank H. Schleyer
    Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

    Is there any reason this would not work? It is a simple and inexpensive solution.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  321. Mark

    CNN should watch the 60 minutes 5/16/10 interview with the the Deep Water Horizon chief electrical engineer Mike Williams who BARELY survived the platform explosion. Mr. Williams knows why the "blow out protector" failed. He tells that BP was warned that the "annular" pressure seal (on the blow out ptotector) was damaged (a 15 foot hole through the seal reported) and also unsafe drilling decisions the day of the disastor by BP driven by money. This is a tell all interview that CNN should look at and REPORT

    May 26, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  322. Charles

    I am just a simple country boy but, if the oil will be attracted to grass why not spread grass, hay or whatever and have the shrimp boats or whoever can work close to shore collect this crap and have it picked up by a larger vessel and transported to a larger vessel. This can't hurt and it will put people to work who are now just sitting and wanting to help.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  323. Rex johnson

    Solar power wouldn't contaminate the oceans. Well now it's beginning to all make sense

    May 26, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  324. Palmer

    Tony, Environmentalists having been saying for years that underwater drilling was extremely dangerous and we should proceed with caution. I am puzzled why anyone should be surprised at the environmaental and economic catastrophy we have made by our failure to curb the demand for oil and the reluctance to invest in green technologies for power. Where are the "drill baby drill" proponents now and why do we think that the government should solve this problem, we all believe in smaller and less intrusive government and the free enterprise system. We all should examine our personal responsibility in this crisis, we are all responsible like BP.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  325. Demetrios in Dallas

    The government's inability to handle a DISASTER that can literally destroy many people's lives and render a final blow to an ailing economy is truly SCARY!!
    I voted for Obama hoping that his oratory skills will be matched by his managerial abilities and it HURTS to see him spending valuable time raising campaign funds in S.F yesterday, instead of DISPATCHING tankers (like the Saudis did in early 90's) to suck the silent killer from the Gulf, right after ORDERING BP to cease the use of any dispersants (toxic or otherwise) before they alter the eco-system ...

    May 26, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  326. Frank Gore

    The Saudi's controlled oil company assets and deliver tankers, pumps, and people with the expertise to contain and clean a much larger spill!
    They sucked in oil, water processed out the oil, returned clean water while using the oil to defray cleanup costs!
    President Obama must order all oil companies to deploy tankers and pumps between the pipe and shore to contain and clean this spill using this proven procedure. Stop spraying toxins to "eat" the oil!
    This travesty has gone on so long now that sand berms and physical barriers must be erected to protect wetlands! NOW!
    The oil industry is responsible as stewards of the environment they profit handsomely from! They can all bill Brazen Profiteers ..I mean British Petroleum!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  327. Denise

    BP has had a month to fix this catastrophe. It is time for our government to take this over (with BP paying the bill) to get the experts from the private sector needed to fix this NOW. The Gulf is goin to be a dead sewage pond, then BP will do whatever they want to do in the gulf. Our government monitoring the situation and holding hearings is the same as doing NOTHING

    May 26, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  328. Scott Engle

    Tony I live in gulfport ms 100 yards off the beach so I'm watching every minute of news. I have submited to the Horizen Deep Water Response an way to slow or stop the flow of oil.The problem is there is 1800 in front of me.If they could use a airbag filled with tire foam it could seal the well.Marine salvage companies use these air blaters to roll loaded barges off the ground,across rif-raf and into the water.They used them at the towers during 911 to lift giant slabs of concrete to serach for life...The airbags when uninflated are flat and could be pulled into the pipe with a simple boom.If it could be filled with air fast enough,it would stay in place.Also you could leave the boom attached to hold it in,a small leak can be delt with.The airbag could also be filled with tirefoam slowly while being held in place.I think this could be a quick fix just to make the leak controlled

    May 26, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  329. Francisco Trujillo

    What we need is to rig and remove the existing riser from the sea floor with a crane on a barge. Before removing the riser, we must fisrt cast and place a large plumb-bob shaped concrete plug in excess of 200,000 cubic yards/70ft. tall at least and 20ft. diameter at the base. This will be used to pierce the sea bed. Simultaneously, when removing the riser by crane with custom rigging, the plumb-bob should be droped in place to plug the hole. If needed BP shall use a custom pile driver to further seat the plum-bob in place.
    i posted my concerns on facebook ten days ago please help me voice this idea of engineering.
    This will plug the hole Mr. President!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  330. Ron Sandrock

    I trust CNN to do deep investigative reporting. Can't you find out WHY there are no skimmer ships working in the Gulf. How many vessels are there that COULD be skimming.?
    Why is FEMA not mobilized to implement all possible skimming efforts.?
    As a former welder and inventor, I could easily retrofit a barge that could sweep oil slicks out of the water into barge holding tank and then pumped to a larger tanker.

    With the resources that Obama has at his disposal many many skimmers could have been built in the last three weeks (hiring as many workers as needed) These would cost much less than the ultimate environmental impact on our entire nation.

    BP would foot the bill by government mandates fines. Then there would be a fleet of skimmers on hand for the "next time' .

    May 26, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  331. Pat Boruff

    Is there any truth to Saudia Arabia offering to help clean up the gulf and BP turned them down. Seems to me if they have a lot of experience shouldn't we be using their help.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  332. Joe Wlodyka

    I'm a semi retired refinery inspector/welding engineer. I worked in refinery turnarounds and maintenance projects for over 30 years.
    The last one being for a BP refinery.
    About 30 years ago I repaired a leak in a gas wash pressure vessel in a steel mill. The vessel was in service under pressure with flamable gas vapors excaping through the split caused by the explosion. While wearing a fresh air full face mask I pounded a course insustrial steel wool type material into the split to slow down the pressure flow so as not to blow out the weld I was about to make. I pounded the split together as tight as possible. It was 18" is length. It took about 14 of hours of welding time to make this repair and it burned the whole time. The last two inches were the most difficult as the pressure increased. You need to restrict or reduce the flow before you can stop it.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  333. sonia howell

    can any show a module of the currents of the gulf, and is the oil blobs getting into the opean ocean yet? this is a poitent posion mixture and "we" as in the world cacn't afford that. Obama needs to ask the other countries with the water filter's come abord and lend a hand. Mother Nature is hurting in a bad way. We all need to band together, Pray, and work our asses of like never before.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  334. Peter Bernstein

    A fundamental function of Congress is oversight of the agencies that regulate industries to see that public interests are protected. Whether it is oil, financial institutions, insurance and pharma companies, hospitals, etc., it is clear the career politicians have abrogated their responsibilities for decades. When this finally ends, and the finger pointing begins in earnest, not just one finger but a big hand needs to be pointed at incumbent members of Congress (both parties from all parts of the country).

    Would that we had real public/civil servants instead of career politicians. Then the "buying" of lip service to public safety might be stopped. Possibly then our need to be good stewards (leaving this world a better place than we found it) could commence in deed as well as in word. Funny thing, it would be good business as well. Oh well! So much for dreaming.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  335. Karen Horvat

    Drag something like the Goodyear Blimp over the rising oil. When it is full it will rise to the surface and a tanker ship can suck the oil back out. You would need more than one, but it would contain the mess for now.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  336. Carlos

    Send a cardiologist, fireman and NASA specialist to get job done with the oil spill. Fire departments use bladders to raise tractor trailers. Cardiologist can cure Mother Earths arterial bleed. The Nasa specialist can wrap the package from the cold depths of the leeaking point. Use the states National Guard to defend it's shores Temporary Duty Assignments "TDY" is justifiable in this case.


    May 26, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  337. Elisabeth L. Driscoll

    How in the world can this go on without anyone pressure to clean up and stop the oil from spreading??
    Again it reflects the lax mentality of the American government and the Southern States to react and call for HELP and ACT upun it. If it happens in IRAQ or IRAN..... the military is there to invade and help? We have spend Billions on War over seas but refuse to recognize our own inability to help next door!
    The Dutch Civil Engineers have offered to help and clean up this oil mess THEY ARE EXPERTS, but the government refused??? How ignorant! This will effect all of us in the near future!
    PLEASE get some experts out there, before it is too late!!!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  338. Peter Diaz

    If this next step for BP fails, they need to open their doors to the very intelligent ideas floating about. Why not let the people from mythbusters have an opportunity to test some ideas of their own?

    May 26, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  339. Tim H

    I don't usually comment on these sites but seeing the devastation occurring in the gulf,I feel I have to do so. I think the time has come where the government must get completely involved in the management of attempting to remedy this tragedy. We can no longer depend on BP to do so. We must certainly use their resources,finances, knowledge and expertice as well as all others available,but cannot count on them to give their best unbiased impartial and Honest efforts on their own. There is too much temptation for them to procrastinate and cut corners when possible, when their "bottom line" (money) is involved.
    I also think that once this mess is resolved we need to strongly focus on as fast a transition to alternate safe and sustainable energy as is possible, such as Solar,Wind,and Hydro power. the fossil fuel and nuclear options are just too destructive and dangerous. Considering the numerous coal mining disasters with loss of life and strip mining environmental destruction, the Exon Valdez spill and of course the current BP incident,as well as situations such as Chernobyl and Three Mile island,it is obvious that accidents do occur. As bad as this Oil spill is, imagine if it was a nuclear plant accident where the environment would be radioactive and uninhabitable for generations to come. We need to revamp our energy policy with the focus on safety to human life,the environment and efficiecy and sustainability.
    I just had to voice my opinion. Thank you for that opportunity.
    Tim H

    May 26, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  340. notanexpert

    Let the oil flow! Maybe this is the spark that this country needs to get off of our oil addiction. We should tax oil back to $4 a gallon and raise the minimum MPG for vehicles so high that every manufacturer must include an electric or EREV option in their showrooms to increase fleet efficency. We could be off of oil for new vehicles within 10 years.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  341. Charles Bedford

    The administration has their priorities backward. Number one, address the oil speak now. Then let us move on to the immigration issue that could potentially tear our country apart. Thank you,Chuck.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  342. Mike

    How was the blowout preventer originally placed? Is there any possiblilty that as a last resort, the damaged preventer could be removed and a new one placed? I know that if that was done, the period during no preventer would surely see an increased oil flow, but if then you could shut it off, it would be worth it. Mike

    May 26, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  343. Malcolm

    Let BP figure it out. I am tired of Government being the personal piggy bank of large businesses when they screw up. They made the mess, let them clean it up and pay for it without my tax dollars.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  344. martin brownsmith

    I think that government should be way more involved esentially it is our waters it is infecting state land. Yes BP should pay the final bill but we can't trust BP to get everything right . The States and the People should not be left to fend for them selves.

    To those of you who think BP should take care of the whole thing that is mighty selfish.

    Oh yes I live in West Virginia over 13 hours away so no I am not effected, but I feel extreme sympathy for those who live and try to make money from the Gulf.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  345. Jim MacKrell

    The only ones with the expertise and equipment to run the well sealing operation, a mile down, in the dark, at 2300psi, is BP. The government must ensure that the operation is being done expeditiously. America has scientific and engineering expertise available to ensure this, although it may take a boot on the neck to do this.

    The fact that oil reached the fragile coast is a government allowed breakdown.

    The existence of all of the skipped inspections, and business-as-usual corner cutting, looking the other way, likely SOP in the industry. Evident lack of oversight, and apparent corruption in the MMS does not relieve BP of responsibility for these fundamental failures. Our government MUST clean house, oversight agencies MUST provide oversight and enforcement, rather than exist as a mere pocket-filling exercise.

    This is not a partisan issue, as I am sure it has gone on for the last n-many administrations. Our government has a long history of being far too cosy with corporations at all levels in all industries, corporations that care about profits and not much else. They, and the government that winks at them, treat the american tax-payer as a resource to be preyed upon.

    The Gulf will likely be a sewer for the next 20 years. The wetlands may never recover.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  346. Jerry Hudock of Myrtle Beach


    Would BP be willing to provide an estimate to the American public of the approximate date that the well will run dry if left alone? They should be able to estimate the date based on the REAL flow rate of the oil that was captured prior to the explosion and other factors available to them. For that matter, isn't the flow rate of the oil prior to the explosion the same as the flow rate going into the Gulf?

