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May 14th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Growing crisis on the Gulf Coast

(CNN) – The growing crisis in the Gulf is entering its 25th day. Experts predict the leak, which is estimated at 5,000 barrels a day, could be far worse. This news comes as BP considers another fix. So when does it stop?

Doug Suttles is the chief operating officer for exploration and production at BP. He joined us on Friday's American Morning to discuss the new concerns.

Read more: How big is the Gulf oil spill?

Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
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  1. nancy

    Where were the safety valves to help prevent this in the first place? WHY were they allowed to drill PAST their permit level? Come on, they knew exactly what they were doing. Put the blame squarely where it belongs ~~ on BP. I don't care if it bankrupts BP, make them accountable.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  2. Suz

    I have an idea for how to clean up the oil spill. Get all the oil execs out there with drinking straws.

    May 17, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  3. Shelby Lane

    Gulfaid??? are you kidding me ?? BP did this ,tell me please, why would i want to donate to clean up the gulf coast , sounds like a scam to me! Why don't BP use some of their 6 billion dollars from profits to clean this mess up.

    May 17, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  4. ronvan

    Obviously there is alot of blame to go around. Now that they have this smaller pipe inserted, wouldn't it be a good time to put something behind it to seal off the oil that is getting past it? I do agree that for ANYONE, involved in this disaster, they should be investigated and if found guilty, be immediately removed from any position they hold. Don't fire them! Put them behind a desk, pay them a salary, and take 50% of it for clean up. If they decide to quit, then you could withold any monies they get.! If BP goes bankrupt doing the clean up, so be it. At any rate I will not be surprised that as soon as all the oil companies can we will see gas prices go up!

    May 17, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  5. Scott Gould

    I liked that John tried to get him to answer whether BP was pressuring the builders of the well to open faster. However, when he said "I have no knowledge" why didn't he just save time and say "I refuse to answer"? Everybody knows that "I have no Knowledge" or "I do now recall" are ways of avoiding telling the truth while not exactly saying the words so later if caught they can say "I didn't really lie!".

    We now have several different reports saying that there is much more than 5000 gallons a day spilling into the Gulf yet John asked him about "4000" gallons a day. When a small garden hose can put out that much water in a day are we truly expected to believe that a massive pipe spewing oil is putting out less oil a day than a garden hose??

    May 17, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  6. Bill Jacques

    A revelation came to me while I was having my morning coffee.MAYBE YOU SHOULD PUT SARAH PALIN IN CHARGE OF THE GULF CLEANUP HA HA.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  7. Bill Jacques

    This problem will impact us and sea life for years and all you americans can think of is the Taliban.Bring the troops home now and redirect monies to solving one of the largest environmental disasters
    in recent memory.Also maybe you should freeze BP's assets to pay for all of this.Wake up the country is broke,maybe let China take the country over now and let them pay for it.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  8. j scherrer

    I think CNN should hire a reputable 3rd party engineering firm and have them view the videos of the combined oil leaks coming out the pipes on the bottom of the ocean. Then have the firm provide an estimate, as to the size of the leaks
    My guess is the original combined leaks are at least 500 gpms to possibly over 1000 gpms which puts the daily spill at least over 700,000 gallons per day to over 1,400,000 gallons per day going in to the Gulf. If my guess is correct, why is the government not confronting BP about their potential ultra conservative estimates on the Gulf spill??
    I think America needs someone checking to see if BP is being honest about the true impact of their disaster.

    May 16, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  9. Okie45

    Has anybody thought about crimping the pipe to shut off the flow of oil? I would think somewhere in the arsenal of devices we have a large clamp capable of simply crushing the pipe or is BP more interested in salvaging the oil coming out of the well?

    May 16, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  10. Peter Vassallo

    My solution to stop oil leak. In The construction industry when pressure testing the waste system to check for leaks, we insert a high density rubber ball into the pipes. The ball is filled with air and compresses to the sidewall of the pipe or pipes. Now why can't BP look in to this method. The air hose could be pre-attached, the ball submersed and then inserted into pipe. The hose is attached to a compressor on board a vessel at the surface level. The valve opened and the ball filled. Leak stopped. I'mbeginning to think BP is Looking to reactivate well and is unwilling to cap well. All their methods seem to involve recovering the oil. Hey and why not allow the oil to flow. By the time the litigation process is complete 1/2 of the people attempting to recover their losses will be deceased.

