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. Sheila

    My husbands's company does this for a living. Any ideas on how to get BP to use their services! My husband could fix the leak. They have been unable to contact BP.

    June 9, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Julie W.

      I just saw a you-tube video about bio-microbes that eat the oil and then die, leaving the marshlands & wildlife completely clean in about 6 weeks. It is a powdered solution & very cheap. I am assuming the officials are aware of this solution but no one seems to be talking about it...???

      June 9, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • RONRON

      Has anyone thought about crimping the end of the pipe...we use to play tin can when I was small and we would put rocks in it and crush the open end where the rocks would not escape....seems logical and this could have been done earlier and saved the marshes and beaches...simple the let BP syphon in august with the other drill line...

      June 9, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • driller1

      Unfortunately its not BP preventing help in the clean up it is the White House and the President of the USA old donut brain.
      The Jones Act Obstructs the Cleanup

      The clean-up of the largest environmental disaster in history has been hampered by a 90-year-old law known as the Jones Act of 1920. The Act is preventing the world’s best clean-up ships and experts from helping to eradicate the oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion and collapse of a drill operated by British Petroleum (BP).

      The Standard, a Belgian newspaper, has called out the situation claiming that, if given a green light, European companies working alone could have the oil cleaned-up in four months.

      If they were able to work with American firms, the clean-up time would be lowered to three month. Currently BP is estimating a nine month clean-up given the fact they can only work with American companies because of the Jones Act.

      The Jones Act of 1920 was passed by Congress to help rebuild the United States shipping business following World War I. It requires that all work-ships in US waters to have been built in the USA and that the crew be US citizens.
      Mexico, Canada, Norway, and Belgium have all offered to help BP in the clean-up efforts. However their boats are not American-made and their experienced crews and experts are not US citizens.

      Over 7,000 meters of containment boom from Canada and Mexico and 10 sets of containment arms have been withheld from the clean-up because of the law. Experienced Dutch, Belgian, and Norwegian crews and their clean-up vessels have also been turned down.

      The Jones Act can be overridden with a Presidential waiver, as it was to allow foreign ships to help reopen oil shipping lanes following Hurricane Katrina. Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff issued the temporary waiver without formal request.

      However the White House says nobody has for the waiver in the case of the BP Spill and the White House does not see a need, according to White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs.

      Someone needs to get a grip. Remember this was caused by transocean and halliburton not BP they only own the mineral rights and transocean knew the BOP was faulty.

      June 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Im beginning to wonder whether they want this fixed,

      July 9, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rory forsythe

    Place a series of explosive devices down the shaft of the well. Detonate in sequence from deepest to shallowest closing off the path of oil from the deposit to the sea bed. The pressure if the water and earth would then seal the shaft closed.

    June 9, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • justin

      yes, the one way that will work without a hitch.

      June 9, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      And just how are you going to get the explosives in the shaft? Do you understand the amount of pressure that is coming up? If you could get the explosives in the shaft (which won't happen) how far down do you send them? 500 feet, a 1000 feet. The oil would just expand through the rock and sand and come out in many different areas. Imagine a power washer stream, if you were able to block 50% of the stream the pressure would force the water (oil) to the sides and up through cracks.

      June 9, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      I agree with the others the clamp off the pipe with a jaws of life, unbolt the flange and bolt another on with a pipe already connected; less pressure easy working, finally follow russia and blow it up with a small nuc. all will work but no one wants to give it a try

      June 10, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. David Laws

    Why don't we bundle up all the attendees at the next BP executive meeting and stuff them into the opening. That should clog it enough to stop the problem. Why can't BP just forget about retrieving some of the oil and just close it off entirely. No siphoning, just drop a large hunk of concrete on the end of the pipe and shut it down. Later, when the relief wells are dug, they can start retrieving some of the oil again.

    June 9, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Dawn West

      David: I agree. Put all the BP Executives down the oil well, Tony Haywood goes first. That would certainly stop the oil from flowing.

      June 9, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Exactly my thoughts. Concrete or metal. Why can’t they simply block the leak with a big, heavy plate? Doesn’t need to be a fitted cap. How about towing a heavy plate – the bigger, the better – the heavier, the better – and then just guiding the plate to cover the leak? Obviously, it wouldn’t stop it but as long as it was held in place I don’t see why it wouldn’t slow the leak considerably. Or is that too simple?

