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. TeaPartyMorons

    Drill Baby Drilll. Common Sense approach for our energy issues recommended by the conservatives. This is what happens when u have morons like Palin & Tea party nitwits who were recommending more offshore oil drilling. It is the same whether healthcare, economy where there are no easy solution or perfect solution.

    May 13, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ME

    Thank you all for the chuckles you made my work day go by quicker

    May 13, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sparky

    don't expect help from the GOP Kyle

    May 13, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rodfromnc

    This is all John McCain's fault. If he had been elected we would have started a nuclear war with Iran and then the North Koreans and then, the Chinese. Meaning none of this would have mattered as black rain would have killed most of us by now.

    May 13, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. GOD

    I'm going to catch the oil with a butterfly net... or a sock.

    May 13, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Vinnie

    Get Macgyver on this ! Give him some string, a paperclip and some bubble gum and he will have that pipe stopped pronto !

    May 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    Good job.. It makes sense...It's got to help..NO telling how much..But every little bit of effort to stop this oil from destroying wild life is worth doing.

    May 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tayan

    why not just put a bigger pipe over the broken one and weld it together like the way they do plumbing and reconnect it to the pipe line until they can find a more permanent fix?

    May 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jack

    Steve... Matt... and all the other BP cheerleaders that seem to think they have our best interests at heart– you really think BP looks like they know what they are doing? The government should have already have stepped in and taken over the supervision and planning of the clogging and clean-up effort. These geniuses couldn't figure out that the giant funnel would ice up at those depths (and yes... I do realize that they are methane crystals, not ice). BP is too busy trying to cover its butt to come up with a real solution here. And frankly, should our government really be wasting the time pointing fingers at this point when thousands of barrels is being dumped out into the Gulf? Pretty ridiculous– especially when at the end of the day we are going to end up paying for all of it ourselves...

    May 13, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brandon

    "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"

    Even on the surface, this will not "melt the pipe and stop the leak." Go look at Kuwait in 1991, even though many of those fires burned for weeks, none of them sealed themselves up.

    The fire will get very hot, but never hot enough for the pipe or wellhead to melt. Crude oil has a flash point around 141F, steel has a melting point around 2500F, so taking into account the constant cooling from the very cold waters on the gulf floor, the pipe will never even get close to melting.

    Also, if by some chance that did work, the pressure would build up and blow out the melted pipe before it could cool and seal.

    May 13, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jack O'neil

    Use either the biggest nuclear or non-nuclear torpedo available and blow the hell out of that hole. That'll stop it.

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

    There have GOT to be other pipes that are huge being created for other projects around the country. Lets identify them buy what they have fabricated and fly them to the well to assemble it. Pay whoever owns the almost fabricated finished pipes for their delay costs.
    Boom

    May 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ward

    I heard there were barrels of oil being released. Why doesn't someone just take out a boat and capture the barrels as they float to the surface?

    /sarcasm filter off

    May 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jon

    I heard there isnt even an oil spill and this whole thing is a publicity stunt.

    May 13, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cornea503

    Wow, there are a lot of underwater drilling experts here, so here is my suggestion. Why don't they call Harry Stamper and his band of merry oil workers to solve the problem? If they can fix it on an asteroid, surely they can fix it under a measly 5000ft of water can't they?

    May 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
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