June 9th, 2010
09:27 AM ET

Fix it: Your latest oil disaster solutions

As BP tries various methods to stop the oil disaster 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.

CNN is featuring ideas from iReporters and experts alike on TV and taking a closer look at which ones might actually work. iReport: Have an idea on how to fix the oil disaster? Send your ideas

Here is one of your latest suggestions:

You can check out all of the ideas submitted so far on the blog and if you’ve got a solution to share, you can upload your video to CNN iReport.

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  1. jake

    Larry King has alot of balls asking people for money, when it is BP's responsabilty to fund and clean up this mess!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Robert

    Manufacture a very long, very heavy tapered cone of steel or lead, pointy end at the bottom and tapering to the diameter of the pipe at the top. This cone would weigh perhaps hundreds of tons...enough to overcome the enormous pressure of the oil coming up. Lower it slowly into the pipe. Initially the oil will flow around the cone but will keep it centered in the pipe. As the cone descends, it will act as a valve, slowing the leak and then cutting it off. The length and weight of the cone would have to be calculated by engineers, but the pressure of the leak would be slowly overcome, as the number of square inches of the plug available for the oil to push on is diminished. Pour concrete over the cone.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John Hale

    I got an idea, Stop pressuring the CEO of BP.
    I mean, they are trying their best to clean up but the press wont shut their mouths about it.
    Thats why we got protests on the streets going AGAINST BP ant it's CEO.
    It aint going to make things better, and Pres. Obama is going to make BP "Pay" for the damage they have caused.
    If people would take a chill pill and have no hate towards BP and the CEO, they might have my efficiency and the well would have been closed long ago.
    Here is A couple words for the President:There's worst things than oil, "Buddy".

    June 27, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nathan Wiebusch

    My idea is to create a fabric tube made of canvas or some other durable material with a weighted ring around the bottom opening of the tube. Lower the fabric tube from the surface down so that the weighted end settles around the base of the well head. Since both ends of the tube are open there will be no pressure build up. Have the fabric tube extend all the way to the surface where there is a ring of floats attached to the top part of the tube. Have several sections of oil containment boom circling the tube opening like a bulls eye. This should be able to concentrate the oil into one location so that is can be suctioned / skimmed off from one point.

    July 7, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Peyton

    Lower or build a square box using those huge cement pre-formed slabs, around the pipe. Pump out the water, then pump in cement of three inches thick to halt the eruption (and that's what it is – an eruption, not a leak).
    I am tired of hearing the folks in Louisiana complain about the federal government not doing enough for them. There are as many teachers, firemen and police officers being laid off across America as there are people impacted by the spill in Louisiana. no-one is setting up a $20B account to help them out. We don't have to eat seafood but we do need teachers, firemen and policemen. Also, what is the governor of Louisiana doing to help get new jobs to his state. Why aren't the gulf states responsible for cleaning up this mess themselves? They get the oil royalties so why should tax payers in Iowa have to foot the bill for the livlihood of the people in Louisiana. Aren't these the same folks who don't want to help pay anyone's health care bill but sure want us to pay their living expenses.

    July 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Amy

    My point is simple..Has BP ever drilled that far down before and been able to successfully keep it contained? From what I have read, that would be answered no, they have not drilled that far before, therefore, have no useful knowledge, only what the spreadsheets can advise for them. It's a all around "your fault" situation. There have been a few people – Mel Gibson's brother for example – who have devised a way to spin oil out of the water to clean our oceans in these types of disasters. No one from our boneheaded president to the oil companies would consider using the product because they had other pressing issues or thought they had things covered. The problem is the depth, its pressure and temperature. Our military could be very quick to the response to cap that disaster. My issue is, why would BP have to go back to the drawing board to devise to technology to contain this, when it could have simply been taken care of in a few days through our military.

    July 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
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