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. Al Kahaulik

    #193 Maybe we can form a musical alliance and stop the leak with pure awesomeness. I play the drums.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Trammps

    #195, Well....Exxon Valdez's yes. Oh and Russia too.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Greg Lindholm

    All they need to do is bury the leak in a mountain of sandbags and cement, that will stop the leak.
    The oil is not coming out under that much pressure, 210,000 gallons a day is about 2.4 gallons a second which is only slightly more then you get filling your tank at the pump.
    The problem is BP has been treating this as a oil "Rescue" mission, the big containment dome that failed and now the little dome are both design to allow them to siphon off the oil not to stop the leak. They are more interested in rescuing the oil then stopping the leak.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. old smart person

    VERY DANGEROUS BUT "PLAUSABLE-A thermite torpedo or another alternative would be three "BUNKER BUSTER BOMBS" PLACED EQUALLY AROUND THE WELL SITE –EXPLODE AT SAME TIME AND ACTUALLY CAVE IN THE WELL HOLE! dangerous–yes! plausabile Yes; if it works the well will be sealed over. dont laugh about the idea of Bunker Buster ordinance they penatrate to a good depth then explode... You wanted a possible solution so this is one that has merit!!

    May 13, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mike simpson

    they dont want to seal off the pipe they want the profits from it once its contained. they could have put the dome over it and covered it with a mountain of cement and boulders if they wanted too but for some reason they are waiting to try other options first. greed

    May 13, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dave

    They should use a giant wad of Mighty Puddy to close pipe.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dale

    Had a temp job 30 years ago securing pipe lines that became exposed under rivers. To stabalize the pipes sandbags filled with dry cement were lowered on the exposed pipes. The cement would then dry and secure the pipes. I assume something similar could be done in this situation using much larger sandbags, and many many more. The seal would not be perfect, but just slowing down the flow would help.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MCW

    thanks wizzard, went back and looked at moving pics and saw the unfortunate angle of the dangle, so to speak...hard to tell for me, but i guess you are saying that the BOP is behind the leak? Dan, looks like the cone thing won't work – actually i never posted anything onthat idea, it's all you (jk LOL). Perhaps it would work if the pipe/hole was stable and vertical and the BOP wasn't there, don't know)

    May 13, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. james dennis

    use Thermate, it doesn't need oxygen, and CIA probably has plenty left over from the wtc demolition

    May 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Krista

    @Greg Linholm
    "210,000 gallons a day is about 2.4 gallons a second which is only slightly more then you get filling your tank at the pump."

    Well if that's the case then they're lying about how much is coming out. Did you see the video of just one of the leaks? I've suspected they've been lying about the leak volume for awhile now.

    I don't know about you but I've never gotten close to putting a gallon of gas in my tank in 1.2 seconds, lol.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Wizzard

    All the talk about bombs, ordinance, etc. Doesn't everybody understand that they would explode and/or collapse LONG before reaching that depth due to the pressure? A "bunker buster" bomb would be about the size of softball when crushed at that depth.

    As for the pressure, the BOP is reducing the pressure coming out a lot, but even to push out 2.4 gallons per second when you have 2,000+ PSI pushing against you is huge. That basically means that its at 2,000+ PSI AND the pressure needed to push an additional 2.4 gallons per second, not just the pressure needed to move 2.4 gallons per second.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Krista

    Whoops, mis-typed... I"ve never gotten close to 2.4 gallons in a second at the pump! Much less 1.2 gallons in .5 seconds.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Capt Dano

    This article is called making a mountain so why dont we just make an underwater mountain with organic materials, and smother the leak use thousands and thousands of tons of debris

    May 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MCW

    Krista – did they do that to an onshore well or one 5000 ft below the surface of the ocean – I imagine it would make a difference.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Krista

    Considering the flow is counteracting a great deal of pressure on the sea floor just to push out that fast... I imagine the pressure behind it is immense.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
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