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BP seeks yet another way to stop oil leak as protests loom

(CNN) – BP seemed to be getting criticism from every angle as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico entered its 45th day Thursday and every effort to stop the historic flow is still failing.

As the oil company was getting increased scrutiny from Congress and the president, a grassroots campaign dubbed Seize BP planned demonstrations in more than 50 cities to start Thursday.

"From Florida to Seattle, Washington, from Hawaii to New York, all over California and many, many states across the country, people will be taking to the streets over the next week to demand that the assets of BP be seized now," said Richard Becker, a member of the San Francisco chapter of the group. "We know millions of people are deeply concerned about what's going on in the Gulf right now and we expect large numbers of people to come out to the protests."

Sentiment like this has seemed to grow as more and more oil from the underwater gusher has made its way to or near coastal areas of Louisiana, Florida and other gulf states. Read more

Full coverage | LIVE: Underwater video from BP Video

Ump's call robs pitcher of immortality

There have been 21 perfect games in the history of Major League Baseball. Only 20 of them will officially count. There's no other way to say it: Last night in Detroit, Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga got robbed. Galarraga retired 27 consecutive batters, only to have the last out of the game incorrectly ruled safe by umpire Jim Joyce. CNN contributor and HBO Sports analyst Max Kellerman will join us this morning for his analysis.

Sound off: What do you think of the call? Should Commissioner Bud Selig step in and award a perfect game to Galarraga? We want to hear from you this morning. Add your comments to the LIVE Blog below and we'll read some of them on the show.


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  1. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Lets see John do some jamming now break out the guitar John .

    June 3, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  2. art

    ronny-

    The first baseman (Cabrera) is the one who made the perfect throw to Galarraga at first base after fielding the ball on the in-between hop. Joyce was sooooooo out of position to make that call. He had to be texting someone on that play to have missed it so badly. 🙂

    June 3, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  3. michael nyc

    Seal Well Now – drill +1000' parallel proximity shaft – place proper amount of explosives – seal new shaft – detonate !

    Oil Containment Rings OCR’s – Need to be installed Now

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

    Start to build a “oil collection ring” flotation miles in diameter which has large booms (100′ by 6′ diameters)with deep aprons that zipper together as they extend deep(300′ or more) 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.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  4. VeilBreaker

    One question I personally have that it seems that no one including CNN is asking is, "If the ROV's are having so much difficulty completing the job below the surface, why hasn't the USNavy brought in their teams or deepsea divers to help to what needs to be done?"
    This kind of search and salvage operation is what they train for, and though the USNavy may not have the "expertice" in the oil industry, they do have the expertice in deep water welding and cutting of dense steal and salvaging. Plus I personally think that three or four fully equiped men on sceen down there can do a hell of a lot better then about 20 ROV's that can't seem to do the job.
    I think this issue should be raised by someone, atleast the question of where are the USNavy deepsea divers. I mean, I know it sounds crazy but, has no one ever watched the movies "Men of Honor", or "The Abyss"? some of the tech in the second is real, and the first is all about the USNavy's deepsea divers. Come people, do your jobs, your reporters and journalists, DIG, BABY DIG!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  5. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Thats pretty cool Rock Obama jamming with Paul .

    June 3, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  6. michael nyc

    hope my last comments are not moderated out as usual trying to get this out for at least a month

    June 3, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  7. Ronny

    Mccartney singing to Michelle Obama is nothing less than stomach turning.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  8. Mike

    Why would we waste time and Money investigating BP and claiming criminal activity when there are millions of gallons of oil pouring into the gulf, and onto our shores? This tragedy has the potential to destroy the economy of our gulf states completely, and putting people in jail will not solve anything. Use the money to clean the water and our shores!! Obviously someone made a mistake, maybe even a criminal mistake by bypassing some safety regulation, but for god sake lets fix the problem first...worry about some butthead skipping a safety step later!!

