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. david

    want simple physics solution to burn the oil 5000 foot down?

    Use a nuke. That should close the hole and burn up a bit of oil. . .

    but some environmentalist type might object. . . 😉

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

    Tricky thing about Oxygen bonded with Hydrogen is it doesn't burn too well... :S I like the Thermite idea, but it would be very difficult to control, plus the pressure from the oil pouring out would probably render it useless.

    I agree with spendlove, it has been a laugh reading through these. Although I find the solutions that BP has implemented (installing a dome over the leak, it doesn't work, install a different dome over the leak, it makes it worse...) are quite dissappointing...

    May 13, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Grizwald

    Send Gaetano Marano to fix it!

    May 13, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MCW


    May 13, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. laurel

    I say burn it all up.

    May 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SteveM

    All that oil isn't really coming from that leak. Rush Limbaugh had liposuction and they couldn't find anywhere to dump all the fat so they dumped in the Gulf.

    May 13, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Leave your comment

    I like apples.

    May 13, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Me

    Where is Superman when we needed him..

    May 13, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Red

    Its really sad how poorly educated the masses are.

    May 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Not an expert

    Perhaps a 5,000 foot cylinder well to form a tube from the site of the well to the surface. Construct of steel or perhaps something more flexible. But something readily available. Again, not an expert. The physics involved with stacking tubes underwater would not be easy. But allowing an endless stream of crude oil to spread throughout the water has got to stop. It's a bad Black Sea joke.

    May 13, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. barf baby bingo


    May 13, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff

    @Michael- Wow, you're genius. Ever wonder why your "genius" sits idle? Because it's not as simple as you make it sound. You don't realize the geological pressure at work in that well. You think gravity is going to collapse that well on itself? Duh, when you set those charges off that geological pressure is going to blow all the debris out and then we'll have millions of gallons of oil per day in the gulf. Thank goodness you're not on the case!

    May 13, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rex

    Burn, Baby, Burn !

    May 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Billy Mayes

    Billy Mayes here for Might Puddy....

    May 13, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Michael Ellis

    First, I want to thank CNN for letting us throw our ideas out to the world through this article comment feature. Second, America was built on ideas, sometimes as simple as those sketched on a napkin, created in a garage by a teenager, or even a senior who has found over a lifetime that simple solutions work. I agree that because of physics and nature are at play educated minds must make final determinations but nothing says a simple idea is not the answer. For those of you who are posting your ideas here, from simple to complex, you have my respect!

    May 13, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
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