    May 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  347. Greg

    President Obama is not Aquaman! The free market has concentrated the people with expertise in solving this problem within the oil industry. I think Obama should ask the oil industry for whatever help it can give, but the federal government is "way out of it's depth" on this one.
    The forces involved in working at 5000 feet are mind boggling and the effort to stop the leak might as well be performed in outer space; the technical difficulties are equally, if not more, challenging.
    Sadly, I think that everything possible is being done and that the window of oppertunity for the only thing that the government could do, requiring better prevention and response preparedness to this type of situation, has passed. Get it right next time and keep trying to stop the leak!

    May 26, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  348. mark wyrick

    Okay, They can get a small pipe into this busted pipe ,Right? So why cant they put a rubber tube of sort ,to air up ,or better yet pump up with concreate to sill up the pipe ! And another thing ! How about placing theses big metal tanks ,like theses gas tankers ,cut out a 1/4 of the tank on one side ,and place theses tanks off the shore lines to catch the oil before it gets to the beaches we all love !

    May 26, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  349. Candace in Houston

    Can you get any real time information and photo footage on The Flower Garden Marine Sanctuary? Can you give people any other real landmarks in the Gulf threatened by the spill. I really appreciate seeing footage of the beach at Grand isle.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  350. anon - alternative fuels/energy

    Is there an estimate for how much oil and natural gas originally existed in the well that was being tapped? Since the middle east probably has 30 or 40 years ( max ) worth of oil before those nations can no longer export oil, how much of an impact will the BP leak have to the United States' oil resources? Why is there not an emergence to switching to alternative fuels and to electric vehicles, etc? There should be countless automotive shops around the U.S. that can convert gas fueled cars to electric. Currently, there are maybe one or two of them. There are electric motors that can now provide 800 horsepower, so there is no excuse to not move to electric mobility. I believe that Nascar should be sending a message by adopting electric racing vehicles. Also, with electric motors, there is no need for a transmission, so the owner would only need to replace the electric motor every 100,000 miles or so or the batteries every few years. There have been improvements in battery technology as well. Also, with our technology, why are we not creating Tesla-like buildings that attract lightning and store the energy in large storage cells? You would want to build these in non-populated places due to the high levels of magnetism, but these buildings would require little maintenance. Energy from these buildings would be sent out into a local grid in a controlled manner.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  351. Charles Bedford

    We should address the oil issue first then prioritize the immigration concern.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  352. Tiffany

    The CEO from BP looks exhausted. Skimmers need to come from all over the world to help!

    May 26, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  353. Tony Grant

    Tony, wrap the riser, then pinch it like a garden hose.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  354. theresa romero

    what was the president thinking! the ones that should be totally responsible for this clean up in the gulf is BP. When this first happened, Obama said that BP will be repsonsible for this clean up.. now he's done a 360 turnaround. why should we have to clean this up and PAY for it???? aren't we gonna pay for it in the future when the gas sky rockets again? i hope the Obama did not change his mind for political gain!!
    due this tragic ordeal...lives were lost. fisherman are losing money. loss of sea life. damage to beaches and land area. haven't we paid enough. let BP fix this, and make it right.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  355. Elizabeth Barriger

    For decades, gas prices have gone up, mostly, for "research and development". Why didn't the oil companies use some of the "research money" to develop the equipment necessary to stop the oil spills for offshore drilling rather than taking a "let's try this" attitude?

    May 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  356. philip

    Do you really think that politicians know anything about stopping an oil leak 5000 feet below the surface of the water where no man has been before? BP knows they are on the hook for millions if not billions for this disaster. Put pressure on them yes, but let people with a little more experience deal with this.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  357. ken

    BP should take full responsibility of this catastrophe,why is it america has to bail out all of the worlds whoes?,oil? run cars off alcohol,NHRA

    May 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  358. Sheila Davis

    Pardon my ignorance Tony, but my mind says, if you can't plug the leak, channel it. I know it hasn't been possible before but it is worth trying again.

    Why waste all that oil? Would it be possible to connect it to a pipe leading to shore where it can be processed and distributed? Again, I know nothing about all this so I may be making totally ignorant remarks. Just my two cents!

    But – bring in the navy seals, the military whoever can help! This is a national crisis!

    May 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  359. rndomthought

    You need a cap that have clamps on it like the rock climber tool when they put it in a hole, it goes in but does not come out, to attach to the pipe on the inside, so if you push against it from the inside it never release but if you push it from the outside it goes in, with this idea you can make a cap for the pipe and try to push it in.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  360. Barbara Nicholson

    Tony Why can't BP and the government get together and send all the oil tankers that are empty right now to the gulf.Then pump the water and oil into them, let it settle out just like the gravy maker does and then pump the oil to another ship and water back to the gulf?

    May 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  361. john from tx

    Why cant they put a sleeve on this leak. im not sure how we have been drilling in the ocean for awhile and yet to me they dont have a clue to fix this. Oh, and im sure the people will pay for this mess, When we didnt cause it and nothing will happen to this BP company. Im sure we will give rasies to the CEO's for nothing.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  362. ThomasBaird

    What they could of done to prevent this oil leak diaster in the gulf, but they didnt do it.What they should of could of done after the fire was put out was to capp the pipe that is leaking the oil out of at the open end of that we see on tv.Its just leaking out the end of a broken pipe mostly.But they didnt cap it or plug it they just let it continue to leak into the gulf water, and to make it worse they have been dumping toxic dispersants on the oil slick to break it up.Perhaps if they had got a robot down there 4 weeks ago that can move a big pipe around.Seems to me they could of dropped a big pipe down there with a wide flexable hose or pipe connected to it.Have a big enough pipe to slide over the end of the current leaking pipe .Try to attatch a clamp around the pipe to make it as tight/secure as can be, then start,pumping the oil up into a oil barge.It would of been better to do this than to just let the oil leak into the gulfs water.and as we see now the major damage has been done because they didnt do what I just explained. They slid a small pipe into the leaking pipe and are pumping up some of the oil and oil is stillgushing out the end of the pipe.Why didnt they use a bigger pipe and do what I just explained to do? Are they brain dead?Or is it that they just dont care about it enougn or just full of Incompetence the inability to perform; lack of competence; ineptitude.
    Its now a disaster in the gulf that could of been prevented.After about amonth they now say they have the brightest,smartestpeople working on it but I havent yet heard my plan.

    The damage has been done but the leaking oil pipe still needs to be capped or plugged.
    Hooking up another pipe like I explained would be the safest way,while they complete drilling the relief well instead of trying to plug it up,plugging it might make it worse.But why listen to me Im just a poor unemployed american.Watching the gulf of mexico be destroyed by a leaking oil pipe.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  363. Air 1

    Its clear the CEOs for BP have much to offer in the way of help to correct the oil mess. SO

    May 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  364. Kim L. Jones

    I still say the best way to stop this leak is to surroung this leak with anywhere from 100,000 to 1,000,000 sand bags creating a donut around the leak. Then you can place a sub or sink a ship covering the hole. I wasn`t aware that you acually had a pipe to work with, I though it was just a hole in the ground.
    The current top kill operation your running has me mistified.your sending heavy liquid mud down the pipe hoping that it will clog it long enogh to relieve the pressure so that you can cap it with cement.Am I right in understanding that the length from the ocean top to the leak is 5,000 ft.There is another 12,000ft from the ocean bottom to the oil well.A total of 17,000 ft.Bp is trying to pump 10,000 ft of mud down the 12,000 ft pipe{it`s not been made clear if all of this is pipe} before there engineers will know if it`s working because this is how much that will be needed to equal the pressure coming out and equalize it.
    What`s in place to stop the heavy mud from continueing into the oil well? What`s stopping the mud at 10,000 ft?What`s to say that this mud isn`t just coming out into the ocean with the oil?Before I forget, we should have someone at BP monitoring and making sure that the rigs being built to use in three months are being built, and as fast as they possible can be.They should be working on them 24hrs a day.
    Here`s an idea: I once used boat apoxy to fix leaks on a boat.This apoxy is a mixture of two creams that once mixed together create a bonding solution unmatched to anything I`ve ever seen before.Since you do have a pipe to work with.Why not pump maybe 500 ft of one of the apoxy solutions and then immediately pump another 500 ft of the other?
    Or take a submarine and go ontop of the water over the hole.reinforce the subs bottom with steel to prevent any puncures.Load the sub with as much wieght as you can.And set the sub down right over top of the pipe.Again I`d use the sand bags first just in case the pipe springs another leak or has a leak in it already that we`re not aware of.Your problem is how do you stop the leak when you have alot of pressure coming out, so anything you place into the leak area will be blown out.Depending on the pressure coming out, you might not be able to use a sub. But I

    May 26, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  365. Air 1

    Its clear the BP CEOs have no help to offer in what to do to help with the oil mess themselves. So lets give them all a shovel and make them stand toe to toe with th real folks in the field pouring out blood sweat and tears until the entire mess is scooped up and the last drop of oil is cleaned up. And not alowed to just stand around telling reporters what not to show us. I have super glue for their hands if the shovel dosnt fit.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  366. Sandra

    The oil spill is another part of greed gone amiss .Then this time people want the government to take over, Wait people think the government has taken over to much.Also that would mean we the people would foot the bill. I am afraid for the Family's and business will be years before they are paid for their loss. The one's who say they know what to do Will they?

    May 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  367. Art in Texas

    Just querious. We now have a blown out oil well that we are trying to pump mud into. Doesn't this well have thousands of pounds of pressure on it? Has anyone ever tried to fill a fully blown up balloon with mud? As far as I know it doesn't work too good. All the mud goes everywhere. What exactly is the chemical composition of this mud? Is it safe for the gulf water? When it mixes with the oil when it excapes where will it go, will it float up to the top or sink to the bottom? I find it hard to believe with all this tech. that no one knows for sure what will happen.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  368. Chet

    Will you please have him stop using that pipe as a prop that is not what their trying to do on the bottom of the gulf. Would someone please explain
    to him what's going on.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  369. Doug Olson

    Farmers from my home town of Starbuck Manitoba use to control flood waters by plugging culverts.They woud fill sacks with flax seed and throw it into the whirlpool at the mouth of the culvert.The sack would be sucked into the culvert and the grain swells plugging the culvert.Flax seed can also be pumped,it fows like water.A guy back home was caught using a sewer truck to steal flax from graineries.I believe this process could help plug the spilling oil.Another idea would be to shove a smaller diameter metal sphere that was built to expand with a small internal explosion.When detonated it would swell out like an accordian and seal it off so that the end could then be plugged permanently.

    May 26, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  370. todd harder

    knock the bop off and jam the hole with a very heavy arrowhead type object until the relief wells could be completed

    May 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  371. Rick

    As a prior oil worker & down hole tester, it is apparent that BP is trying to salvage their well for furture use by skimping on the current crisis.
    1: Have they gaged the PSI from the flume?
    2: If the PSI is gauged, they can convert to weight, (ie) correct amount of weight will pass down through the oil flow of PSI.
    3: With this calculation, they can have army corps of engineers design high explosive charges to drop down the casing.
    4: One lighter charge for bottom hole, more entense charges every hundred feet x five.
    5: This will close off the bottom hole pressure and fill in up to 500 feet,
    problem solved.

    Pumping mud & cement will only work if they can maintain a higher pressure the PSI than what is being produced from the bottom hole.
    and by the time the cement trys to harden the high PSI will most likely break through.

    Oil will only flow if you open up the formation of fossil shell that holds it, the explosive charges will shut it dow, but then it would cost BP more money to recapture this massive oil producing well, that what its all about for them, they need to pump this well in the furture once everything has beeen forgotten in order to capture their losses.

    Thank you
    Reno NV

    May 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  372. Smith in Oregon

    For decades Republican lawmakers in Louisiana have placed Big Oil's special interests above those of commercial fishery's and the environment. Public schools receiving a small portion of the Big Oil payoff to the State of Louisiana proudly display Oil Derricks shooting Oil out of the top with the words, 'OILERS' on them.

