Oil Spill Suggestions
Here at BP Oil News we’ve gotten almost two thousand suggestions for ways to plug the Gulf oil leak or mitigate the damage from the Gulf oil spill. Here’s a link to some of your oil spill suggestions. And here’s a link to a page with many more oil spill suggestions. Many of the suggestions are contained in comments, but some oil spill suggestions were sent in using our contact form. Because of the volume of suggestions, we would like to request that future suggestions be submitted via comments to this post. And if you have suggestions about how the President should deal with the oil spill, please post your comments under the article “We need a New Deal for the Gulf Coast.”
Here are some oil spill suggestions we’ve already received via the contact form:
Bryan has the following oil spill suggestion:
I would like to discuss with a BP engineer an easy way to stop the oil leak. I am very serious about seeing this leak stopped and all efforts concentrated on clean up and containment. please contact me ASAP.
You can reach by my email or you can contact me via my mobile phone,my number is 321-228-5053.Thank you and I really hope someone contacts me quickly.
I think if you add hard, round, rubber plates to the pipe that is siphoning the oil, starting from a small rubber plate gradually increasing the size till it plugs up the oil spill you can add metal for more support.
Paul has the following suggestion to plug the oil leak:
1) Drill a 1/2 hole on the side of the leaking pipe.
2) Insert an appropriate cable through a ratchet puller & through the drilled hole so that the cable comes out from the 12” leaking hole.
3) Push the cable all the way to the surface if needed, this just to attach an appropriate sized plumb-bob shaped stopper from the tip.
4) Pull back the cable from the ratchet side, eventually cable will guide the plumb-bob to the pipe’s mouth & the ratchet will prevent the gushing oil from pushing plumb-bob out.
5) The 12″ hole will practically be seal completely, a minor oil leak might be present from the 1/2″ hole but it should be negligible.
Thanks, if you require any further clarifications just email.
Our oil spill suggestion box got this suggestion from Gary:
Could you not use a vacuum system and vacuum it to the top and then have a separator for the oil and water?
Duane made the following suggestion for dealing with the oil spill:
I’ve been thinking as I know all of you are also. Just an idea. If you can put a tube in the pipe is there a way you can direct a bell shape steal cone with a cable going through the middle with a lead or steal ball attached to the cable and the bell above it. Lower the ball and bell shape into the casing when it is place pull the cable up at high speed an the ball will flare out the bell to the side of the casing .
If you need any more descriptions e-mail me. I would be glad to answer or explain this .
Wayne had the following oil spill suggestion:
Drill a parallel well fairly close to the leaking oil well to a depth of 500–1000ft. Stop drilling in close proximity to the leaking well’s casing.
Using knowledge of the geology of rock and explosives, destroy the well casing and block the flow with debris. The upward flow of oil will help to fill cavities with debris.
At sufficient depth, the present wellhead and ocean floor would not be disturbed. If this does not stop the oil flow rate, it should slow it down to be more manageable.
A professional engineer named Bob shared the following suggestion to plug the oil leak:
API pipe is ductile and is made to be crimped. If you can get a hydraulic crimper down to the pipe, you could crimp it off. Its done every day on land with smaller diameter pipes.
Michael submitted the following oil spill suggestion:
DRILL / BLAST / SEAL
1) drill down below sea floor such that end of drill is close to the existing pipe that is leaking. Through the new pipe pass down explosive.
2) before setting off blast, pre-drill several ‘sealant’ pipes to within 100 ft of the blast point, such that they can complete drilling quickly after the blast.
3) set off initial explosive pipe to fracture the oil-leaking pipe and the rock around it.
4) ASAP complete drilling sealant pipes getting them around the blast zone.
5) through sealant pipes pump under high pressure a combination of quick-setting foam / concrete or other material that will fill the cracks and leaks around the fractured oil pipe.
Charles submitted the following suggestion which, he says, was submitted to the joint response task force:
This was submitted to the joint oil spill response task force on Friday may 21 2010:
Brief description of technology (200 words or less) Please stop thinking of harnessing or stopping the pressure of the spewing oil and gas mixture. Let the pressure and flow assist you in the recovery of the oil and gas by directing its flow to the surface where recovery is simply a matter of pumping to waiting tankers, barges, and bladders. We have all seen these collapsible tubes/tunnels children crawl through or dogs run through in agility contests. They can be made to any length and nearly any diameter desired. The one I envision will be about five feet diameter, made of marine grade canvas or sailcloth, it could have an internal continual spiral of steel (similar to what is used as rebar in concrete columns) intermittently attached to cables which will be used to lower it into place over the leak in the riser pipe. I think the internal spiral is unnecessary.
You apparently have three or more leaks so three or more will need to be constructed and deployed. Your pipe insertion method while useful to some extent is still not recovering anywhere near a majority of the spill let alone all of it as the method I proposed will. The bottom can be weighted with rubberized blasting mats.
Material list (100 words or less)
For each tube/tunnel you will need
-One (1)- 5280 foot long five foot diameter marine canvas or sailcloth tube
-Five (5) – 5,500 foot long steel cable 3/4″ to 1″ diameter
-Hundreds of connectors to keep the tube together down its length.
-Weighted flexible collar for the bottom of the tube so it sort of seals itself around the riser
-Six to Eight (6-8) miles of spiral (4’10” diameter) formed 1/2″ to 3/4″ rebar joined at intervals (only necessary of the tube/tunnel collapses, I don’t think that will be a problem once this is put in place the tube will “fill itself”)
Equipment (100 words or less)
Sewing machines to make the canvas/sailcloth tube and attach rings at intervals for the cable to pass through.
Winches to let down the cable and tube.
Ships to deploy this apparatus.
Tankers for recovering the gas and oil.
Separator Pumps to recover the gas and oil as it comes to the surface.
The amazing robots to direct and place the open end of the tube above the leak.
Expertise Required (100 words or less)
Mine of course, call me, seriously though all kidding aside I think if you are reading this idea please get it to someone who can make it happen. Somebody with an open mind who can visualize and accept that sometimes the simplest solutions are really the best.
Finally, we’ll quote President Obama’s reported suggestion: “Plug the damn hole.”
We appreciate all the suggestions. Our oil spill suggestion box remains open. If you have a suggestion to plug the oil leak or limit the oil spill damage, please submit it as a comment to this post.
Update June 8, 2010: The official Deepwater Horizon response website has made an online form available for oil spill suggestions.