    Thank you,

    Peter Vassallo

    May 16, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  11. Boscotwirp

    This oil leak is going to turn out the problem of this milennium. Failing to acknowledge it by Obama controlled news media is not in the best interest of the US population and the rest of the world alike.

    May 16, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  12. Jess Bruckner

    Has anyone heard if they have thought to use some type of inflatable innertube type device... go in with the same type stratagy that they are talking about now, this arm thing with a disc on it, but instead of trying to have a disc that will "hopefully" fit inside the tube and stop the flow, have it be an inflatable ring around the siphon tube... Insert the device into the pipe that is leaking and once it is in place, the innertube made possibly of an ultra strong teflon like material is inflated using a hydrolic inflation device... sealing of the tube and creating a way to for the oil to drain to a ship. Is this possible???

    May 16, 2010 at 1:57 am |
  13. JG

    Why don't we put the blame where it belongs. BP was doing everything it could to reduce costs, which in hindsight was pretty stupid considering an acoustic blow out preventer is 'required' everywhere else in the world. What I'm not seeing is the fact that our Congress isn't taking the blame. They took PAC money from BP to pass legislation that wouldn't require the blow out preventer. So, now it's the Washington DC two step, where politicians point the finger away from themselves. Why not publish the names of the Congressmen who took BP money and voted not to require the single piece of equipment that would have prevented this whole mess in the first place? Maybe replacing the real culprits will send a message to other poilticians. For evil men to succeed, good men need do nothing.

    May 16, 2010 at 12:37 am |
  14. John Sparks

    A possible solution to stop the oil flow–side raditor style clamps around the broken line then slide a threaded pipe into the broken line tighten the clamps then cap threaded pipe.

    May 16, 2010 at 12:16 am |
  15. Armand Tardif

    May 15, 2010 1:00 pm

    I have been wondering for some time why so many people in the oil industry and government dept. have not ome up with this simple idea ? Why not send down a high pressure hose with an inflatable ballon on the end of it , and guide it into the spewing oil well ? Once inserted a safe distance into the well , inflate the ballon to plug up the well ! A simple remote control vavle could shut off the ballon and releast the air hose if desired , or levae it in place for further uses if need be . A worth while attempt seems to me ! Any comments on this idea ?

    May 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  16. Scottish Mama

    1. The government should be on site 24/7.
    2. What is the capacity of the tankers and how fast will they fill up?
    3. If BP is lying about the amount of oil spilled they pay a larger amount for cleanup.
    4. No cap on clean up. If it lasts 21 years they pay the cap on every year there are disasters due to oil in the ocean.
    5.No Mr. Suttles, they so not want you only to stop this disaster, they want the marine life and their livelyhoods restored!!!!!!!!!
    6.A Professor Werely says the estimate is at least 14 times what BP estimates the catastophe at.
    7. Each of the Entities : BP, Transocean, and Haliburton are the equally responsible for this Disaster{ not a little spill} and should have to pay till this oil, water, Marine life and the lives and livelyhoods of the communities involved are made whole.
    8. Don't make me come down there, I am from the show me state. Prove that the straw to suck the oil off, not some of it, all of it.
    9. Politicians be proactive not reactive now.
    10. The American people are demanding a conclusion in days not months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not bandages, full blown closure now.

    May 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  17. Mike Stachiw

    It seems to me that BP is doing everything possible in the Gulf spill – to capture the oil and transfer it to a tanker at the surface. This process was tried twice and all this time oil is gushing out polluting the gulf. BP seems to have a major concern of trying to capture the gushing oil rather then stopping the oil. What is the problem here? Do something to stop it, not capture it!!! I quess it's all about money!

