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Supertankers Could Clean up The Gulf Oil Spill, BP Won't Listen

by , 05/14/10

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A former Shell Oil executive told FastCompany.com that a solution to cleaning up the Gulf Coast Oil spill is right under BP’s noses. John Hofmeister, the former president of Shell Oil, and Nick Pozzi, a former pipeline engineering and operations project manager say that BP could use their very own supertankers to suck up the spilled oil in the gulf and possibly salvage it for sale down the line. The tactic was proven effective during a Saudi spill in the 90’s — it sucked up 85% of the renegade oil. BP has tankers already sitting in the Gulf of Mexico, so we’re thinking, with their tactics failing left and right, why don’t they get on this already?

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NPR reported today that the spill is most likely gushing 10 times — possibly even 14 times — as much oil as previously thought, which would already put the spill in first place over the Exxon Valdez disaster. Hofmeister and Pozzi have been trying to get in touch with BP executives and persons in the Obama administration to present their genius idea to those in charge of the cleanup. They’ve been repeatedly turned away, and, once, a lawsuit was even threatened. Hofmeister thinks BP is turning a blind eye to their solution because they don’t want to tie up their supertankers in the cleanup efforts.

Using their tankers for cleanup would mean tying up a huge part of their money-making process, not to mention they’d have to unload them of the oil that they’re holding first — which could prove a huge endeavor. It would take some planning to get in motion, but almost assuredly would clean up a vast amount of the oil already spilled across the Gulf. Plus they could deliver the oil to port, separate water out and then process it for sale. So what are they waiting for?

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  2. kiko July 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    FINALLY, someone listened…

    Giant Oil Skimmer Undergoing Tests in Gulf
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/07/03/national/main6644321.shtml

  3. Michael Pearson June 26, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    This solution has been submitted to BP Horizon,White House,Gov.Jindal,LA.,Gov.Perry,Tx.and U.S.C.G.as a White Paper titled OPERATION KRAKEN by American Group of Companies-Technology Area:Oil Wellhead Control and Submerged Oil Response.Tracking Nos.#2004963 to #2004968(Two Pages each-schematical drawing).Purchase an oil tanker already in the Gulf of Mexico(i.e.Aframax-90,000 tonnes-800′L x 138′W)and retrofit the single-hull bottom with a cut-out 80′ diameter opening covered with a rubber/neoprene bladder or diaphram.Then sail or tow tanker directly over GPS wellhead oil leak.Then open bilges in oil tanker and fill 3/4 full of seawater and sink directly over wellhead(guide by tethered wires from surface vessels).When lowered and centered over wellhead the riser pipe will penetrate the rubber bladder INTO the tanker itself(pre-serrate diaphram for easy penetration).The leaking oil will immediately start filling the tanker within simultaneously capping the wellhead and capturing the oil in the submerged tanker holding areas.Then pump the oil/seawater upward with 4-12″ width hoses to a surface holding tanker #2.Then transfer captured oil to attending tankers for removal to homeport and continue until well is depleted.Re:Chris Matthews TV show Hardball 6/23/10 interview with John Hofmeister-ex-CEO Shell Oil Co.Matthews broached this same idea of dropping a tanker and Hofmeister dismissed it saying oil would initially stop but eventually leak upward from “AROUND” the tanker hull-NOT IF YOU RETROFIT A BLADDER TO HULL BOTTOM SO PENETRATION CAN OCCUR ! He wanted to explode a bomb into wellhead even though he qualified that as RISKY.He said all options to cap well have been exhausted-We vehemently DISAGREE.Many of the comments suggesting a funnel apparatus are also viable-Don’t let the Fatcats explode a bomb down there as that would be DISASTOROUS ! Michael Pearson,CEO-American Group of Companies-(808-853-8271-RELEASE the KRAKEN !

  4. John Howland June 26, 2010 at 10:19 am

    As a former petroleum engineer, I fail to see why BP does not take advantage of the fact the the blowout effluent is very hot. They let all outlets pour directly into the frigid waters of the Gulf. It immedialtely becomes very cold and difficult to handle.
    A large, bottomless tank should be placed over every outlet. The gas vents should be manifolded together as well as the crude oil outlets. Stokes law requires retention time for the gas, water and oil droplets to segregate. Hence the need for big tanks. But huge tanks, even 100,000 bbls can easily be floated into place and submeged by releasing contained air.
    It is a basic approach that could easily be carried out.

