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. BassGTRguy

    Burn the oil underwater...

    Great idea!!! Lets just ask SpongeBob to move his campfire near the busted pipe.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeremy

    I am getting real sick of everyone on here claiming to know more than the BP engineers...

    Everyone with all these "brilliant" ideas is failing to realize that this is all taking place 5000 feet below water.

    People who claim to know chemistry and physics real well should think about that depth for a second... about every 33 feet is another atmospheric pressure. meaning the pressure down there is more than 150 times greater than it is on the surface.

    A LOT changes when you are at that kind of pressure.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Silas Scarborough

    Their only thinking is how to keep the drill hole alive. Every solution has nothing toward that but rather to plugging the broken pipe. It's outrageous that this is permitted to continue when, as many have said already, the hole could be plugged by an explosion at the top of the drill hole.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. steve

    John E American –
    I truly hope you weren't referring to me when saying "your beloved Bush"

    May 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gaetano marano

    @Silas Scarborough
    it's not sure, the hole may remain open

    May 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MCW

    steve – ahhh, gotcha, but i'm more concerned about the effects on the gulf's waters (and I live on the gulf coast, thankfully west of the disaster in houston)

    May 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. johnnyhouse

    If all the oil was saved the oil companies would not have an excuse to raise the prices.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MCW

    let's all think for a moment about the importance of oil and gas to our country and the world

    May 13, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MCW

    well gaetano, that's pretty selfish...i like to share my comments with everyone!

    May 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bob

    Self proclaimed experts can be so dumb! I love the post that fears that the spill will reach the Pacific Ocean! I imagine it will pay to take the Panama Canal...
    This thing needs to leak for another two or three months before it even obtains a spot in the top 10 worst oil spills in history!
    I'm sure 3/4 the experts posting here can't name one of the top 10. Exxon Valdez, which most would state, ranks 35th.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gassy

    I just thought of a great idea, besides marrying Elite.
    Why don't we print off this whole set of comments.
    Lower it to the opening in the pipe.
    The oil will be so bored it will fall asleep and the flow will slow enough to cap it.
    The only real danger is if the oil thinks all the comments are so stupid they are funny.
    Then the flow may increase.

    Its risky but it just may work.


    May 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Hahahah, melt the oil pipe?

    Very apparent you have no technical knowledge of how these things work. Drillpipe is able to withstand incredibly intense pressures and temperatures associated with, oh I dunno, drilling thousands of feet into rock, sand, and of course the reservoir itself.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. swimmer

    "Why is it that the US Congress allowed BP to drill offshore without the technology to stop oil spills on drilling rigs drilling a mile deep?

    Oil companies should not be drilling offshore without the right technologies."

    Why is it that the US Congress allows planes to fly without the technologies to stop them from crashing every few years?

    Airline companies should not be flying without the right technologies.

    Let's not do anything until we have 100% risk free science. WIll that make everyone happy?

    May 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tim

    gotta love all the experts on here. Ever tried stopping a water main leak with shoveling sand on top of it? how about blowing it up with a grenade? or plugging it up with molten metal? or ANYTHING else previously mentioned. Extreme pressure of moving liquid prevents any of that. OTHERWISE, they would have done it!

    Its a terrible situation. All vehicle drivers are all enablers of this terrible situation so shut your pie holes and quit blaming "big brother," "the man," "big oil," etc etc. There would be no supply if there was no demand. Demand comes from YOU and I!!

    We are always so ademate about blaming everyone but ourselves for crap like this. I take a bit of responsibility myself because I drive an automobile. So should you.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jtc009

    Us e twinkies to plug it, they last forever!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
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