    Sadly when Republican's special interests are placed far and away above the needs and common sense of those they have given their 'oath and promise' to serve, those under the Republican lawmakers thumbs suffer and Louisiana is greatly suffering now as a result.

    The Hero and Darling of the Republican Party, former President George W. Bush speaking before an audience of entranced ardent Republican boosters and Tea potty neo-cons at the Dallas Convention Center today who had gathered at the American Wind Energy Association meeting stated, 'It's in our economic interests that we diversify AWAY from oil' and 'It's in our environmental interest'. The former Texas Oilman and member of a longtime Oil family finished his speech stating 'It's in our national security interest'.

    The Republican party now has their marching orders. Perhaps they'll stop bashing former Vice President Al Gore over his insistence for America to move away from Oil for the past 20 years.

    The MAJORITY in America expects the Republican party lawmakers, leaders and members to now follow your Hero's advice and help move America AWAY from Oil.

    May 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  373. jerry mcmullen

    use same procedure on larger scale as doctor use for angio-plasty.

    May 26, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  374. Jim Haynes

    Why can't BP just cross drill the well from one of the new well's and leave the drill head as a plug?

    May 26, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  375. George

    Doesn't seem like pointing finger at prior administration is doing much to help. About time current administration starts taking ownership of problems and actually does something. Our national security from terrorist to Gulf oil situation seems to be based on luck.

    May 26, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  376. Kevin Carson

    I have a concern regarding people not using BP products as they did prior to the gulf oil spill. How (if they go bankrupt) will BP in turn pay for all damages that will incur and reimburse lost revenues now and in the future if we don't use/by there products. We have more than good reason to be angry with what is well beyond a lapse of judgment but BP must remain viable in order for us to receive any semblance of justice for us and our children...

    May 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  377. john

    put liqued nitrogen down that hole in the golf and plug up that oil ?

    May 26, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  378. Luther

    The BP CEO should have criminal charges placed against him and his company!

    What is wrong with taking explosives and blowing the pipe closed?

    If the Federal government had backbone they would seise part of BP assets to pay for losses to businesses in the Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. This also means paying a reward for those on earth that do know how to close the oil leak. BP knows that they do not have the brain power to close the hole, because being prideful and embarrassed to ask someone that studied and learn what they needed in college to do a good job.

    It appears we need to remember the slow acting politicians this coming election by voting these individuals both Republicans and Democrats out of office. They are sleeping at the switch, the lights are on but no one is at home!

    Isn't it funny in 1960 their was documentation on a mini-submarine going 5 miles deep into the ocean. Is it that we are in a time of criminals that cheated the way in college and are incompetent. Those of the past would have had the oil leak resolved in less than one week. Incompetent people are afraid to step-up to the plate and make decisions.

    Their are engineers with mechanical backgrounds looking at BP's first two solutions as a joke!

    Many countries are looking at America and saying that the incompetent people don't know how to close the oil leak, which means famine coming in the future for about 1/3 of the population on earth. All the living animals will be affect by this oil leak, because of selfish and greedy individuals.

    Hello people to get back at BP boycott their gasoline. It is called ARCO. Maybe they will help them overcome their listening to the public problem!

    May 26, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
  379. Constantine

    Why don't we just drop a giant boulder on top of it?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  380. Brian Page

    The obvious answer is to make oil companies like BP more accountable through Government oversight and stiffer regulations. The problem is the big oil lobbyists have pulled the strings of politicians as if there were toy puppets for decades. Maybe now that the “crude” and ugly truth is covering the shores of Louisiana, we can finally cut some of those strings!

    May 27, 2010 at 1:02 am |
  381. Amber G

    I am absolutely disgusted with this oil spill situation. I can't seem to understand why we are still relying on crude oil which destroys our environment, when there are so many reliable sources of clean energy. This oil spill is destroying our environment, and destroying the economy even further. Can you imagine the people out of work because of this? Even restaurants who rely on fresh seafood may not be able to thrive and that is sad. My only question is WHY??? Why not solar energy, or wind energy, or electric? We can run vehices off all all three so WHY do we allow these politicians and major oil companies to fill their pockets with "black gold" while the average american struggles to pay their electric bill or to put food on the table for their family?? This is beyond an outrage, and I am truely disgusted.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:17 am |
  382. Sandy Morgan

    Man created this oil spill and man needs to clean it up now.

    When Mother Nature unleashes a 28 foot sea surge - and she will–

    then it will be in YOUR backyard people. Then what ??!!??

    May 27, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  383. GreatGranpaChuck

    President Obama: GET IT DONE!

    May 27, 2010 at 6:51 am |
  384. Dean Daniel

    I have to congradulate JOHN ROBERTS on his stance with the BP executive this morning, May 27th. Its refreshing to see a news anchor with some integrity and backbone. I am glad to see he asked the tough questions and did not yield when given a b.s. answer. Its people like John that keep me watching CNN

    May 27, 2010 at 6:51 am |
  385. Diana In Warwick, MD

    If the US government is hesitant to get involved in this fiasco, they should realize this will be an ongoing horror for years and years to come. There will still be work and clean up to be done long after BP has filed bankruptcy and the ex BP executives and their armies of lawyers will be spending all their time in various courtrooms and prisons. The US government needs to get involved at all levels and someone needs to take control of this mess as obviously Obama is unable to take the lead. I am ashamed of this country. We have let the greedy, corrupt corporations do as they will because the government overseers which should be representing we the people's interests are just as greedy and corrupt as they are. I am sickened by it all. Diana in Warwick, MD

    May 27, 2010 at 7:55 am |
  386. Jack Gabel


    I believe that this maybe the end of BP's big profit's for a long time it is now time to freeze all of there assets
    before all the top money men try to get there salaries and bonuses they think they are owed.( If they haven't already done so )
    The time they pay for the clean up and the people that are going to sue them they will be on there way out of any more
    profits for a long time and people will not trust them any more and will stop using there products
    ( I know I will not use there products anymore.)
    I sure hope someone will look into this before it is to late.

    Jack Gabel
    Ancaster Ontario

    May 27, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  387. Jerome

    BP is saying it has boats cleaning up the spill,this should be very visible from the air. CNN should put helicopters in the air to monitor the clean up effort.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  388. robobrain

    What is PETA, SeaWorld, The Humane Society, The National Wildlife Association and other wildlife organizations and groups doing to help the wildlife in this very situation besides talk and watch. It seems to me we need more wildlife support too. The help in this situation not just needs to come from BP and the government to oversee, but all of us. Its ashamed tourism has stopped, to me, it shows a lack of respect and support for the communities that have been impacted by this spill and need such a support the most. Such a sad state of Unity and Support for each other in this country. So my recommendations to those that have plans or are thinking about visiting or living in areas that have been impacted by this tragic accident, to still go. And while you’re their volunteer to help preserve the economy, save the wild life and clean up the spill in a safe and humane way. Show your We The People United Support!

    May 27, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  389. deepwater don

    No one seems to remember history and now everyone is crying why?,why not?,why can't they? When Jimmy Carter left office he cautioned that America must end it's reliance on foreign oil in particular and cautioned for better and more efficient power alternatives.Half of you crybabies wern't even alive to remember Pres. Carter and the rest of us ignored his alvice and continued to use oil as if there were no end of the supply.If you want to put the real blame on our problems. look in the mirror and and while that is the problem, the solution is also staring back at you.If you not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  390. marilyn babcock

    My neighbor/engineer and I came up with this idea about how to contain the oil..... while not inhibiting a more permanent solution.

    Fabricate concrete rings...dropping the first one around the gushing leaking damaged pipe...guided down by the robotic subs to the right spot..
    the ring would be threaded by 3 steel cables to keep the other rings to be dropped from missing their mark. Build a cylinder structure out of these concrete rings that get larger as they rise to a level that is double the size of the first that point drop mesh in the ring shape that does not leak oil....
    Occasionally ....supported by foam rings (like the type that pool noodles are made of). More mesh more.... floating rings until reaching the surface...
    the last foam
    ring at the top would have a very large diameter so ocean swells don't lap over in high seas
    Tankers would suck off the oil from this "OIL CONTAINED POOL"
    Perhaps tubes would be attached in the large foam top ring.... with OFF and ON VALVES for the hoses to be attached.
    Someone has to figure out how to store the water and oil mixture...
    MAYBE BP....and separate it.... safely for the ocean environment.
    This would buy time for a permanent solution.

    May 27, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  391. gabe mallek

    We should consult Denmark and Norway they have a very good track record of solving marine problems.

    May 27, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  392. Colleen

    Maybe this is a stupid idea, but could they have tankers suction the oil out and separate it from the water???? They would be cleaning up some of the oil from the gulf and be able to use it.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  393. Sean

    The government should not take it over, rather oversee the operation. If the government takes it over, they will simply "contract" with BP on the cleanup and stick the tax payers with the bill. However, in all reality, the taxpayers will be stuck with the bill anyway, time will show that.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  394. cjpvermont

    I do not think that the government should take over. This opens the opportunity to take pressure and responsibility off BP to take care of the mess that they have caused. I am hoping for more government muscle in making the clean up go better. This whole mess goes deeper than just the oil spill involves the mismanagement of our resources that has been happening for decades.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  395. Josh Roberts

    Will Wolf lead the chants of "All Hai the Obama" between each staged and pre screened soft ball question?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  396. Bluz player

    we need to invent a boat that runs on sea water mixed with crude oil and cruz it around the gulf until it runs out of crude to run on...

    May 27, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  397. Scott Schlitte

    BP is the only one with the ability to stop the leak.
    But the US Govt/Corps of Engineers should be taking care of the clean up and then bill BP.
    BP claims they will clean "every drop of oil". That is impossible, but they said it and should be held to it.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  398. Jiminy C

    I never hear it mentioned on CNN or elsewhere but isn't the Ixtoc 1 gulf oil spill of 1979 a relevant comparison to make in terms of cause, remedies, cleanup, costs and long term effects on the Gulf of Mexico?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  399. Mike

    The Government Does have the resources and ability to pull efforts together at a large scale. BP will not take the shortest route if it is the most expensive way. This is a State of Emergency.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  400. Idemudia Inegbedion

    If we were to stop relying on oil and start making efforts to use other energy sources this problem would not be as harsh as it is. Since we would not have been drilling in the first place.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  401. Argemiro Venner

    i believe what can be done is being done not as quick as the american people want everyone needs to understand its a process. cant wait to hear obama speak about the resolution in less than an hour. btw hey Tony!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  402. Deborah

    Technicaly the shores of Louisiana , Mississippi and Alabama are under seige by a chemical agent, suspended in a biologiacal agent; under other circumstance, this would be considered an attach by a foreign agent. My concern is why isn't the federal government/Coast Guard at least protecting those shorelines? Please ask those tough questions, why aren't our shores being protected from this chemical onslought?
    Thank you for all you are doing and will do.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  403. Michele

    As an Obama supporter, I've been disappointed with his lack of leadership in this crisis. I want to see heads roll! This should never have happened and I'd want to see him in charge, not BP. Bring in the best from around the world to fix this and then make the need changes quickly so this never happens again. Hold BP's feet to the fire in accountability.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  404. Jarrod Nelson

    As usual, many of the comments are about blame and who to trust and who not to trust. Food for thought ; According to the USCG this morning the top kill is a success and BP is saying hold on ,it's not successful yet. Don't trust the Govt to tell you the truth either, they are the ones who have been issuing permits and not following up on safety procedures contrary to law. Doesn't anybody remember "On Deadly Ground" with Steven Seagal.... strangely prophetic stuff.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  405. Ira

    it's not time to play blame game. Government has to help BP to clean this mess. Clearly BP cant manage this alone, they need help

    May 27, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  406. Richard

    Just shows what happens when in 2005 FEMA was dismantled and rolled into the Dept of Homeland Security whos focus is terrorism not disasters. It just isn't as effective not being on it's own. Reinstate FEMA to the Cabinet Level independent position it was before PLEASE!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  407. jerome parker

    Wake up and smell the corruption! Stop evading the core issue at the MMS. Report on the MMS Inspector General reports on the sex, drugs, and payoffs in both the Denver MMS office and, more recently, the Gulf MMS office.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  408. oil spill warning

    how about 10 boats at diffrent areas with vacumes to pump it into contaners ships come on?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  409. stefanie posey

