May 13th, 2010
12:01 PM ET

Making a mountain to stop the oil

See this island? It wasn't here yesterday.

The Louisiana National Guard poured in tons of sand and rock to fill a 700 foot gap in a barrier island to stop the oil from reaching the estuaries.

The gap was the result of hurricane damage in Elmer's Island, just across the bridge from Grand Isle.

Filled in, the island will now be a part of the last line of defense in Louisiana's scramble to protect it's ecologically sensitive coast. The area is also an important breeding ground for shrimp.

"It's ecologically and economically very important to the local community," Lt. Kyle Galloway told CNN.

soundoff (338 Responses)
  1. gaetano marano

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    ANOTHER DAY HAS BEEN LOST AND 300,000 MORE GALLONS OF OIL SPILLED!!!
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    ALL THE ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS NEED WEEKS OR MONTHS TO BE ADOPTED!
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    23 DAYS AFTER THE DISASTER, DON'T LOSE OTHER PRECIOUS TIME DISCUSSING HUNDREDS OF OPTIONS!!!
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    ONLY THE *FIRE* IS FAST!!! SO, YOU HAVE ONLY *TWO* POSSIBLE OPTIONS:
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    1. BURN THE OIL ON A HUNDREDS BY HUNDREDS OF MILES ON SEA SURFACE WITHOUT STOP THE OIL LEAK, OR...
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    2. BURN THE OIL AT 5000 FT. UNDER SEA IN A RELATIVELY SMALL AREA HOPING TO SEE THE HIGH TEMPERATURE TO MELT THE OIL PIPE AND STOP THE LEAK
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    http://www.ghostnasa.com/posts2/070oilspillsolution.html
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    May 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Charles

    @gaetano marano: You can't BURN THE OIL UNDER THE WATER. There isn't enough OXYGEN!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Wade W.

    oh, you mean they have to follow the laws of physics? Aren't laws meant to be broken? Ask the illegals in AZ... rofl

    May 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michael

    I think they are looking at profits more than the ecology. They can easily blow up the well, collapsing it on itslef. This can be done with a series of charges. But they don't weant to have to redrill. All about the $$$$$$$ and nothing else.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marisa

      I was thinking the same thing ..... why is the government allowing this to go on with BP, lets say "grasping at straws" ?

      May 18, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mike

    Here's an idea.. why no just dump all that on the pipe..
    nothing like building a mountain on the leak to stop the leak.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dz

    Has anyone noticed that commercials with the woman touting how wonderful the oil industry and their new off-shore oil rigs are, have suddenly disappeared from TV? Coincidence? Instant karma's going to get you!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PA-Pilot

    Obama did say that if the Laws of Physics were going to get in the way of his Green Agenda, then he would call upon Congress to do something about those Laws... sadly, they have yet to repeal the Law of Conservation of Energy, or the Laws of Thermodynamics, so that their green platform can move forward.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gaetano marano

    "There isn't enough OXYGEN!"
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    yes, there's NOT enough oxygen under sea, that's why I suggest to send it from surface
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    May 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nancy

    Why don't they harness the oil being spewed out by lowering a pipe around the hole so that the oil being pushed up is diverted onto barges instead of spewing free form onto the surface of the Gulf? Seems too common sense to work but why wouldn't it?

    May 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. A Chem

    There are Physics Laws and then there are Stupid human Laws...
    WHy not pour molten metal in the leaking tube

    May 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chris

    BP management along with Palin and Bush should be locked up, or drowned in their own oil.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. steve

    Burn the oil underwater.

    Dear Lord, please update our educational system, and start with common sense. Amen.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. michael

    is there any way to stop the oil from gushing out of the seabed? like try and plug it with boulders, cement, something. If collapsing the well were so easy, it would've been done or it might make the oil gush out faster. Right now the costs of re drilling are far less than stopping this disaster

    May 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kana

    @gaetano marano: Even if you could burn the oil under water, it's not likely to melt and seal the well because of the amout of pressure coming out of the ground. IT would be forced away from the well. The suggestion top burning it on the surface than not only do you have the environmental damage in the water and sealife, but would than pass it into the air.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. NukEvil

    Holy Caps Lock abuse, batman!

    And, I'm no fancy shmancy expert on the flammable properties of oil or anything, but wouldn't it be rather hard to burn crude oil a mile or so under the surface of the sea? Notwithstanding the lack of oxygen needed to sustain a burn like what you are proposing, but crude oil doesn't burn relatively quickly,

    May 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
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