  5. historybuff June 24, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I keep reading how the hydrates that form at those depths are causing all kinds of issues with trying to plug the leak in the gulf. Doesn’t it make sense to try and use this to our advantage to stop the leak. Why can’t you devise a way to allow mother nature to slowly stop the leak by creating a false environment that will promote the creation of these hydrates and thereby use them to stop the leak? It’s not dramatic but if it’s possible it has teeth.

  6. Al Hallock June 24, 2010 at 11:33 am

    As a Drilling Company consultant for 30 yrs. I can stop the gusher and could have 60 days ago within 48 hrs ” All Leaks Stopped ” but like most no-one will listen. to us “Small People”
    This is free to you No Charge. ! my current rates do run $300 per minute..! but I will submit me tech info to stop the Gusher.,
    2- Coil tubing units insert 1st as far as it will go pump liquid nitrogen build a freeze plug. insert 2nd as close to freeze plug and pump cement plug. 25 yrs ago ALL wells used liquid nitrogen to cement plug. it just became more cost effecient to not use liquid nitrogen. I have tried to contact All invovled from w/h la.gov. Bp uscg. Halliburton. Fox nbc Cnn.all give thanks and zip.? Call me Owner of Drillers Inc. 405-538-7614 sincerely Al

  7. benslim June 23, 2010 at 9:49 am

    hello,fill a supertanker with this material and pump it full of oilywater
    Let exess water expire if it is no longer there,your supertanker is filled with oil.
    press the oil from the absorbtion
    What remains of the absorbent material can be sold as bio fuel
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxGamwBRgHA
    maybe this can help

    pardon my English,I live in the Netherlands

  8. jameswagnerusa June 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    what you could do is get a supertanker attach two submarines on left on right submerge it onto the leak the open the hull of the tanker put a safety lock on the holes and then pump out the tanker until the leaks (holes) are capped off the super tanker is filled with water to make it sink the subs will be the command operation you have personal in the subs get robot subs in the talker to build a massive cap to plug up the holes then after you contain the leaks then you make a barrier reefs out of the talker and subs you can monitor the leaks from the subs and then clean up the golf once you contain the ruptures of the sea floor..ps sorry I am a man of vision’s and done drafting and engineering in the past it sounds feasible…J.W.

  9. windcatcher June 20, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Gulf Oil Flow-Supertankers Clean Up-596 million gallons!
    Two months after the Gulf oil well disaster the wellhead oil flow and oil spill remain out of control with no positive action planned to control and suck up the oil at sea before it makes landfall 48 miles away or inters the international Gulf Stream!
    That condition is not acceptable! People in charge need to go!
    President Obama, Fire BP and appoint proven environmental disaster expert and engineer Nick Pozzi and oil expert and former (Dutch) Shell Oil president John Hofmeister to be in charge of a independent “Stop the Gulf Oil Flow & Clean Up Task Force” to take positive action today.
    We need a fleet of Supertankers on site today to recover millions of gallons of oil before it reaches land 48 miles away!
    Dutch and Belgium three days after the oil spill offered to help (thank you) but was turned down. They have world renowned technology and expertise to respond to ocean oil spills with a specialized fleet of ocean going ships; they are oil spill professionals that have a proven and positive plan. In short they are prepared for an oil spill.
    The US obviously, is not prepared for an oil spill and has no positive plans for either stopping the flow of oil permanently or for cleaning up the oil on the ocean before it reaches land 48 miles away!
    Why should Big Oil be prepared in the US, it is easier, and cheaper, to buy corrupt politicians and use in-house illegal, unethical, and unhealthy dispersants than to be prepared for an oil spill. Hell, let nature take care of it!
    Dutch and Belgium have a national ocean oil spill response plan and the specialized equipment to do the job. If the same circumstances happened 48 miles off their coast; the oil spill would have not reached shore. They typically would have set up at least 3 perimeters of oil containment on site and used their specialized fleet of tankers and suction oil equipment to suck the millions of barrels of oil into their fleet of tankers.
    That oil saved (cleaned up) is processed into fuel; there are no dispersants used! The oil on the surface and at dept below the surface is cleaned up and processed! That’s green, in a way!
    The US is backward and sadly corrupt and has no oil spill response plan, expertise or modern equipment to respond; their clean up methods are mean in nature, fatalistic suicidal and archaic. Instead of cleaning up the oil at sea, illegal dispersants (over a million gallons) has been used to spread the oil into the ocean ecosystem to hide it! That’s the “no!!! oil recovery plan”.
    There is no plan for stopping the oil flow permanently (relief wells are very tenuous and dangerous) and the extent of the damage to the wellhead and sea floor is kept secret. The controlled mass media is complicit. That’s the “no!!! stop the oil flow plan”.
    The US and BP strategy is to lie and cover up the wellhead and sea floor damage, dispersant health damage, oil flow rate and the extent of the oil spill with a controlled mass media “Gulf Oil Spill black out” and with the ongoing misleading propaganda that never address the true oil spill issues and ramifications (brainwashing). Money can buy anything, right?
    For example: The largest oil spill in the world, the Arabian Oil Spill 1993 to 1994, was kept secret (media black out) from the world by the Saudi government and went unreported for 17 years. The spill was estimated to be 700 million gallons, 65 times larger than the Exxon Valdez spill. 85 percent of that spill, an estimated 596 million gallons, was cleaned up on the surface and at dept with the use of Supertankers.
    One engineer in charge of that massive undertaking was Mr. Pozzi; experienced engineers and scientist like him should be in charge of the Gulf Oil Spill via an independent task force.
    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/gulf-oil-spill-supertankers-051310#ixzz0rFPAB9CF
    The US needs to stop the use of illegal, unhealthy dispersants and change our unreasonable, unscientific and suicidal course.
    American citizens need to gain control of this ecological and economic catastrophe today by using available science with clean up Supertankers and Dutch and Belgium state of the art oil spill clean up technology and equipment.
    Blog President Obama, We Demand Change Now!!! Head of State or Head on stick!!!

