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May 27th, 2010
12:14 PM ET

Gulf of Mexico oil spill worst in U.S. history

Watch CNN's American Morning on Friday as Kiran Chetry reports on the Gulf Coast oil spill from Grand Isle, Louisiana. (Photos: Getty Images and Michael Humphrey/CNN)

(CNN) – The Gulf of Mexico undersea gusher has already spilled more oil than the Exxon Valdez disaster - possibly more than twice as much, making it the largest oil spill in U.S. history - government scientists said Thursday.

Scientists observed 130,000 to 270,000 barrels of oil on the water's surface on May 17, and think a similar amount had already been burned, skimmed, dispersed or evaporated.

That would mean 260,000 to 520,000 barrels had been leaked as of 10 days ago. The Exxon Valdez leaked about 250,000 barrels into Alaska's Prince William Sound in 1989. Read more

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  1. john kessler

    Blow away the high teck shut off valve with exploves and put a 100 ton steel plate on the hole. Put tons of rocks on the steel plate. This will stop the leak.

    June 10, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  2. delicate

    I am in the gulf and I can tell you that we have signed up to help but have not been asked to I believe this is due to law suits that may occur. BP isn't doing a lot here that we can see. Our fishermen community is asking to help. Its their lives. Help us come to our community we will put you up. Tell BP to stop playing games with our lives our housing market has taken such a deep cut and we can't get another mortgage. We are helpless here!

    June 7, 2010 at 11:27 pm |
  3. Tim Samash

    I live 7 miles north of the gulf water in Mississippi, and I'm very glad that the us government PR has distanced itself from bp in the responsibility for this catastrophe, when it should take as much blame as bp, for allowing this type of drilling in the first place! it really eases my mind so i can sleep better at night! ( i hope you can see my sarcasm). I couldn't give a rats ass, as to who to blame for this mess, the oil is still leaking and contaminating the gulf of Mexico, why don't we start pointing fingers when the leak is stopped,
    If we have the technology to cut the riser pipe with a saw-blade, then we have the technology to also use a welding rod, at those depths, why not use a blade to cut 7/8 , through the pipe and weld it to the pipe, ( reducing flow and pressure, Then from the other side 180 degrees, 1/2 inch up from previous cut through the pipe completely, then try to plug leak with concrete, or junk shot, once leak is stopped completely weld top of pipe above blade,
    and what about using demolition? to blow a hole 1/2 mile into the ocean floor, and using a couple hundred million tons of ocean seafloor to stop the leak. ( using shape charges).
    or is this whole fiasco just so that BP can still recover the oil that is still coming out. WTF.

    June 2, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  4. Mary

    I really think BP's excuse of having to wait until the new relief pipe is finished being drilled in August is simply that .. an excuse! BP putting in another pipe simply so they're set up with a brand new oil rig for pumping more oil to earn money! I'm sorry, but with all the pressure that seems to be blowing out of that damaged pipe?? I don't think this
    so-called 'relief' pipe is going to stop anything!
    I feel they're just using this all as an excuse to keep us off-track so they have time to drill themselves a brand new well!! Then they'll just turn around and tell us "oh-no, sorry – this didn't work either!"

    June 2, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  5. sarah

    i think someone should fix this fast our all our animals will die would u like it if that u.. i don't think so , so do somthing about it

    June 2, 2010 at 2:58 am |
  6. John

    first figure out the pressure at the well head -pounds per square inch
    second find size of the pipe in square inches
    multiply to determine total weight needed to build a lead plug shaped like a giant plumb bob. Add 20% or so just to be safe and lower it from a ship to the well head. Use your remotes to help position point over the recently cut main riser pipe and drop it in. The soft lead should mold to the steel pipe and create a pretty good seal.
    remember KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid)

    June 1, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  7. dinman2

    Next Step BoBo!! well I said I would laugh when the mud puming did not work an I am , sorry that BP is so dis informing us about there actions and not getting the Job done NOW ,,they say they are going to CUT off the Pipe just above the Flange that is to remove the BEND and fallen pipe from the VALVE well let me tell you those Guys Have not done there HOME work BEFORE they start the Diamond Cutter to slice off the pipe?? The did no say any thing about Drilling a HOLE and ataching a Pressure Gauge or Sensor to measure the PSI (pounds per SQ.IN) before the bend in the broken line ???