    June 3, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  9. michael nyc

    Oil Containment Rings OCR’s – Need to be installed Now

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

    Start to build a “oil collection ring” flotation miles in diameter which has large booms (100′ by 6′ diameters)with deep aprons that zipper together as they extend deep(300′ or more) 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.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  10. R A

    Everybody has been saying that Obama hasn’t done enough. What do you want him to do? Put on a diving suit and go down there and cap it himself? What can he do?
    I’m tired of everybody saying that Obama is not doing enough, that’s BS. We need to get all the BP people out of the coast.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  11. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    1 billion dollars is a verry small amount of money for B.P. they need much bigger fines starting at 50 billion the need to be impressed .

    June 3, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  12. michael nyc

    Seal Well Now – drill +1000' parallel proximity shaft – place proper amount of explosives – seal new shaft – detonate !

    June 3, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  13. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Examples makes people more careful and B.P. needs to be made an example of .

    June 3, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  14. Ronny

    DeAnn.. the FIRST baseman wasn't even in the PLAY.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  15. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    The riser pipe is broken at the flange. They now have to remove the riser flange. Could someone verify? Oil is shooting out at the flange joint.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  16. Ronny

    Seafood from the Gulf will never be the same. That is now a dead industry.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  17. Jeff Sievers

    Why isn't more being made of the improper nature of Thad Allen having dinner with a BP big? It doesn't just look bad it is bad, and stupid!

    June 3, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  18. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Looks like they just cut thru the riser pipes. Could someone verify? If this is true, it should be "easy" to remove the riser flange via removing the hex nuts and bolts. This would leave a desirable flange and "clean" hardware on the BOP to connect to. They could be almost almost ready to proceed to the next step.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  19. Harry http://twitter.com/lavelle22

    Hi Kiran; .... BASEBALL (? As far as I'm concerned, it's nine innings too long already..... Thank you.. Harry, Belleville,NJ

    June 3, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  20. ReggieReg

    All I've been hearing is how the umpire made a bad call and this may be bad for baseball. What where really missing, is the class the pitcher showed after the call and his interview after the game.

    Here's a hero and what baseball needs more class

    June 3, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  21. DeAnn Fitzgerald

    First, no calls go to the pitcher–you are either out or safe.
    Secondly, if you look closely at the replay (which the umpire does not have the priveledge to have) the ball was not in the clear possession of the first baseman and the first baseman was a bad actor because instead of holding his glove steady to show he had control of the ball he flicked is glove to drive the "snowcone- like catch" into his glove by by instant replay the first baseman did not have clear control of the ball before the runner hit the bag. There are no ties–it is either out or safe.
    Thirdly, take the human element out of baseball and you have tennis–really isn't part of the fun–human element? Or do we want to all have our jobs taken by robotics.
    Lastly, I have umpired for years–everyone should try it and then see what you opinion would be. If any game relies on one play to make or break it–there are bigger concerns in the game than one play.
    This umpire made the correct call based on all the evidence he had at the time. This should not be overturned. If it is then the commissioner has succumb to pressure of popularity and not what the true call is. The umpire was correct.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  22. art

    Response to ESPN guest-

    "Maybe was?"

    There's no "maybe was" in baseball!!

    June 3, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  23. Randall of Texas

    Jonathan Costello is attendance declining at Major League ballparks? That is Good News for modern man!

    June 3, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  24. jeff-lynn,ma

    the league must reverse that bad call.more proof that instant replay should be used.a` perfect game must not be cancelled by a bad call.baseball must do the right thing.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  25. Hector Feliciano

    In defense to Ump. it really looks like he was safe, the pitcher didnt have clear possesion of the ball when the runner reached. Like in football possesion is very important, the ball was still bouncing in the glove while the runner was reaching base.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  26. Randall of Texas

    We learned that the Corporations are always correct in the health concerns and their findings from the Tobacco Companies remember!

    Dr. Gupta there was a guy named Ralph Nader back in the day that was trying to get American's to react to her real problems but he didn't have Wall Street and Hollywood backing or support.

    News media painted him as dry as a potato chip!

    June 3, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  27. Bill from Rotonda West Fl

    I am becoming fearful of a worst case scenerio becoming even worse. I have heard intimations that the relief well is not a slam dunk – that there is a possibility the oil could flow into the gulf until the oil stops flowing on its own which could take months if not years. Perhaps they should drill several more relief wells just to make the odds more in our favor. Has anyone even given thought to this eventuality?

