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. Xception

    I've read where several experts have said a hurricane would be one of the BEST things to happen to this spill. According to them, the hurricane would distribute the oil over a large enough area that 1) it would reduce the toxicity by lowering the concentration and 2) by distributing it over a large enough area that nature's remedies can deal with it.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Quick Fix!

    Solution #976 which should have been listed as Solution #1:


    May 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Greg

    Wow, there is an awful lot of talk here about what should be done. The funny thing, i think, none of you are actually doing anything about this. Typical actaully, sit back and complain about what everyone should do or should have done, while you do nothing. None of you are there. None of you even know what your actually talking about. I would even gamble to say none of you have more than an elementry level understanding of physics and chemisty. So anyone else want to suggest lighting a fire underwater with the pumped oxygen from the surface so we can heat the pipe that is surrounded by the coldest and plentiful btu consuming liquid on earth??

    May 13, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Barbara

    Gaetano Morano is a moron. Don't waste your time clicking his link – there is nothing worth reading on his site.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Al Kahaulik

    I think Greg needs a nap.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Heilama

    BP just wants to find ways to harvest the oil that is leaking. The whole idea about the box was not to stop the leak but to siphon the oil to oil barges. They don't care about the environments, they only care about $$$ Russia once blew up several oil leaks they had and that worked, whether they were on land or not, I do not recall. Why can't BP blow up the darn thing or why can't they just put a large bolder over the pipe to stop the oil leak?

    May 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Al Kahaulik

    And Barbara needs a hug.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Talk about an idiot

    Matt #48 – I said it yesterday and I'm more convinced of it today – YOU ARE A FUKIN IDIOT!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Timothy

    Why not set an explosive charge near the leaks and cause the passageways to be crushed closed? Enough pressure could be generated to create an overpressure on the sub surface downward to close off the passage way.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MCW

    Wiseman, or Wiseass? Nice!

    May 13, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Al Kahaulik

    Wow, Talk about an idiot #158 is a Mean Elf.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gerante

    #130, THANK YOU!!! "This thing needs to leak for another two or three months before it even obtains a spot in the top 10 worst oil spills in history."

    May 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Purnell

    Dump all the trash in the country in the middle of the gulf and call it Halliburton World – Dick Cheney can have his Vice-Presidential Library there.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dan

    Here's an idea.
    Make a huge cone from cement. A really big that weighs the dome that failed. Lower the pointed end right into the hole where the oil is coming out of. Why wouldn't that work? Does the fix have to be complicated?


    May 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sandman

    @ Charles

    So what you're saying is that oil can't burn underwater due to lack of oxygen? Wow.

    I urge you to first take a basic science course, then follow that up with a look at some pictures of Ixtoc 1.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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