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July 9th, 2010
09:40 AM ET

Live on CNN at 11am ET! Dive Beneath the Oil Spill

For the first time in 81 days, CNN takes you live into the oil-poisoned waters of the Gulf of Mexico to see firsthand the impact this disaster has had on the world beneath the waves. No one knows exactly what we’ll find. CNN Correspondent Amber Lyon and famed oceanographer Philippe Cousteau, wearing special Hazmat dive suits, will enter the contaminated waters at a site previously popular with divers. They will broadcast live and we will talk with them during their time under water. Have a question for them? Leave it here, then join us beginning at 11am ET and be part of the discussion. More of your comments, questions and observations will be coming up during the noon hour.

Filed under: Don Lemon • Tony Harris
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  1. Tina Boyum

    Way to go! I will be watching. This is exactly the kind of thing we need more of.

    July 9, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  2. Robin D, in VA

    Besides what wouldn’t be normal, how does this dive feel/look compare to any other dive that you might have done?

    July 9, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  3. Luke

    What kind of protection against the contaminants do you have and how long were you training for this dive?

    July 9, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  4. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    If they are able to stop the leak and all the oil is cleaned off the surface there will be oil still left under the rocks and deep in the soil how long will it really take before the oil is no longer a threat to sea life and land life .

    July 9, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  5. Pamela Smith

    Hi! I watched the news when the CEO's of BP went in front of congressmen.I seen a congressmen hand a CEO a CD that had a lot of ways that could be tried to shut that oil down. If you should get the chance to talk to one of those CEO's, I would like to know. How many of those fixes, have they tried?

    July 9, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  6. Luke Z, from Arizona

    How bad is this effecting undersea wildlife?

    July 9, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  7. John Gus

    I read recently (in the New York Times) that natural bacteria in the bottom and elsewhere in Gulf eat oil. Is there a way to help them to consume more ?

    John -Glen Echo,MD

    July 9, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  8. dianastorhoff

    You, CNN, are our hero! BP doesn't want us to see what they have! I believe they can stop the leak anytime. When the Rover hit the Cap, they said the valve closed-so did the leak stop? If only Jacques Cousteau and CNN were there then! Now that CNN is there, we'll see how fast they can stop that leak! Our Coast Guard should takeover their equipment and see if they could stop it all along. We may have a National Crime here-and CNN is our Super Hero!

    July 9, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  9. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    When they deforest the Amazon jungle they uncover deceases that are prehistoric what are the chances of an unknown bacteria being still alive in this ancient oil .

    July 9, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  10. Tiny Betron

    I have had various conversations via Facebook about the oils sheen and oil plumbs and how it may affect the rising of the water temperature by a solar induction process. I learned of the Rutgers University historical studies of the Gulf temperatures, but no comparison studies of current impact. Is their a study being done somewhere that can be posted?

    July 9, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  11. Pamela Smith

    I can see why people do not want that oil mass in thier landfills, on the Mississippi.The Mississippi has one of the worst massive wastes from family homes, and run-offs, in the United States!The sewer system runs directly into the Mississippi.It has for years, and the enviromental damage is so bad, it may never be repaired, and adding this oil mass to an already place of disaster, makes me think that our goverment wants to split this country in half.Divide and Conquer so they say.It's no wonder, so many end up with cancer.

    July 9, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  12. Rubens Moura Jr

    Way to go CNN. Congrats.

    July 9, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  13. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    How many species of ocean life have we already lost from this oil in this area .

    July 9, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  14. Greg, Ontario

    I don't need to see the damage with my own eyes to know it is going to kill most life forms in the Gulf for decades to come. Way to go America. Why don't you ask yourselves if having a vehicle that can go 200 mph even though the speed limit is seldom over 55 mph is worth it? I hope that CNN starts using the attention to it's shows to educate people to the fact that the American people are more of a cause of this whole mess than BP. We all need to start using our consumer powers to force change. Think about it, do you really think we would have hybrids now if the younger drivers in the world didn't demand it? I don't think so. The next logical step are cars that don't need gass at all. We need to force them to get out the blue prints for cars like the EV1 and start mass producing them. OMG...the jobs !!!! nawww...that would make to much sense.

