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BP officials may know by Thursday afternoon whether the oil company's latest attempt to cap the runaway leak in the Gulf of Mexico is yielding results.

BP officials may know by Thursday afternoon whether the oil company's latest attempt to cap the runaway leak in the Gulf of Mexico is yielding results.

BP in wait-and-see mode with 'top kill' procedure

(CNN) – We're live this morning from Grand Isle, Louisiana where we're watching and waiting for word of whether or not the risky effort worked to kill the well spewing millions of gallons of oil.

BP officials may know by Thursday afternoon whether the oil company's latest attempt to cap the runaway leak in the Gulf of Mexico is yielding results.

"I think we just need to take the next 24 hours and actually see what the results are," said BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles from Robert, Louisiana.

The operation, known as a "top kill," that began Wednesday afternoon was going according to plan, he said, with drilling mud being applied to the well at a rate of up to 65 barrels per minute.

Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry, the federal on-scene coordinator, was equally reluctant to draw conclusions.

"While we're very encouraged by some aspects of this procedure, I don't want to express optimism until I know for sure that we've secured the well and the leak has stopped," she told reporters. Read more

CNN.com Live: Underwater view of top kill procedure

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  1. Jean

    Instead of going off on Barack Obama , Carville should be talking to the woman across the breakfast table ...Mary Matalin...who lied for and promoted the political party that made these sweetheart deals with the oil companies, profited from them financially and deregulated their operations.
    I dare you to read this on the air.

    May 27, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  2. 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 9:01 am |
  3. Boomer

    CNN's live reporting from The Gulf is almost sureal, the news is heartbreaking to someone like me who has travelled within this area extensively. I have been out of the country for the last six weeks and I did not appreciate the extent and scope of the damage to the eco-system and to the people. Kirin Chetry is an amazing reporter, she shows so much empathy but she not not get in the way of the story. Kirin should win some major award for her on site reeporting on this tragedy. CNN please keep this story front and center.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  4. Randall of Texas

    Mr President...cancel cancel cancel and evacuate the safety of Washington D.C. and go to Louisiana expeditiously...the wildlife and marine life beg you...take over the Hilton in any nearby area...

    May 27, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  5. Pauly

    BP has been polluting waters other than the Gulf!
    The massive BP oil refinery in Whiting, Ind., is planning to dump significantly more ammonia and industrial sludge into Lake Michigan, running counter to years of efforts to clean up the Great Lakes.

    Indiana regulators exempted BP from state environmental laws to clear the way for a $3.8 billion expansion that will allow the company to refine heavier Canadian crude oil. They justified the move in part by noting the project will create 80 new jobs.

    Under BP's new state water permit, the refinery - already one of the largest polluters along the Great Lakes - can release 54 percent more ammonia and 35 percent more sludge into Lake Michigan each day. Ammonia promotes algae blooms that can kill fish, while sludge is full of concentrated heavy metals.http://www.chicagotribune.com/services/chi-pollute_15jul15,0,823234.story

    May 27, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  6. MeLoN

    You go James Carville!

    May 27, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  7. Bayard Smith

    I want to hear world news. You are beating the oil spill to death. People who think go to CNN. People who operate primarily on emotions go to ABC NBC CBS.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  8. Charles Fuller

    Whats the answer to the oil leak in the gulf, Lower James Carville to the leak and let him blast it the way he has Obama Boy when it is not to your liking you abandon ship. James you should step back and let the gov. do its job and BP do theirs You blasting the White House is no help at all.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  9. itsontv

    Why is it that the government want to regulate something only after there's a tragedy like this?

    May 27, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  10. brian

    Do the reasearch to my other question and please, tell the approval commitee not to use the same "experts" they used to rely on when this was approved.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  11. Randall of Texas

    When the going gets tough the tough gets going!

    (Donald Trump stay the flip out of the way)

    May 27, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  12. Randall of Texas

    What are the corporations gonna do? If I made Tide or Cheer then I'd have weekend charters carry employeees down there to "clean" a beach and send BP the Bill and if I owned Coors then I'd throw a week long invasion of students with concerts to clean the suds at a disaster area because the flipping politicians are gonna argue rather than implant National Guardsmen and women down there.

