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. Jon

    is change i can believe in ever going to happen?

    May 13, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Liightster361

    Who"s the pyro I think he's already seen a lack of oxygen. all aside I wonder if the venturi effect is the problem with the first containment dome, if so wouldn't that be a problem, with the Top Hat? I think the other idea of them inserting a tube is a pretty good shot #68 idea of a hose sounded good, although worry about abrasive materials with the oil would destroy the hose. Sorry I cannot remember who calculated the pressure at the well head @2000 per inch reminded me of pascal law that's why #68 peaks my interest. considering ya really cant weld down there with any accuracy ( even with thermite ) what about inserting the tube with a press fit or interference fit, no need for welding if its bleed off and shipped allowing repair of the bop, that is partially working, or allowing time to seal off the well. I think that attempting to blow the well up is going to just make thing worse allowing even more oil even more uncontrollably to come up through the ocean floor. Nukes ????? don't you remember seeing those old newsreel when we tested hydrogen bombs in in the south pacific, sailors pulling cooked fish out of the water? I think the thing here is to gain as must control of the damage that is being done.

    May 13, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    This is another conspiracy: the CIA, the goernment and the space aliens are all in it together, just like they demolished the WTC on 9/11. Using thermites...they do it to divert the public attention from the really BAD things they are doing secretely. Thats obvious because otherwise if they were doing the responsible work they are supposed to do these kind of things would never happen

    May 13, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    I think that this is another conspiracy: the CIA, the goernment and the space aliens are all in it together, just like they demolished the WTC on 9/11. Using thermites...they do it to divert the public attention from the really BAD things they are doing secretely. Thats obvious because otherwise if they were doing the responsible work they are supposed to do these kind of things would never happen

    May 13, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    We went to the moon decades ago...several times! and in this 21 century we can't anticipate that this kind of accident can and will happen eventually and design technology that is actually going to work, with enough back up and redondancy in case it fails at the first level

    May 13, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    @Jack: You think the government knows what it's doing??? Where have you been? Asleep?

    May 13, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. McGruber

    Heelloooooo, I'm already workin on all this with my paperclip, pool noodle, putty and beer can opener, duhhh! It'll be all cleaned up in a few days...

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

    We have to consider the possibility of detonating a small tactical nuke (below probably 1kt) UNDER the seabed near the wellhead. I believe this might fuse the ground and seal the leak.

    Anyone who has ever seen tv pics of pre-test ban explosions knows that they fuse the ground and result in an implosion crater without releasing any radiation into the air–or in this case the water.

    The biggest concern is that it might rupture the ground around the oil pool and release more oil or even ignite the oil pool.

    Thats why i"m wondering how deep the oil is below the seabed. I know the water is about a mile deep but how deep is the oil below that??

    assuming it is a mile or so below the seabed I wonder if a nuke detonated at say a few hundred would disturb it??

    Anyone have any ideas on this???

    May 13, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tony

    correction: the next to last sentence in my prior post should have read a "few hundred FEET".

    May 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Samram

    "GREED IS GOOD!!"
    ~Michael Douglas / Wall Street~

    Governor Perry of Texas has it figured out, "It is an Act of God."

    This entire (actually we do not know - and will not know for years, decades or centuries what entire is) fiasco makes me think of a surgeon doing heart surgery without any plan to stop the bleeding.

    Does anyone remember the old TV series, "YOU ASKED FOR IT" ?

    May 14, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Samram

    “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
    ~Jimi Hendrix

    "Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.”
    ~Blaise Pascal

    “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still”
    ~Lao Tzu

    “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”
    ~Abraham Lincoln

    “The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while”
    ~Albert Einstein

    "Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.”
    ~Sydney J. Harris

    “It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.”
    ~Andrew Jackson

    “And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that. All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
    ~John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton

    May 14, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. ray

    go to lowes or home depot and buy a device called a "gator bite" its located in plumbing u can connect different diameters of piple together so get over 5000 feet of pipe slightly larger to slip over the leaking pipe either cap it off at a depth possible for humans to work on it or run the pipe above the surface and let it leak into huge oil drums on cargo ships or a cut off valve at least we could still use the oil and save the gulf of mexico at the same time lol the could be done very quickly until the find a more permanent secure solution

    May 14, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. inspiral

    If anyone is still reading this i would recommend 'Googling' DIFIS Double Inverted Funnel for the Intervention on Ship wrecks. Don't forget to take a look at my posting @68 first though!

    May 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MCW

    How 'bout a drill stem that has several, not sure how many, sliding sleeves along the bottom several hundred feet. The diameter at the bottom of the drill pipe would be large enough to comfortable fit around the leaking riser pipe. The sleeves would be open initially until the pressure of the stream of hydrocarbons and sea water could be controlled, then the sleeves could be slowly closed. Sliding sleeves are existing, tested technologies.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. steve

    all this talk about blowing it up Red Adair style is infuriating.

    The ONLY reason he used explosives was to remove the oxygen and thus put out the fire. Only then could it be capped.

    Difference being, he could walk up to the well after the fire was out. Good luck doing that 5000 feet underwater.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
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