      July 2, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michael Mau

    Blast off the side of a nearby mountain, bring the largest ships and helicopters to transport it, and drop it down over the leak. It works to keep the water in my bathtub. It'll work for you too BP. if not, go with suggestion 1, and stuff yourselves in the hole.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. eric rowland

    rory forsythe has the answer its the way they have been fixing damaged wells all over the world . drill a second hole into the damaged well hole place the explosives along with well capping material blow the explosives . no more leak . its like we as a human race have lost our guts looking at all this news over load is the real damage to the world . one last thing it looks like first of all no one will take the blame for this happening and also, there are way to many chiefs not enough indians

    June 9, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. ac

    It is Bush's foult. Do you see it? I fix it!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    Would like and explanation as to why the last of the riser pipe has not been removed and some sort of new pipe/valve has not been bolted on its place. See pictorial: http://s157.photobucket.com/albums/t79/SirKlaydon2/BOP%20Top%20Flange%20Joint/

    June 9, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dougysaurus

    Send in Superman or Aquaman.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. sarah palin is a twit

    It's really very simple. All we have to do is reactivate the giant alien lasers which were left orbiting our planet eons and eons ago. By converging all the beams on the broken well head we can melt the pipes and the rock and ...voila ! The leak is sealed.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. rondee

    I think the best way to solve this is EVERYBODY get rid of your big GAS CHUGGING SUVs Lets all go electric vehicles.RECYCLE plastics do EVERYTHING we can to reduce our dependence on oil. This is THE BEST LONG TERM SOLUTION to the problem.
    I knew it. I knew-and now we are at day#50 of the spill-that the video would show on nightly news of the poor wildlife being DESTROYED in the Gulf and I can't take seeing that happen. That whole beautiful Gulf is destroyed. Over some oil. Think about it People can defend themselves. These birds,turtles fish cannot. Those poor people whose livelihoods are ruined, at least for the time being can get assistance for in the meantime ,however meager, to get by.That's horrible. But the wildlife don't even have that chance. They are dead or in the process of dying. Without them the people all along the Gulf will never be able to recover their way of life.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      The only way is to use explosives to close up the well. It is not rocket science. We need to quit worrying about what the international community will think about us using a nuclear device to close it and do it already. While the politicians are playing the blame game, we our loosing our coastline.

      June 9, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. Andrew

    You're not gonna like this...

    Attach a small Nuclear device to the broken well head and detonate. End of spill.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • sarah palin is a twit

      ...Or a bigger leak...

      June 9, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Russell

      The Russians proposed a nuke in the seabed weeks ago. People at the UN were shocked to learn they have already used this method to close off subsea leaks FIVE times.
      The Chair asked "doesn't that kill all the fish in the area?" Russian answered, "The oil will kill them if you don't stop it."

      June 9, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. HOWIE WALDMAN

    Use Obama to plug the hole!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. Adam Mueller

    We have doctors that can perform heart surgery and astronauts that can go to the moon. BP needs to use their expertise and get the leak stopped! Example: Angioplasty. Doctors go in through the femoral artery and can insert a catheter in the heart. Why can't BP use the same technology? Drill into the pipe upstream of the leak and insert an inflatable device that can basically plug the leak.....my 2 cents.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Here's an article that you'll find interesting. Follows right along with your comments:
      http://edition.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/06/08/chase.oceans.day/index.html

      June 9, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. jim bowers

    use a larger pipe that fits over broken pipe with regular size pipe welded on to the large pipe drop over broken pipe then drive into sea bed forty or sixty feet use 4 ships to stablize pipe as its dropped to the bottom then oil pushes water out of pipe and then you collect the oil at the top.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. John

    I would love to see someone with an engineering degree come on here and please explain to all the dimwits why any type of explosion would not work.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • sarah palin is a twit

      Me too.

      June 9, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Russell

      Except the Russians have already told the UN they have nuked 5 wells shut already, AND IT WORKS.

      June 9, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • sarah palin is a twit

      @ Russell...Good advice from the same clowns that brought us Chernobyl. Plus, we know that the Russians would never lie to us.

      June 9, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
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