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. Alan

    You guys didn't even read his page, he suggests pumping in oxygen.

    Anyway, I have a different idea!

    1. Get a smaller nuke
    2. Sink it to near the bottom of the ocean near the well
    3. Detonate, and collapse the well

    May 13, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chuckie

    Where is Superman when you need him.....

    May 13, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ed

    They should put fish food i there and dolphins would swim in and block the pipe.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ed Shaw

    I guess "Drill Baby Drill" is more like "Die Baby Die"

    May 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joe mama

    did anyone bother to call bruce willis yet? gez, do i have to think about everything.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ghostdancer

    gaetano marano,
    You're not very bright, are you? Really, you should review some basic physics and try a few calculations before you embarrass yourself with such ludicrous notions. Did you even TRY to calculate the TONS of oxygen you would need to pressurize & liquefy? Do you know what ratio fuel:oxidant you need to get to steel melting temperatures? At pressures 1 mile deep? Did you even TRY?

    May 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ELITE

    @Alan .. nuking can make that hole 100 times bigger... imagine that ..

    @chuckie... at this point aquaman would also do

    May 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ck

    Has anyone noticed that all the efforts on the part of BP have been aimed at containing the gushing well in order to pipe the oil up to a ship on the surface. They're called "containment domes" because they're not stopping the leak they're simply redirecting it. BP could care less about the environmental damage they just want to be able to keep selling oil.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bell

    I love this BLOG- Of course we called Willis, but remember he died in space. It's all up to Bennifer now, oh god.,,,

    May 13, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. engineer

    try MightyMendIt! That stuff is amazing.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MCG

    Good test for mighty putty. Where's Billy Mays when you need him.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alan

    @elite The well is actually very deep past the surface.. making it bigger doesn't seem like much concern. It's just a narrow well.. if you collapse the surface of it, it would probably stop it.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AYP1909

    Thank you, Steve, Chris, Matt, and Joe.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MCW

    Bell – if a manned submersible of that type exists, why aren't they doing it? It would also have to be engineered to perform the type of operation you are suggesting (think what John Wayne and his crew were doing in Hellfighters, only underwater) which would take a considerable amount of time.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Thomas

    I haven't seen a single good idea on this blog. You cant burn the oil underwater because there is no air and to pump that much air down a mile would cost more money than the clean up not to mention it would just float to the surface faster than the oil and possibly sink any ships nearby. You cant bury the leak under sand the pressure from the oil would just blow it away from the leak. You cant blow it up because its likely to make the leak worse. Fitting a pipe over it is the same as their "hat" technique which hasn't had any luck yet. and you cant use a giant tampon because it would absorb lost of water before it gets to the leak and swell so large it wont fit into the pipe. Shoving garbage in it isn't likely to work either the pressure would likely force the garbage out of the pipe causing more problems for the cleanup crew. Drilling a relief well wont work either even if you could pump 5000 barrels of oil per day through it it would only at best slow the leak. And if you tried pumping concrete through the relief well and into the leaking one it would probably solidify before it got there.

    However I don't have a better idea so by all means keep trying your crazy plans and hopefully one of them will work.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
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