June 8th, 2010
01:59 PM ET

Fix it: Oil disaster solutions from the nation

Scientists, students and imaginative amateurs have suggested ways to stop or clean up the Gulf oil disaster in the days and weeks after the oil rig explosion that killed 11 workers and started the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

As BP tried various methods to stop the spill, ideas and possible solutions started to appear on CNN iReport and are now being featured on TV. They include using different kind of tubes to plug the gushing oil to sprinkling sand or dishwashing detergent on the oil.

iReport: Have an idea on how to fix the oil disaster? Send your ideas

Here at CNN, a virtual science fair appeared on the site. So we asked Bill Nye, the Science Guy, to evaluate some of the best solutions, which ranged from blocking the pipe with a metal tube to using hay to soak up the oil.

But as the oil continued to pour into the Gulf, iReporters submitted even more oil disaster solutions. The ideas are clever, creative and wide-ranging.

This week, CNN is featuring ideas from iReporters and experts alike and taking a closer look at which ones might actually work. You can check them all out here on the blog and if you’ve got a solution to share, you can upload your video to CNN iReport.

Send the government your ideas

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  1. ron sons

    People without industrial experience cannot imagine, let alone understand, the pressures and flow rates involved. I know they mean well. But the casing has lost it's integrity. it is blown. The pressure at the well head is over 6000 psi over the water pressure at that depth. There is no reason to be sure the relief well can work even in theory at the proposed depth and pressure of well v mud. A nuclear device cannot pennetrate to the oil pool which would be three miles below it. It would not preclude a relief well attempt The Gulf is now dead and won't come back for centuries. the wildlife never will.. It should have been nuked a month ago. Ask the Russians.

    June 28, 2010 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Miriam Ruz

    Today on one of the most popular Hispanic shows on TV...."Caso Ceraqdo" with Dr. Maria Polo ...Telemundo one solution the was discuss ......on her show ...was to use human and animal hair...placed in a nylon tube like bag....to soak up the top layer of the oil spill....there are people donating their own hair to make these tubes to soak the top layer of the surface of the water .......is unbelievable sacarfice.....but it can be done.....I want to join this group .....we could collect from our home town................

    July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PCSO Lotto Draw Results :

    we always use air compressors in spray painting and also in blowing off those hardened dust on our home":"

    October 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wrench Set

    plumbing supplies should always come from reputable suppliers so always check their backgrounds '~~

    November 18, 2010 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
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