  10. cwvalle June 16, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Using a shut off valve, or a plug, or using explosives will not work here because the the problem is the cement job on the well bore. the pressure will blow the entire BOP and the drill rod out of the seafloor and leave a gaping hole. an explosive will fracture the rock and cause many fissure leaks because of the incredible pressures involved. the only solution which will work is the relief well, thousands of feet below the BOP which will have a low enough differential pressure to allow concrete to be pumped into the well bore. Think of a venturi effect, the concrete will be sucked into the larger bore. Even then, this thing may leak for years. There is no easy solution, if there was it would have been done. BP is losing $75 a barrel, plus the cost of plugging and cleanup. they do not want to extend this thing.

  11. SHUTOFF June 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    SIMPLE: MAKE A NEW TOP PLATE WITH A 21\” RISER WELDED TO IT THAT HAS A SHUT OFF VALVE AT THE TOP. LEAVE SHUT OFF VALVE OPEN TO KEEP OIL AND GAS ESCAPE TEMPORARILY. REMOVE OLD TOP PLATE BY REMOVING BOLTS. INSTALL NEW TOP PLATE WITH IT\’S RISER AND SHUT OFF VALVE. INSTALL BOLTS. TURN OFF SHUT OFF VALVE.

  12. CorexitDoesntCorrectIt June 10, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    This is one of the most ridiculous and straight-forward examples of corporations and government not caring one bit about any of us. I have sent letters to the governors, senators, and representatives of the Gulf States, and my own, with no response, except automatic computer-generated ones. I have sent letters to the White House, and the major news networks. None of them seem to want to listen to any common sense. It’s simple (the oil tanker idea). Strap a vacuum hose to the tankers, capturing seawater and oil. Filter the water out (a process made stupid-easy because of the difference in density) and pump the clean water back into the Gulf. Return to the refineries with oil and it’s done. So simple it’s scary–scary that no one is talking about this except average people with no power to get it done. I expected this from the previous administration, but where is the “change?” Apparently just the toilet has changed. What they are flushing down it is still business as usual, and it stinks!!!

  13. BillyHewitt June 10, 2010 at 1:31 am

    The recent disaster of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has damaged 4 states and will damage 4 more states in the next 3 months. This will put over 50 million people out of work, and many will become homeless and die. The hatred for BP (British Petroleun) has already reached an intensity I have not heard since 9/11. This will undoubtedly be linked to England because BP is English and every time BP CEO Tony Hayward makes a dumb statement his British accent is like a slap in the face to most Americans.

    The magnitude of this disaster is like a self fulfilling Hopi Indian prophecy. The Hopi 7th sign was that the waters of the Gulf of Mexico turn black. The oil has stained half the waters black. When 9 signs have been seen then God returns and the rapture begins. I have attached the list of 9 Hopi indian signs referenced in the prophecy.

    Two American oil experts named Nick Pozzi and Matt Simmons have declared that the main break is 6 miles distant from the riser and their analysis is based on confirmed data and visual images and their experience. The videos of their interviews are links referenced below.

