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. Gary

    Giant tampon, anyone? Geez, why am I the only one that can come up with a solution ?

    May 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Max

    You cannot fill it with sand or pile sand on it. Sand doesn't stop anything as it has tiny tiny gaps between each sand partial. You'd need something solid to stop it.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. steve

    I was wondering how long it would take to get Obama's name in here. From all we've read, BP is doing all they can. They're the experts, not Obama. They've already stated numerous times that this is their one and only priority now, and it will remain so until its fixed. Backseat driving won't get us anywhere. As difficult as it is to witness this disaster unfold, I'm of the firm belief that everybody from the President to BP to the fishermen from the area to the grunt workers are doing everything they can, as fast as possible.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John E. American

    Gaetano, please refrain from writing anymore. Every word that I read from you kills a few more of my brain cells. I'm not the most intelligent guy in the world, but it seems that pumping oxygen down 5000' so we can then light the oil on fire underwater in the hopes that it melts the pipeline is kind of ... well, ignorant. Why not just spray some expand-a-foam inside the well and let it do it's work, or drop a larger diameter pipe down that is 5000' long, right over top of the existing one or even drop a few tons of quick-crete on the whole thing and start over. That to me seems like a much better idea than pumping oxygen into the water and burning it, because we all know that burning oil disappears like magic with no residue whatsoever. Oil burned underwater would have no ill effects at all, especially with the methane gas being let out with the oil and subsequently burned at the same time... No problems with that either, eh Gaetano.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bruce Huntoon

    How about spelling "it's" without the apostrophe?

    May 13, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Liberal4Obama

    It might slow it down but won't stop it.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gaetano marano

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    the only known alternative, is to drill a second well near the damaged wellhead, but it needs THREE MONTHS, that means 30,000,000 more gallons of oil spilled !!!
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    May 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. A Chem E

    Now there is only one person who can save us....Please send the SUPERMAN,,,

    May 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sussie

    They just have to do more work than just sit and plan. Many lives are depending on fish and shrimp to make a living . What if it spread all over the atlantic to the Pacific !!!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Max

    Better get a bigger box of matches then, gaetano.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BlogTactic dotcom

    Nuke it

    May 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. A Chem E

    We should all become vegetarians... Then no issue with fish,.. any way they have mercury and all other chemicals from the shipping vessels...and what not...

    May 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. steve

    sussie – did you not read the article? "They" are doing more than sitting and planning. "They" are making islands to protect the estuary. "They" came up with a plan to plug the leak and implemented it. It was successful elsewhere but failed here due to the depth of the spill. We need to let "Them" work on it, and be patient, as difficult as that may be. This is an unprecedented disaster. I'm sure "They" are doing all "They" can.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John E. American

    Gaetano, I swear, every time I read something that you posted, I want to smash a puppy with a hammer!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    Gaetano marano, seriously...go back to school. 5,000 barrels are spilling every day. If in three months it's still leaking, that would total about 450,000 barrels, or about 18,900,000 gallons.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
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