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May 14, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Gulf Oil Spill Disaster!

Millions of gallons of oil have already
gushedinto the Gulf of Mexico!

One expert says every four day is the
equivalent of one Exxon Valdez spill.

Could it be worse than we know?

How much damage is it doing?

What’s being done to stop it?

Questions and answers tonight!

We want to hear from YOU!

HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR MIND ABOUT DRILLING?

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Taunya   May 14th, 2010 8:34 pm ET

Hi
This is horrible....i cant believe that the rest of the world hasn't come to help...i am canadian and i have been going to the gulf coast for 25 years...were does that leave people like me that travel and enjoy those beautiful beaches and wildlife...omg...the wildlife is destroyed along with the fishing industry....i cant believe that the government didnt look for help ....what is wrong with them...this is a disaster...A DISASTER...HELLO...all the canadians that have million dollar homes and the rest of the world that travels there ...and the lively hood of the hotels there...leaving this for this long is wrong....WHY HASNT THE WORLD HELPED....WHY WHY??????....America always helps the world when something happens ...so does Canada....if I was president...i would worry about my own country....i think its time...ONLY THING THIS TIME....GOD CAN ONLY HELP...A MIRACLE...A MIRACLE....I wish i could be that miracle....i will miss Florida Coast.....:(...my first foot steps and my last has been the Gulf Coast.........wow..i am so sad for this...PLEASE HELP AMERICA...PLEASE.....I LOVE FLORIDA.....:)


Thomas David   May 14th, 2010 8:42 pm ET

Why has no news show questioned congressional and senatoral candidates on their support of term limits?

If you ask 10 people in this country 9 will say they want them. If is is good enough for the president why is not for congress.

Thomas David, Seneca Falls, NY


Dodie   May 14th, 2010 8:45 pm ET

With Drill baby Drill slogans by Sarah Palin.... Large corporate America continues to play "dodge ball" with 'white collar crime game' resulting in gargantuan destruction of habitat in this country! Case in point! BP, Transocean, and Halliburton pointing the finger at each other for the responsibility of the oil-spill catastrophe in the Golf of Mexico which is probably the greatest oil disaster in history! It has completely destroyed the shrimp and fish industry for 20+ years not to mention all animals up the food chain...and possibly right up to our dinner plate. It appears that the test for the Oil rig did Not pass, and they continued to proceed creating incredible irresponsibility and devastation over an entire region.

Transocean, which owns the Deepwater Horizon rig now wants a federal court in Houston to limit the liability for the massive oil spill to only $26.8 million! So, I ass-ume the American Taxpayers will be 'moping' up after these large corporations due to their irresponsibility! Even more need for Government regulation enforcement.

I, for one would like to see the CEOs and top executives of all three corporations dressed in "clean-up" gear and physically on the beaches cleaning up this mess. How much longer will we allow large corporations to continue their irresponsible behaviors at the cost of American Taxpayers and ecological environments?

The American taxpayers have been taken to the cleaners and left in the agitation cycle for so long, no wonder we are all drowning!


Cajazz76:24:8   May 14th, 2010 8:47 pm ET

It is worse than what most know because BP is constantly lying about the intensity of the oil and gas flow from the well head. Halliburton is lying about the maintenance performed on the triple redundant shutoff valve. Transocean Ltd. is lying about the procedures used the day of the blowout.

When it's no longer on the front pages of the morning newspapers, the amount of the spill will be at least 4 or 5 times that of the Valdez debacle. The cost to the gulf states and the rest of the nation will be in the hundreds of billions of dollars. My question is who will pay for? A mute point, at best!!!!


Susan in Austin Texas   May 14th, 2010 8:59 pm ET

Our country should be using EVERY possible option on the planet to contain and clean this oil up as it leaks.
It is amazing to watch our ocean being destroyed.....to me this is on the scale of a war.....
the war to save the animals and the entire Gulf Coast.
We are NOT doing enough.......
we should have the coast guard, the army, the navy, every unemployed fishermen in La working to clean this oil and allow them to pay their bills at the same time.
I am glad that I am Vegan.......the sea is so contaminated. I feel for our sea life and birds.
Such a pity that money rules the entire planet......
too bad we can't take it to the grave!


Smith in Oregon   May 14th, 2010 9:03 pm ET

For weeks, I have vocally questioned and commented in regards to what appeared to be a entirely deliberate attempt by BP and the US Coast Guard Admiral to confuse, distort and with-hold the actual amount of heavy crude Oil being released daily into the Gulf of Mexico.

It is nice to see CNN and other News Agencys and Democratic Lawmakers are now asking that very question, and my quierys on this are not being entirely deleted, go figure!


Smith in Oregon   May 14th, 2010 9:06 pm ET

Americans and those in the Gulf Region should loudly demand that BP NOT BE ALLOWED to pour millions of gallons of very poisonous, very toxic Wood Alcohol (Methanol) into the deep sea well head as a crude Oil dispersant. That would kill all sea life and contaminate oysters and shell fish for years. Do not allow BP to pour millions of gallons of Methanol into the Gulf of Mexico!


Smith in Oregon   May 14th, 2010 9:08 pm ET

Less than 10% is on the surface, 90% is beneath the surface and is going to contaminate and poison the Gulf of Mexico region for decades.

The surface is simply a PR cheap move, the bulk is beneath the surface and is going to move thru-out the Gulf of Mexico's region by the strong deep water currents.


Rex   May 14th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

Why hasn't anyone asked why they (BP) did not have a "Sonic" Blow Out Protection unit.attached as a safety back up for blowouts? $500,000 cost is why! Now what's it going to cost? They are a bunch of fast buck guys.


jack   May 14th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

This is such a horrible ecological disaster. Hope they can get something that will stop the leak and clean up the abominable mess. And this should send a very clear message that off shore oil rigs pose too great a threat to our world. They should be banned, and existing ones required to make safety changes and be phased out. How many world catastrophes does it take, to shift to clean energy, and initiate energy waste reduction measures?


Smith in Oregon   May 14th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

CNN should ask 'can BP accurately measure the heavy crude Oil discharge'? Of course they can thru several means, and just as obvious they do not want to burst their carefully crafted illusion of the real size of the ecological Dead Zone that BP/Haliburton created.

I wouldn't be surprised if Haliburton does a name change like the infamous Blackwater Corporation did to evade and avoid further liability and disaster identification.


Smith in Oregon   May 14th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

The Science guy seems to have forgotten two important things. One, the enormous pressure of the Ocean at 5,000 feet at 2,000 lbs per square inch is flowing down into the Mercado Oil Field. Two, that is forcing the Oil slurry mixed with SAND at extremely high pressure which would cut thru nearly any material, steel, concrete etc. it comes into direct contact with.


Patty Salyer   May 14th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

We are sitting here right on the coast waiting for this catastrophe to hit our shoreline knowing that it is so much more devastating than what is being broadcast. It amazes us that we live in the country where things like this should never happen, and now we hear there is no way to stop this. Where are the priorities in our country. Another Katrina 1000-fold.

Patty,
Panama City,Fl


Tina   May 14th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

It happened. It now has to get stopped. Everyone needs to pull together and get this done. Who cares what BP says...they havent been able to stop the leak. Get someone or something in there that can!


Smith in Oregon   May 14th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

Another often repeated error from BP and CNN guests is labeling the Crude Oil from the Mercado Oil field as the standard 'light Louisiana crude' and University of Louisiana has specifically tested the crude Oil spewing out and it is NOT light Louisiana crude, it is a heavy crude Oil composed of nearly 50% asphalt making chances of evaporating and biodegrading that heavy Oil and Asphalt nearly impossible.


Cajazz76:24:8   May 14th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

If anyone was really concerned at the time of the accident/incident, there would be oil booms surrounding the well site and tankers brought in to siphon the oil/water mix and separate it at an established site on shore. That is something that doesn't exist for this type of occurrences and, sure as hell, should. You cannot reduce this level of contamination by waiting for it to hit the beach...and take care if it there. I'll bet the farm it will, before east coast offshore drilling begins in earnest.


Elizabeth Whipple   May 14th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

I think at this point with the inability of British Petroleum to stop the "Leak" they should go ask A fifth grader.


Smith in Oregon   May 14th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

@ Patty Salyer, I sincerely hope the tarnished and greatly diminished tourist industry in Florida remembers the Republican drill baby drill mantra's and loudly protest the Republican's at their convention in Florida in 2012. Let them hear how angry Florida is with the reckless Republican lawmakers.


Peter   May 14th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

I have a simple solution to stop leak.The method is so simple and used in the construction industry daily. What could the method be?


Patty in Panama City   May 14th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

If it can be done, it should be able to be undone and quickly. We are running out of time. Time for determining who is to blame or who is to pay for this should be done later. Right now all of our energies need to be focused on stopping this catastrpic event.
This is so sad. Drill near our coast again. Never!


Paul   May 14th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Whilst I don't disagree with Obama and his annoyance over the "ridiculous spectacle" evident in the recent hearings, it would help if the morons on the committee(s) knew what they were talking about when they asked their questions. I have not heard so much drivel talked (apart from that by commentators on CNN, Fox News etc) by so many regarding so much about which they know next to nothing. The oil industry is a risky business but, so long as this country soaks up approximately half of the world's daily output of oil, America had better get used to it. All the rhetoric, angst and general concern being poured out on television is out of order – this is a technically difficult challenge and the oil industry will solve it (almost certainly without Government help).


Smith in Oregon   May 14th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Australia just previously HAD a deep sea blow-out like this and it left a huge ecological disaster off the Australian Coast line. CNN, don't let Big Oil speakers tell you they didn't know this could happen. It recently did and all Big Oil firms were totally aware of the problem in Australia.


Dodie   May 14th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

I have heard Russia using a nuclear device to stop the leak and shut the oil well down. Of course BP does not want to lose the oil well even at the complete cost of the environment.

Lost of pressure will cause a massive leak!

I do not care how much or why. I want to move into the solution now!!!


Smith in Oregon   May 14th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Engineers could determine how much fluid can go thru a 20 inch pipe over 2,000 lbs per square inch which is the Ocean pressure. (obviously the flow pressure must be greater than the Ocean pressure)

Over 2,000 lbs per square inch on fluid flowing thru a 20 inch pipe, that would move a huge amount of fluid in a very short period of time.


PAMELA STONEKING   May 14th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

JOHN HOFIMISTER SAID, DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD HAVE THAT KIND OF OVERPROTECTION AT EVERY WELL SITE, FOR THAT ONCE IN A 40 YEAR CHANCE OF THIS HAPPENING ?????

NO ONLY YES, BUT HELL YES! THAT WOULD CREATE JOBS FOR AMERICANS TO CREATE A VERY WELL PROTECTED OIL DRILLING! THE ONLY WAY IT SHOULD HAPPEN, IS TO HAVE BACKUP AFTER BACKUP AFTER BACKUP NEAR ALL SITES REGARDLESS OF COSTS!

WE MUST PROTECT OUR OCEANS AND SHORES!


Kevin   May 14th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Would it be possible to inject O2 or liquid O2 at the source of the leak to burn off the oil.


James   May 14th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

I thought that the pipe creating the oil spill was 21 inches in diameter, not 6 inches.


Caroline   May 14th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

The Exxon Pres certainly gave praises to what a good job BP is doing, gee whiz... BP is ahead of schedule, they're doing every thing.
He forgot to mention that BP did not install the backup acoustic cutoff valve that should cut the oil flow off in an emergency. Big oil is profit driven and they cut safety expenditures.


Robert Stroney   May 14th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

This event is horrific; this will destroy the sea life for 100 years or more...no one knows yet.


Caroline   May 14th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

I read this at Greenpeace:
"Shell continues to push forward with plans for exploratory drilling off Alaska’s Arctic coast. If Shell gets its way, it will begin exploratory drilling in July in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, home to polar bears, walrus, whales, seals and other distinctive Arctic species, as well as communities who have relied on these animals and the environment for their culture and subsistence for millenia."


Dr. M. El-Sherif   May 14th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

I have a solution to stop the oil spill. All what they are doing is funny and waisting of time. There is only a simple way, we have to work on the actual forces. Because of the pressure and the forces at the orifice, all what they are doing cant work. My solution is based on reducing the pressure, i.e. the actual forces per unit area, by scattering the output oil at the pipe end. Then we can use rubber nets and/or soft plastic particles different sizes untile cement can be used. I can give you more details when we discuss it.
By: Dr. M. El-Sherif,
CEO Photonics Inc.,
Former Professor and Center Director at Drexel Universit.


Chaney, La.   May 14th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

We never seem to learn anything .We just keep allowing the same things to happen. When will we stand up as a unified country and demand that our politicians get out of bed with these big corporations. As this catastrophe unfolds we will see that these companies did not do due diligence in protecting our environment. and once again as in the case of the financial institutions, asleep at the wheel is the cause of another train wreck.


Dodie   May 14th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Robert Stroney

You are absolutely correct. The Exxon Valdez spill is still seen and experienced in Alaska and that was over 20 years ago. That is a drop in the bucket compared to this oil spill.


Jim Evridge   May 14th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

The oil gushing into the Gulf is one thing, BP "passing the buck" is another but something has been lost in the enssuing disaster ........
why have the eleven men who lost their lives been forgotten?


Jennifer   May 14th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Hi, Jeff

I got an email the other day with a YouTube video attached showing a demonstration of how hay can soak up the oil. It doesn't actually soak up the oil but the oil sticks to it and is easy to clean up.

Has anyone mentioned this? It seems so easy to me and able to be recycled, too. I haven't seen anything on the news; only this video.

Thank you.


Gene   May 14th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Watching LKL tonite I cannot believe what I am hearing. Professor Purdue keeps saying 22 inch diameter Pipe and Shell CEO says 6inch, diameter pipe and the moderator doesnt even catch it! That is a 10 to one difference in flow capacity. Which is it???


Markus In Sweden   May 14th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

What happens if the oil gets into the loop current and reaches international waters? Who's responsability will it be to take care of the oil in international waters? I'm worried about that the parts involved in the clean up will drag on doing what they are obligated to do until it reaches international waters so they can escape the responsibility for the cleaning up the mess?


Cajazz76:24:8   May 14th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

@Kevin

Are you sure your idea would work?...Oil and LOX goes BOOM!!! Even if you wore shoe polish on your shoes and had a LOX spill...again BOOM!!!... then the 'inert sound' of nothing...for you!


Paul Nicksic   May 14th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Clearly, the liability limit caps for ofshore drilling need to be revised. Clearly, Jeff Probst has a gig waiting after "Survivor" ends (if it ever does.)


Dodie   May 14th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

It is quite obvious from this ecological disaster that Oil companies do not spend any of their mega billion $$$$$$$ profits in prevention techniques. I would like to see all oil companies submit a large sum of money in holding for when they act irresponsible.


sarah D.   May 14th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

After the Valdez incident, why has Greece or some other country NOT figured out how to make a ship that can suck up the oil? If I can suck up spills in my kitchen with a special vaccuum, this should have been an easy fortune for those who make ships.


Caroline   May 14th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

On April 2, 2010, Obama said "It turns out, by the way, that oil rigs today generally don’t cause spills. They are technologically very advanced.
Obviously that is not a correct statement. Obama plans to continue his plan for more drilling. Why can't we develop green/clean energy sources?
It would be better to develop electric cars, more solar, and a lot of U.S. corporations are using Bloom fuel cells. Oil, coal and nuclear art dirty and dangerous. NOW is the time. Obama, where is that change you promised?


Patricia Rice   May 14th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

What are we doing for the clean-up?
What about the volcanic mineral Zeolite?
Is it being used?It can be dropped on the water and absorbs it and sinks down to the bottom where it does not release it again. It is non-toxic.
We need more than hair clippings for this spill!!
Please lets save the beautiful Gulf of Mexico we must use
all the good options we can find.


Joe   May 14th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Does Dog hair work??


Diana Taylor   May 14th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

As an owner of a dog grooming salon i am curious, can dog hair be used for this oil spill. If so-we can give a whole lot of hair from the whole country.


Paul in Port Charlotte Fl   May 14th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Larry: Why does everyone call this a oil spill?? This is a gusher NOT a spill. Yes a gusher. The oil is gushing out of the pipe it is not spilling out. More double talk. Another item ,BP KNOWS how much oil is gushing out of this pipe. They also know how much oil is in this void in the earth and how much money they will make from this well. This is their business and this is what makes them so much money. Just a lot of double talk to shut people up and try to get off the subject of the GUSHER.When the oil is all gone out of the void in the earth where this oil is what do you think will happen?? How about a large cave in or sink hole as we call them in Florida, Something has to fill this void and the Gulf is right there just waiting to fill it.. Can you talk about this on your show.


Smith in Oregon   May 14th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Folks, obviously the Ocean is flowing down into the Mercado Oil field somewhere to pressurize it and force out the heavy crude Oil. If the entry areas were found using sea dye then it would be much easier to place a steel plate over the opening which would be sucked firmly against any further inflow.

Place sea dye in that area, it is non toxic and would brightly indicate where the Ocean is flowing down into the Mercado Oil field. Drop a steel plate over the hole. Without the immense Ocean pressure pouring down into the Mercado Oil field, the outflow would almost immediately stop.


Diane   May 14th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

No, I haven't changed my mind about off shore oil drilling. I NEVER thought that we should do it! If we don't have the technology to prevent oil spills, not clean up oil spills, but make sure that there are enough back up systems in place that it cannot happen, then we should not be drilling. It breaks my heart to see the devastation that this spill is causing. I am almost to the point that I cannot watch the news anymore. I would rather import 100% of our oil then risk the destruction of our environment. We should be putting our efforts into developing alternative form of sustainable energy sources that do not jeopardize our environment. I voted for Obama because I thought that he was an environmentalist, but if he persists in his plans for off shore oil drilling, especially in the Arctic Refuge in Alaska, and nuclear reactors, then I guess that I was wrong about him, and will not vote for him, nor others with similar beliefs.


Patricia Rice   May 14th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

Is anyone thinking of using Zeolite for clean=up?Is that a good solution?


jack   May 14th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

This is already a huge story. We had better wake up and put an end to this bad behavior. It is so very sad to think about the very real possibility of an entire huge region's wildlife, and plants being poisoned, and the beautiful waters and shore being made ugly with pollution. If we can draw a moral lesson from this, it would be that greed, and ill planning equal disaster. Whether we live in that area or not,the entire country and world will be badly impacted. Hold them liable, because money outlays will be the main thing they will work to avoid. It is obvious safety backup measures were not their strong suit.


Chaney, La.   May 14th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

I am sorry but the Exxon Pres. can 'Heckofva job Brownie" all he wants to but I am not buying it.... Every possible precaution needs to be taken to prevent this sort of thing, its inconceivable to me that those in the industry have a somewhat cavalier attitude. We have lost 11 men as Ed Begley said, they all have a face and familiesSo please lets remember them. Hey Jeff have watched Survivor since the first episode, and we still love it. Larry better watch his job you are doing very well.


Vinh   May 14th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

@Joe: yeah, animal hair also works, but I read in the newspaper that the onwers would rather take the hair home and spread it around the house to keep other animals away.


Beatriz from NJ   May 14th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

I have a comment on the possibility of using hair to soak up the oil on the surface that is currently being discussed. It was mentioned that there is not enough hair. Yes, there is! Look at Chris Rock's movie document 'Good Hair'. There is a segment that shows a temple in India where worshipers donate their hair (for religious purposes). This hair is then sold to brokers who in turn sell it to weave-makers world round. BP can buy amount of hair needed from India!


Patricia Blanco   May 14th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Why don't start a cruzade collecting hair globally? It is true that we don't have enouhg hair right now....but all of us can start working on it....
Hairdressers come on!
Why not extend this petition to China ...India....
Perhaps this could be a great new business. Add the nets...storage it and sell it to BP.....or donate it to humanity.
why don't start thinking out of the box in favor of the world?


Alana from Canada   May 14th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

My heart aches for all the innocent wildlife that will be affected by this catastrophe. I find it absolutely stunning that the leak has still not been abated. And when will [we/they] learn that the oceans, and all elements of nature, are a precious gift deserving of our respect. The mighty dollar will be mighty useless if the oceans die, because we too will die. Shame on you BP!


Matt Ingram   May 14th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Hey larry so here's the thing bp is all about getting the oil. they didn't when it was 5000 barrels a day but since they've found out its a lot more are they not trying tonight? like common. and if this doesn't works then what?
why don't they make a pipe slightly bigger then the broken one with a valve. use a synthetic sealant that will hold it to the pipe. after it has dried. close the valve. thus sealing the leak and leaves them open to harvest the oil at a later time. why must they harvest the oil when they close it? because they don't want to do something for nothing. and why does it take a 21 year old to figure this out? they have experts from around the world. just because it is an easy solution have they haven't thought of it or what?


Maureen Sutton   May 14th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Can someone tell me what happens to the hair mats once they have soaked up the oil? I will shave my head today if I know the end result of this solution is viable. Thank you for the story.


Stopie   May 14th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Le pouvoir des gens de la Louisiane –
The reason BP has had such a massive response to this disaster is because of the people of Louisiana and, in particular, the fishermen. The presidents and mayors of the lower Louisiana parishes are the ones who pushed and encouraged the residents and the affected fishermen to organize and offer their boats to do whatever they can to help prevent this oil from reaching the coastline and the marshes. BP is ultimately responsible and anyone wants to help has to go through them. But, it needs to be understood that the response and coverage they have access to would not be possible without the residents and fishermen who have stepped up. Some are being compensated for the use of their boats, but that seems the least BP can do since the fishermen are being so devastatingly affected by this disaster.


B.A.Funnell   May 14th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

I've been so naive, had no idea how many drilling platforms are in the Gulf of Mexico, let alone around the globe. This is the cost of our greed, our need for things. The risk is too high; I have changed my view about oil drilling, especially from the seabed. WE CAN do without so much oil. Since it is a limited supply anyway, we need to learn to live differently. As an example, if we couldn't fuel our cars to commute to work, we'd HAVE TO use mass transit or move closer to our jobs. That change alone would have an impact on our local economies for the better, in that we'd be more invested in our immediate communities rather than travelling for miles to shop, dine out, and socialize. We need to back off, simplify. Let this tragedy in the Gulf be the last straw.


Michelle Klass   May 14th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

I was watching tonights show on the oil spill in the gulf and they were talking about saving the hair from haircuts I was curious if horse hair can do the same thing?


ray bergh   May 14th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

thanks for the oppertunity to respond,i haven,t changed my mind ,i still think we must continue to search for all the oil we can,we MUST stop importing oil or face bankruptcy among other dangers,just look at it this way, there are thousands of wells that are NOT leaking. many companiewould love to have the safety record oil co's have. i seen on the news today some genius figured out by watching videos of the wells under 5000 feet of water that more oil was leaking than 5000 barrels a day is a genius if he is any where close on his estimate. i would be closer to the number of loss if i could compare the smoke from the well when it first burned by comparing it to iraqs fires after saddam set them aflame . they know how many bbls they were producing . drill drill thank you.


Jackie Mitchell   May 14th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

I haven't changed my mind about drilling in the Gulf. I've never been for it. Mostly because I always feared exactly what is actually happening now. Our habitat on the Gulf is too prescious. I was raised in Tampa and fishing and beaching have always been a part of my life, but it's also a big part of people that fish for a living. These things have been failed and i fear, we can never right this. Ouch.


gaile frieze   May 14th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

Howdy Larry;
My mind is fried – PLEASE these guys should have known that this contraption would not work. I am a pipeline/facilty inspection with majors in corosion/welding and have installed hundreds of miles of big and little inch lines, tied-in into wellheads (10,000 meters deep and less with as much, down hole pressure – very danger – not one incident) installation of separation/meter stations and the main concern and constant issue is hydrate mixed in with the oil/gas as it rises to the top – where were the check value, which we install all along the system (big or small) to prevent this exact thing from happening. hydrate are very common and with the pressure and 1600 meters/1 m depth – they knew this wan not going to work. These guys are oil and gas engineers and there is no excuse other than cheaping out – happens all the time. The bottom line is these guys cover each others asses when there is a failure in the system because they have choosen profit and promotion, over the preventative measures. THESE PEOPLE ARE ALL LIARS and I'm betting that they will spread enough graft and money around that this whole incident will be diminish with-in a short period of time. Only the concerned group – who do not have the money but have the support of many to try and keep this devastating occurs to never happen again. The entire situation could easily avoided by following the less travelled route of doiing it right – these people need to turn off the testerone off ae they are producing one gallon of testerone to fill the pea sized balls. Have fun, gaile frieze


robert potts   May 14th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

I keep hearing about these ideas for stopping this oil spill. drilling a new well. who knows how long that could take, not to mention there are risks involved. blocking it with garbage.... really? That ideas garbage. Now I believe I have a sure fire way to fix the problem and it wont cost much at all. If anybody is interested in my idea, please let me know. I made a simple diagram.


dan johnson   May 14th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

Larry-

I'm a big fan, but I'm also 60. I applaud the decision to have young hunk Jeff Probst sub in when you're gone. Keeps the queers, including me, from switching to Joy. It's all about the ratings, right?


Watson White   May 14th, 2010 10:13 pm ET

URGENT!!!

To Whom it may Concern!

If the pipe is said to be six inches wide, why not put a five and a half inch pipe within the six inch pipe to control the flow of oil?!

Watson White
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands


Dodie   May 14th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

jack

I am with you on that one. They need to be held responsible


blahblahblah   May 14th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

I cant believe what is going on!! I feel more bad for the animals that have to suffer through the pain of the oil! they didn't ask for this. We need to start to reduce, reuse and recycle are consumption of oil otherwise something like what is going on know will continue to happen. Its not a hard thing to do its just how hard we are making it ourselves. Its such a small thing that can make a difference, and people are to stupid to under stand that!! Spills take months or even years to clean up. We have to find ways to make oil last a very long time that don’t have any harm on our oceans. By applying the ways we use and waste oil to the 3Rs we can contribute to better stewardship towards our oceans and animals.


Watson White   May 14th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

If the pipe is said to be six inches wide, why not put a five and a half inch pipe within the six inch pipe to control the flow of the oil!?

Watson White
General Contractor
St Thomas, Virgin Islands


jack   May 14th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

@Dodie...This demonstrates what happens when big corporations become"persons" and get their way. They are for greed, and have a disconnect from how their works affect all life forms. There are many well meaning people in government and corporate board rooms;but when they get that group- think going money often becomes their main concern. Certainly now strict oversight and accountability should be introduced. This is beyond the pale!


Dodie   May 14th, 2010 11:05 pm ET

Jack
well stated

There is nothing wrong with making money. It is only a problem when the Corporations are so greedy, they drop all environmental protections to make as much $$$ as they can. You are correct Jack, they were given the same status as an individual but without a conscious! This is a huge problem. After this spill, I certainly hope all corporations which could cause major environmental hazards will have to set aside a large amount of holding $$ so if they act irresponsibility creating a catastrophe, we could use that money to clean up their mess. That might make them a little more responsible.... I hope


Theresa   May 14th, 2010 11:43 pm ET

This disaster is absolutely horrific...the sad part is noone knows if there is a light @ the end of the tunnel. If these people are supposed to be professionals then they should have realized an accident of this proportion could happen...or were they just too busy counting all those $$$$$ equating o teir profits. Those 3 companies involvesd in this fiasco were worse than children fighting in a playground...they all need to take partyial responsibility for this huge environmental error.The poor fishermen, all people dealing with the tourism business, all the residents of the region & all the future generations that will live in the area have my deepest sympathy...this is their livelihoods & their lives some BIG BUSINESS has messed with. People can deal with a problem...... but when it seems there are no solutions...no light at the end of the tunnel...that is when anxiety & fear develop!! I hope & pray soon by some miracle this MESS will be repaired as soon as possible!!!!


Vanner   May 14th, 2010 11:51 pm ET

FACT. . . Oil is, by nature, sticky ! Especially Crude Oil !

FACT . . .You can throw hay, feathers, grass clippings, human or animal hair, shredded plastic bags, wood chips, sawdust, Pecan/Peanut/Pistachio et al shells at the mess & the oil will attach itself to the surface of ANY material just like Responders’ clothes, the seaweed and beach sand and boat hulls and skimming equipment and alleged protective booms ! ! !

FACT. . . ALL of these undereducated and/or grossly misinformed proponents of ADsorbent Schlock have been around for decades embarrassing themselves and the Cleanup Industry at large by over promising!!! MOST if not ALL of these alleged “Products?” can not be deployed in the Real World as the slightest breeze let alone average winds & waves will blow their Schlock to kingdom come resulting in more clean up ! Hence there collective mantra “Splash for Cash” = Billable Hours ! ! ! = Profits ! ! !

FACT . . . They all leave behind sheans of oil because they all have free-phase liquid oil/chemicals on their surfaces!!!

FACT. . . Increase surface area = Increased vapour rates = increased fire & explosivity risks and lung damage through increased vapour release to all living air breathing beings!
Hence increased requirements for evacuation zones when dangerous ADsorbent technologies are used !

FACT. . . ONLY VAPOUR BURNS . . . NO LIQUID can burn hence ALL ADsorbents in conjunction with flammable chemical produced vapours are by there very nature MORE DANGEROUS because they increase surface area and therefore vapour rates ! ! !

TRUTH . . . There IS ONLY ONE TRUE ABsorbent for ALL LIQUID HYDROCARBONS . . .

You Don't have to believe me . . . even though you can/should and eventually will have to . . . Believe the "WORLD CATALOGUE OF SPILL RESPONSE" {Google it}

See CHAPTER 3 "Sorbents" with the proper SCIENTIFIC DEFINITION of AD versus AB Sorbents . . .
The next paragraph quotes “IMBIBER BEADS” . . . ARE THE ONLY TRUE ABSORBENT FOR LIQUID HYDROCARBONS !!!!

The American Standard of Technology Measurements aka “ASTM” Reference dictionary for all Government & University standard laboratories etc….ALSO QUOTES … IMBIBER BEADS . . . as the only TRUE Absorbent for liquid hydrocarbons.

IMBIBER BEADS “Capture and contain the hazardous liquid hydrocarbons in their molecular matrix”
The Beads swell 3-4 times their original size and capture up to twenty-seven times their own volume!!! Therefore, No Free Phase surface liquids = NO SHEAN

IMBIBER BEADS cab be THERMALLY CRACKED & the OIL RECAPTURED for REUSE ! ! !

Share with others !


B.A.Funnell   May 14th, 2010 11:52 pm ET

and may I add my condolences to the coastlines of the countries along the Gulf of Mexico. I am in Canada and hope I never have to experience what you are going through now.


Smith in Oregon   May 15th, 2010 12:09 am ET

The bulk of the heavy crude Oil is beneath the surface and stretches for thousands of miles across the once pristine Gulf of Mexico. I don't see how hair bundles are going to sweep 5,000 feet beneath the Ocean on the Ocean's floor on up thousands of feet of open water.

The pipe size is 21 inches, imagine how many gallons could flow thru a 21 inch pipe at extremely high pressure (well over 2,000 lbs per sq. inch).

A 3/4 inch garden hose at 40 lbs per sq. inch will squirt out around 25,000 gallons in a 24 hour period. The 21 inch pipe is 28 times larger and the pressure is likely higher than 40 lbs per sq. inch over the Ocean pressure at that depth.

However, if it were ONLY 40 lbs per sq. inch over the Ocean pressure at that depth, 28 x 25,000 would be 700,000 Gallons of crude Oil every 24 hours. A Exxon Valdez sized disaster every 10 days minimum.


Dodie   May 15th, 2010 12:12 am ET

A. Smith

Very good point! It is such a mess... goodness!!!


joe   May 15th, 2010 12:31 am ET

the surface casing may be 21 inches but the intermediate or final string is only 6 inches therefore there cannot be 70,000 barrels of oil coming out our final string is 4 and 3/4 inches with a hell of a flow of 200 barrels a day no way 6 inches is flowing more than 5,000 barrels a day


Don C.   May 15th, 2010 12:36 am ET

Every thing BP has tried to stop the oil leak, is for them to be able to retreive that oil. They want to connect to the end of the leaking pipe and pump out the oil to a tanker. That's why nothing has worked. Forget the share holders and the oil they will not retreive right now. Plug it up. Why don't they plug up the pipe with underwater cement or something else. They can eventually get to that oil at another time with another well. I think it is all about the money, effort, materials and oil that will be lost, if the well is plugged up. That is my take on it.


Don   May 15th, 2010 12:42 am ET

I am a licenced tankerman, we load our barges at 5000 barrels an hour through a 8“ pipeline so yes it could be well over 60,000 bbl's a day


A.C.C   May 15th, 2010 12:46 am ET

Just did the rough math to work out the flow rate assuming 70,000 barrels a day through a 6 inch pipe. The flow rate comes out to about 60 miles per hour. That sure doesn't seem impossible for a flow under high pressure.


Arthur Allen   May 15th, 2010 12:49 am ET

All the non-technical news guys don't get it! BP could have already plugged the hole. They aren't trying to stop the leak. They are greedingly trying to salvage the well and their profits. The only good thing that can result from this crime is that America gets off our addiction to oil. It is unrealistic to think that all wells will be plugged. Existing wells will continue their productive lifespan so all we can hope for is "no new drilling". As a lot of the existing wells get older they are going to be at risk of leaking. This is much worse than the average American knows. People might wake up when the food riots start. Our oceans and fish stock are already at the tipping point of irreversable collapse.


Oil Slick   May 15th, 2010 12:56 am ET

I think your Purdue expert is grossly misleading the public.

We do not know a lot about what the conditions are at the bottom of the hole, which is what is controlling the rate at which oil is being leaked from the oi reservoir into the pipe, and I am inclined to believe BP rather than your expert.

Here is why.
When a barrel of oil rises to the surface from 20,000 feet, the gas dissolved in the oil expands enormously (check out Boyle's Laws). Therefore at the surface, the gas that has been expelled from the oil will tend to push "slugs" of oil out of the pipe and flow will not be uniform. So knowing how much gas is dissolved in the oil and the initial reservoir pressure is a key issue.

Add to that the following. We do not know how much of the gap between the liner casing (outside diameter 7 inches) and the borehole (probably 8.5 inches) is not cemented. We do not know how much oil there is in the formation (area/height exposed to the leak), nor how permeable the formation is ( how fast the oil can flow from the formation into the borehole) We do not know what the viscosity of the reservoir fluid is which will also influence inflow. We do not know reservoir pressure and therefore the amount of pressure drop between the formation and the borehole (although we can make an educated guess).

The space between the top of the liner and the internal diameter of the previous casing is not very large, so there is probably a natural downhole choke on the flow. The actual area of flow is the annular area between the liner and the casing.

Only BP and their partners know this data. Your self styled experts most likely do not.


JohnjacobsJHS   May 15th, 2010 3:10 am ET

Why are fire boats cooling the oil? If they added some hot torches they could burn the oil. I would hope the atmospere could recover quicker than The Gulf of Mexico. Is this a possible clean up?


FEDup   May 15th, 2010 3:55 am ET

With our subs and naval ships which could potentially sink in deep waters, does our Navy not have experience in dealing with deep sea disasters? I wonder. If they do, are they out there? I don't feel like our government is doing enough.

All I can say is let off those folks that are trying to find a solution to this mess. Give them the breathing room they need to get the job done. There will be plenty of time to place blame later. Right know we need thier total focus on solving this problem. It is that acute for us here on the Gulf; people, wildlife and environment.


Louis Clausi   May 15th, 2010 4:09 am ET

I admire how humans come together and put in great effort to deal with catastrophes that confront them. It is yet again being demonstrated with the initial efforts that are taking place in the gulf in attempting to prevent the oil from reaching the mainland.

Ultimately, all the companies involved should be economically responsible no matter what the cost of the repercussions will be. They were quick to boast record profits while they were gauging gas prices in the last few years and now it is time that they utilize those profits to deal with the issue at hand.

it happened, it was careless and it is even worse that both the oil companies and automobile companies have bought the rights to so many alternatives to oil throughout the 20th century and made it that the masses would never know about them.

Part of me laughs while the other part of me screams at the absurdity of what the corporations have gotten away with in the past. We as earthlings are in need of a major shift in how we view the world, how we will govern it, who we will allow to govern it, who we will allow to fund those people and what we will allow future leaders and corporations to get away with. It starts now with mass voices rising to be certain that the money for clean up comes directly from every company that is involved.

Another incident propelling us toward future water wars. Another example of capitalism stealing away from the essence of humanity and of making life more difficult for the common people.

Rise people, rise towards the change that is needed in creating the true change that even Obama has yet to dream about. It is time for a bottom up influence flow. It will start with your voice. Make those voices be heard.


FEDup   May 15th, 2010 4:31 am ET

Have I changed my mind about drilling? No. Oil plays a much bigger role in our lives than fueling our cars and it will be many years before we can actually make the switch from one energy source to another. The fact is we have become dependent upon it and we should ween ourselves off of it as a primary source of energy. We need to be practical about it. We should set goals to do so. Looking at green energy investments here in recent years, there is a ton of private money being invested in that kind of future.

Personally, I think that rather than raising taxes on oil companies for some environmental fee which will ultimately be passed on to consumers in practically every purchase they make (it would actually be a kind of hidden federal tax on the public), why not create incentives for companies to aggressively pursue the discovery of alternative energy sources and their nation wide implementation. Remember the contest for the first private launch of a space craft into space with the 10 million dollar reward? The results were amazing and awe inspiring. Now there are plans for frequent travel into space for civilians in the near future aboard some of the coolest spaceships yet. Don't positive incentives get the best results more often than not?


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H. S-H   May 15th, 2010 7:45 am ET

The similar thing happened in other countries, too....but most of them were solved with an 'oil fence'....

This is a terrible problem for the whole world! Well, should we use the human hair to prevent the oil's flow to the other countries? Or use a lot of chemicals to break the oil down? If not, should we just do nothing?

Well....I think the answer may be found in the nature, because the oil has come from it. Is there any kind of sand that absorbs the oil? Or, if we think about the source(I mean, what became the oil-well, I don't know what the oil was before it receive some pressure from the earth) of oil, we may find the solution....

Oh, my point is,
People want to find the solution from the consequence, not the process or the problem's start.
Can't we find an answer if we change our thought a little bit?

Sang-hee from Korea, a 15-year-old girl
(I wish the people who read this to ignore grammar-related mistakes....)


A. K.   May 15th, 2010 7:50 am ET

Too much oil used in car
a bit later, too much oil in what we use
and then, too much oil in everywhere

....Now, too much oil in coast?


A. K.   May 15th, 2010 7:53 am ET

The similar thing happened in other countries, too....but most of them were solved with an 'oil fence'....

This is a terrible problem for the whole world! Well, should we use the human hair to prevent the oil's flow to the other countries? Or use a lot of chemicals to break the oil down? If not, should we just do nothing?

Well....I think the answer may be found in the nature, because the oil has come from it. Is there any kind of sand that absorbs the oil? Or, if we think about the source(I mean, what became the oil-well, I don't know what the oil was before it receive some pressure from the earth) of oil, we may find the solution....

Oh, my point is,
People want to find the solution from the consequence, not the process or the problem's start.
Can't we find an answer if we change our thought a little bit?

Sang-hee from Korea, a 15-year-old girl
(I wish the people who read this to ignore grammar-related mistakes....)


mary u from ohio   May 15th, 2010 8:36 am ET

I don't think they are doing much to stop it...it's a shame.
What about the Ocean Mammals...
What other reason do they have for not stopping it...


Dave Wakefield   May 15th, 2010 9:01 am ET

I have been watching this disaster very closely, after all these hi-tech failers to stop the oil spill, lets try something SIMPLE. take those 14,000# sandbags and set them on top of the pipes that are leaking. This looks like a hi volume low pressure leak and SANDBAGS WILL WORK. this is simple, low cost and QUICK.


A.M.   May 15th, 2010 9:45 am ET

Why don't they use a gaint vacum lowered to the main pip to suck off the oil and dump it into a tanker.


bruce stafford   May 15th, 2010 11:05 am ET

I have no problem with off shore drilling except when the drillers only care about huge profits and that appears to be all they care about.


IKHAN   May 15th, 2010 12:07 pm ET

Hi Larry'
Hi folks!
The Feds have allowed use of chemicals for dispersal of the oil slicks while the leak has not been plugged, what now?
Isn't the eco-system at risk with these chemicals? As @Smith in Oregon pointed out.

@Cajazz,@@Dodie. Agree with what you guys are saying.
@Arthur Allen raises an interesting point.Hope someone looks into that.


IKHAN   May 15th, 2010 12:17 pm ET

Larry,

Even if BP is able to plug the hole & bears all cost of stemming the gush, who bears the cost of the mind boggling economic & financial consequences of this disaster impacting millions of Americans?
Do we have the wherewithal ?
First folks better loosen your pockets to pay another $200 plus millions to Israel besides the $3 billion paid to them every year, we the Americans come down the ladder.
Are we even aware what goes on behind closed doors in the power corridors of Washington or even care?


david   May 15th, 2010 12:35 pm ET

Are they stupid! (BP) All they need is to insert heavy-duty balloon to the pipe and blow up the balloon with water pressure or air or materials that will be hard over time and this will block the leak in the pipe! If they need more details call me I will be happy to help them.
From engineer at LEDrunlights, David.


Ryan   May 15th, 2010 1:15 pm ET

I think that the CEO of BP should pay all of the money to the American people, instead of the American people paying for BP's mess up. And then we should take the CEO of BP and simply tie an anvil to him and put him in front of the pipe...Just solved the problem.


ray bergh   May 15th, 2010 2:22 pm ET

let this old man with only 40 years oil field experiance put in my recomendation i believe stinging in to the open 21 inch pipe is the only way to go,but lets put 3 to 4 pumps in to the riser line,say at the ocean floor,at 4000 feet& at 2000 ft, 1000 ft. engineers would design the pump sizes ,this will work,try it. t. y0u..


doc   May 15th, 2010 4:05 pm ET

Yeah, we put man on the moon. That took almost 10 years and billions and billions of $$$. This oil leak will be solved. This is America, and we can accomplish anything we set our minds and heart to. Just don't let the need for "Instant Gratification" cloud the issues [We] face dealing with this issue.


Smith in Oregon   May 15th, 2010 4:06 pm ET

Despite my stated concern and information on Vaccines sometimes containing Animal Virus's which the consuming public should be aware of and consider before having your children and yourself injected and given that ANIMAL VIRUS, those posts and concerns were repeatedly deleted from CNN's Dr. Gupta's and Anderson Coopers Blog Comments on those previous subjects, go figure!

Today, it is entirely refreshing to see that the FDA has now disclosed that Rotavirus vaccines made by GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Merck & Co Inc are in fact contaminated with a pig virus. The FDA is also stating they feel it is safe to continue injecting this vaccine!

My previous comments and posted concerns which were ALL DELETED were statements from former scientists who made and worked on many of America's vaccines and reportedly saw various Monkey and other Swine Virus genomes floating in those Vaccines as a result of using animals to culture portions of the Vaccines.

Thus the overlapping concern was that Vaccines laced with various Animal Virus's would stand a much greater chance of an Animal Virus that spreads across a species type giving birth to an entirely unique and very dangerous Human Virus which had never existed nor was the Human body adequately prepared to deal with. Hence cross species Virus's can be very lethal.

There is a tremendous amount of ignorance about this extremely dangerous oversight and practice. The recent cross species Rino-Virus H1N1 was a Bird-Pig-Human cross species virus. It was discovered later in Canada that Humans with H1N1 could directly give that Virus to Pigs (infect Pigs), however PIGS appeared to be UNABLE to directly infect HUMANS! This seems to indicate H1N1 possibly resulted from a poorly constructed Vaccine which promoted and produced a cross species Virus.

The Canadian Health study appears to also directly contradict the possibility and validity of Dr. Gupta's reporting patient one becoming infected from a Pig Farm a week before the H1N1 outbreak in Mexico City, Mexico.


Bryan   May 15th, 2010 5:23 pm ET

What some people dont know or realize is that much of the products or goods that we make with goods are going to get more expensive, for one example gas for automobiles. If this is to continue were going to have a repeat of the sky rocketing gas prices. So why doesnt BP do something about it that doesnt involve our tax dollers or our money in any way. Its clearly that theres nothing to do but stop wyning about it and have BP do fix this problem
.
We clearly dont want another hit to our economy.


Brownie   May 15th, 2010 6:04 pm ET

With the many years that "the world' has been talking about the "issues" with oil – who owns it and fighting over it and we don't even have a safe way to "harvest" it without causing this kind of damage to our planet and the wonderful animals that are a part of it. I find this disheartening to say the least.

There is nothing worth the loss of the health of our planet and the creatures that God put here for us to CARE FOR.

I may sound simple minded... but really – – without our planet and the plants / trees/ flowers and animals on it and clear air and water – what is left?

The world needs to come together in peace and love to solve these kinds of issues ... if our governments won't do it, then it has to be the people coming together to demand it. Corporations won't do it – if its gonna cost them them money.


Concerned legal citizen of the USA   May 15th, 2010 6:25 pm ET

Dear Larry, please have on your show someone who oppose illegal immigration. I believe that since there is so much corruption in corporate america that anyone here illegally do not understand how it works here. So they think that stealing lying cheating is the american way. I am scared to see what this country will look like in ten years.


Concerned legal citizen of the USA   May 15th, 2010 6:30 pm ET

This country will be at rock bottom if they allow Sarah Palin to run for office. I think someone told her that Americans are stupid so she is playing us big time. Instead of her trying to use her blah gab, she should have gone to school for American History and for Political Science. She will never out shine anyone in the current Administration. Shame on McCain for even giving her the idea!!!


Smith in Oregon   May 15th, 2010 7:11 pm ET

The H1N1 flu virus, germ warfare or a lab accident?

Several months ago I had suggested and commented on the possibility the H1N1 flu virus came out of a science laboratory with questionable purposes. My suggestions and comments were entirely deleted in the CNN Anderson Cooper and Dr. Gupta's blogging networks.

Today, Dr. Shanta Zimmer and Dr. Donald Burke of the University of Pittsburg released their careful study of the Genetic Origin of the H1N1 virus and found it was NEARLY IDENTICAL to frozen laboratory samples of a 1950 influenza A virus but different from both 1947 and 1957 frozen influenza A strain samples. Their finds were also published in the highly regarded New England Journal of Medicine.

Their Genetic Origin finding strongly suggests the 1977 Swine Flu Virus HAD BEEN PREVIOUSLY PRESERVED IN A SCIENCE LAB DEEP-FREEZE since being collected in 1950.

And as population immunity waned and disappeared, suddenly this frozen 1950 H1N1 influenza A virus was released.

That was precisely what I had suspected and had previously attempted to comment on, go figure!

In guarded comments, Dr's Shanta Zimmer and Donald Burke state 'this was probably an accidental release from a science laboratory source'.

However in the Mexico City H1N1 outbreak, it is a safe bet that ABSOLUTELY NO SCIENCE LAB anywhere in MEXICO had any frozen samples of the 1950 H1N1 influenza A virus. The high mortality rate of teenagers in Mexico City brought a great deal of political pressure onto President Obama by the Republican Party members to immediately CLOSE THE MEXICO-AMERICAN BORDER. President Obama stood strong against that political pressure and refused to immediately close the entire Mexico-American border.

The H1N1 virus outbreak in Mexico City which killed a large number of relatively young and healthy Hispanic people appears to not be an accident and the sudden aggressive outbreak appears to have a known Republican political objective of having the US Federal Troops secure the Mexico-American border.


Herring Fish   May 15th, 2010 8:30 pm ET

If they can get dispersants to the sea floor, why can’t they introduce oxygen or just air, to the point where the oil and gas is coming out of the sea floor so that they can just burn the oil deep under water? I don’t know if they pump the dispersants straight from the surface or put it in pressurized tanks that are sunk to the ocean bottom but either way, they should be able to get air to the point where the pollutants come out of the pipe. I know that they would say that you need more air than liquid chemical dispersants but isn’t that just a matter of scale?


IKHAN   May 15th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

@Smith in Oregon

what you write is I'm sure, based on research as your posts are.
This fellow bloggers is very disturbing and needs to be discussed on public forums.
Both the issue of vaccines containing animal viruses & H1N1outbreak.