    The Gulf of Mexico is about to become a dead zone because the BP & Obama team are “BLIND TO PLUMES”. The main leak is from the fractured sea bed not the riser 6 miles away shown on TV. It will take a nuclear weapon at 18,000 feet below sea level to plug the fractured hole. The main leak is gushing oil at the rate of 120,000 bpd instead of BP estimate 5,000 bpd and government estimate of 19,000 bpd. BP should be declared a terrorist and all BP assets seized and all company officers declared enemy combatants and sent to Guantanamo for daily waterboarding until they confess. Bye Bye GOM! Hello East Coast have a BP tar ball. A gift from uncle Tony.

  14. Roadwarrior June 7, 2010 at 12:51 am

    All of this talk of slipping a tube over the cracked well head is like slipping a wet noodle up a cat’s behind. If I had deep pockets I would put a couple of large centrifuges on an old oil tanker & drop a suction hose overboard with the sea water going back into the ocean & the oil into the cargo hold. Most of the gas has evaporated off by now so the oil would be a heavy sludge which would be a great filler for asphalt plants that supply road builders. If BP saw some one making a profit harvesting “their” oil even though it is in International Waters you could bet your sweet behind,they would plug that hole right now!! I wouldn’t bother sending e-mails to the White House unless it is in a format that can be easily read on a telepromter!

  15. Grazy June 6, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    @ Old Engineer.
    Now I’m an Technitian and I must say that it will be a pleasure to work under you. The beauty of simplicity. I thought of something like that too, but it is way out of my leage anyway, but I can see no reason why that can not work.
    Maybe ancor the cloth pipe with heavy metal cone, even bigger than 20ft, hanging at the bottom of the pipe.
    OK, sea currents may have a serious bad effect on that idea.

  16. cosmonaut seven June 6, 2010 at 9:36 am

    i dont know why in the hell they dont substitute a LARGER CAP since its clearly not wide enough. These IDIOTS are making me very angry.

  17. Denny June 6, 2010 at 3:59 am

    If they had shears providing enough pressure to cut the pipe why not just crimp it off? While it may not crimp all the way closed at the ends of the crimp it would be two very high pressure leaks by very low volume.

  18. Maximus June 6, 2010 at 3:12 am

    One problem with using a tanker is that the oil is “dispersed” under water so BP can hide the magnitude of the problem. Besides being poisonous, those dispersants BP is using merely mask the issue. Had they allowed the oil to surface this, and several other possible methods could have been implemented to at least partially solve the problem. Now we may never be able to even get at the oil. Thanks BP! You’re awesome!
    Clearly BP does not want to clean up this spill. They want to hide it and let the residents of the Gulf deal with it.
    Our government in concert with other more reputable oil companies should immediately take over this operation.
    Actually, this should have been done day one. BP’s response has been negligent, criminal.

  19. David55B June 5, 2010 at 1:10 am

    There is a form on Bp’s site to fill out and send in for ideas for stopping the spill. The bp site is http://www.bp.com or follow the link http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/inquiry/2931/ and click on submit a suggestion .

  20. Laheyla June 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Hey! I sent this very idea into the White House last week. I came to the conclusion after reading about how they used to clean oil tankers by using sea water. I reasoned that the contaminated sea water could be pumped in and allowed to separate from the oil in the same way that was used in the old days. Only here, we would be cleaning the sea water rather than the oil tanker. Of course, as I said in my email to the White House, this would mean taking oil tankers offline for supply purposes. And I believe that’s the whole trouble, we are not free people but servants to corporate feudalism. Our system is designed to serve profit, not the needs of the people…or their environment.

  21. palliz May 31, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I totally agree with rickybobby302 just don’t understand why the engineering egg heads haven’t come up with something that we find to be a solution but just to ease the pressure that would be inevitable when trying to totally shut it off I believe a series of extra large deflated neoprene fuel storage tanks capable of holding thousands of gallons should be used in-line along a pipe so that thy would act like safety valves being able to accommodate & expand when the oil is pumping through them straight into storage vessels above…………? What’s more worrying is why BP never had safety shut off valves all the way along the pipe line at reasonable intervals that could have been energized automatically to shut off the flow……..?!!!!!!