    They just said well the pressure will be just a little more without the crese bend in the line that is restrictiong the flow . Thats a piss poor way to address the American engineers and public that is listing and watching the news for a full briefing on the progress .

    I guss President Oboma just gona sit back a let BP get away with
    another Problem and another and another till the Gulf is full of oil and
    Lighting desides to light it off so we all can get Carbon Lungs.

    Bull come on White House get your gears and put the Engineering
    Staff on TV talking how to solve this problum but what ever you do , please Make them take every step in a action that will prevent us having failures till its shut off.


    May 31, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
  8. Charlie

    Since the beginning of this catastrophe I have watched with concern and curiosity. Concern for the environmental disaster and curiosity at the engineering to stop or slow the leak. At 5,000 feet it certainly is a challenge and I believe had BP provided better information sooner, with an easy to find place to submit solutions, ideas would pour in. At that point engineers could assess their feasibility. A thought I had was one we use in the field, albeit not a mile under the sea. When excavating and we rupture a small gas line, we simply crimp it closed with large pliers. From the animations I have seen in the news it appears that when the well pipe riser broke off, it bent over and is now lying on the sea bed. Since the pipe did not just snap, this tells me the pipe is malleable. Now depending on its Malleability, it would seem to me that the same concept we use on a smaller scale could be used here. Of course this would depend on the riser pipes resistance to the pressures created by the oil and gas once it is sealed, but if nothing else the pipe could be crimped to a point that will slow down the flow. This might even help with the "top kill" process by not allowing as much mud to escape while trying to fill the well bore. A simple hydraulic crimp tool can easily be fabricated to mimic the pliers we use in the field. Just a thought.

    May 31, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  9. Laura, Miya, Betsy, Taeva, Dani, Ella, Thalia.

    Thank you for giving a place to let people post their opinions.

    What will happen to the oil once it is collected?

    Oil companies should have safety measures because this will happen again if they don't.

    P.S. We range in age between 8 and 14.

    May 30, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  10. Earl PE

    Based on the subsea wellhead drawings I have seen on CNN, I would not cut the Marine Riser. I would consider using the ROV to unbolt the Riser from the BOP at the BOPs top connection/flange. The next step is for the ROV to attach a flanged well control valve to the top of the BOP. When the valve is secured the well can be controlled.

    May 30, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  11. me2

    Why do some people think that this is the governments responsibility to step in!?!? People pick and choose when they want government involved. They argue on one side of their mouths that government is too involved in everything while the other side screeams help! Big business(BP) created this problem. This problem will affect the world!!! BP pull out your billions and clean up this mess!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 30, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  12. bernie lemieux

    The oil spill in the gulf of Mexico is a desaster on immense proportions! I hope that the oil can be cleaned up and the environment restored to it's original state. It proves that accidents will always happen no matter how careful we are. Despite our best efforts and despite the assurances we were given and promised, accidents continue to happen; cars collide, trains derail, ships sink or run aground, airplanes crash, space shuttles and oil wells explode. They can't cap the gusher in the gulf with the existing technology which is still manageable with submersibles. Now, the industry and the government want to allow deeper wells. They say it would be safe. Nonsense, it won't be!. It might take time but and accident will happen, it's inevitable! People get complacent over time and take short cuts. Can you visualize a blow out like that 3 miles down where submersibles couldn't operate because of the excessive pressure? You may have a gusher "forever" or at least until a relief well could be drilled which would take more that a year. Now the're thinking about allowing this in the Artic. This is sheer lunacy. And they thought that the water was cold in the gulf! That idea should be nipped at the bud. Can you picture millions of barrels of unrecoverable oil extending for miles under the ice? Deeper wells is not the way to go. Instead, put money in R&D (Research and development) in vehicle efficiency, building insulation and heating systems and coal green technology. There are millions of barrels of oil to be saved there every year. Make coal power plants more efficient by reclaiming some of the heat from the smoke stacks and supplementing it with natural gaz to turn an extra turbine. That's the kinds of things you need to do to lessen your dependence on oil. Old military equipment should be looked at; lots of oil to be saved there too. There is a multitude a ways to reduce our usage of oil that will help save the planet; not new wells so we can guzzle more! May God help the people of the gulf save their environment!