    July 9, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  15. Neil Gregory

    I had the pleasure of meeting Philippe years ago inWashington State.I admire and share his passion for the ocean environment and the animals that depend upon it. I feel for he and his dive partner for what they are about to see. As a diver, I also have a deep respect for the beautiful and complex marine ecosystem. This dive will certainly leave these divers with heavy hearts for what we have done. The disruption of a very sensitive biological entity has been devastated. Please ask them if they plan on a robotic deep sea excusion to show the massive plumbs accumulating at much deeper levels? Thanks

    July 9, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  16. Dana Glenn

    This is amazing for those of us who fancy ourselves as dry suit divers and environmentalists!!! I've been dying to see this...Thanks CNN! By the way, dry suit diving is difficult in good conditions let alone all the variables in oil contaminated brackish water. I admire your diver. I'm glad she has a Cousteau with her...what a comfort that would be!

    July 9, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  17. Berty Jardine

    How many dead dolphins and turtles did they have to drag away before the dive?

    July 9, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  18. jiom michaud

    The perfect journalist in this scenario would be a true enviro cientist with oil sludge experience. Stabilization agents would help coagulate the oil and the nonscientic comment form your weatherman doesnt consider when the bacteria die you have hypoxia. Iam so sick of the phonies and this country.

    July 9, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  19. Edge

    I'm just wondering after this BP catastrophe, will there be a federal rulling to have BP pay for thier mistakes and or to Stop Drilling for Oil.

    July 9, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  20. jiom michaud

    The fact is would you tell a dr how to operate, so why when it comes to the environment 90% of thge people think they are scientist.

    July 9, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  21. jiom michaud

    We need a 24hr science channel with true scientist and to get rid of oil in our dept of Interior.

    July 9, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  22. Keith

    Looking at the diagram you displayed on TV it looks like your diver is going to be more in a safe zone area many miles away from the site. I'm sure she'll still find some evidence of the spill at this location, but not to the extent that she would find if she were closer to the rig or in the Gulf Stream flow in which the oil is traveling. It would be interesting to have her dive in the different locations to see the difference, but that wouldn't be safe to put her in the more hazardous areas. Best of luck, as a diver myself I hope everything goes well.

    July 9, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  23. jiom michaud

    There are many intangibles with contamination in which there is no solution except the fact short term thinkers should not chance our future without being accountable.

    July 9, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  24. Ken Bergh

    Hi Don,
    The dive will show there is more under the surface than floating on the surface.
    On May 1st, when BP was able to remove the damaged riser pipe from the Blowout Preventer Unit, I designed a Unit that would seal the damaged riser pipe at the Blowout Preventer and direct the Oil & Gas to the surface in a replacement riser pipe of same size as original.
    I have tried to bring my design to the attention of BP, Deepwater Horizon, Governor Crist of Florida, Florida Senator Nelson, Your Anderson Cooper, Bp Drill Engineers Barbara Lasley and Kent Wells without and response. I filled out the Alternative technology Response Form on Mya 7th and received a electronic reply saying thanks for your Idea, We receive hundreds, "Do Not Contact Us Again"
    This well could have been sealed back in May. No one seems to be interested in looking at my design. Maybe you can help get some to take a look at my design. I also have a design to separate and recover the oil on the surface.
    Hope you can help me stop the leakage.
    Ken Bergh
    New Port Richey FL.

    July 9, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  25. jason harris

    will the future of man be effected in the future as a result of the effect on ocean life now?

    July 9, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  26. Randy

    I think we miss the point. It is not so much the toxicity of dispersants being used but the mistaken gross physical action of spreading toxic oil molecules throughout the water column. This is more deadly to sea life than oil left in globs.

    July 9, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  27. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Any thing that is to deep for a scuba diver should have a backup well .

    July 9, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  28. Justin

    Doesnt the bacteria lower oxygen levels so much it creates dead zones and i think the moratorium decision should soley be up to the affected states

    July 9, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  29. Ismael


    Seafood can't swim – it's food. Do you mean sea creatures or sea animals? If I see a buttered lobster swimming along side fried shrimp, well then we know what effect those "unknown" chemical disbursements are having. Awaiting the dive, thanks!

    July 9, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  30. Mikey

    Are oil spills treated the same way around the world ? Who is responsible for the damage in nations to poor or to lax in governmerntal controls ? Is it true that some of the pirates that have been captured around the world say that the oil companies pollution killed all the fish in the area that supported their village and they cannot even feed their families off the sea anymore. Why are not pollution standards for the oil companies globalized ?

    July 9, 2010 at 11:50 am |

    I live on the Coast in Gautier, Ms, not too far from this "non-toxic" oil landfill. I saw people on the beach this morning in Hazmat suits, everyone is being told not to touch the oil, workers must take Hazmat training, a big deal is being made about the safety of the divers, but when it gets to the landfill, somehow it's not hazardous any more! Can anyone explain that?