  22. Annie_61 May 31, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    THIS IS RIDICULOUS, the way that “all” of this is being handled! It appears to be “the same old thing”, i.e., people in power sitting on their hands, running their mouths, and doing absolutely nothing about the situation! There’s too much talking about the problem! People on the Gulf Coast are hurting! As a military retiree “trained” to work in “petroleum/fuel handling”, at a military school that produces the same, even today, how can BP and President Obama continue at this rate of “doing nothing”? I know, according to political science, one choice that anyone has in any situation is to “do nothing”; but, doing “nothing” except “waiting-out” a problem IS RIDICULOUS when there “is” a way out to solve the issue: GET THOSE SUPERTANKERS put to work!

    Military-trained petroleum/fuel handlers are noticing the entire “mess”, shaking our heads!

    When are these people gonna make BP get off its laurels?!

  23. Timber May 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Use a large flexible tube or sheath lowered down over the well-head, not to stop the flow but to direct it up to the surface and contain it once it reaches the surface.
    Use other ideas to remove existing oil also, of course, but this would help stem the escaping oil. (see link below)

    Since BP obviously can’t stop the flow yet, I don’t understand why they don’t at least try to contain what they can.
    They need to think outside the box, I liked this approach, it doesn’t stop it but it does appear that it might help contain some of it.
    http://newworldinnovations.com/pages/squid.aspx

  24. Vadym May 29, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    We can solve this global problem by using ECOLAN which combines values (merits) of absorption and biodegradative methods to liquidate oil contamination (in a period of 10 minutes). It doesn’t require gathering and liquidating dangerous waste products from polluted area.
    ECOLAN was successfully used for cleaning oil spot caused by sinking ships during a severe storm in the Black Sea in 2009. For Ukrainians it was something terrible likewise Oil Spill 2010 for Americans. Thank God, our government implemented this method very fast. Consequently, it appears very convenient and cheap. Accordingly, 5 $ for cleaning the 1 m2. I think we can collaboratively save our magnificent nature by sending 5 $ in some fund created by us to buy this absorbent. See details on http://inekosorb.com.ua/uk/products/ekolan.shtml

  25. KingHellLoon May 28, 2010 at 12:13 am

    The feeder pipe needs to be collapsed and the oil skimmed but it’s far cheaper to pay lawyers over the next 50 years.

  26. Garrick May 27, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    With 3 miles of feeder pipe bringing the oil to the ocean floor release point, it is obvious that collapsing this feeder with an explosion would seal it off! BP is just trying to exhaust less expensive solutions (they would lose their release point). Their bottom line is profit first at whatever cost to others. MAKE them get to the solution NOW and let them worry about profit later. Skimming oil miles above is like putting a bandaid on a broken leg.

  27. Kiko May 25, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    All these are fine and dandy suggestions to stop the gusher. And maybe Wednesday’s attempt by BP will (please God).

    But there are still thousands and thousands of gallons floating out there that are destroying the environment and livlihoods. It needs to removed by the most expeditious way possible before the rest of it hits the shore. There’s not enough boom and slick lickers in the world to do that. And dispersant is merely adding poison on top of poison.

    The military needs to commandeer the first empty tanker they can lay their hands on (Galveston, NOLA?) and do whatever has to be done to get that oil off the water. NOW. The US Navy has personnel who know how to do this–ABF’s (Aviation Boatswain Mate Fuels). They know how to purify fuel too.

    Then they can send the bill to BP.

    “When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.” Cree Prophecy

  28. rickybobby302 May 24, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    My idea is very simple. A hose is inserted into the pipe just as they have done with their sippy straw idea. On the end of the hose they would have a flaring end that is locked closed by a lock ring. Once inside they coul release the lock ring allowing the flare to open and at the same time sealing itself to the walls of the pipe.A valve would already be in place over the line which could be slid in place . They could then either continue to pump through the line or remove it and shut the valve off. I have been in welding and fabrication for 33 years and feel it could be fabricated in a matter of days and implimented immediately

  29. Joe King May 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Why not pump seawater in the opposite direction until a soloution is found. If the pressure of the water pumped in is greater than the spill, surely it will hold the oil back and it will basically circulate the water. Or am I stating the obvious. Then cement can be pushed down the hole to plug it. But for goodness sake BP get off your asses!

  30. Gregleavy May 23, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    From Gregory Leavy: In order to stop the oil leak a Pipe Clamp device similar to a refrigerant piercing type valve may be used.
    Once installed with this special valve. A shut off valve may be installed after the piercing valve. A large hose may be attached to the piercing valve and the oil may me transported my hose or rigid pipe to the surface to a floating rig or tanker. Thank you, Gregory P. Leavy/// gregleavy@aol.com

  31. felipe May 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Blow up the shaft. BP know that this costly option is open to them and they do nothing.
    The shaft is about 4ft across and three miles long.
    Ordinary conventional explosives would seal it. BP know this. that option has been open since day one. why not?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  32. E. Page May 22, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Why not park a large naval submarine over the leak until a relief well is drilled?