    May 30, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  13. Syed

    Here is a News I did not hear on CNN:
    Whatever happened to Fair and Balanced News and Most trusted Name in the News business:

    "Israel rejects new drive to ban nukes from Mideast"

    So don't want Nuke Free Mideast Then.

    Double Standards ???

    May 30, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  14. ronvan

    ALL OF US: Must bear some of the blame for this! WE listen & trust our "elected children" while we constantly hear about "another one" who got caught putting $$$ in their pockets & all the other stuff. YET we let them stay in office. WE listen & have allowed ALL these "do gooder" groups to stuff our minds with THEIR agenda's, while they put $$$ in their pockets. WE "jump" on the band wagon and send millions of $$$ to help other nations in trouble. WHERE are all those countries now? WE have allowed & given power to the oil companies because WE cannot get off our addiction to oil. Now we have LOST the gulf! Argue, scream, whatever, the fact that the gulf will not be the same for decades, maybe longer, can all be attributed to OUR goal of the almighty $$$! Which if you have noticed isn't worth a hoot anymore! WHY haven't WE demanded that BP & all the other oil companies "contribute" to an oil disaster fund just for things like this?
    BP has lied & manipulated us from the beginning. Boycotting all of their interests is a great idea. But WE won't do it! Just continue to sit around talk, argue, scream & point fingers while WE are controlled by those with $$$ & power! WE could & can make a differeence BUT do we have the guts to sacrifice some of our "creature comfors" to make OUR point?

    May 30, 2010 at 4:16 am |
  15. J. R. Smith

    Send in a thin pipe with a big balloon on the end of the tub and pump a hard material with air pressure behind it into the balloon, like a stent to open a vain in your vains, only the balloon will expand to the wall of the pipe. The balloon stop the flow long enough to put something behind it like mud

    May 30, 2010 at 1:34 am |
  16. andrei

    It is not a national, it just a beginning of a global environmental disaster. Biggest river in ocean Gulfstream about to start transport oil on it’s rout. All Caribbean islands, Greenland (will see black ribbons on icebergs) pass Norway, Barencevo Sea up to White Sea where it end will be effected. Some portions are going to make u turn by cold stream and circulate for generations to come killing billions of living things (migrating whales, seals, dolphins, sharks, schools of fish, creels, plankton, coral, etc.)

    May 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  17. Gwendoline Y. Fortune, Ed. D.

    Watching today's discussion of Toxic America with Sanjay Gupta, I am angry! In 1980 I was diagnosed with "chemical sensitivities" by Dr. Theron Randolph, a pioneer in this topic. He was ridiculed by his peers, top journals would not publish his copious research ( He was the second graduate from Harvard in allergy investigation.) Because he researched clinically, and was not funded by the chemical industry, h he was ignored.

    id disgusts and angers me to watch, in 2010 and recent years, the verification of Dr. Randolph and other pioneering researchers, 1940s onward, who were alert to the changes a chemical environment was being created by a powerful industry and a flawed, arrogant tradition. The slowness of the medical profession to be open to "outside the box" approaches to health care is proving destructive, as Dr. Randolph and others showed years ago. More of their research and insight will verified while the entrenched powers of control deny the effects of a non-natural environment on life.

    May 29, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  18. Ashley

    I believe the oil spill is a sad catastrophe. Every one is going on and on about the oil spill, then do something about it! Why can't we just pump it out and use it?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  19. Mark

    read Sherry's comment above:

    Can't have it both ways? You sound like an Obama defender. What about defending the wetlands and placing the blame later? Lets get this thing cleaned up at any cost. Whatever it takes. Once we have this in control we can the assess the leadership of the Commander in Chief.
    We took a financial crisis and in 3 days made a decision to throw Trillions of dollars at it without know what might happen. You can predict this event, yet the minimum is being done without "studies' to look into what possible effects it might have. We need a leader. Does one exist?

    May 28, 2010 at 8:02 pm |
  20. Deena Kalagias

    I seriously wonder why they didn't include my suggestions to fix the oil leak in the gulf..
    Perhaps i had the answer? They did include my idea of clean up.. I felt in my heart of hearts that i indeed had the answer.. but it disapeared.. strange.. I consider myself very intelligent, very quick, very practical, and i have excellent insight, excellent common sense and an above and beyond mind for problem solving.. I wish i could talk to an engineer on the job...I just have this gut feeling that i had the answer or at the very least some very helpful information which could have been blended and considered by the specialists... for a resolve.. But as i said before... Where did my comment go..... strange.!
    Well... in my heart of hearts... I tried... I don't know who else to talk to..
    God Bless Our Country
    and God Bless us all...