    Do something even if its wrong!

    May 27, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  13. Charlie from West Virginia

    Yea, those text boxes are really annoying. I've always been meaning to mention those. Well , now I have.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  14. Pat

    Why hasn't CNN spoken to experts from Woods Hole or other marine expert institutes rather than rely on individuals with limited information or expertise such as Ret. Gen. Honore?

    We need real time information, not cheerleaders or those with limited information.

    Why wasn't there a follow up question to Adm. Allen as to why his deputy is only now meeting with parish presidents? Why is Gen. Honore a cheerleader for a military response?

    May 27, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  15. brian

    Who signed off on this project that had no contingincy plans for a single point of failure?

    May 27, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  16. Pauly

    You held up a crab w/ oil on it to show the devastation to wildlife? Go to ant restaurant down there & watch them bread live crabs & drop them into hot oil!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  17. Chris Moore

    RIGHT NOW, engineers should be making a camera shutter type device with a pulley arangment that can be sent through the pipe with little resistance. This device should be run into the well where it can then be opened. Once opened the pressure of the oil in the well will push it up against the opening of the pipe and at worst slow the pressure if not completely stop it. After the flow is slowed then a bladder can be put into the remaining length of pipe and filled with a heavy liquid perhaps the mud they are using in "top kill". This will cause an open umbrella in a windstorm effect, and a seal effect like a (catheter retention balloon) that will surely slow if not completely stop the leak. Once this is done a coupler ring can be lowered in place over the entire failed safety shut down aparatus and filled with concrete and then capped with a 50-200 ton hat. This could have been started 33 days ago and would now be completed. Don't wait any longer, HOPE IS OF NO ASSISTANCE HERE. Then we can begin solving the issues that will surely arise from this global disaster.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  18. Ronni

    There is to much talk about what BP is loosing over the Gulf spill. What about the long term effects to the Gulf States? If blowing the well will stop the spill, then blow it and stop all this useless attempts.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  19. Pauly

    Why isn't anyone asking what the state of LA is doing? Maybe if Gov Jindal spent less time asking for govt dollars, getting in front of media cameras & riding around w/ the media in boats, his govt could do something. He has the power to activate the National Guard immediately but waited for the govt to say they would pick up the tab.

    I don't see any state lawmakers, state workers, inmates, residents, etc cleaning up any of the oil. I have yet to see Jindal, Carville, any of the parish presidents or anyone else w/ oil on them or their clothes! Ask not what the country can do for your state but what you can do for your state!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  20. Pat

    I am disappointed in the reporting on the environmental impact to life along the Gulf Coast appearing on CNN American Morning. Dr. Gupta has such limited infomration as a neurosurgeon. Given the resources of CNN, an environmental medicine specialist or at least someone who had read all the data, litigation and journal articles associated with the Exxon Valdez would be beneficial to the audience. Ms. Chetry provided as much information as Dr. Gupta did in a simple introduction to his segment.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  21. LuieT

    The President has finally reacted to the pressure of the enviromentalist and I strongly believe shows like this one and Rick's List, are very responsible for getting the will of the people heard! Hopefully, something positive will come from this catastrophe, that's why it cannot be forgotten ever! Positive in the way of finally getting addicted to an alternate fuel source, making fossil fuels a thing of the past! I live in Florida and my grandchildren will not see the beauty in the Gulf, ever! Greed is not Good, it's Evil! Good move Mr. President!

