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June 2nd, 2010
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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="BP early Wednesday used robot submarines and a complex maneuver to stop the flow of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico."]

As oil slick hits other states, BP works to put cap over well

(CNN) – BP early Wednesday used robot submarines and a complex maneuver to stop the massive flow of crude oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.

The company appeared to be making its second cut into the undersea well's riser pipe, the initial steps toward placing a cap over the well that has spewed hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day since late April.

Meanwhile, rust-colored oil washed ashore on barrier islands off Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday as a beleaguered BP tried to stop the continued flow of the largest spill in U.S. history.

Doug Suttles, the company's chief operating officer, told CNN's "John King USA" Tuesday night that the latest procedure should collect the "vast majority" of the oil if it succeeds. Read more

Program Note: This morning we'll be joined by John Hofmeister, the former president of Shell Oil. He says the super-tanker solution has worked before and needs to be implemented now. And is another disaster looming in the Gulf? Experts say a similar accident on BP's Atlantis oil rig would make the Deepwater Horizon disaster look like a "hiccup." Our Carol Costello is following that story for us.

Full coverage | LIVE: Underwater video from BP Video

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  1. Michael Mason

    If cutting the pipe is going to spew a potential extra 20% why are they cutting the pipe first and THEN lowering the cap a day or two later? Shouldn't they have the cap floating 5000 feet down in position and ready to go before they cut the pipe. Seems like common sense, but there must be a reason.

    June 2, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  2. melinda

    1. We should not be drilling for oil or anything else in our waters.
    2. We need to set some kind of guidelines to decrease peoples greed over common sense to prevent things like this happening.
    3. It's upsetting that a few people's greed has led to a lot of people and our wildlife and fragile environment in chaos. I bet those oil people are able to pay their bills and rent, etc.
    4. People like PB have no conscious and only care about themselves.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  3. Amir

    Thats a good comment. I always thought of other life looking and feeling the same way humans do. It was so hard to wrap my mind around the fact that life probably can exist outside the relm of human structure. THen I thout oh a human as an adjective instead of a noun. It would be good to have someone do an experiment of a object created of solid,liquid, and gas like humans are. THen to eleviate it of is solid state and be able to record it in its full form. THats why I believe humans entertain the thought of dreams.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  4. Bob

    Ronny, you are only showing your stupidity. Everyone knows who is really at fault here. Big Oil, Bush, and the Repubican's, and greed. De-regulate, de-regulate, de-regulate, making billions is not enough. Put the blame where it really belongs.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  5. kent

    I can't believe you are talking about where lebron is going . Who cares where he goes. The country is falling apart from financial disasters and environmental disasters and we are supposed to care where lebron goes.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  6. Ronny

    Great post Richard... you wrote what many Americans feel.

    CNN is biased towards any and everything that shows Israel in the true light of day. CNN appears to want to influence the news instead of open and honest reporting of the news.

    Sorry to say Richard but I feel the powers that be @ CNN don't care what Americans feel or think and your message will fall on deaf ears. CNN is more concerned about pleasing their Jewish handlers and less about seeing justice brought to all people throughout the world.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  7. M Green

    BP's oil spill is a major problem that could apparently happen with other companies, also. When oil is first drilled, why are automatic shutoffs not placed strategically along pipes to prevent these massive spills.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  8. kent

    The talk about getting justice for the BP oil spill is a joke. Exxon recently had their 5 billion dollar settlement for the valdez spill in alaska reduced by the supreme court to 500k.The litigants will probably get a few dollars each if that. You can expect exactly the same from the BP spill no justice. Holder was a defense attorney for the oil industry so you can forget about him doing anything other than talk. The true reality is that it took 20 years to get 500k from exxon so don't expect anything different from BP. Instead of jobs we are getting financial disasters and environmental disasters from greedy corporations. Thanks for nothing obama and congress.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  9. Richard

    I'm beyond disgusted at the way Kiran Chetry and John Roberts questioned the former ambassador to Mauritania, who was also a passenger on one of the Flotilla ships heading to Gaza, and which was brutally detained and invaded by Israeli commando forces. Ms. Chetry, you might think that your questions to the former ambassador will put you in good graces with the jewish community, or perhaps you may think them a way to be more "objective", misguided as that attempt might be. The truth is, you embarrass me and many other Americans who actually see and KNOW what is happening to the poor Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank as a result of the Israeli occupation in those territories.

    Perhaps you should take a lesson from many of your colleagues at CNN in Europe, where I've been plenty of times, and who report the news without bias toward Israel. I am not an anti-semite, and refuse to be labeled as such simply because I do not bow to the will of the jewish lobby in this country. Enough is enough. I am an American who has also lived under repressive regimes at some point in my life and am also a child of immigrants who fled their country for freedom.