    May 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
  21. mm

    they are skimming and sucking the oil. and it is being used. also it is harder to fix things 5000 feet under the water due to the pressure; it isnt as easy as fixing a pipe above ground.

    the government is doing something! it has contracted companies to clean up the oil and to test the water and air for toxicity. there are tens of thousands of people all across the gulf from texas to florida involved in this! i'm frustrated too! but be aware, this spill is unprecedented so mistakes will be made and things will have to be figured out along the way.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  22. nick

    Well, at least few good things came out of this. first the goverment now can say jobs were created, 2nd, with the mind set in the U.S. now days (poor me) or (we can't do anything without the goverment's help) I think it is time all of us just buck up, stop crying in our beer. let's stop pointing the finger and clean up the mess. It's not the end of the world,
    The planet will be fine. just look back in time, many bad things happen and the earth is still here,
    We just must not let this goverment get a knee jerk reaction and stop all drilling. that's as dumb as if a car crashes let's stop driving and walk

    May 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  23. san hans

    we need to clean up this freakin mess!!!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  24. samiam

    I just don't understand why we are not seeing any clean up efforts. Where are the oi skimmers? BP should be trying every way to clean this up as it is spewing even if its untested. All the politics involved need to be put aside and a real effort to clean this up as it happens is made. I can only shake my head in disgust at Obama for talking as usual, with no follow up or results. Americans turned to him for change, he has changed nothing. It's all about politics. it is very very sad what this gusher is doing to the sealife that will be gone for decades to come and what it;s going to do to the economy in LA and FL for years to come. We don't have a chance with the oil company running this show and we don't have any better chance with Obama running the show.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  25. Mark

    I heard a PSA on the radio this morning asking people to donate hair stuffed in panty hose for the gulf oil clean up. I wonder would shredded paper stuffed in panty hose work in a similar fashion? Government offices and private industry shred enormous amounts of paper every day. If shredded paper would work it seems to me it is a readily available material.


    May 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  26. Tom

    Questions for a geologist: in eons past, have earthquakes ever caused oil to leak into the oceans? if not why not? And what would be the residual evidence of such an occurrence?

    May 28, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  27. JPH

    Why is everybody asking for the goverment to step in, if BP engineers can't figure it out...will the government...who are they going to send in the Army Corps of Engineers, look at what they did to help after Katrina. The government needs to ask for help from other oil producing countries who have experience dealing with spills of this magnitude...combine the knowledge of engineers around the world.

    May 28, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  28. Mimi

    Since the government doesn't seem to have the money for skimmers and more booms..... they have Aid concerts for everything else, why not have an Aid concert for help the Nations Wetlands?

    May 28, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  29. John

    I am simply amazed how many of our news reporters have hidden their talents about how to plug an oil well and want the US governement to plug it for BP. If you like the way Social Security is run then this would be a stragety. I bet this doesn't get read on CNN.

    May 28, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  30. Rose Mac

    A thick,long, wide mattress-like layer of materials , more absorbent on the bottom side ,less on the top,and outer edges, fitted over the pipe, then more layers above and around that, then building upward in a pyramid fashion with mud, concrete, rock, make the distance shorter between the spill and water's surface,may contain the oil at least for a while . The shorter the distance, the easier it will be to cap.

    May 28, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  31. Tom

    Someone told me that BP is actually owned by the Iranians, yet keeping the BP name. If this is true, wouldn't this be concidered environmental terrorism? Does anyone know this to be a fact. Is this something the press should check into?

    May 28, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  32. michael

    If we collect 99% of the oil being spilled – then bp can take time to kill the well.

    asap strart to build a "oil collection ring" flotation miles in diameter which has large booms with deep aprons that zipper together as they extend below the surface (this happens physically as aprons on modules are zipped) and capture the rising oil leak – which is continually pumped into tankers/barges – circumvent first ring with a second and so on as needed.