    May 27, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  22. Michele Brooklyn

    I want to help the ravaged birds and sea life!!! I feel so helpless when watching this on TV, I am unemployed and have no money to travel down there but I think BP Oil should pay people to go and clean up their mess!! The sea life should be a prioritiy, not an after thought. Pray to our Father in Heaven to give wisdom and ability where it is needed.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  23. Randy

    Bob Dudley, Managing Director of BP sounds like he has no idea how big this accident is or how it will effect the people of the US. They don't live here, visit here, and (in mt opinion) don't really care!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  24. Thomas F. HIlls

    National Guard?
    Why is the National Guard not being brought in to clean up the 30 miles of Marshes contaminated with oil and bill BP for cost?
    We have thousands of service men and women available as we did in response to Katrina.
    Thomas F. Hills
    Gulf Coast

    May 27, 2010 at 8:13 am |
  25. John

    I agree with James Carville, I am glad he is as outraged as I am. Regarding Underground bases.....Robert Bonilla, true, there are D.U. M. B. S......I think what you are reffering to are the joint AirForce/Navy "underwater" bases.....such as the bases off of Hawaii. The technology Is there......seen it for myself. 43152/53.TA/ABMS- TSCC....if your ex military....then u know what that means.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  26. Davidwat

    Do you guys have a producer? Why can't you get rid of those obnoxious text boxes when they cover up the crucial parts of the images you are showing?

    May 27, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  27. michael winkles

    I think it's time to start the inpeachment process on Obama because of the Gulf coast. The Gulf coast diaster is the worst Federal reponse I have ever seen.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  28. John

    Windmills are not so toxic to life and there is no clean up needed because they never have a spill. Come on People what will it take to change the way we do things......

    May 27, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  29. Randy

    Where is all the help from the other countries? When they are in need, the US in always put into action and in harms way to help them!

    We need help now, but who is willing to help the US? I haven't heard of one country willing to help, have you?

    May 27, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  30. Randall of Texas

    Send Parish Presidents each 50 million dollars ($50,000,000) an give them immunity from prosecution in his actions after he phones the Coast Guard and tells them his plan to move.

    What I would do you ignorant ninny's is continue making money scarece. Give those people cash..hell the Treasury has no problem running off money for unanswered loans for Goldman Sachs.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  31. MeLoN

    Stupid people still spouting "politics" and blaming someone for some comment made earlier.

    And I EXPECT @ the bare minimum that Americans to have the basic ability to learn how to spell the simplest of words OR the knowledge to use SPELL CHECK.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  32. John

    Stop the leak and then we can start to clean it up. How can you blame anyone but BP there contant skirting of the rule allowed the rig to blow and all the money they saved can now be spent cleaning the gulf.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  33. Pauly

    They have been skimming & burning oil since shortly after the rig exploded!!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  34. Todd

    No one wants the Government to take over sealing the well. THEY WANT THEM TO INITIATE THE CLEANUP! Sealing the well and cleaning up the mess should be done simultaneously, not one after the other. We are letting the experts (BP & Contractors) attempt sealing the well, lets give the hundreds of people at the local levels (cleanup experts) the resources and go-ahead to start cleaning up the oil, the oil-drenched wildlife and the dead wildlife. Some compare this to Katrina, but write it off because only 11 people were killed. Don't forget the damage that's growing each day by allowing the oil to seep further into the marshlands and kill everything in them. Not to mention the damage to the local fishing economies and people who used to make their living off of these now polluted waters. Why wait until the well is sealed to start cleaning everything up? And why not be pro-active about preventing more oil from washing up on shore and in the marshes?

    May 27, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  35. Thomas F. HIlls

    Paul
    Good question. Why can't a controlled burn be employed?
    Thomas F. HIlls

    May 27, 2010 at 8:04 am |
  36. TERRY

    People will show up!!! People will need food, shelter, some are even getting sick!!! You all see where I'm going with this!!! Military is for comfront!!! BP will pay the bill!!! USA is the way!!! Getting it yet???

    May 27, 2010 at 8:03 am |
  37. David

    When BP was doing their calculations to determine the amount of presseure and drilling fluid needed to overcome the outflow of the well what was the amount of outflow used to arrive at this number? I am curious if they still stand by the 5000 number.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:03 am |
  38. Jack

    I hear that many think that this oil spill will become Obama's Katrina...actually, this is America's Chernobyl, with potentially much more devastating effects.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:02 am |
  39. Randall of Texas

    In World War II our parents and grandparents did without so things would improve.