    I feel the government has failed us, yet again. This could be the biggest disaster in our history. The president should have deployed any and all resources immediately, not a month later! One can only hope they put all resources into action now. It's a shame it took rising up of citizens to get a proper response.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  410. Brian Ages

    If the "Top Kill" fails we have no choice but to exercise the "tactical Nuke" option. The Russians had successfully done this on 4 occasions and while it is not an easy decision, time is of the essence at this point.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  411. C.N. Shew

    I do not understand why someone has not thought of this solution to the oil leak in the Gulf.
    Stuff the pipe with the bodies of BP Execs, Lawyers and Politicians. Nothing could penetrate that combination.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  412. Amber

    In lieu of everyone expecting the government to now get involved I begin to wonder- have we as Americans stopped expecting a company to be able to handle its own? I understand the frustration and lack of confidence in BP but why does big daddy government have to step in every time it goes wrong? After all, weren't we just complaining that government sticks its nose in the private sector too much? When the going is good you don't want government in your business, but when it goes bad you condemn them for not being there. Make up your mind America!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  413. Melissa C

    BP is refusing to use less toxic dispersants in the oil breakup; when will someone talk about the environmental concerns about that? Reports say that there will be no "oil rain" but what about "dispersant rain"? BP and the EPA know that what they are using is highly toxic.. what about the larger impact with the next shift of the weather pattern?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  414. sushiray

    y don't they just go to home depot or lowe's, special order those huge cast iron pipes, connect them like they use for sewer systems or similar to the reservior pipes into nyc, which can enwrap itself around the spew leading it directly to the surface! ouila! sort of like a tunnel str8 up to the surface! helluva lot of piping but throwing mud on a raging eruption?! plse! compound the issue. this is pure stupid is is stupid does!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  415. Canadian watcher

    I've been watching CNN about this BP OIL leak and well, the heads of BP should be sent to jail right away after it was found out that it was a failure on BP's part. Then the federal government should of taken over and thrown everything at the problem. Proper experts should of been soot out to ask how to fix this... and really why wasn't the Top kill used in the first place? Cause when a valve fails like this, tossing thick mud into the pipe is normally the first safety plan in stopping the leak.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  416. Don B.

    We're all now seeing the level of incompentcy in big oil and certain governmental agencies. Until or unless we obtain better technology to drill under deep seas this wil continue to occur. Pull the lease/permit for ANWAR Mr. Salazar are you listening? We've had enough.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  417. Paul Battaiola

    I'm confident that BP will do everything in its power to stop and clean up this mess. The less governmental involvement the better.
    I'm confident that this accident is the last thing BP or any oil company wanted to happen.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  418. Butch from Southgate

    Tony ...right now the damage has been done and the milk has been spilled. What we need to do right now is to immediatly cease all oil operations in the gulf. Access the safety precautions each and every driller has in place and then decide if they can continue drilling in the gulf. Then we need to place rigid laws and rules for drilling on American soil or out at sea. The world and the people on it, can not handle another spill like this.

    Legally, we need to go after BP with great vigor. We need to make certain that every penny spent in the clean up, or in any effort to stop the damage, is paid for by BP. BP needs to be responsible here if not the world needs to shut them down permanently!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  419. james kjlink

    About time-one was fired- Amen
    Now go to congress start Obama critical bill- Nothing he touches is workingproceedings – direlect in duties

    May 27, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  420. mykey313

    Hey Tony, if the CEO, COO and CFO of each of these 3 companies involved in this oily mess were not to receive ANY type of bonuses from their respective company, how fast do you think they would have things cleaned up? Nothing like a lil' incentive they surely would understand!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  421. Jane

    Tony, This is as bad as Katrina in different ways and may have a longer lasting effect. I just learned yesterday that a friend in Alaska had just received their settlement payment on the Valdez Oil spill....AND THAT WAS 20 YEARS AGO!! I can't believe that the man I voted for hasn't taken control and let this go on soooo long. It breaks my heart.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  422. M.E. Freeman

    Can anybody remember what happens when the Federal Government steps in and takes over an operation that they are not geared up for. It's not pretty, and it takes a while for the Federal Government to get geared up for any operation. Those who don't have the knowledge, expertise, or training should shut up and let those who do have the expertise get the job done.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  423. Jim

    How many Americans are still stopping at a BP gas station to fill up their gas tank? You want to show your disgust with BP – buy gas from someone else. Once again the Federal Government has shown they are not watching out for anyone's interests. No regulation, no backup plan, no immediate response, NO! NO! NO!....You want to show your disgust with Washington, STOP voting the same self-serving people in your high governmental positions. Final thought. We need to start a movement to limit senator and representative terms of office. Wake up America. You have a choice. The Founding Fathers would not believe how we have let this great country go.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  424. DJ LarryLar

    Hopefully BP's plan C of "Top Kill" is as successful as their recent plans Ocean Kill, Fish Kill, Beach Kill, Shell Fish Kill, Marsh Kill, Tourism Kill, and Fisherman's Life Kill has worked... but instead of filling it with tires, golf balls and cement trash, let's fill it with the equipment and guide line manuals in the regulatory office, they obviously don't make use of it.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  425. Waynoe

    Hi Tony,
    Here's hoping "Top Kill" will work, if it doesn't has anyone considered destroying the leak? While our Navy doesn't have the technology to fix the leak -couldn't they demolish it with explosives and collapse the drill hole?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  426. Craig

    I sympathize with local Gulf fisherman who want to help right now, but what exactly would they do? They will get their boats slimed, inside & out, ruin their engines and be overcome by the fumes and toxic goo. Without proper training and protective equipment, many will get seriously ill, all to collect very little oil. For a safe and effective response, we need to coordinate, train and properly equip those who want to help.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  427. Brandon Tandarich

    Is the " TOP KILL " the cheapest idea Bp had on there chalkbored...I mean really trying to cover it with mud and concrete. Thats so dumb. Go in your yard cut the hose on and try to cover it with mud and concrete , basicly same thing. Its not going to work. thats a fact. Also why isnt Bp trying to clean it up at all.. All I hear is that there trying to cover the leak with mud and concrete...Oh ya we dont no what to do with the Afgan war so maybe we should try useing mud and concrete to cover that mess up to..We really need to do something with are planet Earth..right now its looking really really messed up..PLZ Obama do something besides chilling in the White house.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  428. humblehound

    I'd like to know where the other oil companies are; exxon mobil chevron, phillips. And those super tankers we protected in the arabian gulf .those should be brought in to the gulf vacuum up the floating oil like was done in the arabian sea some years back. Obama are you listening?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  429. deborah toland

    James Carville is right. Yet Pres Obama will get a pass from the media on playing golf, greeting athletic teams at The White House and attending fund raisers while Louisiana was crying Please Do Something, Mr. President. The person just fired was an Obama appointee.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  430. StevenB

    Your reporter just told us that it might take months or years for the oil to dissipate. Are you kidding? This is from the Exon Valdez spill trustee site:
    "At this rate, the remaining oil will take decades and possibly centuries to disappear entirely."
    Our children's children will be living with this mess. Please give it to us straight.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  431. Matthew Carr

    The Federal Government has severely dropped the ball in terms of containment and clean-up (of the existing oil). Our nation's richest fishing ground is being destroyed (if not destroyed). The administration’s crisis response is deployable.

    The state of Louisiana should immediately (now) proceed with clean-up of the wetlands without any federal approval. Why wait until Saturday?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  432. Winters

    At this point the govt. should be on standby in case the top kill maneuver does not work. Its easy for people to say just fix it, but its harder to make that happen. I do not think President Obama should be criticized for his leadership in this crisis. Its easy to say he dropped the ball, but you must take into consideration the fact that bp misled everyone concerning the amount of oil that was leaking per day into the gulf. Bp said they had things under control and the govt was trying to let them fulfill their responsibility. Advocates for "smaller government" should be leary of letting private corporations have carte blanche to do as they feel. Very funny how the same people and states who want less government (Lousiana and Tennesee) are waiting for the government to fix their problems. You can't have it both ways. This crisis proves that the government should not be reduced. There simply needs to be more oversight.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  433. Stan Coleite

    Where are all the demands for less government? Less regulation? Where is the Tea Party? It astounds me that we show such lack of care and concern for the environment; for the fishermen; for the Gulf; for our planet. We let big business take over the regulators; we demand smaller government...protest...until the results happen: Enron, Wall Street corruption, oil spills...and then we want government to fix it NOW. Get real. Eight years of letting big business have its way are paying off: the wrong way!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  434. helpme55

    President Obama, the Congress, the Senate need to stop being Democrats or Republicains and try being Americans for a change.
    Both parties should be 100% behind this tradegy in getting the upper hand. Stop bickering over who's party it will benefit the most or who's it will hurts the most. It's America that will and is suffering in the gulf. It may not show up next week or next month but this mess will hurt the fragile American economy for years to come. With the Pesidents visit to the gulf area today he should hold BP's feet to the coal and demand financial help to the locals and a 100% fully funded clean up by BP.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  435. ZWilson

    As a past reservoir engineer for a major oil company, I do not think the government should take over killing the leak but they should take over the clean-up. The other thing about people getting sick, we make sure that the oil does not contain "sour gases" H2S, which is deadly. We could get vaccum truckes onto barges to extract the oil into tanks or tankers ships. Killing the well is not easy due the bottomhole pressure of the well. We need to know is thee well openhole or cased hole on the bottom. Have BP give us a drawing on the wellbore. Then we can do technical calculations and problems solving, until then all your experts are simply just guessing.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  436. Ronni

    The gov't need to step in and give the military the order to blow the well. BP's bottomline is no longer the issue. The economic and environmental effects of the Gulf States (domestic and International) is the saving interest and concern.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  437. Dee

    I am confused about why many want to hold the White House responsible for what is happening. I am also confused why we think think the Fed. Government should do anything, when we continue to talk about government staying out of the private sector' business affairs. We cannot have it both ways. If you are going to down-size government and limit government, they won't have the ability to "step in" and help in times of crisis. Sorry folks!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  438. Hans R. Schaab

    BP could have plugged that hole from day one. They also knew that once that’s done, the well is finished, and a new well would have to be drilled. Obviously, the way they think, and due the cost of drilling a new well, plugging it would be the last resort for them.


    May 27, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  439. Tim Bambrough

    First of all why does everyone refer to British Petroleum as just BP. Let's make it clear this is a company from Britain. Our great allies.
    Also this would be a great time to put politics a

    May 27, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  440. lance atkinson

    Hi Guess what my friends! We are all responsible Everybody who thinks drilling a mile under the oceans surface with no quick fix is a good idea! Everybody with a drill baby drill attitude is responsible All the money in the world can`t fix this mess .It will take 100 years for some of the sea life in the gulf to return if it ever does .

    May 27, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  441. lance atkinson

    Murphy`s Law !

    May 27, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  442. Gregory

    I certainly feel for the residents off the coast of Louisiana. However, I and millions of other concerned Americans are also focused on the possibility of losing unemployment benefits this coming week.
    As an unemployed American, I woke up this morning thinking about two things: First, what other company can I follow up with to finally secure a job. And Second, I better check CNN and find out whether that pending unemployment extension bill will pass or not. Unfortunately, because of the oil spill, and other pressing news, talk and discussion regarding the new proposed bill (legislation that Republicans vow to block) is not even mentioned on the broadcast. I would hope that someone has the sense to bring it up, and perhaps address the fact that people like myself may go hungry and lose everything if Congress doesn't pass this bill.


    May 27, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  443. Peter

    Tony, I believe they need to put 200% effort on stoping this oil leak! and worry about who is responsible for this mess after. This is effecting the world and all living creatures and the future of this planet!