    Both you, Ms. Chetry, and John Roberts, should be more empathetic to the VICTIMS of Israel's invasion of that ship (men, women and children), instead of the Israeli commandos which had NO BUSINESS invading a ship which was in INTERNATIONAL WATERS. Get your facts straight before you ask idiotic questions that only serves to show the rest of the world how blind we as Americans really are to the plight of those people who are being oppressed and treated with cruelty all over the world.

    Lastly, I hope that someone at CNN will read this and make some changes to the programming (which has obviously, and by all accounts, been plummeting in ratings) so that CNN can once more stand for something. As much as I detest FOX news and their ilk, at least they can stand for their points of view (misguided as they may be my own opinion), and in their quest for "objectivity" don't lose their humanity and common sense in the process. There's a reason why the majority of your audience are more liberal than conservative. The reason is because we believed you to have the compassion and common sense that we, who are more liberal, share. However, with ludicrous questions and stances like the ones taken by Ms. Chetry and Mr. Roberts this morning in regard to the Flotilla incident, it's no wonder why CNN will continue to become irrelevant and a new network (more alike to the BBC) will take its place eventually.

    Thank you very much and I hope you read this.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:03 am |
  10. Stephanie

    CNN is not doing "balanced" reporting on the gov't's involvement in dealing with the bp spill often harping on outdated and inaccurate information. You have decided on a spin of "Pres Obama's Katrina" rather than be objective and factual.

    Two google searches you may want to do:

    1. "Sec Chu and scientists working on the Gulf of Mexico spill": this search reveals several articles outling what these international experts have been doing to oversee and advise bp

    2. "Oil companies assisisting bp with the Gulf Oil Spill:: one particular article of note is "Oil Companies Help bp with Oil Spill at This article outlines how Exxon Mobile, Shell Oil, Cooco Phillips and others ARE assisting in trying to solve this tragedy.

    Surely it is the responsibility of the press in a democracy to offer all the facts and let the viewers formulate their own balanced opinion.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:02 am |
  11. Rose from Canada

    I too think that Obama is taking to much slack for BP's problem but that’s because Bill Clinton was an expert at making disasters of his time look like they were under control. If Bill was the President he'd be in a boat wearing a wet suit wanting to dive down and look at the leak himself! I think that’s a lot to compete against.

    P.S John I'm sorry to say this but you should spike your hair!

    June 2, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  12. David Hoo

    To dramatically speed up the relief well effort, could ib be done at a much shallower depth of say 3,000 feet below the seabed in June instead of at 18,000 feet in August.?

    Either shift one of the relief well or immediately add a third relief well drilling effort?

    It is worth the try to stop the spill especially before hurricanes that will interrupt the siphoning with the capping.

    June 2, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  13. Randall of Texas

    Stay in there on the Atlantis story Carol Costello and the great CNN newsteam and I tell you why:

    Scholars have proposed a variety of formal definitions of political party. Two of the most prominent stand in clear contrast to one another (except in their conventional sexism). Edmund Burke, an eighteenth-century British politician and political philosopher, defined a party as "a body of men united for promoting by their joint endeavors the national interest, upon some particular principle in which they are all agreed." Anthony Downs, in his modern classic An Economic Theory of Democracy, defined a party as "a team of men seeking to control the governing apparatus by gaining office in a duly constituted election." Although rhetorical references to principle are a staple of party politics, the American parties have displayed a shared appetite for public office a good deal more than they have for the pursuit of shared principles.

    Working as a team in principled pursuit of the national interest sounds like a good thing to me. "Seeking to control the governing apparatus by gaining office," sounds bad to me. It could be good, of course, but that depends on who gains "control" doesn’t it? If liberti should control then principle will rule, if tyranni control then it will not rule. Thus we have liberto-parties and tyranno-parties, and as Messrs. Kernell, Jacobson, and Kousser indicate, our national parties are too often unprincipled and therefore, according to my definition, are too often tyranno-parties. The character of a political party matches the character of the humans who control it.

    And so it continues...beware of the unprincipled men in the parties...

    June 2, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  14. Wes Stillwagon

    Regarding the statement "there has never been a woman at the top of a major financial organization" I beg to differ: Mary G. Roebling, then Chairman of the Board of Trenton Trust (NJ) was also the first woman elected to the Board of NYSE. Check it out.

    June 2, 2010 at 7:33 am |
  15. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Is the BOP housing "cracked" or somehow "damaged" as a result of the explosion? The CAD models show the riser flange cocked in the direction of the bent riser that has now been cut. Is this flange designed to "swivel", or, is it rigidly affixed to the BOP? If the BOP housing and the top flange is not cracked or damaged, why don't they remove the riser flange by removing the bolts attaching the riser flange that is now cut off? To the then "cleared" BOP flange, attach a valve that is wide open. Once this new valve is affixed properly to the BOP, simply close the valve, hence 100% stopping the flow of gas and oil. What's the hang-up with this approach? (I recommended simalar approach the last week of April). Could this be an example of NIH (Not Invented Here) syndrome? By the way, strong probability that methane hydrate ice will form in spite of methanol injection. (Pressure, restriction and flow "appear" too high in this latest design and approach.