    June 3, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  28. Jonathan Costello

    They should give him the perfect game as it does not change the end result of the game, and the umpire agreed that he called the play incorrectly. Attendance is dwindling at a lot of baseball parks. Give the fans something to cheer about. Give him the perfect game.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  29. Karen

    Would that call been such an uproar if it wouldn't have given the pitcher a perfect game. The ump made the call and it should stand. Every team has benefitted from the wrong call from an ump. Just let it go.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  30. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    For real there's a company called super suckers that cleans up oil spills as funny as the name sounds this company is real and should be used A.S.A.P.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:13 am |
  31. good ol boy

    if everybody would stop buying fuel and start riding their bicycles it would help out with the obesity problem and keep hard working tax paying USA citizens from needing as much medical care, and leave more medical resources for the sick illegals entering this country, and even make hussien oboma feel successful. By the way, why are we talking about baseball during a time when the world is on the brink of destruction. If we need to talk about a sport, how about one that is really being affected by the gulf disaster and actually contributed to society like sportfishing and commercial fishing, or is that to southern white boy? " talk about racial"

    June 3, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  32. WausauFamily

    Heads should roll with criminal charges to BP. Wonder how long before they change their name and logo. Steal $10 and do 50-years. Destroy the Gulf and nothing. Go figure.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  33. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Is there any way to view the past 24 hours of "live feed" of this past attempt to cut the pipes? I would like to review the videos. The current live feed looks like a bunch of flowing oil. (And nothing else)

    June 3, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  34. Tom

    Why is no one talking about the millions that will loose there unemployment benefits in the next few days?

    June 3, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  35. Randall of Texas

    Dr. Gupta dioxin is known to cause severe health defects and child defects in birth by the Veteran's Adminstration. I lost a summer job of hoeing peanuts because of Graco's invention of the weed killer Treflan. And years later the farmers learned it killed their land and that we were literally buying cancer off the food shelves. But the truth is this all came down back in the late 60's and 70's and we were too busy dealing with guys like Ted Turner's drive to become a billionaire and not meeting the task's more important.

    Money goes first where it is needed least.

    June 3, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  36. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    What needs to happen is Washington needs to hire on super suckers to come clean up the ocean and send B.P. the bill .

    June 3, 2010 at 7:56 am |
  37. Steven C @ VABCH

    Good morning, Im sitter her listening to john talk to a senator and heard something that is amazing. the senator referenced the military resources for maping the ocean floor and other assests. It makes me cry out DUH there should be more science on military vessels for reasons that include and certinally not limitated to maping the gulf of mexico for oil plums. it is obvious that there would be pockets of leaking oil in the gulf and all of the world because that is the way the world works. its only our arrogence that we have any clue what the world needs and that we have a clue how to fix.

    June 3, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  38. Daniel McGill

    Good morning, the disturbing news to wake up too is the oil spill and to know that every American is not fed up with the oil destroying the sea life, that we all intake in every restaurant around the US. Which means it was BP's problem with the pipe but once it hit our sea, our ocean waters because its all of ours not just the governments its all of our waters , why hasnt Obama took control of this problem ASAP, with all the suggestions from the sources you provided why are we waiting on one entity to tackle our problem as a whole. This is so ridiculous to allow BP this much control over our waters because its not theres, they didnt purchase the sea water or that area. So why is the president so passive.

    June 3, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  39. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The military would be good for clean up thats one of the first things they teach you in boot camp is to scrub stuff and if all else fails they can shoot and blow up the oil .

    June 3, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  40. Ronny

    Bad calls and cheating are part of baseball. Let's not do anything about either one. Let's never do the right thing as a country! And people wonder why the world is so messed up.

    June 3, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  41. Charlie

    Pauly Go back to your Dungeons and Dragons Website

    June 3, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  42. WausauFamily

    What's right is right. Give this pitcher the respect he deserves.