    If we are going to make great stides in improving our dependency on oil then we must all stop using somewhere in our large consumptions.

    President Obama and Congress should return the taxes to that top rich folks bracket because there are now 3 Wars America is in and no one should get tax exemption from even one let alone 3.

    Is there a place you can be more conservative? I know I can find places.

    We have met the enemy and he is us! from the comic strip Pogo!

    May 27, 2010 at 8:01 am |
  40. Charles Fuller

    Lets get real, what do you exspect the Gov. to do, Oh i get it these people want our Leader and cammandor to go into a phone booth and change into a super hero and swim to the bottom of the ocean and stop the leak!!! NOT GOING TO HAPPEN We have never had to deal with this kind of spill before , People need to shut up and let the ones who are best at this kind of thing do the things that might help. But lets be honest about the whole thing , its not the W.H. 's fault, It's the USA's big need for oil that has drove this to the point it is at, our need for gas and oil now we will pay the great price for it, we are all at fault we all use to much oil stop pointing fingers. We are all to blame!!!!! Shame on all of use

    May 27, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  41. Sue from Woodbury, NJ

    HEY SARAH PALIN: How's all that "drill baby drill" stuff workin' out for ya?

    May 27, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  42. Eilert

    Re: the video feed from top of BO preventer: Given that the drilling mud being injected is much denser than water, if the effluent stream from the top of the BOP is indeed drilling mud, why is it not settling all over the equipment and camera, rather than appearing to rise? If it is all or mostly oil and gas, then of course it would continue to rise. Any explanation?

    May 27, 2010 at 7:56 am |
  43. Monty Gaither

    Within a week of the accident the US Government should have had vessels out there sucking up all the oil on surface and should continue to suck it up until there is none visible on the surface.

    They failed to do it, but they must do it now. Stop waiting for the morons at BP to stop the gushing, not leaking.

    Since the first off-shore rig that I saw I stated that it was a disaster waiting to happen. That if the problem was down on the ocean floor they would not be able to stop it. I am sorry to say that I was right.

    Shut them all down. Never allow any more to be put out there.

    The government should be requiring that all new vehicles be non-gasoline engines within 10 years.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:55 am |
  44. Charlie from West Virginia

    Hey Robert Bonilla, from where do you get such information? Do you have the security clearance to be privy to such info? If you do, then why are you violating the terms of the clearence? If you don't have the clearence and are not privy to such info, then maybe you've had one too many morning beers, waiting for the sun to come up on Santa Monica Blvd.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:54 am |
  45. Pauly

    After the oil embargo in '73, steps began to find alternative energy. Unfortunately, President Reagan put a stop to all that environmental nonsense! The GOP has been against all regulations to protect the environment since. Drill baby drill!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  46. Charlie from West Virginia

    I don't believe that BP should be out there physically dealing with the clean-up, unless they have specific equipment that is designed to deal with it. Others with the equipment and experience, should be the "boots on the ground", concerning the clean-up. What BP should do, Is pay all parties involved, for every penny of the cost of the clean-up, the direct and collateral damage, and all economic damage.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  47. Larry

    This is a world wide crisis. This is going to take cooperation by everyone. It's not just a Federal government thing, it's not just a Department of Home Land Security thing, it's not just an military thing. It's everyone's thing. Everyone is going to have to work together. It's time to take care of business and leave the politics out of it. If people don't cooperate this could quickly become the worst disaster our nation has ever faced, if not the world.

    Just cooperate and do whatever needs to be done to fix it!

    May 27, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  48. Pauly

    When is Pat Robertson going to blame this on voodoo as he did w/ the earthquake in Haiti?