    June 2, 2010 at 7:30 am |
  16. Ronny

    Hillary (and thus Obama) once again shows (their) stupidity.

    As if any "investigation" Israel does concerning the act of piracy with be fair, honest and transparent. Who would actually believe that is even possible? The US allowing Israel to get away with "investigating" it's self will only cause more American hating from around the world and breed more terrorists bent on targeting America.

    June 2, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  17. Ronny

    If drilling in the Gulf is stopped big oil will be forced to drill overseas somewhere to meet the needs of America's gluttony for oil – which in turn will increase the costs for you to drive your cars, toys and to heat your homes.

    Any American that supports Israel is anti-American. Everything Israel does is against what America stands for.

    June 2, 2010 at 7:14 am |
  18. Randall of Texas

    I have great concerns about the disaster in the Golf Coast! I likewise have a great alarm because the story chokes out coverage on what the federal legislators are doing to our laws and laws they are making. The news media smothers us with second by second detail and then tells us about a free agent basketball player. Then they tell us about a one man music machine while our lawmakers go uncontested in deciding issues like the Wall Street reform bill.

    This isn't Obama's Katrina it is the news media Katrina!

    June 2, 2010 at 7:12 am |
  19. Ronny

    Do you people realize that the people of the Gulf don't want the drilling to STOP?... and they are the ones that are suffering. 53% of all money made by the people of the Gulf is from big oil?

    June 2, 2010 at 7:05 am |
  20. Ronny

    leburt.... why isn't your investment/financial information made public?

    June 2, 2010 at 6:54 am |
  21. Andy in LA

    I think the supertanker idea is a good one, but why just go for surface oil? First of all, stop using the dispersants, leave the oil in a huge glob (or "pod" as they're called). Have the tankers drop a hose into the pods, even if they're 1300' below the surface as I've heard. Find the pods, drop hoses into them, and start pumping. Use Costner's machine to separate the oild from the water. How hard would that be? Without it, those pods of oil are going to land somewhere, and the less less dispersants the better.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:52 am |
  22. Patriot

    BP is short for Bilderberg Partnership ~ show it is a win win, for them,

    June 2, 2010 at 6:51 am |
  23. Bill

    President Obama has handled the oil disaster just fine. I am tired of the media driven story of Obama hasn't been on top of this disaster. BP was drilling for oil in the gulf, not the White House. When are we going to see the "Drill baby drill " advocates!

    June 2, 2010 at 6:47 am |

    I have tried, without success, to find out who has investments in BP? All I can find out is that they have 39 private investors from the U.S. and approximately the same from the U.K. The same with corporation investors. Shouldn't we be given the names of the high rollers who are profiting from BP and HALIBURTON??? Why is this not public information?

    June 2, 2010 at 6:45 am |
  25. Patriot

    1) great plan on Federal Government,, announce charges pending against BP.. results: causes their market value to crash in world markets, so when it comes time for them to pay out,, opps they can't their bankrupt.. so Feds seize all assets, results: Federal Oil Reserve Company

    2) As the truth comes out, Israel will be receiving apologies from the world.. More videos are being released...

    June 2, 2010 at 6:45 am |
  26. Randall of Texas

    Well heee we go gain in another America day where our nation is controlled by the votes of 546 people. 435 Reprsentatives, 100 Senators, the Presient and Vice-President (tie breakers in Senate) and 9 Supreme Court Justices.

    George Washington warned against cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men that would destroy our government and that these Parties would destroy our nation. These type of unprincipled men are located within political parties. Parties are undeniably a very important part of our political system, but they are not part of our Constitutional System. Many people think political parties are good—just ask the man who owns one. On the other hand, my grandmother once told me that political parties "are not worth the powder it would take to blow them up."

    Today our country is of the people, by the Parties, and for the Special Interests!