    June 3, 2010 at 7:30 am |
  43. Ronny

    Baseball still allows the cheater known as barry Bonds to play. They should reverse the call.

    June 3, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  44. Pauly

    Bad calls are part of baseball. A perfect game is when no baserunner reaches base. By hit, walk or error. The baserunner reached base on the umpire's error. Thus, it was not a pefect game!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 7:21 am |
  45. Ronny

    I am physically sick just watching about the oil spill. BP has murdered the Gulf.

    June 3, 2010 at 7:20 am |
  46. Pat

    What is FEMA's role in the management of the oil disaster? Shouldn't FEMA and/or Homeland Security be directing the clean-up efforts?

    June 3, 2010 at 7:15 am |
  47. Carla B

    I just saw a commercial from BPs CEO trying to do some damage control by telling us how much they care and all that they're trying to do to solve this catastrophic disaster in the Gulf. Yet BP has failed every single step of the way. PLEASE...pull the commercials. I'm sick enough over this as it is, but seeing this insincere drivel makes me even more nauseous. I refuse to watch it again, and if that means turning to another station, so be it.

    June 3, 2010 at 7:14 am |
  48. Pauly

    Once again the GOP & Sarah Palin are trying to change history. First they said they didn't remember the campaign slogan, dill baby drill. Now Sarah is saying the Gulf leak shows why she was calling for drilling only on land.

    Sorry but there are videos galore of Palin, McCain, Giuliani, Romney & others in the GOP calling for more offshore drilling. Many in the GOP, as well as a couple of Dems, are still calling for more offshore drilling. Especially by politicians in Gulf states. The GOP has blocked raising the liability 4 times so far. Drill baby drill!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  49. Alex

    While I agree that the call was completely botched, I doubt Commissioner Selig wants to get involved in deciding a perfect game that will forever have an Asterisk, no matter what the replay showed.

    June 3, 2010 at 7:03 am |
  50. DKVA818

    Cannot reverse the call, because it sets a bad precedence. We would have to go back and review Reggie Jackson's hip hitting the ball or the official tar level on George Brett's bat. Baseball is imperfect, as sick as this situation makes me it is imperfect. Umpire should work harder to make the correct call, instead of trying to look good (i.e. CB Buckner)

    June 3, 2010 at 6:57 am |
  51. Michael cherry

    BP definitely needs to pay for this but people are forgetting their complicity in this matter

    STOP driving gas hogs and unnecessarily
    NJ residents take the bus and trains stop driving into Ny city

    STOP flying everywhere and start telecommuting

    Demand alternative energy now and invest in only green technology

    June 3, 2010 at 6:55 am |
  52. Pauly

    BP is doing everything possible to stop the leak. Not only is the leak a PR nightmare but each day it continues costs BP more profits. The problem is that to satisfy this country's thirst for oil, oil co's put all technology to use to drill baby drill & none towards stopping such a leak.

    They have been forced to try the same techniques that failed during the Ixtoc 1 leak. And that leak was in much shallower water, 160 ft. From the beginning, experts have said the only long term solution is relief well(s). Unfortunately, building such wells takes months. And even when completed, chances are it/they won't work immediately. It's going to be hard to fit things together, especially when doing so at such depths. It took several tries before the relief well was lined up in the Ixtoc1 leak.

    Many warned a disaster like this was inevitable. They were called greenies & tree huggers. We were told that the oil co's were prepared for any such disaster. Not just by the oil co's but by the govt. An '07 reprt by the govt said such a leak would cause minimal damage to the environment. That it would have almost no effect on the fishing industry & other industries.

    Big corporations have been causing damage to the environment for a very long time. No one cared how oil co's have ruined the Nigerian delta & caused devastation to the people & the land. US waterways have been poisoned by industries for a hundred years. Buy hey, we need coal, oil, etc so who cares? Drill baby drill.

    June 3, 2010 at 6:55 am |
  53. Randall of Texas

    Is there any way we can get the fossil fuels burned to get fans, workers, players and umpires to that baseball game "back" in the fuel storage tanks from where they were bought?

    Let the United Nations vote on the issue of reversing the call but if I were the Pitcher I'd appeal to the baseball world to let the call stand as it happened in the course of the game.