    July 9, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  32. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    With all this protection that is being used just proov's the oil is dangerous to anything that comes into contact with it including the sea life that we consume only an idiot would take a chance on eating it .

    July 9, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  33. Baer

    Why is there not a major study going on to folow these plumes? It seems like BP and our gov. are thinking we do not have to clean up what we do not see.

    Is any of this oil going to the bottom of the ocean where it will lay for years and years?

    How much oil is usually retrieved from these oil rigs per day? It appears to me that BP might of discovered a faster way to empty our oil reserves? It seems like they are making big bucks collecting their 25 to 50 thousand barrels a day.

    I have not heard of BP reimbursing the US Government for all the extra cost for the use of U.S. resourses like the Coast Gaurd, local Gov. officials and their staff cost.

    Who would be paying for this catastrophy if the oil gusher was from an oil rig owned and opperated by a Limited Liability Company that was not connected directly with a big profit company like BP?

    July 9, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  34. BONNIE

    should we be seeing more marine life

    July 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  35. alexanne

    I hope they bring a water sample back from the dive today so we can find out what exactly is in the water...what a sad situation.
    Thanks, CNN, for caring enough about the oil disaster to stay on the story.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  36. Marianne in Florida

    This is amazing footage. And horrifying. I have been dying to see what it is going on beneath the surface. It is as expected. America and the whole world needs to see this. Thank you CNN and Philippe and Amber and Rick and crew for your determination in getting this information public. What you are doing is important. The world needs to see this.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  37. Chris Lane

    The story was very informative and was narrated by folks that know the ocean's ecosystems. I am a diver and spent ten years in oil spill response, specifically wildlife rescue. In response to the many questions about the impact on fish and wildlife I think it is safe to say the Gulf will be devastated for decades. One major effect of the oil and dispersents that
    lye below the surface is the impact on oxygen and algae that so many of the undersea creatures need to survive. While I appreciate the expert opinions expressed in the article, I am equally disappointed in the weather guy on the morning show with Tony Harris. He should either stick to the weather or go to work for BP.

    July 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  38. Steve Barnes in Michigan

    Now you have made a film showing the water clarity near the spill you should go just outide the spill area and make another film just to show the difference. Then put them side by side on TV just to show people the difference. As the old saying goes a piucture is worth a thousand words.

    July 10, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  39. Vernon Jackson

    I am glad to see that they are sending a larger containment cap to place over the rupture area. It is my hope that they will hook hose from the cap to the waiting tanker ship so it can begin receiving oil from the moment the cap is set.

    July 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  40. Anita Meacham

    I think that will be so informative and help those who are uneducated about the dangers of oil in the ocean to have a much better understanding.

    July 10, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  41. Pete Le Voguer

    I have a thought,,, Instead of the U.S Government fining B.P $4600 for every barrel of oil spilled,(which is the reason they are limiting access to the spill details), why not waive this fine which would be an astronomical amount of money, and instead insist B.P put every resource possible including outside engineers and marine experts into cleaning up the oil faster and stopping the spill, saving the gulf coast and millions of peoples health and livelihoods.

    Thanks for reading this
    Vancouver Canada

    July 11, 2010 at 4:16 am |

    “STATES RIGHTS” should be preserved and not be infringed upon by anyone or anything such as our Government. Our Government will use your States money to fight another State which in turn will empower our Government even more. Do You really want for our Government to control your State, if you think it’s your State HAS Rights, THEN SUPPORT ARIZON’S RIGHTS WHILE YOU CAN, “NOT” AFTER WHEN IT IS TOO LATE. THINK ABOUT IT NOW!

    July 11, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  43. Mary Holzaepfel

    No act of congress can bring back the wildlife that has or will have perished. No act of congress will make gulf coast residents whole. No act of congress will avoid man's destruction of nature. No amount of money nor act of congress can make life like the glimpse of paradise it once was along the Gulf of Mexico.

    July 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  44. Steve

    Tony, congress should pass an extension unemployment benefits now. However, because of the indifference of Republicans in the Senate it will never happen. They just do not care. The only thing they care about is making sure the President and Democrats get nothing done.

    After voting primarily republican for 20 years. I'll never vote for them again.

    July 12, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  45. Mike

    Why cant our government just dig our own deep oil rigs and cut out the middle man. Then that money could be circulated back into the economy and the school systems. Gas stations all over the country owned by the government....USA GAS???

    July 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm |