CBS News Answers More Oil Spill Questions

Katie Couric answers questions, June 8, 2010.
Last Friday CBS News asked our viewers to send us questions about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We got many responses on Twitter,and on Monday we answered the first round of questions. Here are some more answers to your questions.

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IvanPelt1 asks: Are explosives not an option? Can't they collapse the well with explosives?

Mark Strassmann reports that an explosion of that magnitude would tear up the sea floor, probably tear out the blowout preventer and then the well would bleed out until it runs dry, bleed out uncontrollably. People have even suggested a nuclear explosion. Experts say the problem with nuclear is that it leaves lasting radiation. So the scientists working on this are willing to consider inventive solutions, just nothing that involves a bomb.

CBS News Answers Your Oil Spill Questions

One viewer asks: Why so much emphasis on the oil spill environmental problem and so little on the 11 lives lost, and other crew traumatized by the blast?

Chip Reid answers that the brother of one of the victims testified today and he condemned the CEO of BP. Christopher Jones, a brother of one of the victims, said, "I want to take this opportunity to address the recent remarks made by Tony Hayward, CEO Of BP. In particular, he publicly stated he wants his life back. Well, Mr. Hayward, I want my brother's life back. And I know the families of the other 10 men want their lives back.

Reid says later this week President Obama will be meeting at the White House with families of the victims.