@concerned legal citizen of the USA.
Your concerns reg Sarah Palin are shared by most thinking Americans.


susan   May 15th, 2010 10:41 pm ET

I am no rocket Scientist, how did it get this out of control? Why are there not many back up "turn off Valves"? This is a time where the World needs to come together and pitch in against this natural disaster, the Gulf coast is a very Unique place on this Earth, many travel to and reside in! Ultimately, this has the potential to travel into the Gulf Stream carring up to the East Coast, US,, not to mention the Carribean Islands, {full of reefs} this hits any Natural Coral reefs, the Keys, Byscane Bay they will become a distant memory!
We need every Chicken Producer, Sheep Farmer, Pet Groomer and Hair Salons to Unite and help with their collections of Feathers, Hair and sherlings to help Mop up this Mess. We know we have a Catastrophy on our hands, Accountability we can deal with after, lets Plug this and get on with Helping the Enviorment we have all become so aware of in these past years.I emplore the Scottish and Ireland sheep Herders to Send their Sherlings, Tyson and Purdue to bag and send the Feathers and all to Unite to Aid in this Mess.Any Hair will do, Horse, Goat, Sheep, Geese, Duck Feathers, just think how it attaches to anything...EVERYONE LETS CUT, SHERE AND PLUCK! Thank you for your time and attention.


maze1gerald   May 16th, 2010 12:44 am ET

I'd like to know just how big is that oil reservoir thats feeding that gusher.


Mary-Jane   May 16th, 2010 3:25 am ET

We are allowing Large Corporations to seize control of this planet. In the process, because of their greed, they will leave nothing uncontaminated. Our doom does not come from an external source but internal due to our insatiable greed!


Alessandro BERNARDI   May 16th, 2010 3:39 am ET

What about drilling a second whole (pre-pipelined) very close to the place of disaster in order to cut the output of the first.


Smith in Oregon   May 16th, 2010 6:25 am ET

Independent Scientists have found and proven what I have been actively complaining about since day ONE regarding the HEAVY CRUDE OIL gushing out of the Mercado Oil field exploratory well-head rupture.

Namely, the specific crude Oil gushing out into the Gulf of Mexico IS NOT LOUISIANA LIGHT CRUDE, it is HEAVY CRUDE composed of 50% Asphalt.

For WEEKS, BP and CNN Guests have erroneously repeated BP's talking points which include the misinformation that the crude Oil from this exploratory well is regular Louisiana Light Crude which mostly rises to the Ocean surface where it can be captured or dispersed.

Independent Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick. Their discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well is far worse than estimates that the government and BP have given.

“There’s a shocking amount of oil in the deep water, relative to what you see in the surface water,” said Samantha Joye, a researcher at the University of Georgia who is involved in one of the first scientific missions to gather details about what is happening in the gulf. “There’s a tremendous amount of oil in multiple layers, three or four or five layers deep in the water column.”

You wouldn't see that with Louisiana Light Crude which the BP mouth-pieces and the Coast Guard Admiral have been MOUTHING.

From day one, University of Louisiana Earth Science Dept. tested a sample from this specific well, found and reported it was HEAVY CRUDE OIL with 50% composed of Asphalt.

Over and over I have stated and shouted the BULK of the spill is beneath the surface and for the first time, independent scientists in cooperation with NOAA took a look and YES I WAS CORRECT.

In my opinion BP are crass and callous liars, the Coast Guard Admiral likely doesn't know this is NOT regular Louisiana light crude and is simply mouthing BP's talking points who supplied him with that FALSE information.

Why is it important? The BULK of the Heavy Crude Oil remains deep below the surface and it is very difficult to disperse or biodegrade Asphalt components.

Folks, in a refinery Tank Farm, the largest tanks hold 500,000 gallons (1/2 Million Gallons).

To fit just one of the located huge undersea Oil Plumes you'd need a tank 10 Miles Long, 300 foot tall and 3 Miles across!

Imagine how many MILLIONS of gallons of crude Oil are in just one of the huge Oil plumes which is 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick.

CNN and viewers, please do not be fooled by the BP PR spin as they repeatedly show and discuss the relatively thin layer floating across several thousand miles in the once pristine Gulf of Mexico region.

The Bulk of the Spill consisting of many Millions of Gallons of heavy crude Oil is beneath the Ocean surface. Insist on showing video taken by Independent agency's of beneath the Gulf of Mexico's surface.


Smith in Oregon   May 16th, 2010 6:27 am ET

@ maze1gerald, the estimate of the Mercado Oil field is 2 BILLION gallons, which the exploratory well head that collapsed is connected to.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 16th, 2010 7:33 am ET

Yes I think sheep wool booms can be used to soak up some oil spills and I think it has been used before somewhere successfully.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 16th, 2010 7:39 am ET

Deepest sympathies to the families of the 11 men who lost their lives in this horrible tragedy.

Rest In Peace


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 16th, 2010 7:47 am ET

Where are all the experts that helped shut off the wells in the Middle East during the war.......... was it in Kuwait or somewhere there. Need to bring them in to help. But that was on land, might be more difficult in the sea.

Good Luck to them trying to stop it. Hope they can prevent it in the future.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 16th, 2010 7:54 am ET

Deepest sympathies to the environment as well and wildlife.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 16th, 2010 8:00 am ET

Maybe it is just too risky to drill in the oceans and howabout the oil tankers that transport the oil that get into trouble as well.


Frank West   May 16th, 2010 10:00 am ET

Want to stop the oil leak ? We are a country who loves to bomb everything would a bomb collaspe the pipe and seal the well ? BP wants to stop the leak but first and most important they want that OIL ! They want that profit and will give a small percentage of it to help with the clean up.


Speedymead   May 16th, 2010 3:07 pm ET

While watching Larry I know who I'm watching.. Haveing a ribbon run at the bottom of the screen telling me I'm watching Larry King Live is a pain in the neck.
It takes away from the show and should be done away with.


Earle Richmond   May 17th, 2010 3:59 am ET

The oil spill continues, regardless of devastation to habitat. Everyone knows BP wants to save that well so it can consummate the capture of as much oil as it can. Again, Americans being bamboozled by Corporate America. We continue to drink their propaganda!


Joanne King   May 17th, 2010 7:58 am ET

What has the Republican party done the last eight years in office! They put us in the mess were in now! I don't hear Sara Palin preaching DRILL BABY DRILL NOW !!!!!!!!!!!! It dosn't matter what the Democrates do the Republican don't support anything the Democrates do now!!! It will be and uphill battle to get us out of the mess the Republicans put us in. I can only hope the Demoncrates rule the next eight years so we can get out of this mess!

Joanne King
Wisconsin


ladylogon   May 18th, 2010 11:30 pm ET

No, always knew it was way too dangerous to allow offshore drilling anywhere....no way the oil companies care enough to do it with responsibility and care.


ray stawski   May 20th, 2010 11:38 pm ET

everyone needs to stop the blame game . shut up and put all resources together and get the oil to stop flowing .
don,t put added pressure to who is to blame ,right now it doesn't matter
Get it shut down and there will be plenty of time to figure it out !
but above all it will be decided in the courts and i would hate to be a judge who has to sort it out . or judges
I said this will be a 30 billion dollar lawsuit at it's minimum but who cares right now, just stop the flow !
when my house was on fire no one played the name blame game .
everyone just say a quick prayer to get it under control thanks ray stawski
when it is not flowing believe me it will get sorted out , hopefully the major corporations and the government,s will step up to the plate immediately and take their fair share of the responsibility and not put it on the people who did nothing wrong and make them sweat to where their next meal is going to come from , who i am afraid will bear the burden of this man made disaster ,let's pray


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