    Do not use any dispersant – pump out water seperation from collected oil.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  33. Linda

    Who does BP think they are, and where is the government? This is a national disaster and we should treat it as such. If the government can not set up a committee because they don't have the expertise or the knowledge it seems simple that they could tap into the resources from the experts and get going. Trusting BP is not an option at this point and as I listen to the story they seem to project an arrogance that is insulting to me. They are not bigger then the United States but seems to believe they are and we are allowing them to get away with that attitude. Aside from the wildlife, peoples livelihood is being impacted and my prayers go out to them.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  34. Steve

    I understand the magnitude of this disaster and my heart goes out the the people of the Gulf area. The problem I have is the American people want cheap gas and at the same time don't want to have to worry about any chance of a catastrophe like this happening. In a perfect world that might happen. I personally think this should and could have been prevented. I also think that BP isn't just sitting on their hands. It appears to me that they are trying to fix the problem.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  35. Bluwtr

    If BP can shoot golf balls and mud into a pipe at 5000 ft in an ocean atmosphere of 2200 PSI..... why can't they insert an inflatable rubber/neoprene plug to shut down the flow temporarily.

    I don't understand why there are no Navy oil skimmers in the marshes picking up as much oil as they can.... if they are there, we need to see it on the news. The oil could be off-laoded into a freighter.

    Following the shut down and cleanup of this mess, the upper echelon BP folks need to answer for being aware of inoperable safety devices..... it is criminal to risk our national resouces for the profits of an oil company, especially when they are owned off-shore! The board of directors took the risk.... time for them to pay up.

    Congress, the Senate and each involved agency needs to answer for their greed also. If a Congressman, Senator or Bureau Director has accepted 'corporate oil' gifts above the state and federal gift acceptance guidelines, they should be suspended from office. That would cure our DC problem...... they would all be replaced! We need our government back, run with some form of integrity.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  36. Cheryl

    My husband has worked for BP, formerly Amoco Oil, for over 30 years. The oil business has always been risky. You always know there is going to be an accident, you just don't know when. Since the explosion at our plant there have been so many changes to ensure the safety of the workers. My husband is not company. He is union. Today's plants are so much safer than they were 10, 20, 30 years ago. I love my gulf and I am sorry for the lives lost, but until this is over, no one knows exactly where blame is due. I find it odd that usually where there is an accident, there are always contractors. I do know one thing though, when Bp says they will cover the costs, they will. I see it all the time.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  37. Sherry F

    In our city if people do not mow their lawns after awhile the city comes in and mows the lawn and then chargers the homeowner for it.......why doesn't the government step in and take over the efforts to stop the oil spill and clean up the environment...then bill BP for it!

    May 28, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  38. Dan Jacoby

    This is NOT the worst oil spill - at least not yet. The worst oil spill occurred in New York City. It began in the early 1950s along the Newtown Creek, between Brooklyn and Queens. The spill is estimated at 30 to 50 million gallons.

    Since that spill occurred over many years, and is the result of leakage from storage tanks, it doesn't make great television, so people aren't talking about it.

    This spill has never been cleaned up; Newtown Creek is being considered for EPA Superfund status.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:42 am |
  39. Roger Kelly

    I worked in the oil field when I was younger both on land and I worked derrick's offshore for a year and a half and I know that when you are drilling and you have a sudden loss of drilling mud you imediatley have a problem and then when the mud start's coming back up the drilling pipe you really have a problem and it is time to shut it down as fast as possible.Each rig has a toolpusher who is over the rig but you also have a company man who the toolpusher answer's to,so you have two people who are in charge and in this case the toolpusher would have told the company man who by the way is a BP employee about what was going on and the BP man should have told the toolpusher to shut the well in.What we need to know is what was said and who's decision it was to keep going which was a huge mistake.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  40. Dr. Nyamai, Jumah Joseph.

    Dasaster oreparedness is to be taken seroiusely whether one occures or never. It is a general assumption that a disaster will never
    occure in many ventures.

    It is wise to take Safety Precautions in any undertaking. This is a big lesson for all in the world to learn including U.S.A.


    Dr. Nyamai Jumah Joseph.

    Environment and Safety Manager,Awazel.