    May 27, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  49. Al.ca

    Smaller government allows for bigger cracks to fall through. Now that the Gulf is polluted the calls are for BIGGER government. Cant have your cake and eat it too. How this has become Obama's problem..."Obama's Katrina", a natural disaster compared to an industrial accident, is beyond me. The White House doesnt drill for oil. The government controls that allowed this to happen were already in place before he took office. Brought in by previous administrations. Obama is a good president but he is NOT god. He cant solve everything by himself.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  50. MeLoN

    The amount of American stupidity on this blog is astounding – simply astounding. No wonder America is in trouble.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  51. AMS

    I find it amazing that the same people (many who are fans of big oil) who accuse the government with interfering with private enterprise are so quick to blame the democratic president for not interfering with the efforts of BP to stop this leak. Politics always trump logic.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  52. Randy

    The comment was made yesterday by a former CEO of Shell, that he has been pushing for the use of Tankers to scoop up the oil & water, filter it and pumping out the water.
    Why hasn't anyone tried to use this solution?
    It will not filter ALL of the oil, but it would be a huge step in the right direction.
    This is the smae thing I was talking about with my family about 3 weeks ago!! Why is it that a common person could come up with some good ideas but go un-noticed. We have the technology to build a space-station, going to the moon, going to mars and explorer, but we haven't come up with a solution to cap the oil well!!!!!!!

    This really says a great deal about the people running our country!!!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  53. michael winkles

    I think the obama administration has failed miserably in the Gulf coast.
    No more politics. The armed forces need to step in and force departments to get involveed.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:44 am |
  54. Randall of Texas

    You give Karl Rove a voice? Deregulation history and timing will prove him wrong and enlighten us to him being a part of the guilty before November 2008.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:44 am |
  55. Pauly

    James Carville & many others want the govt to take over. BP would like that too. If the govt tried the top kill & it failed, BP would say in court that the govt made the situation worse! The govt has no experience in capping oil wells since they aren't in the oil business.

    For decades the Gulf states have welcomed the money from big oil. We heard them say it was a large & important part of their economy. We should drill more. Follow the money from big oil to lawmakers of the local, state & federal govt. That's why bills to raise the liability cap have failed. Much of the costs will be passed onto the US taxpayer!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  56. Paul

    Why can't they use napalm to burn some of the surface oil?
    The spill gets larger all the time, even burning a little is better than letting it grow.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  57. Robert Bonilla

    The U.S. military is 44.5 years ahead of the rest of the world in regards to technology. The Navy and the Air Force have top secret underground bases...many. They have the technology to stop the oil leak. Its time for the U.S. Govt. to set aside "National Security Technology", and intervene with its underwater expertise.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  58. Thomas F. HIlls

    John Roberts
    Thank you for responding and "pushing" your questions on the 7:32 a.m. interview.
    CNN needs to continue pushing your questioning and not accepting repeat or politically prepared answers.
    Thomas F. Hills
    Gulf Coast

    May 27, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  59. Randall of Texas

    Well, American waters have been invaded by a poision and in it's spreading size and amount falls more death and sickness that we have complained about from day one.

    Oil which has given so much to America's development and the increase of our lifestyle and luxury has now become an enemy destroying what we for too long have taken for granted.

    As the blame game flares and the politicians dodge the simple fact of failure in oversight the waters continue take on more posion. I have and do use products from oil so I think I should stop my complaining.

    It is now a War zone. I heard General Honore tell Kiran that the infected areas should be divided into zones. That is a start. Now what we need is for people to invade the area for a labor intensive attack on removal. Rooms that are empty fom cancellations need filling by the people that go to remove the oil from the shores and water.

    I hope for the best and now it is time for new hero's developement as time marches on with this war being fought.

    But for God's sake get cash relief funds in the hands of those President's of those Parishes for fast distribution to the people. Don't degrade them by having them stand in lines. Remove the worry and as Joe Biden said this thing is about dignity.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  60. RB

    I'd like to ask about how we are approaching this problem. What are other oil majors like Shell, Exxon, Chevron or Total doing? Are they contributing with their expertise? We advice other countries all the time about working together – have we sought help from countries with enormous offshore drilling experience like Norway? Or countries with experience handling the ocean – like Japan? This is a global disaster and we should not be too proud to ask for help.
    It's high time the government stepped in. It appears that BP's #1 priority is controlling damage to their company and if stopping the spill is what it takes, then they will try it.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:40 am |
  61. Charlie from West Virginia

    Sarah "Drill Baby Drill" Palin is silent now. I wonder what oil companies may have paid her for her silence, as well as that of other political figures?