    May 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  18. glenn kelley

    sure it's worse than expected why did'nt they pull the stack cost they knew it was bad ask why all the fish are on top of the water swimming around 30yrs oil field exp. you'd be surprized to hear the talk small oilfield call i've got questions of my own

    May 15, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  19. David Thelen

    Why not harness the power of this leaking oil with the use of a turbine? Why not bring in two halves of a contraption in the shape of a hair dryer that included an inner turbine? Why not use a fishing rod concept that may simply wheel in the rope that hooks to various parts like the top hat or other plug?
    The two halves of this contraption would be hauled by perhaps 2 Navy subs on either side of this leaking hole. This turbine could also have locking gears in it similar to a fishing rod. The 2 subs would simply put together these two halves and bolt them together. If need be, the Navy subs could hold in place this gigantic “fishing rod/hair dryer turbine” until the job is done.
    This blow dryer shaped inner turbine could be utilized for power by using turning force. This turning force could be used like a fishing rod. It has a pole and a series of a rope and pulleys. It uses the turning turbine within this contraption as power. The other end of rope with hooks would be attached to the top hat or other plug. This way you simply use this fishing rod to reel in these items by way of the power of this gushing oil.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  20. Genep

    All the oil companies can do is to try and figure out how to capture all of the oil spewing out of the pipe. They arent even considering the ramafications of what this is doing to the environment. The only feasable solution for the short term, to try and slow the flow of oil is to crush the pipe. Put a kink in it to close off the opening. Come on EXEC's this is just plain STUPID.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  21. K Rowe

    Why can't they insert a bladder on the end of a tube into the pipe and inflate it to stop the flow? I know they have rubber plugs, much like a balloon, that is used to seal the opening of a pipe so that it can be pressurized and checked for air leaks. Perhaps there is an issue with the pressure at that depth or the pressure of the oil flow coming from the pipe. Just a thought.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  22. joe

    When are people going to listen to how the President speaks. We are still a society of free people aren't we? The President said he would not "tolerate" finger pointing anymore. Isn't that what he did when he was running for office, isn't that what every politician does?

    May 15, 2010 at 5:15 am |
  23. Shawn Rourke

    The spill is much worse than feared and thats a fact. Whether it is five thousand barrels a day or two hundred and fifty thousand barrels a day; it's unacceptable. America can not stand for another greedy CEO getting away with negligence; this may become an ecological genocide that our natural habitats may not recover from for many years. The people responsible for this should be held accountable for their actions (a slap on the wrist isn't enough).

    May 14, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  24. john doe

    Here the "TRUTH", It was me, I did it!!! I asked GOD for free OIL, and I got the the gulf full of it!!! "SORRY" about that!!! NOW blow up the well head and stop the freak'n oil!!! BP you can quit lying at anytime!!! USA is the wa!!!

    May 14, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  25. alberto

    Lets be open now to allow help in this time of extreme environmental crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, of no near end in sight, where trial and error seems to be the only strategy at hand, to summon experts in the field regardless of their background or origin. This is a crisis that affects an environment wich belongs to humanity, and this legacy may be all we have left standing for future generations. Maybe the group from Abu Dhabi that is coming to assist in controling this leak will solve the problem. Ironic, but destiny lies not in the hands of humans, but in the mercy of allmighty God. In time of crisis there`s only one way to act : Solidarity, Subsidiarity, and Tolerance. It all may sound like a lot of Bull, but lets open our minds a bit, and extend our hands in hours of need. In the end, we may be blessed instead of cursed.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  26. Dwayne Clark

    I am ex-Coast Guard. Decades ago we actually regulated and fined oil companies for spilling oil. The Coast Guard, EPA and the Obama Administration (and Congress) have been pathetic on this disaster. Forget clean up and compensatory damages: they need to fine BP out of existence. Their business practices are reckless and inexcusable. Stop offshore drilling or do it safely.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  27. Garrett Coleman

    To stop the oil leak, think small on a bigger scale. A thick walled rubber air bag must be put into the tube and inflated. Give me the resources and I will fix this!!!!!!

    May 14, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  28. Anne Myers

    Watching BP, Transocean, and Halliburton was like watching the three stooges. They don't have a clue how much is spilling, how to stop the spilling, or how to clean up the spill. The only thing they know is how to make huge profits at our expense and at the expense of mother nature.

    May 14, 2010 at 10:25 am |