    Kingdom of Saudia Arabia.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:18 am |
  41. wally p

    oil is leaking from a pipe a lot lot like a leaking artery why not attack it like such and use a "stent" type plug like a cardiologist would for an angiogram? an angio stent is a pipe with a balloon on the end, the balloon can be filled with water and oil can then be taken out thru the pipe until it can be plugged.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:39 am |
  42. Bob Rodert

    Why aren't Plan B's required for all of the wells being approved by our government? It seems that about everything that is done like drilling oil wells or digging coal mines that might affect the environment in some way (like millions of gallons of crude being distributed all over the Gulf of California) requires an approved Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The possibility of a blown out oil well in the Gulf, 5000 ft. below the water surface, seems to not have been considered. If it had been there would have been a requirement for approved Plan Bs for every well out there! Obviously if there was a requirement for approval of Plan Bs there should be a requirement to test them under realistic conditions (using a clean substitute for crude oil of course). If this had been a requirement before drilling on any wells began, there's a good chance that first, no wells would have been drilled because no Plan Bs would work or second, that the plan would have been implemented and worked and we wouldn't be experiencing this catastrophe.

    We have too much government in a lot of cases but in this case having an approved and validated EIR for the blown out well might well have spared this disaster!

    May 27, 2010 at 11:48 pm |
  43. Elaine Eagle

    Here's my idea for a fix: Get some big boulders from the Rocky Mtns in Colorado & drop them into the holes to plug up the holes. Then, use the plastic beverage (recyclable) bottles to suck up the oil. They are light & so they will float on top of the sludge & then all people concerned can then collect the bottles filled up with the spewed oil.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
  44. Deena Kalagias

    As far as clean up.... before i'd use dog hair... or human hair... i'd absorb the oil with tons and tons of cotton... thousands upon thousands layers of cotton.... just a thought...

    May 27, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  45. Nathaniel

    They can at less clamp or bend the pipe for now first.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  46. Jayakumar

    SO it looks like BP was lying to us all. All those advertisements on TV and the certifications from Green coorporation about their small carbon footprint etc. were purchased with donations. Now what is new about this? BP lied to us, Toyota lied to us, ING lied to us, Freddie and Mac lied to us.. GOldman Sachs, Enron, Adelphia, and the list goes on.. ALL OF THEM LIED TO us the poor foolish public. When will we understand that coorporates lie.. that is their business. They lie to create the impression that they are helping the country, creating jobs etc. when actually the only thing they are concerned about is making the bucks. I hope we can put up leaders who have the guts to take companies to task rather than catering to their every wish, tax cuts etc and sacrificing the public interest. We should trust the government, since they are the only people who have the public interest in mind. Don't elect politicians who support corporates over the people..

    May 27, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  47. Les

    BP is lying. The other day, the TV feed of the leak showed the end of the pipe; one hole. Now there are 4 holes and they want us to believe it is the drilling mud. They have clearly ruptured the pipe and when they force cement into it, this will be a disaster of colossal proportions. When they started drilling, they had to have had an idea what the reserve was in that undersea oil cavity. That's what they want us to believe when the oil companies show all the animated technologies identifying reserves. How much oil could conceivably leak out? Is this a planet killer?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  48. Four Corners Oil and Gas Supporter

    I would like to know how long the President, Congress and the News Media has worked in the Oil Field? What gives you the right to tell all the Gas, Oil and other teams that are working in the Gulf HOW TO DO THEIR JOBS!! If you have not had a problem like this before- do you not think it might take a little while to figure this out? We have some of the best Oil and Gas People in the Gulf from all over the US trying to figure out how to get this Oil Spill under control. THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE- MUCH LESS A MILE UNDER THE WATER. I support your efforts and coming from a large Oil and Gas Basin in New Mexico, WE HAVE FAITH IN OUR MEN!! God Bless the 11 that lost their lives- That the News, President or Congress forgets to Mention

    May 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm |
  49. Bryan

    What will be the effect of pumping all this mud into the bottow of the ocean? And, don't forget how many terrorists are watching this folly and plotting to cause another explosion somewhere else...

    May 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
  50. Pamela

    We have no more time to decide who is responsible for this clean up.. Anyone and everyone are responsible citizens of the EARTH.. Stop the Blame.. start the action.. Just DO SOMETHING!!!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  51. david

    These BP guys are as slick as the oil on top of the water. You can bet they probably have a plan for the failure of the current operation to plug the well and put the cap on so they can keep taking oil. They have a lot of lost revenue they're going to have to recover and they won't get it fast enough by just charging the little guy more for what they have.... They will want all they can get their hands on.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  52. Louise F. Montgomery

    I am disgusted with James Carville and others faulting President Obama for 1/ not being emotional when he talked about the oil crisis 2/ his failure to take over stopping the gush from BP 3/ wanting a federal takeover of states' handling of off-shore and on-shore protection 4/ Obama's finding out the hard way that the federal bureaucracy supposedly monitoring off-shore oil drilling was as faulty as SEC monitoring of Wall Street, and I fear you could go on ad infinitum through not only the US bureaucracy but also American business. Yes, the private sector.