    May 27, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  62. Joy

    I would like to know, With all the money that the oil spill has and will cost, how many solar panels could have been bought and installed in homes across the country with all this money?

    May 27, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  63. dinman2

    WHAT THE HECH DOSE BP THINK ITS DOING!!!

    Their is no way in trying to PUMP mud UNDER WATER it can not be DONE FROM BELOW WATER ..But the WATER just wash it away..

    Juat think it took millions of years for the EARTH to form enough crust to hold the kind of expanshion pressure that that flow has and to top it off we gave it a BIG ROUND PIPE to FLOW in from its SOURCE mile down in the EARTH ....

    I AM GONA LAUGH when its all muddy and they can not SEE WHERE it IS ... WHAT A BUNCH OF DUMMIES..
    dinman2

    May 27, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  64. steve

    The gov't should freeze the assets fo BP Oil now. Use them to immediately pay the bill for this. Turn this over to the military. It's a national security issue! Remember the Exxon Valdez. Where is the payout for that disaster – still in court and the amount keeps getting reduced decades later.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:33 am |
  65. MeLoN

    When hurricane season hits .. there'll be oil from the spill in Tennessee.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:31 am |
  66. TERRY

    Instead of "MUD" it should be explosives!!! Just to destroy the drill hole!!! Slide in "PRIMER CORD"!!! See "YOU want to play by "THERE OLD RULES" I will NOT!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  67. MeLoN

    Yeah.. Florida don't need oil wells on THEIR shores even tho they use gas to fuel their thristy cars and other oil based products. Let some other state take the risks because the people in Florida are "special".

    May 27, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  68. George

    About time current Administration stops pointing finger at previous Administration takes charge and accomplishes something. Where have they been the past month?

    May 27, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  69. Lucy

    Why is our president not demanding that BP send more skimmers to reduce the amount of oil traveling into our estuaries?

    May 27, 2010 at 7:22 am |
  70. Pauly

    Everyone In Congress should take the campaign contributions given to the by big oil & their lobbyists & put it into a fund for clean up efforts!!! All that cash would go a very long way!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 7:21 am |
  71. Vandan

    I do not think Government should get involved in stopping the the oil gushing from the well. Neither government has expertee nor it is efficient solution. Yes, govenment can help BP in the clean up process.

    I am sure Republican are ready to finger point at the President!! Where is Sara Palin screaming at the top of her lungs "Drill Baby, Drill"?

    May 27, 2010 at 7:20 am |
  72. ronvan

    Got my fingers, toes crossed and saying a good prayer that this "top kill" works! While I hold BP & the companies involved totally responsible for this disaster, WE the people, must also bear some of the blame. WE, as a people, cannot give up our " Oil-gas guzzling cars", refuse to even consider alternative energy. WE have become lazy and weak minded, being persuaded by all these "do gooder", "know better", "got the answer" groups, who are only interested in promoting their OWN agenda! Our "elected children" cannot put their own personal goals aside to help US, the people.
    Boycott BP! Sure a great idea, ti would send a strong message. Will it happen? NO, because WE will not come together to do it! VOTE ALL of our "elected children" out and start over? Again would send a strong message to stop putting $$$ in your pockets, refusing to listen or work for us and our country. Don't hold your breath! Just another day in America!!

    May 27, 2010 at 7:19 am |
  73. Roger

    When this spill started, there was talk about dispersants. My first though was why would they use something that would disperse oil into smaller particles. It seems to me that some type of coagulant would be better and earier to vacuum up into large tankers.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:17 am |
  74. Martha from Maine