    May 27, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  444. Big4aBud

    The government must treat this problem a terrorist attack like 911 and utilize maximum resources. President Obama takes charge like FDR.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  445. Eugenius Hawkins

    I truly think because of so much attention giving to this crisis, and the fallout from it, the pressure on B.P. to stop this leak, the anxiety it is causing to the fishing business, and other related businesses, the pressure to President Obama is having from the public to do something, now everyone is looking at him, for immediate results. Well tony I just may have the answer. Somtimes any panic you cannot see the obvious.
    What should be done is this, smother the gas leak with tons of sand, just like most of the ancient cities in the middle east are buried, bury the leak with tons of sand to stop the leak, once smothered, seal it with tons of Henry's wet and dry tar, the tar used for sealing roof leaks in the rain, that should do it. Thanks for hearing and ole carpenters suggestion. God keep blessing the USA

    May 27, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  446. Marie

    I am 48 years old and from the Gulf Coast. Billy Nungesser's fits of protest against Cmdr. Allen is ridiculous to say the least. Obama's is the ultimate "buck passer" here!! His latest claim that he is "in charge" because he has a video feed in play is a complete misrepresentation of what handling an emergency should look like!!

    Your story this morning showing the actual footage and Mr. Marciano's (sp?) account in particular that he did not see a single ship there to begin the cleaning process, the siphoning off what is so rapidly accumlating on the top, proves this one all important point; Louisiana doesn't need anyone's permission to dredge and the U.S. government doesn't need anyone's permission to have sent ships out there in force to start the process to get it cleaned up!!!!

    JUST DO IT!!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  447. Teresa Montague

    Our government has the legal right to commondeer BP equipment so it can take over this operation. The President should declare the oil accident in the Gulf of Mexico a National Disaster or Emergency so government agencies can step in to Monitor the environment and implement potential solutions to stopping and cleaning up this disaster. Until that is done, by law they are not allowed to participate. As example OSHA wants monitor the environment and require that safety equipment be worn by workers and volunteers trying to clean up this toxic spill.

    Why can't BP simply crimp the pipe above ground since the Blow Out Preventor was designed to do so and the pipe is pliable enough to have bent when the rig collapsed.?

    Why aren't hydocarbon eating bacteria like Nocardia and Pseudomonas being introduced into the water and used to saturate booms, hair, or other absorbant materials so that they eliminate the oil, not just collect or sink it?

    When will the US be able to declare War on multinational corporations who larger than many coutries and are not subject to our jurisdictional laws that cause us adverse economic, environmental, and health damage?

    Retired environmental scientist?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  448. Lori DePaul

    How about using HALON! Halon has been proven to coagulate oil spills so the oil can be removed in clumps and is safe for the environment! I believe it is Halon 1211. BP should be financially responsible for everything; all salaries of people involved in the clean up and remedy of this entire situation from day one! There is NO WAY that BP could ever make up for this disaster and great loss of marine life, fishing industry etc etc, it's a snowball effect of monstrous proportion! BOYCOTT BP forever!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  449. lwbren

    My sincerest of regrets: I understand the horiffic nightmare of killing
    the well, that's a calamity of its own and certainly requires the expertise it is recieving, but. What I'll never understand is the slack handed effort that is being allowed to destroy the marsh lands. This is a disgrace of unbelievable magnatude. Mr. President stop sitting on your hands and take control of the cleanup...PLEASE...Please...PLEASE. Len Brennan Edmonton, Alberta Canada

    May 27, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  450. Corey Smith

    I just cannot believe that after all the oil spill disasters, that the oil companies doesn't have the ingenuity or idea to develop a solvent to counter act the oil. We have so much technology and we don't have the common sense to think about disasters till they happen. America needs to quit blaming the President for every disaster the happens in America, he is only one man and it takes a Nation

    May 27, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  451. Cayley

    This disaster occurred because of direct actions by Bush and Cheney waving safety restrictions and environmental responsibility for the big oil companies during the previous administration. It was the old Republicans who caused this to happen, and it is the current Republicans (Alaska Representative) who are making it worse by blocking reform that will actually make the big oil companies accountable for cleaning up after something like this.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  452. Brian Ages

    If the "top kill" does not work I believe the time has come to exercise the "Tactical Nuclear" option. Using the blast wave to collapse the well pipe at a subterranean level. The Russians had done this on 4 occasions with success and while it doesn't sound pretty, it may solve the situation.

    I would suggest that BP has no command over the nuclear device.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  453. Lori DePaul

    HALON will clump the oil and make it "netable" to be removed. TRY IT!!! This is a global problem that can happen again anywhere there is drilling. I hope ALL oil companies are learning from this disaster and are working on escape routes to prevent this from happening again and not worry about IF it's going to happen but HOW to correct it ( within 24 hrs) when it does happen!

    May 27, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  454. Robert Taylor

    The truth hurts, so this may sting the general public a bit. The fact is we are all to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf because of the worlds dependence on oil. We need to all band together and get this mess cleaned up. Then we all need to find cleaner fuel alternatives. It's funny, we can send people into space but can't find a way to decrease our appetite for oil and petroleum products.

    The human body like the planet we live on will heal itself. If we keep screwing around with Mother Nature, she going to destroy the cancer that is killing her thus eliminating us form her planet.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  455. ken leverett

    I wonder if anyone thought of putting a pipe in the leaking pipe and pump the oil onto tankers.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  456. Brady


    Didn't Mexico a few years back have a blow out on one of their wells. It seems they tried the same thing that BP has been doing and it DID NOT work. Not until the relief well were drilled to relieve the pressure on the leaking well and they could cap it. This all took MONTHS. The President needs to get off his BUTT and start to protect the shore line the best this country can. The United States should have had a program that would help protect the shore lines years ago.


    May 27, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  457. Jim Wilson

    We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of human life on planet earth. The oceans are something we can't live without. They produce oxygen, food, and the weather systems that maintain the fresh water we depend on to water our trees, rivers and lakes. On yea, and food that helps feed 5 billion of us. There is a place in the bible that says, God ordered the seven angels to pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man; and every living soul died in the sea. Sounds a little familiar. Rev CH 16 V 1 thru 3

    May 27, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  458. Thermoguy

    President Obama has stated that health costs could bankrupt the US Government. The domino effect of this catastrophe will end up in our bodies and our babies or pregnant moms are especially vulnerable. The results will compound health issues and this should be a national security issue. Where is the discussion on health ramifications, especially using toxic chemicals to disperse the oil.

    There needs to be an investigation as to how any company was allowed to do this without the proper contingency in place to deal with any worst case scenario. BP confirms that someone dropped the ball when they are doing engineering on the run with 60% chances of success. Engineering is an exact science, would you ride an elevator, fly, drive or would NASA fly in space with a 60% chance of success?

    BP had a number to call at unified command to assist and all of it was lip service as there were no return calls for us to assist them. The pictures shown on CNN show that thick oil in the marshes and no one cleaning it up or helping stressed sea life, why haven't they opened the door to all help including public because this affects all of us.

    In China they execute you when you compromise yourself professionally, the oil industry or politics makes them a CEO or administrator. This never should have happened and the fact that the entire process from politics to industry failed requires investigation and prosecution.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  459. Pamela Benbow

    Heads must roll, yes. But what must roll now is a massive effort to suck the oil out of the Gulf. This is indeed a war. It requires an all-hands-on-deck effort, like the evacuation of Dunkirk in WWII.

    The Feds don't get it. They don't see the dying dolphins and terns and pelicans and porpoises and whales and seal pups and otters and gulls and osprey and endangered Brown Pelicans. They don't see the marshes gasping for breath, choking and dying.

    Where in the devil are the tankers and skimmers and workers cleaning up the oil? BP is doing the leak. But who in the name of God is doing the rest? Where are the Feds?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  460. Mitzie Buckelew

    On the jobless claims report you just showed, to me it was so sad. I don't believe a lot of people realize just how bad it is out there. I am one of the unemployed for the past year. I actively apply for job with no results. Not only the housing industry is in jeopardy " what about the automobile industry on repossessions"? Without a job, I can't make my car note payment that I have almost paid off. I have less than a year and do I pick food, medicine and electric bill or car payment? Credit history is getting messed up also. I can't go to work if I don't have a vehicle. Now the oil spill.... I live in the panhandle of Fla. (Panama City Beach, Fl.), no one is hiring and no one is coming to visit us. I am scared and depressed but I do think something will come along but what will the cost be? Bad credit, No car, No Jobs?
    Unemployment ran out 3 months ago. Is there any help out there for people in my situation? I have called every possible number possible for help. Please tell everyone 10 times a day that our beaches are open for business. The weather is beautiful and the beaches are heavenly. If they come, maybe I will get a job.
    Thank you and keep up the good work. Mitzie Lou Buckelew

    May 27, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  461. Carol Akiyama

    Where's World Aid? Why hasn't other countries offered aid to help or suggest ways and offer help in cleaning and stopping this disaster? Do they not know that eventually our problem will be thiers to? From past experiences, hasn't the US been mostly first on the scene? Hey! we could use some help here!!
    I feel the government, which is suppose to be us, should take over-find the best minds (in the world), pick them up, and get them take over the work on shutting it off and taking charge off the clean up, only allow BP to continue the plans to close it permantly. can we really trust BP representives to continue to call all the shots? I feel they have had plenty of time to prove only that they don't have a plan on the most vital issues that we really need to be focusing on..get them out!
    The oil is just part of this mess...METHANE!!! (CH4) which is colorless and odorless, has anyone been on that issue? Having methane shooting up through our atmosphere can't be good either! Well, look out Ozone, back to Global Warming.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  462. Jody

    The federal government should offer to pay double time on unemployment and let some of the unemployed work on the spill clean-up. Why are there no hands on deck?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  463. Jeff LeBlanc

    Mr. Tony Harris, Dr. Hector Susman, founder of Rotech Technologies, and Jason Alford, a 20 plus year expert in spill response and well explosions, had meetings with Wild Well corporate and BP corporate leaders for the best plan to stop the leak a month ago. Their pump and cofferdam dam design was praised by experts in the field and myself. It involved a powerful pump that can suction up 2,160,000 barrels in 24 hours as opposed to the ridiculous siphon hose plan BP eventually used which only suctioned up 1848 barrels a day. Their plan a month ago accounted for icing hydrates they knew would be a problem The pump was an il-line topside pump using a 10 barrels of saline to 1 barrel of oil ratio to prevent icing in the cofferdam. They exhausted their contacts and resources in the oil and gas industry trying to get BP, Wild Well, and concerned contractors to review the plan, critique the plan, dismiss the plan, or implement the plan. I watched yesterday that BP is now calling the Rotech plan a back up plan but are using a poor pumping system which will not have enough have enough suction to overcome the resistance in the 22 inch line and will cause the system to ice up again. We made Wild Well consultants aware that we know they are using the plan and that they are making mistakes in pumping plan and icing. Please Tony make viewers aware that not only is BP taking full credit for a system they should have used a month ago to stop ecological devastation in my state, that they are still making mistakes that could cause more delays and devastation. I'm pleading with BP to put aside their greed, their political agenda's and their poor plans and use the best plan for the job.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  464. Carol Akiyama

    Robert Taylor:

    You are so very right. We need to make those changes, the world. Three strikes? The earth has been to forgiving to us, whom abuse it, but, it too will only take so much and then something will give. I can bet the vast earth will win.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  465. Deb

    The government should have stepped in immediately and shut down all BP operations for inspection. This company should not have been allowed to continue to make a profit while they are poisioning the gulf. The damage done to human lives, businesses and marine/wildlife environments during this debacle will not be repaired for years to come. To say this was an accident is hubris. It is another typical display of corporate greed that takes what it wants and leaves others to clean up the mess. Enough.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  466. Patricia Hickman

    This is an easy question to answer. Since this is the worst ecological disaster in the history of the United States, the Federal Government must step in.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  467. M.E. Freeman


    Need I remind you and your people that the U.S. Coast Guard is military. I think your people have, and do talk to a USCG Admiral. So why are your people and Republicans asking for the military to be brought in?

    May 27, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  468. lance atkinson

    Tony Harris we love you her e in bear valley springs calif you know Tony this oil spill is making me sick to my stomach from all of the life that has and is being destroyed I am an extremely empathetic person and maybe thats why i feel so sick to my stomach over this i am nowhere near the spill i know that their are a lot. I mean a lot, of people who are feeling psychology ill over this, because i am empathetic to those feeling too!! that is making me doubly ill

    May 27, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  469. Linda

    Why can't the Army Corp of Engineers be involved under the classification of Ecosystem tragedies?

    May 27, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  470. Peter Barnett

    There was recently some discussion this morning about turning the oil spill clean up over to the military. Your reporters made a huge mistake in forgetting that the military, aka United States Coast Guard, is already on site and heading up the clean up efforts. Why are you talking about General Petreus when you already have Admiral Thad Allen on site (literally)? Is that Florida representative that misinformed that he doesn't even know the Coast Guard is on the scene? Don't look to the Pentagon for solutions, they'll just defer to the Coast Guard to be the on scene command anyway.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  471. Robert

    I am wandering with the military saying that they are not really equipped to deal with this disaster will they put training in place for the military if offshore drilling is continued and there can be a better response for when this happens again.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  472. Martina

    The original estimate was wrong due to BP getting their ducks in order legally. If I knew how much oil was leaking into the gulf and I was responsible heck I wouldn't give correct estimates either. .
    No one wanted government intervention but now they are screaming for the government to intervene in a business situation. go figure

    May 27, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  473. Dee

    Again, you cannot have it both ways! Where are all the people that wanted BIG Government to "but-out" of their business and let them handle it. I also think it is interesting that Louisiana's governor has taken a "back seat" and stayed away from this situation. He is so afraid that he is going to get "slimed" by this situation that he is doing nothing in front of the camera that might hurt his chance to run for President of the US. He is SAD.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  474. Karen

    I think BP may have the knowledge to handle this, but I think the Washington should have had more of a hand in it from the beginning instead of just waiting for BP to give what information they wanted, when they wanted.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  475. Ron

    I have been watching this oil leak since they started 'Top Hat" It seems to me that the color has changed but the pressure is still the same!!! I can dye water! doesn't mean its going to stop flowing! Its been 24 hrs, I don't see the leak slowing down.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  476. ms cali

    This oil gusher is an international incident. Bp should not be allowed to keep other scientist from around the world help. This gusher is like the earth is bleeding. This government should have moved much faster. Its unbelievable that our government can't protect us. We have already been invaded by a whole different race and culture of people that have left us unable to work unless we speak their language and meet their demands. I am so disappointed.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  477. Phil Welch

    Given that the area covered by oil in the Gulf is so great, it comes to mind that the color "black" obsorbs heat and likely the oil will reduce the ability of the ocean to radiate heat. This suggests the possibility that Gulf weather, and in particular, hurricanes, may be impacted perhaps by hurricanes of greater intensity. If so, this suggests the need to get rid of the oil as quickly as possible.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  478. SL Cita

    I share the frustration of others to what is happening in the gulf. I don't agree with the need to involve the military but I agree that there needs to be an individual who has no other responsibilities, to act as administrator and treat this as a major project with direct reporting to the President. This person would be able to setup the needed systems to assure efficent use of resources both personnel and financial. This person would need to have expert skills in organization and problem solving but his/her request would have a priority to routine day to day activities. Throwing more people as in troops will not address the problems.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  479. Curtis

    This disaster should in no way be left for our country to fix alone, as people will soon see this turn into a global environmental crisis. Not only is the Gulf invaluable for the seafood we harness there, but it is also a critical breeding ground for fish that are harnessed up the entire east coast and even in the Mediteranean. On top of that, the month of June has the peak amount of breeding for these species, and they need clean water to lay eggs in, not oil. The actions our government is taking to prevent the looming ecosystem collapses is far less than pathetic, and the whole world is going to pay for it if a massive global effort to clean the Gulf is not untaken immediately. Other countries should not offer their help, they should demand intervention.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  480. MARK

    In parallel, why can't BP mount industrial centrifuges to tankers and help get the oil before it reaches shore? Centrifuges can seperate the oil and water.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  481. Jason

    I just find it a little odd that in 1970 NASA scambled and was able to devise a plan to get the Apollo 13 crew home, but with todays technology we can not stop a leaking pipe. The damage is done now and whoever is going to solve the problem needs to hurry to find a solution so the healing can begin.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  482. lance atkinson

    What are the names of the mms employees who sold our gulf coast out for tickets to a game? Will cnn or some other responsible news organization pose them a few questions please? znewsnews

    May 27, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  483. marc hewey

    Instead of "TOP KILL", how about "OVERKILL". Over doing it would be the best idea, instead of all these "MICKEY MOUSE" ideas to gain time to analyse what would be the most cost-effective move to perform next. Go all the way and get it fixed at any cost! We can send a man to the moon.....

    May 27, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  484. Don

    Can it be blown up and collapsed?

    May 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  485. George

    "Concentrating on how We solve the problem..."
    Looks like a bit more Concentrating will be required. Seeing this oil isn't being contained offshore some "Concentrating" will be required for the onshore toxic mess. Seems like most "Concentrating" has been on how to deflect responsibility to the "Prior Administration".
    Obama Administration has been doing a fantastic job of Finger Point.
    Nature is resilient should take less than a century to recover.

    May 27, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  486. Don

    You know, after reading about 30 of these blogs, I forgot what the question was. About 380 messages here can't even get past their political veiws. Hang up the phone already on democrat/republican statments. Its time for creativity on fixing the leak. Discuss the clean-up later after you get the horses back in the barn.
    Thank you

    May 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  487. Gord Holdaway

    As a Canadian,I am truly sickened and disgusted in the way that BP and the American government are handling this oil spill.Not only are the people affected but the enviromental damage is going to ruin the gulf coast forever.I am ashamed to live in North America where the only thing that truly matters is money,not the people nor the wildlife but money.As far as i am concerned the Bush gov"t started this ball rolling with pure greed and now Obama must try to clean up this mess.This earth within we all must live is being destroyed at an extremely alarming rate.Let's all Wake Up.

    May 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  488. erick

    On the situation going on so far I think a huge vacuum suck up all the oil and and be like a filtering system one sprays the water and two seperates the oil into a vessel and third any dead animals be put in a bag almost like a filtering system that's what I think

    May 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  489. Steve

    In industry as an ex-BP Employee estimates our normally based on evidence of a quote or best engineeing guess normally to be safe +/-50%. Estimates are built by deliveables. It's tough a mile down to get a real deliverable. Fact is a 21" line is ruptured, fact is we know the flow when it was in operation before the explosion, but a pinched line or obstruction can alter that flow number. Some can look at the video and just plain educated guess. But I think it nuts to try to jump on an estimate. I am an Industrial Estimator myself and if you think this recalibrated or revised flow is not normal you know nothing about the engineering world. Go fill up your tubs then pull the plug and flush three toilets and then tell me the gallons per minute when it hits your sewer pipe. OK, how about a educated guess?

    May 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  490. Jamie Hockemeyer

    I was wondering what is to be done with the millions of gallons of oil/water mix that has accumulated in the Gulf of Mexico, is it going to be labelled as a hazardous material and disposed of in some facility or be separated for use are oil again?

    May 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  491. marc hewey

    Wire mesh in the "mud mix" would not only have added weight, but it would hold all the mud together. Like a fish net! Hey! Use fish nets in the mud mix! I still think that "OVER KILL" is the solution. Not just some more MICKEY MOUSE.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  492. Mikell

    If the topkill was working that would suggest that BP has pumped somewhere in the range of 10 to 20, 000 barrels of drilling mud into the well. Now, I know well that BP knows exactly how much drilling mud has been pumped in the last 24 hours and I'm betting it isn't 1 tenth of that amount. If the color of the oil spew is different that doesn't mean it is totally mud, as suggested by the noted professor. If the rate appears to be the same and the color different and BP can't say it has pumped som 10000 barrels in the last 24 hours, it's a big lie and the "topkill" has failed. If they had the necessary pumping capability to back the oil down the well, they would have the ability to vacuum the oil from the well sufficiently to stop the spew. Figure it out for yourself. The professor is either rather ignorant or lying on the behalf of BP.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  493. marc hewey

    We can design huge retractable roofs for all our nice stadiums worldwide, how about one that can be fastened around a huge cylinder that can be lowered to the seabed, anchored into it, and then hydraulically operate the roof on the whole thing. Start by clearing the working area by taking out the whole structure that is down there now, with a wrecking ball if need be. Then drop a huge concrete brick on the cleared area, to minimize the pressure to a workable point enough to drop the cylinder over it, anchor it to the seabed, and shut the roof over it all.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  494. Bruce

    why not build a cillo cement tube and put it around the holes and collect oil from the top of it.keeping the oil contained in the cillo..could it be that simple?

    May 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  495. milton g horton

    i had back sergury they took a rod inserted into my vertebra blew up a balloon and then packed it with cement
    if they inserted a rod then blew up the balloon it would stop the flow
    were they could pack it with cement if they can do it to a spine i know they can to a pipe

    May 27, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  496. Fred

    I guess BP runs the operation and they really dont care what the USA knows or what is put on TV

    May 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  497. Leslie J Watts Sr.

    In my opinion, President Obama is doing an excellent job regarding the gulf oil spill. President Obama can not corral a tornado, subdue a hurricane or stop a volcano from erupting. BP has caused a natural disaster at 5,000 ft below sea level, which is the history’s first of this magnitude. With that said BP or the American government can not turn to any previous examples to cap an oil leak of this scale. At this time, we can only pray that each logical attempt may in fact lead to the proper solution. Simply stated, it’s now mother earth versus man. If you don't have a solution, get off the President's back and let the professionals due their job.

    Deeply concerned, Les Watts

    May 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  498. Patrick G.

    I came up with ideas from day one on how to stop the leak. Each one would have fouled the well. I was quite impressed when "Top Kill" not only should stop the leak, but also allow the well to be reclaimed.

    I wonder if our government allowed B.P. to devastate our environment until they could find a way to stop the leak and not lose their investment. As always money talks and in this case everything else dies.
    Patrick G, Bay City, Michigan

    May 27, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  499. john Rygiel

    I heard John King say for the first time 5/27/10 at 6:45 that this BP oil spill is the worst in american History. This is a late statement. It is about 2 and a half weeks late, the oil is still flowing and about 2 1/2 weeks ago Exxon Valdeze spill was wiped from the record holder.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  500. Edward Michele

    if there is a cap or other blowout derectot that are available that wikk stop the oil flow – why not install one ofthem and quit monkeying aroundd with questionable mud?

    May 27, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  501. Gene Lucas

    Freezing the pipe might stop the oil flow, and use the same techniques that were used after the first IRAQ war to clean up the 4" of oil that was on the adjacent sea.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  502. Ann Hayes

    Words cannot express the sadness I feel while watching how this oil spill is threatening the environment, health of the people and the wild life, and no one knows how to fix the problem.

    Has anyone thought of pouring concrete instead of mud to seal off this oil well. It would seem to me that concrete has more weight than mud.

    Ontario, Canada

    May 27, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  503. Robert Thompson

    Is the oil that BP drills from the Gulf used exclusively by the US. I heard that BP sells it on the open market.

    Why is a foreign co. allowed to drill in US territory and sell it to whomever?

    May 27, 2010 at 9:02 pm |
  504. Kate

    I do not blame the Obama administration for this situation. I have spent 61 years working at being nobody's fool and I blame BP. I became convinced a few weeks ago that the only thingBP have going that might help the situation is the relief wells that are going to take months. I believe that all this business about caps and tubes and pumping mud is designed to divert our attention in the meantime and create the ILLUSION that BP is trying to fix this problem. I believe that when they applied for their permit and said they had plans for contingencies they were lying. I believe they gambled with everyone's welfare and cut corners and did flawed work and the gusher on the sea floor is the result. It rose from the same mentality as the Wall Street gamblers and Bernie Madoff and all the rest. They worship greed and are not grounded in reality.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  505. Shawn

    More time and effort should be spent on cleaning up the oil, rather than trying to find new ways to stop the is becoming obvious that they are going to let the oil run out into the ocean....Im tired of hearing, 'nothing has ever been done at these depths before' this is a joke. Too much money is involved and bp is trying to cut their losses while they are ahead. Since they are going to have to foot the bill for all monies lost due this crisis...why spend more money trying to stop the leak? STOP THE MADNESS

    May 28, 2010 at 12:57 am |
  506. Jason Marshall

    Insert a cylindrical(the circumference of the rubber tube should be about 96 percent of the circumference of the pipe)rubber tube with the correct dimensions in lenght width and thickness needed to witstand well presure. Push the tube down past the leak to desired distance connected
    with an air compresure pump air till leak slows down considerably then seal with mud and cement now I have faith that's engineers can fine tune this concept and make it work think of a bath tube.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:40 am |
  507. Karen

    I have been watching CNN and hearing about BP's past record. How could the government give them a permit with this kind of record? I don't understand. President Obama said yesterday he has been in charge from day one of this disaster. We wouldn't have had it if some home work would have been done before allowing BP to drill in the first place. Does anyone do their job in Washington?

    May 28, 2010 at 5:32 am |
  508. margie johnson

    The news keeps talking about an oil plum 10 miles long and 3000 feet deep headed to Mobil bay. Nobody is saying if anything is being done about it. Are you going to wait until it hits Mobil before you ask the question? What is being done about it? MJ

    May 28, 2010 at 7:02 am |
  509. k1080

    I think that we should allow the experts do their job. These professionals, are drilling thousand of rigs a day, off the coast of Louisiana where I am from. Do I feel that Obama should get involved? Too late! As a life long democrat from Louisiana, I am very familiar with the industry. If Obama would get off the "blame game" and take control, like a real leader should, I know this terrible accident would better by now. I watched an interview with James Carville and Mary Matalin yesterday on CNN, where someone stated to them that if Bill Clinton would still be president, he would have been down here the next day, in a slicker suit, helping out. We all know that President Clinton and obama are different. Come on Bush came down sooner that obama, in the mist of a hurricane that tore apart 2 states. Obama is in his "slick suit" blaming everyone and making deals (I thought that was the job of The Congress. He is not taking control. I cannot put all the blame on him-I put most of the blame on those 1st time voters who elected him. CNN-all of you are too smart, learn this industry, before you slam it.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  510. Cecilia M. Krajewski

    The American public needs to see what IS being done. When I watch your newscasts, I see the same video over and over again, maybe 4 or 5 days old. Could you go back to those areas and show how they look today.

    Also, it is intmated that the oilis simply being left out there. Americans NEED to witness positive efforts that are being SUCCESSFULLY employed. Americans need to have faith in and have credit given to all those hardworking people working long.long hours to clean up shorelines in timely , effective manner. Also, there are tankers out there skimming, do a film of that. I am saddened although not surprised, that rather than depict American's "can do" attitude to the world, the news is being edited only to depict negativity and is also now being filtered only to be a political matter.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  511. Wendy J

    Kevin Costner has manufactured a device that will separate the oil from the water. BP has apparently purchased 6 of the 24 machines to try them out.

    The centrifugal machines can extract and clean up to 2,000 barrels of oil per day, per single machine.

    CNN and Larry King need to report this and have Kevin Costner on as a guest.

    May 28, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  512. Zina Jordan

    I am so disgusted with the negative spin that's been put on the efforts to stop the oil. I noticed that whenever someone has a positive comment to make, their comments are cut short and you revert to someone who says what you want them to say because negative comments get more attention.

    This was an accident. We want to blame everyone but ourselves.

    Why do we need oil? Because we live in a world where we depend on it to live the life we live.

    Remember in the 70's when we had lines around the gas stations trying to get gas for our cars? We played the blame game then.

    Americans are spoiled brats who want everything and expect everything. The minute something goes wrong we start blaming everyone else.

    Maybe we should go back to the horse and buggy days.

    May 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  513. Lorenzo Verde

    To Tony Harris,

    Another example of subtle media bias. "What can the President do down there, he can't cap the well himself," but when it was Bush, the whole Katrina disaster was his fault. What could Bush have done in N.O. himself? He couldn't even have sent in the National Guard or the Army without the Governor's request (which was a long time coming) because of the Federal law (Posse Comitatus) forbidding nearly any activity by the military within the United States. The Coast Guard is specifically exempted from that law, and they were in there within hours after the winds died down. But the disaster was Bush's fault, right?

    May 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  514. Amy G

    As a resident of Louisiana I am insulted by Tony Harris repeatedly questioning why Obama is visiting Louisiana today. Noone would ever have thought to ask why the president was visiting New York after 911. The Oil Pollution Act placed the federal government in charge of responding to oil spills – a task that the US Coast Guard was supposed to be fully prepared and trained for. As the Commander in Chief, Obama should be down here, ensuring that EVERYTHING is being done that can be done to prevent the oil from infiltrating Louisiana's marshes. The Coast Guard has admitted that they are not utilizing all of their resources to skim the oil. Obama should be demanding to know why not.
    Candy Crowley- you said today that Obama may be criticized for responding properly to the cleanup effort "once the cleanup effort gets underway." The cleanup effort is underway now. The fact that you can't recognize that fact only underscores the point that all the officials are making – MORE needs to be done NOW. The oil has reached Louisiana's shores – how much longer do we have to wait before action is taken?

    May 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  515. Jay Price

    No matter how this turns out, BP will be the winner. They have permision to drill two wells to stop the oil from pouring into the Gulf. Here is the WIN PART FOR BP> now they will beable to double thier profits as they will have two platforms in operation!. How stupid are we?

    May 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  516. Bookbinder-509

    If we want the Gulf so bad, what will we do with the oil here at home
    that no one is allowed to drill for?

    May 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  517. rosey petals

    All haters blames the president. How ignorant! Every disaster is the president's Katrina? The sick demented mind has been searching for another Katrina to compare the president with that devastation, there is none. The same as there is no 911. It is insensitive and downright evil to continue to make Katrina families suffer from a lifetime of the agony of death, destruction, displacement, loss of homes, security, communities, and human life. Why is the media and some people are so mean and hateful against their country and president, who has had more issues than any other president. Almost planned? James Carville and Rahm Emanuel are Clinton leftovers not to be trusted in the president's best interest. Stop the spill BP and who are BP by names, so we can point the finger at the guilty ones who committed this disaster and crime. Names, please.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  518. colleen zelenka

    I think we should let the experts figure out the best way to proceed.

    It seems to me that the media is playing with semantics regarding who is “in charge” of the gulf oil spill. The president said quite clearly that the government was overseeing the operation in the Mexican gulf & that BP was in control of stopping the oil leak. “while the government was overseeing the operation, BP had the expertise and equipment to make the decisions on how to stop the flow.” BP has equipment that the government doesn’t have , and is getting expert advice from the other oil companies and scientists, none of whom have experienced a disaster like this before. BP doesn’t seem to have a public relations manager or the PRM doesn’t know how to connect to the American public. I would suspect that at this time public relations is not high on their priority liist; getting the leak plugged obviously is the priority. Perhaps the media would like to take on the job of estimating pressures of mud & oil and do all the mathematics involved. If the media does understand these complicated computations, they should take more time to explain, in laymen’s terms, the efforts involved.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  519. Brian, Davis Junction, IL

    All we can hope for is something works and soon!

    I do have an idea of what we can do with all of the cleaned up oil. I am reminded when Dick Cheaney held his famous energy summit, behind closed doors with the oil exec's in Montana. This is where they likely, and secretly set the policies that allowed this to happen. I don't remember anyone raising too much hell about it in the media either. Anyway I think the oil should be put in barrels. Trucked to Montana, And spread over Cheaney's ranch.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  520. Kim

    Thanks CNN news room staff for your continual excellence. In reference to the oil mess at BP, shame! shame! shame! Due to the air quality of the places President Obama is viewing because of the oil spills should he wear protecttive gear and a mask? I saw on one news report that BP has been fined 760 times during numerous regulated government inspections. Other oil companies were only fined less than 10 times. Whos going to prison? Whos gonna pay the piper? In my opinion President Obama/Vice President Biden, the FBI, Congress, and the Senate needs to investigate and follow the paper trail. The innocent blood shed of human life and the stench of unfortunate waste of plants/animals/wild life should send a strong pungent odor straight through to the BP enviornmental catastrophe evil doers that cause this disaster just because they wanted to spend less dollars. The oil spill crisis is a phenomenol test of Obama/Bidens ability to make stern insightful leadership decisions when faced with enormous obstacles. This oil disasteris critical to their legacy in the oval office and their re-election in the future. My hypothetical suggestion how to plug the hole: if the top kill doesnt work. I compare the oil spill to a womans monthly eve. Most woman use tampons or sanitary pads. BP and other professionals who understand te specifics should invent a cement foam. This foam whichis like a sponge will go into the oil hole expand, engolf, suck in, and soak up the oil. If manufactured correctly the cement foam will stop the flow of oil coming out of the hole from within the pipe. There will b no build up or pressure back low because the oil will adhere to the cement sponge foam (like a tampon most women use). Also, the cement foam will seal all acess of the oil spill to stay still within its place within its space above and below the base of the pipe. Cleaning up the Mess: I heard on CNN news someone suggested using hay and oil filters. I think Bill Neye The Science Guy said it will not be practical. These are good resources for a disasterous situation. People have died, families have been brokeen apart,lost their way of living, financially devastated and desperatelly seeking any form of help that will stop this oil from ruining Americas Home Land, plant life, animal life, due to this oil and money mess. 40 days of BP and their BS. Any logical solution shouuld be utilized with proper consideration of the hazard gear to protect everyone during the cleanup of this oil spill, environmental cotastrophe

    May 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  521. Bonnie Miller

    I have a serious question regarding BP's honesty. When the mud stopped being pumped into the well was the video we were being show live? Is BP using a loop? How can we be certain the feed from the Gulf is live?

    May 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  522. Ellen

    CNN's reporting over the past couple of days borders on hysterical and seems to me to add more misinformation than news. All the yelling for President Obama to get down there again is like yelling for FDR to show up at Pearl Harbor to "make us feel better". This is a major crisis and accurate, OBJECTIVE reporting is lacking.

    Those blustering about calling in the "military" seem to have forgotten that we have two wars going on and the potential for a major crisis in Korea.

    Neither the President nor Adm. Allen has the time to micro-manage this mess. Since it has been explained that during "Top Kill" pressures are critical to it's success, then it seems logical that the heavy mud might stop moving and begin again, depending on pressure and equipment. So, perhaps, the answer that "Top Kill" was proceeding was true AND it may also have been true that the heavy mud wasn't at that moment moving.

    There's been lots of blather about booms not working, not having enough here or there....the Gulf of Mexico is not a bath tub and the conditions are subject to change moment to moment. Currents and winds make a difference, there needs to be allowance for the passage of vessels, the most critical needs met first, and all are huge decisions. I am happy to hear that at least the President is not operating on emotion...we had enough of that after 9/11 and it has brought us disaster.

    There has been a great deal said about the chemical dispersants, but NO INFORMATION about the chemical compounds used, their effect on the sea life, where the dispersed oil goes and the potential for the chemicals to be a disaster in and of themselves.

    This is "Obama's Katrina"? Hell, no. GWB had urgent advance warnings that a major disaster was coming and he did nothing. He kept doing nothing afterward. When he finally showed up, he might as well have gone to a movie.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  523. Greg

    Put a large fabric CONE around the leak and then suck the oil out of it. Could use big oil tankers to hold the cone in place and to suck up the oil???? A big CONE, 2 miles long and 1/2 mile wide at the top?

    May 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  524. Jochen Mai

    Hi CNN Team
    4 Days ago i send a selution to BP to stop the leak until today their is no respons what so ever. I like Mister Howard saing what the President said yesterday taking respons. Take BP of from its wrong but put some in charge what tell BP has to do fast clear thinking. A fantsy pump its not doing the job and it is obviously BP its not intressted just to stop the leak no we looking forwert to recover the drilling and get the oil.
    Can i say .................
    No Please get someone in charge how got the knowlig and thinks sinple fast to safe our Ocean.
    The answer its simple and is inexpencive we pay 3 bugs a gallon and it will be not become cheaper if they safe that spot

    May 28, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  525. Smith in Oregon

    For decades, residents of Mossville, Louisiana, have said toxic chemicals in the air, soil and water have been making them sick. And for just as long, they say, Republican packed government agencies have done next to nothing to protect them. CNN investigates this town with 14 Petrol-Chemical plants that spew tons of cancer-causing chemicals and other toxic substances into the air. Watch the upcoming CNN special investigation to see how this once rural Louisiana community became overrun with toxins and how the residents now fear for their health.

    For as many decades Republican lawmakers in Louisiana have placed Big Oil's special interests above those of commercial fishery's and the environment. Public schools receiving a small portion of the Big Oil payoff to the State of Louisiana proudly display Oil Derricks shooting Oil out of the top with the words, 'OILERS' on them.

    Sadly when Republican's special interests are placed far and away above the needs and common sense of those they have given their 'oath and promise' to serve, those under the Republican lawmakers thumbs suffer and Louisiana is greatly suffering now as a result.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  526. Smith in Oregon

    Why Did Bush-Cheney slap an impossible tariff on importing Alcohol for directly adding to America's Gasoline from Brazil?

    America's Ethanol plants are extremely far from even approaching what is needed for America's massive need for Ethanol being added to all Gasoline at 10% or higher mixtures, so it can't be that America doesn't have a critical need for Millions of extra gallons of Ethanol from Brazil.

    Brazil has rural community's with vast poverty and it would certainly seem they would sincerely want to sell America as much Ethanol from its massive sugar cane distillery's as they wish to export.

    America certainly has presented itself as a friend to Brazil and it certainly is in America's best interest to substitute 4-6 gallons of Middle East Crude Oil with a Gallon of Ethanol. And Ethanol needs no refinement, only a simple mixing with the available Gasoline.

    So why did Bush-Cheney screw Brazil and the American People by slapping a impossibly high tariff on Brazil's exports of Ethanol?

    Was it a crass and callous favor to Bush-Cheney's friends in the Big Oil industry, or something entirely nefarious which began when Bush Sr. was running the CIA up and down South America?

    Meanwhile thanks to this latest Bush-Cheney landmine, Brazil is now making polite overtures to Iran. It seems Bush-Cheney turning their backs on Brazil did not go un-noticed, go figure!

    President Obama should reverse and lift the heavy handed Ethanol tariff against Brazil and in good faith bargaining purchase as much Ethanol from Brazil as Brazil is willing to export.

    May 29, 2010 at 1:48 am |
  527. Fidelity magic

    Actually the reason for this calamity is that the equipment that was supposed to stop the oil if something happened was never tested for the application as it should have been if there had been a proper oversight. Was it corruption? sure but may be just the kind that keep you out of troubles by cooperating with the powerful, what you have to do if not really empowered to do your job.

    May 29, 2010 at 3:18 am |
  528. acs451

    BP is trying to keep this well head viable, using options that can be undone so they can access the well at a later time,
    the use of dispersants has got to be the most insane thing they have done. What? the oil will just dissappear with its use. Why can't they put some sort of sock over the well head and control the oils ascent to the surface where they can then put it into tankers. bring it to shore. store it. they are wasting so much time, and we are still at square one. I agree freeze BP's assets until all damages have been rectified.

    May 29, 2010 at 6:00 am |
  529. marc hewey

    Notice the added insult to the world from BP; Dressing their actors/cleaners in red white and blue?! Why not green and yellow?!

    May 29, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  530. Bill Parkman

    I am disappointed in the depth of coverage we have on the Gulf Oil Spill. Specifically, actually looking at the entire coastal region by plane to see all of the BP workers working on the cleanup (might discover there are very many). Look at the outflow at the rig, it has gotten worse not better since they have started pumping the mud in. The reality is we have very little control over BP. They are a British firm and while working inside our economic zone drilling for oil, I do not think we have very much enforcement action that we can employ. Assets could be seized but I am sure that the courts would reach the conclusion that we did not have the authority to do so. Our President does not have the skill sets to handle this situation.

    May 29, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  531. Rachel

    That story you reported this morning on the 'smart sponge' was totally amazing! Think of what it could do for the cleanup! The demonstration was superb. BP should be moving in on this solution fast. And to think they could have used such technology several years ago when it was first developed but they didn't want to spend the money. Look where that has put us now (and spills that have happened since) .

    May 29, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  532. Mary

    Obama has done a terrible job in many areas! He says he takes responsibility for the oil disaster.... and????? Its just another political ploy but no dollars will be coming out of his pocket...... My concern is that he is going to make BP flip the bill for the clean common sense says that BP will raise its prices to recoop its lose and we will be paying 4 to 5 bucks a gallon at the pumps (which in turn raises the prices of groceries and everything else)......How about the government doing something sensible for a change and putting a cap on what BP will be charging...

    May 29, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  533. Mona

    If BP won't do it, there should be a non-profit agency (or 2 or 3) out there somewhere that would donate sufficient funds to buy a huge amount of the mulch(?) you just demonstrated working to collect the oil.

    May 29, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  534. marc hewey

    Hey Tony,
    Why is it that whenever there are updates on the Gulf response, it's always BP Officials doing all the talking while the Federal government just stands-by like the puppy dog, while "B"ig "P"uppy does all the explaining? Why is it not the other way around? People need to see real leadership. Have BP stand by in silence and let the Coast Guard or other government officials do the talking. They are in charge, right? From up here(Canada) it looks like BP is in charge of the response, instead of the government. Let BP do all the grunt-work and report to the government, then have them stand next to the feds when they appear on TV, only let the government do the talking. That's showing leadership!

    May 29, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  535. gary crawford

    with all that oil coming out will it empty a cavern that could callapes under that kind of pressure

    May 29, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  536. Barry

    I know hearing how many way's BP can be sued surely isn't any help! I can't believe you would even think to have lawyer's on telling how BP may be sued. Almost make's me want to turn the channel. Thing's are bad enough people. Let's get it fixed first, not worry about sueing...

    May 29, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  537. Al Turnbo/ Memphis

    Warm warter will rise to the top of cold warter. A heating element to reach from the water surface down to the pipe would heat a colum of water and the oil will follow closley along this colum of heatd water. This will enable workers collect the oil much easier when iot rises to the top.

    May 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  538. Jim

    This is under the assumption that the temperature of the oil is higher than the water at the well head. Inject small plastic pellets alone or with the mud whose melting point is above the well head temperature. The plactic will melt or become soft in the mix and solidify in the well head and plug the leak.

    May 29, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  539. John Sagraves

    What is the size of the pipe being shown on TV. I have no idea and nothing to compare it with. John

    May 29, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  540. Joan

    I don't know how to fix it, but, what I want to know is this, why didn't Bush & BP agree to put a top on it to begin with when it was built instead of saving money, or, whatever they decided not to do to keep it safe? I blame BP and Bush, our government is shameless, and, I'm losing respect for it, I'm 78, and, as long as I've lived in this country, which is all my life, I was born here, I've had full regard for our leaders, now, I think they are all a bunch of crooks, greed, greed is what has brought great countries down for as long as we've been here, and, it will bring this one down too, I'm afraid, unless they put God back where it belongs, do what is right & not let greed take over our honor to ourselves. This is a godly country, but, it is being put on a back burner for as long as we let the athiests ruin us, money, it can do anything in the government, shame on them. Joan

    May 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  541. rick la delia

    50 years ago there were oil wells all the way across texas and i remember that midland texas had more derrics than you can think....but our american laws for some reason stopped them and all has gone to arabs for refinery............and we are paying for it at the pumps. protect the gulf and all other water ways, or we wil have to drink oil as the water will be no more. wake up america we have plenty of oil and plenty of people out of work ,come home and lets do our own oil on land !!! and get people back to work!
    thank you
    in advance

    May 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  542. Smith in Oregon

    BP is giving up on the 'Top Kill' method and proceeding to slice the header piping off the blow-out preventer and then placing either a 'hoodie' or another blow-out preventer on top of it.

    With BP giving up on the 'Top Kill' method, the flow gushing out into the once pristine Gulf of Mexico appears to be shifting back in color from 'Green' to 'Beige' to 'Brown' to 'Dark Brown' and is now shifting back to the Black Crude Oil color as the previous 'mud' is shot back out of the pipe.

    May 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  543. Peter Tucker

    Re. Oil Spill In Gulf.
    There is an operation in Fuchon La. that services the LOOP offshore tanker MonoBouy.
    There are 14 and 16" i/d Submarine hoses used to unload tankers, these hoses are designed to opperate under water, surly some one can rig these hoses to suck the oil up from the source as it escapes frorm the BOP.
    Justs a thought..

    May 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  544. Margaret Jones

    This is concerning the marshes? Why can't they take all the marshes out and dredge the bottom and at the same time put booms all along the coast with as many people out to help??This is worth a try / or a thought or two!! I live in Vancouver B.C. Canada I hope they find a way. But I do think it is going to take alot of people power.

    May 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  545. Fred wansleeben

    As everybody else, I have been wondering how the oil gusher can be stopped.

    Is it possible that there is enough pipe available or a section of pipe can be made accessible for an hydraulic clamp to squeeze it shut? Perhaps this in conjunction with a renewed top kill attempt may work!

    Fred Wansleeben

    Claresholm, Alberta, Canada

    May 29, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  546. Mikell

    I can't believe I'm still hawking this. But please everyone, think about this. BP has a connection to the wellhead system into which they were pumping the "drilling mud". They claim that they have pumped some 30,000 barrels of mud into the system. They also claim that while they were pumping, no hydrocarbons were coming out of the well (a claim which is at least suspect). This essentially means they have a pressurized connection capable of enough flow to possibly match the output of the leaking well. Sooooo . .
    Why not use that same existing connection and reverse the pumping action, to pull from the wellhead system instead of the "topkill" pushing. That means they would instead pull oil from the wellhead system and deposit it into waiting tankers. BP tried to vacuum oil previously, but by inserting a much smaller pipe into the damaged riser pipe. They abandoned that method because of insufficient capture. The current "topkill" connection should improve the capture rate to nearly 100%.
    Furthermore, and this could be big, reverse pumping from the "topkill" connection would vastly reduce pressure and flow through the Blowout Preventer, possibly allowing it to be closed. At the least, reverse pumping would vastly reduce escaping oil and make today's BP capping procedure vastly more doable.
    Reverse pumping through the TopKill connection is the looked for answer. If someone can tell me why this method wouldn't work, please do so.

    May 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  547. Dig on Camano Island

    BP.should pump mud into well while fitting new device reduceing hydrocarbon escaping.

    May 29, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  548. Bob Peltz in Indiana

    It is my understanding that while BP was pumping mud into the hole, little or no oil was coming out–just mud. What is worse, oil or mud? Why doesn't BP just keep pumping mud into the hole? If it stops the oil then pump until August, when the only solutiion that anyone thinks will work, a relief shaft, finally stops it! Why in God's name are they going to stop doing something that actually stoped the oil from spilling into the Gulf? What am I missing here? I have heard nothing on this.

    May 29, 2010 at 8:04 pm |
  549. David Mark Jack

    I KNOW what BP is up to... You are all being tricked!
    They do not want to loose Billions of dollars by capping a well they already drilled! This is an enormous hoax on BP's part, why can't any of you see this? Follow the money!

    BP is buying time because they are building a secret structure that will contain the leak with a column and bring the crude to the surface so they can still process it and make billions of dolllars worth of profits.

    BP realizes if they CAP it, BP will be out this oil and profits. The government will NOT let them drill any more. None of these so called solutions will succeed, until they get their own secret pipe in place and garner the oil/profits and not loose a drop for their precious oil/money!

    May 30, 2010 at 12:40 am |
  550. S.Simuel

    The Same way they piped to retrieve the oil should be a option just make the tunneled pipe wider n KEEP building until it is above water into a container for storage! And for God's sake check it more often n make it more water durable! Stop trying to go against the grain and flow with it?????

    May 30, 2010 at 1:26 am |
  551. Cheryl

    All the engineers need to find a way to block off the gulf. I'm sorry to say we need to sacrifise the gulf to save the rest of the ocean system.

    The scientst need to way in and convice the President that it is time to act. The gulf of Mexico is the bast shot we had of containing the spill. The oil is still has already excaped the gulf we need to stop any more
    from contaminating the rest of the oceanic system.

    May 30, 2010 at 11:29 am |