    We, like our education system from pre-K through at least the MA, do not do good work. We are sloppy, in efficient, non-caring, etc.

    So people in the office supposedly monitoring off-shore drilling were, like those supposedly monitoring Wall Street, watching porn on their taxpayer-provided computers.

    Yes, Obama should have known more about how well or how poorly his agency charged with monitoring off-shore drilling were performing. He didn't. He suffers for that.

    Similarly, BP obviously does not know how to stop this gush. Why would Republicans, who continue to fight against government involvement in solving problems of all sorts, start faulting Obama for not aking over solving this business-created problem? Obama and the US federal government do NOT have the knowledge and equipment to get into the Gulf and stop this leak.

    What bothers me most about CNN's coverage is letting these fools bleat constantly that the President is "not emotional" when he talks about solving the many problems related to this business-caused problem. I want him and everyone under his command to use all their gray matter, there best education, their best contacts, whatever all can muster, to solve this intellectually, scientifically.

    Let Maitlin and Carville emote, along with your too-many emoters who like to shrill opinion. I want solid scientific information; I want clear, direct information on what is being done now, what we know now, what we do not know.

    It is the job of the news media to not be fear mongers. We are supposed to give information, delivered in a way that explains and leads to understanding.

    Please keep that in mind when you put on those fools who want emotion.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  53. Pamela

    How can the President talk about 2 YEARS from now about the oil spill when he's not doing anything today to take care of it today and embrace the people of the region and insure they're going to be alright? where is the justice in procrastination?

    May 27, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  54. Randy Hill

    Since the day of the blow out, I do not understand why there was not an immediate response by surrounding the area with a foatable berm or boom? It is truly sad to see how inept the United States is in not being prepared for something like this. When the rig was on fire, it would have seem logical that an immediate response should have been to have dispatched with a boom that could have easily encircled the area may a mile or two in radius. Once the rig sunk, we should have enough data to understand where the oil would be located as it moved toward the surface of the Gulf Waters. To the best I can tell, we still are not capturing the oil being discharged from the well. It seems crazy that we are waiting until the oil migrates, spreads out and encompasses a huge area before trying to capture and/or stop it with booms. The thought that this government simply said it was BP's problem rather than have an immediate response by all resources of the the U.S. Government is like telling a homeowner to put out your own house fire rather than sending a fire truck. The United States Government should have had an immediate response and then looked to BP to reimburse the government. If nothing else, why don't we at least locate where the oil is surfacing now and capture what we can and then at the same time try to mop up what has already been disbursed throughout the Gulf?

    May 27, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  55. Jeff Saint James

    Why is BP suspending the "Top Kill" process? They must see a problem in this process and they appear to be hiding something.

    We need several government officials on site to monitor this process at all times.

    Also, if they have stopped pumping mud for a 16 hour time lapse then wouldn't that mud that was pumped in have time to escape out?

    May 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  56. Lucy Muller

    The following is what I found while looking at MMS website. How stupid are these people? Mary Landry is a senator. Duh!!!!

    Update: The Ongoing Administration-Wide Response to the Deepwater BP Oil Spill
    WED, MAY 26, 2010
    Federal On-Scene Coordinator Rear Admiral Mary Landry has granted approval for BP to begin proceeding with their attempt to cap the well using the technique known as the “top kill.” Read More >

    May 27, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  57. bob

    that is the worst thing that could happend to us right now

    May 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  58. Michael F McDonald

    Plug, Baby Plug!!

    May 27, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  59. Antonio Bailey

    My comment is that I have a solution to the gulf problem
    the MUDD will not stop the flow. I have a solution for the initial issue with the fixing of the piping and of the oil spill as well as the cleanup process that will need to take place after that has be rectified. Should anyone with authority in this matter would like to speak with me about these solutions that are environmentally safe and cost effective please contact me via email. This is a horrific situation that can be solved fairly quickly and safely. Thank you.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  60. tina

    Hats off to all of those who had negitive comments,about not trusting and being left to die.Saw the presidents speech their moving now!!