  33. doogy May 21, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Is there a contact to BP where I can submit an idea on how to
    stop the oil gusher?
    Entrepreneur and designer: Doug Cutler

  34. budapest May 20, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Use a very heavy funnel that is turned upside down with a large hose attached to the small end. The one end of the hose is sitting inside a tanker before you lower the funnel. Ease the large end of the funnel over the gushing oil at the bottom of the ocean. The pressure will force the oil thru funnel and up the hose into the tanker. Right now there is still plenty of pressure. When the pressure gets too low just put a pump on the end that is in the tanker. They have tried a dome to cap the spill. Don\’t cap it. Use the dome as a funnel. We don\’t need accolades. Just results.

  35. DrClaude May 19, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    With more and more alternative solutions being shared all over the web, in articles such as this one ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rp-siegel/how-to-clean-up-the-oil-l_b_578748.html ), the pressure is mounting for the government and BP to do something. Adria Brown from Recovery I, Inc. seems to be getting some support from elected officials to cut through the red tape.

    Dr Claude Windenberger
    http://www.twitter.com/drclaude

  36. justal May 19, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Why not put an explosive down as far as possible to close up the pipe? Or put an expandable stopper like the one that shreaded that was on the failed safety device? It can be forced down the pipe and be easely expanded.

  37. BioNEO May 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Here is a solution which could work and is available

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrANiZtMlkw

    http://www.g-lenium.com

  38. joandreach May 18, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Imagine ships and tankers fitted with sponge, a natural, inexpensive and indiginous material, lining the bottom of vessels that travel through the gulf collecting oil, and a simple winding rod that would roll the heavy, oil-laden sponge around the bottom and back onto the vessels where it could be squeezed and oil contained onboard until the vessels dock. This is a low-cost solution that could be used on vessels that normally travel through the Gulf, saving even more money.

  39. nmejicano May 18, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Just like a Red Adair solution with a twist. Red used explosions to suck the oxygen off a fire, but sometimes the ammount of debri from the explosion also sealed the well mouth where the oil was gushing and catching fire. Why just not have a big underwater explosion that will take many tons of rock to buried the gushing well mouth?

  40. Norm May 18, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Use the Beaver dam model get scrap iron rods, bearings, chain mail. bolts. Fill ore carriers haul to site dump overboard on spill hole. Drill your relief well then take a big magnet and remove the scrap iron.

  41. rogerc May 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    why not dump sawdust on the surface that will absorb the oil and hold it untill it can be picked up and salvaged for burning in a trash to energy facility! sawdust has been used for over a hundred years in garages and industry to clean up spills because it is cheap and plentiful.

  42. Jim Pinigis May 17, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Why not make a slurry wall contained in a metal canopy drop at the location of the oil breach and seal it up. Pump in air to eliminate the water before hand. I’m no architect but I know they use it on wet building sites. Just a suggestion.

  43. gluonrangel May 16, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    As a responsible person I feel the burden of this spill day after day. Some times common sence is more important than all the technology put together. I have been thinking all these days in a possible solution to stop the oil spill and come up with an idea that has not been explored. Is there any way that I can contact the people of BP to tell them my idea?

  44. old engineer May 16, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I am a retired energy industry engineer and thought of the supertanker idea as well, but the depth of the well causes so much oil dispersal [causes the oil to be so thin at the surface] you would also need something to channel the oil to a focused location.

    Because of the difficulties of working at the depth [and the pressure of the oil] capping and plugging will probably not work. What could [possibly] work is a “large soft pipe”, a mile long [20 foot diameter] sleeve constructed of reinforced [sail] cloth.

    At depth it could be pinned around the leak without the need to cap or plug it, and would guide the oil flow to the surface where it could then be [successfully] pumped into a tanker.

    Sounds like BP is not interested in listening to creative solutions [from outsiders anyway] so I will not attempt to communicate this [to BP].

  45. thinkreason May 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    just because it is a hole does not mean you can shove something in it when a forceful gush of oil is exiting. i also thought of supertankers, perhaps with numerous pumping- out tubes that do not have to be inserted in order to function. a wider than the hole funnel could corral the oil which would be sucked into the supertankers. Why does bp get to decide how to fix this disaster? clearly they are cynically incompetent.

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