    Political parties were not mentioned in the original Constitution or the Bill of Rights. The only possible reference I can find is in the 27th Amendment, which was ratified in 1964, 173 years after the Bill of Rights. It put a stop to poll and other taxes as requirements for voting in "any primary or other election." Because of the way our system works, the word "primary" could be construed as an indirect reference to political parties.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:44 am |
  27. karen

    As far as brilliant minds in this MIT graduate I work with was telling me yesterday that clearly these minds are not brilliant, if they seriously had no idea before it happened, that the crystals would form on the inside of Plan A, the large dome they attempted to lower over the leak. Apparently that is a very basic scientific principle.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:44 am |
  28. Ronny

    Obama was "in bed" with big oil – at least up till the heat got to hot for him in recent days.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:44 am |
  29. Diane

    There is no doubt that BP intentionally ignored those red warning flags prior to the Deep Water Horizon explosion, as they ignored the previous warning signs from the last two “accidents” they had. BP’s “intentional” neglect, apathy and soulless reactions to this horrific death of these pristine eco-systems and wildlife is indefensible. We should revoke all of BP’s licenses and any and all contracts to drill anywhere in our country. The CEO of BP should be thrown in jail, after he is dropped in the oil and forced to clean up his mess.

    As far as Exxon-Mobile, Shell, Texaco and other big oil companies, where are they and what are their emergency containment response procedures? Since this can ultimately affect them, why aren’t they involved? If they are, what are they doing?

    As for those legislator’s, politician’s and lobbyist’s who were and are “in bed” with big oil: You are equally to blame for this disaster and destruction of these pristine eco-systems and way of life. You are responsible because you were so quick to approve big oil off-shore and on-shore drilling without stricter drilling regulations and emergency response policies. You are responsible because you did not give our natural resources any consideration when you approved these destructive actions to take place.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:40 am |
  30. Karen

    You reported on your show this morning that Washington is going to prosecute and is investigating BP. I bet the first thing BP did was contact their lawyers when this happened.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:39 am |

    I just saw a story about "SCAM OIL SLICK TRAINING" for BP jobs. Your reporter said that you need to got to the "HORIZON" Web Site for BP Jobs regarding the Oil Spill Clean-Up. When I contacted BP, their Reps said that the hiring of workers is done by local contractors employed by each Individual / Applicable State. BP reps said they (BP) are "NOT" hiring anyone through BP for the Clean-Up effort. BP said they had no listing of those companies contracted nor can I find them through the States' Web Sites... What kind of "SCAM" is this..????

    June 2, 2010 at 6:35 am |
  32. Ronny

    Why is it any different for Obama than it was for Bush? Bush got blamed for the slow response from the Government after Katrina. Why shouldn't Obama be blamed for the Government's slow response after the oil spill? What makes Obama any better?

    To Bill... EVERY President "inherits" problems and/or "situations" from their predecessors. That's a fact of political life. Stop attempting to make it appear Obama got left with more than Bush got left with from Clinton.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:23 am |
  33. Mtn. Gal

    How unprofessional of John to comment how disappointing it is that The Gore's are divorcing. And that after 40 years "what is the point they should just stay together" Everyone deserves to live their life to the fullest and to be the best person they can be. Sometimes in life you need to change and make changes that are painfull and life altering in order to acheive that.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:21 am |
  34. Larry Bradenton, FL

    Its time to seize BP, freeze their financials, except to pay for this mess and its obvious future devastation on the Gulf of Mexico.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:19 am |
  35. Agnes Reid

    President Obama has my support 100%. Again his enemies and he has a ton...are trying to lay the blame for the continuing oil spill at his feet. I have a question for all of them. And be specific...what could he have done, should have done and did not do to 1. To keep the explosion from taking place, 2. Stop the spill immediately or if not then by now? BP's greed and throwing caution to the wind caused this castrophe and it should be laid at their feet only. I wish they'd been this vindictive against GW Bush and Chenney for lying and taking us into a war we should never had gone into .

    June 2, 2010 at 6:18 am |
  36. Larry Bradenton, FL

    If this disaster was President Bush's, we would already have been told "Mission Accomplished".

    June 2, 2010 at 6:15 am |
  37. Ed Stok

    Been watching the live on the riser operation. How come you have not reported that the diamond cable saw has been jammed between the two sections of riser pipe for five hours now.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:13 am |
  38. Ronny

    One can only hope that the oil spill will do for Obama what Iran did for Carter.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:09 am |
  39. sheri

    I beleieve that it is time to hit bp in the pocket book but not at the gas stations .. at just there pumps and rigs shut them all down they cant handle it and cant fix it why let them repeat this disaster ..mayne the head if bp can get back to his life than>

    June 2, 2010 at 6:09 am |
  40. Bill

    I sincerely regret the criticism that has come to the President's way. Hey, all Americans please remember two things: the unbelievable situations that have ocurred recently and how much this man has inherited. Many Americans say we want a smaller Washington DC and states' rights until there is a time of crisis and then we want the President to solve the problem. Get Real!

    June 2, 2010 at 6:08 am |
  41. Ronny

    Good Morning CNN!

    If any criminal actions are found to have been done by BP officials and/or any politician they should go straight to prison. Do not pass GO!

    The US should cut all ties with Israel.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:06 am |