    May 27, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  61. lois black

    Is there any way they can capture the oil that has escaped and refine it? That would help us to not need foreign oil,. Is that a dumb question?

    May 27, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  62. Steve Sheen

    Absolutely disaster I cannot believe the mess out there more so i cant believe that it hasnt been capped yet.You would think they would have take safety measures to avoid or be ready for such emergencies.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  63. Chris

    Can we stop calling this the "BP Oil Spill"? This is not a 'spill'. You spill a glass of milk. Oil is gushing out of the earth and is not stopping on it's own. Let's call it the "BP Oil Gusher".

    May 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  64. Terri Kelly

    I grew up near Lake Charles, Louisiana. I saw Rep. Melancon this morning crying and I started crying. Louisiana is (or was) truly sportsmans paradise and B.P. should be put out of business. All the money in the world can't give people back what they have ruined.

    May 27, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  65. Islander

    This is/was not a 'spill'. Exxon Valdez was a spill. This is not a parallel. It's a disaster all right, but was it preventable and was it BP's fault? Let's wait for the verdict.; then draw our conclusions. Obama is talking real tough on this one, but, he talks tough a lot and very seldom follows through. He's all sound bite and no actual bite. Wait and watch. This will be a good test

    May 27, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  66. Eric Highbaugh

    I have been exploring the idea of using high pressured, highly concentrated liquid nitrogen to stop or slow down the leaks in the Gulf of Mexico so engineers could go down and fix the leaks. This process would consist of inserting hollow tubes inside the holes. These tubes would be connected to high pressure hoses to force the nitrogen into the pipes causing the oil to coagulate inside of the housing where the leaks are spewing from. I feel that this crisis is not only a concern for the people of the Gulf region, but covers every corner of the U.S.A. This idea I have just presented is a true testimony of how loyal my patriotism is to this country and crisis. Please give my idea a thought. Thank you, and God bless America.

    May 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  67. Brian Campbell

    I could be way off on this, but if the leak is coming from a hole in a pipe... Then could they not simply place an adjustable sleeve on the pipe and then slide it over the break, tightening it once it is in place? Hey it works on hoses and pvc pipes on a small scale, why not on a large scale??

    May 27, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  68. Sherry

    Now everyone is screaming for the government to jump into the oil meaa....last month they were screaming for the goverment to stay out of healthcare and their can't have it both ways

    May 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  69. barb anderson

    The amount of oil is not worth talking about. We all know it has ruined the gulf for a long time. Why didn't the government let a barrier be built to stop the oil from going to the beaches? The governor of LA wanted to do this.

    Also how many engineers are in the MMS? It looks to me like they are all a bunch of deal maker bankers. The government has lots of smart engineers in their employ – of course some of them are in the war areas helping out other people when we need them here. Get with the program. The other countries can wait.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  70. inventor

    My proposal is:
    insert a pipe into the ruptured pipe with the pressure of a full pipe and a smaller diameter than the ruptured pipe where the pressure can be controlled from the ship above. By doing this and releasing the pressure of what you are using now you will fill the gap between the 2 pipes which will enable the well to be capped from above.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  71. Joan Fox

    Why isn’t the oil being sucked up by big machines or something? It seems like several methods have been developed to clean up the water are not being used. What are they waiting for? ...a hurricane?

    May 27, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  72. John Hankins

    I know of a bilge pump thats available to use .Will anybody try it? ( I have nothing to gain by the use of this..I' am a commercial fisherman here in Oregon, and I've seen it work. Somebody needs to take a look at this.I've called people out there at my own expense..hoping somebody will just take a look at it, Don't wait for BP start cleaning up. This picks up the oil but leaves the water.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  73. Marty

    I will never buy gas at BP again. They are a bunch of incompetent fools. I suggest others consider doing the same.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  74. Anita

    Congress needs to quit sitting around talking about the oil spill and go out and work to clean it up. We, the taxpayers, pay them and they need to stop the hearings, that has accoplished not one drop of oil cleaned up and go out and get the oil cleaned up. There are millions of unemployed people, put them to work, better yet make them work for their unemployment money.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  75. Logan BOB

    This is VERY amazing my Science teacher told us about it 😛

    May 27, 2010 at 12:29 pm |