    I once had a baseball autographed by the 1925 Washington Senators World Seris hero Fred "Firpo" Marberry. I talked to a former catcher for Fred "Firpo" Marberry when Mr. Marberry coached minor league ball about what that ball would be worth today and he said because of Firpo's uniquness from being hired from being an active umpire to pitch and because Firpo was in the top 10 Major Leagues most unusual nicknames he believed he could find a rare price for the ball.

    I explained that when I was a young kid and to small to go from the housing project where I lived uptown to play with the big boys at the city's sandlot ballpark I was left to play with the other 6 and under year olds at the projects only we had no ball but my Fred Marberry ball and we used it. The player told me that he knew Fred Marberry well and that Fred would have been happier knowing his baseball was used in the spirit of the game rather than being sold at auction for $25,000 at auction.

    Let the game call stand in the spirit of the game. It's not like the guy died while charging the beach in the suicide charge on D Day!

    June 3, 2010 at 6:52 am |
  54. TERRY

    BP commerical just "Aired" NOW, YOU tell him that this is on video and "WE the PEOPLE" are/will keep him to there PROMISES!!! USA is the way!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  55. Jaz

    I enjoyed the guy who analyzed the Tigers game. Too bad John Roberts is such a bimbo that he can't appreciate intelligence when it's sitting within three feet of him.

    June 3, 2010 at 6:48 am |
  56. Michael cherry

    Bud Selig should award the perfect game
    Nothing will be changed outcome wise and hits have been changed to errors etc in the past

    please Bud give Detroit something to cheer about the call was so poor it would actually improve the integrity of the game

    June 3, 2010 at 6:48 am |
  57. Doug

    Yes, Selig should reverse the call. When you can make something right, do it.
    Baseball reversed Tim McClelland's call in the famous George Brett pine tar home run incident. The game was resumed almost a month later, and Brett's restored home run ended up being the game winner.
    Everyone knows this was a perfect game. Let the record books show it.

    June 3, 2010 at 6:43 am |
  58. Gerald Saunders

    AS for the Perfect Game...it was perfect, and if the commissioner feels compelled to amend it as such, I feel he certainly should! The ump even admitted his mistake, and it wasn't a "close call" opinion...it was a clear cut error.

    It would not affect the outcome of the game, at ALL, and would reward a well deserved performance bu the whole Tigers team!

    June 3, 2010 at 6:36 am |
  59. art

    I'm still looking at the replays this morning to see where Joyce was when he made the call. I don't see him. Does anyone see him? Did he leave early to grab a Lafayette Coney?

    Selig doesn't have the chutzpah to rule on anything. If he did, we wouldn't be watching World Series games in November.

    June 3, 2010 at 6:30 am |
  60. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    This bad cal that cost a perfect game for Galarraga should not only be reversed but should also enhance instant replay in baseball for calls such as this one!

    June 3, 2010 at 6:28 am |
  61. frank

    Ok we get it,the spill is bad.But I dont see no reporting the flip side of this.People scamming BP,overstating etc.We as Americans are also guilty,we demand oil.Can we not have every no name(on grand Isle) reporter using this as a job interview for a larger network job and just report the facts and stop the sensationalism down there!Let them do there job and stop distracting them from capping.

    June 3, 2010 at 6:22 am |
  62. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Have your "experts" take a look at the live video of the leak. It now appears that the well is now gushing at "full-throttle". Is it?

    June 3, 2010 at 6:14 am |
  63. Chuck

    BP's attempt at fixing the oil leak is nothing but a comedy of errors. It is like watching an old "3 Stooges" movie. If it was not so serious it would be funny. BP should be looked at as Environmental Terrorist and treated as such.

    June 3, 2010 at 6:10 am |
  64. Ronny

    Jaron Van Der Sloot probably has more victims out there somewhere. He is a serial killer.

    June 3, 2010 at 6:07 am |
  65. Ronny

    Good Morning CNN!

    The video shows the umpire made a mistake. Reverse the call.

    June 3, 2010 at 6:02 am |