    I am extremely disappointed in CNN! You have become, as bad, as bad as the National Enquirer. You complain about everything Obama, Congress, the Government, in general does. Your so called "experts" don't have a clue what they talking about half of the time. Come up with constructive approaches to the oil leak or just report what is actually known. I heard this morning, someone, say the Military should take over. Pray tell what experience does the Military have in controlling oil spills. I think BP and Obama are doing the best they can. This is something that shouldn't have happened, but it has, and they are trying to fix it. Obama can't wave a magic wand and make everything OK! BP is losing millions on this and I don't think they really want to do that. And Mr. Carville should go back to talking about things he knows about. Please go back to reporting the real news!!! My late husband would roll over in his grave, if he knew, what his CNN has become.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:17 am |
  75. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Where is the mouth from Alaska, haven't heard from her, I thought for sure she would have the answer on how to stop this oil leak. I say let them drill in Alaska, the people of Florida don't need any oil wells on it's shores

    May 27, 2010 at 7:12 am |
  76. Stephanie

    Is it too much to ask the media to go onto the government website and to report what the federal gov't is doing? CNN is telling only one side of the story in their on going attempt to reduce journalism to telling a "narrative".

    May 27, 2010 at 7:11 am |
  77. Pauly

    Many have claimed that BP is winging it. In reality, they are trying the same fixes that failed during the Ixtoc 1 leak in the Gulf in 1979!!! That leak was only around 160 ft deep. They finally got it under control after nearly 10 months when relief wells were built & used.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:01 am |
  78. Jack, Long Island, NY

    I don't understand why they are trying to fill the pipe, why don't they just pull it (the original well pipe) out and let the earth itself fill in behind it?

    May 27, 2010 at 6:54 am |
  79. TERRY

    See "YOU ALL" see the people side "NOW"!!! A month ago BP wanted to point the finger!!! OBAMA walking in the dark!!! I noticed the reports are being done at the "DEFENCE DEPT"!!! INTERIOR DEPT does nothing!!! EPA doing nothing!!! BUT the "OIL" is still "LEAKING"!!! HELLO OUT THERE!!! Let's ABLOISH this GOVERMENT, or we all just sit around and all DIE!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  80. michael

    Following are the general specifications for "Oil Containment Ring" (OCR):

    From day one – build a "oil collection ring" flotation miles in diameter which has deep aprons that zipper together as they extend below the surface (this happens physically as aprons on mudules 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.

    p.s. OCR should be in place asap – mud plug may blow back.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:47 am |
  81. MeLoN

    Wanna improve the unemployment rate in the US?... Put Americans to work cleaning the oil spill up. I, for one, would be willing to go down there and help – not that I know WHAT to do but I do have the ability and willingness to LEARN.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:40 am |
  82. MeLoN

    What the spill ought to do is motivate the US Government and the American people to push harder for alternate energy sources. It is time to do what should have been done 25 years ago. Stop permitting big oil to control American society.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:29 am |
  83. Nicole

    Aside from all of the political issues, how can we start the clean up? How is it that our citizens are sitting back just watching? Lets get any recources we can, take buckets and trash cans, hold a bird! Sounds niave and too optimistic but it shouldn't. Why is everyone waiting for someone else to give the go-ahead?

    May 27, 2010 at 6:26 am |
  84. Charlie from West Virginia

    I noticed that Admiral Thad Allen is wearing the "Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge", on his left uniform pocket. I did not know that the U.S. Coast Guard was a part of the Joint Chiefs.

    The Coast Guard is (presently) Under the Department Of Homeland Security, whereas the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a Department of Defense entity. Has something changed?

    May 27, 2010 at 6:23 am |
  85. Bill

    I sincerely hope this effort is successful. However, I do wish the President will take a more assertive role regarding the cleanup efforts. I believe strongly in our President but in this instance he has not done what I feel he should have done. I realize many people want small government until they NEED government intervention. You cannot have it both ways. Let's get real people.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:16 am |
  86. MeLoN

    I was half asleep but did Anderson Cooper report that Barry was @ a dinner/party with Getty?

    May 27, 2010 at 6:15 am |
  87. MeLoN

    Good Morning CNN!

    The Gulf looks dead.

    Big oil or Federal Government?... Six of one .. half dozen of the other.

    Possible silver lining in it all... maybe the American people will turn against Barry and his gang of cronies.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:02 am |