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. Tom

    Use a 20 in diameter rubber plug that has been properly tapered and have the under water robots to place it onto the pipe. However, this would mean the oil well would be completely non-operational and big money loss for BP. I think, BP would rather find a way to fix the leak in a way that would allow the well to be operation, even if it takes several months to do that. It is no benefit to BP for them to completely shut-down the well. The only way for BP to take action to completely fix the leak is to have everyone in the US to boy-cott BP products.

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  4. Ernie Allen

    BP can unbolt the flanges on top of the shut off valve. Then put a flange on the line they have now going to the surface and bolt it to the flange on the shut off valve. They will contain 100% to the surface. At the surface they need a "Y" so the there will be 2 lines. One going to one ship and one going to the other. Those 2 lines have to have shut off valves on them. One valve has to be open at all times. They would have to monitor the pressure in the well at all times. As they are filling the ships they can slowly start closing the other valve down to equalize the pressure in the well. The bottom plug will not work until the pressure in the well is stable.

    June 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mark cohen

    I live near Texas City,Texas. Bp in Texas city always has problems with equipment and safety issues. I have been in the oil /water separation bussiness for over thirty years and have done many clean ups and with much success have been able to recover the oil and return the water back into the ocean meeting Interpol specs. I also have the technology and resources to design and build another blow out preventer in place and supply enough high pressure hoses and explosion proof controls to close off the well using air and electronics at the site. How can I contact the correct persons to see if they are interested.

    June 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • lin

      hope that BP reads your suggestion..seems to me this is an acat of neglilgence on BP's fault..or could it be sabotage since it'sbeen way too long fixing. Maybe there is more to this than we know. Is it a sabotage against the US by destroying more of our economy, and just who really owns BP and who is creating this mess?

      June 10, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rick Horne

    To answer the question of how much oil is flowing out of the pipe why not get the figures from BP of how much oil they were processing from the well before the explosion. Either BP or the government agency that oversees the drilling should have these figures somewhere.

    June 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tom Cunningham

    The solution is simple. You construt a 10'by 10' concrete block 50' feet tall. You put the block over the oil coming from the ocean floor. Then you seal the top leaving a opening at the top to insert your recovery hose to capture the oil. I feel 50' tall would allow enough of the force of the oil to disperse into the concrete container. What do think????? Tom C

    June 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. K. Franklin

    I submitted this to BP early on. Take a pipe that is slightly smaller than the inner diameter of the current pipe. Flare this pipe from a small Inner Diameter to a larger diameter. Place a valve on this pipe and leave it open. Take this pipe and force it down through the current damaged pipe and wedge it into the current pipe. You could then weld this pipe to the current one and then close the valve. They could also have a connection to this pipe and tap this with a hose to the surface.

    June 9, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kel Fisher

    Tactical battlefield nuke, well underground (deep enough so that the radiation is minimal). Seal the hole.

    June 9, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ed Kitchell

    Two ideas.

    Considering the blow off valve might be internally frozen, line the external base of the valves with nuclear fuel rods to warm the water and then turn this off; or warm it up in any other manner.

    If this does not solve the problem remove bolts near the base which might have access to the internal portion of the valve and inject water in one hole and liquid nitrogen to ice up the valve and choke off the flow until the back up wells cement the well from below.

    June 9, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Stacey Gloude


    I'm really not sure what the technical aspects of this stupid catastrophe but has anyone thought of trying to plug it with something similar to a cork? Or what about styrofoam? Could that be used to soak up the oil on the shores? This may seem a little amateur in my assumptions but I haven't heard much or read much other than what damage is being caused. I wish I could help =(

    June 9, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Instead of the female cap thats currently of top of the pipe trying to capture the oil coming out why aren't they trying a male fitting that is shaped like a ice cream cone , narrow at the bottom and wider at the top so that it eventually seals on the inside of the pipe ,possibly forming a tighter seal.
    Thank you ,
    Fort Myers , Fl.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Greg Spowart

    They should lower a very large steel re-inforced block of cement with enough weight and force to bury the leak.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JEFFERSON Powell

    why does BP not go to the movie hell fighters and unbolt the head off of it. and sat a valve down on it and bolt in down and close its as easy as one two three

    June 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jake

    Call me crazy for this idea, but maybe BP can cool the wellhead with a temperature so low that it will freeze the oil inside the wellhead and keep from getting more oil to leak out. It may be a difficult task to keep the oil inside long enough to freeze, but it might work. My idea would be to surround the wellhead with liquid nitrogen or something similar that doesn't eat the wellhead.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
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