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. Sandra Stock

    Is it possible fpr BP to thread the pipe thats under the gulf and also the pipe that would screw into this pipe and then seal the 2 together

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

    I actually thought about this idea because I remember the huge box they tried placing over the pipes and how the cool temperature underwater turned the oil into crystals. the crystals then clogged up the pipe.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CARL TAPP

    THE NEW HIGH DEFINITION VIDEOS OF THIS OIL LEAK CLEARLY SHOW A SHORT PIECE OF PIPE WITH A PHLANGE .
    UNBOLT THE PHLANGE AND INSTALL A VALVE , THEN CLOSE THE VALVE TO COMPLETELY STOP THE LEAK .
    GET BUSY AND USE THE HAY & STRAW TO PICK UP OIL . THERE WAS A VIDEO SHOWING " DAWN " DISH SOAP
    BEING USED TO CLEAN UP THE OIL AND TO CLEAN BIRDS . EVERY SAILOR WHO MUST BATHE IN SEA WATER WILL
    TELL YOU TO USE " JOY " DISH SOAP , SINCE IT IS THE ONLY ONE THAT WILL MAKE SUDS IN SALT WATER .
    I HAVE USED IT MYSELF , AND WAS TAUGHT BY A GUY WHO SAILED SINGLE HANDED FROM ENGLAND TO FLORIDA .

    June 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike & Karen Banks

    We are crab fishermen from Astoria, OR. This disaster is very disturbing to us. We recently watched a show that was on the National Geographic channel called "Deep Sea Drillers" which was made January 25, 2007. This show was about drilling in about 10,000 ft of water in the Gulf of Mexico for natural gas. About 40 minutes into the show they showed them driving a suction piling into the sea floor in 10,000 feet of water. The top of the piling are about 25' across and had what appeared to be about 36" valves on it. The weight of the piling drove itself 55' into the sea floor. Why can't one of these pilings be put over top of the pipe that is spewing oil. We think it would be worth your time to watch the show.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michael from Mississippi

    Set new rig above lower new pipe into broken pipe cap it already

    June 9, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brenda

    \I don't have an idea on how to stop the leak, but I did watch the video with the Hay and I think that would work.
    But I am starting to think that BP will get out of this by claiming Bankrupcy and walking away, How many agree with me??

    June 9, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ann

    why hasen't BP tried the priarie grass that that farmer has. he says it will collect it then they could just burn it right there.
    and how are the coast line going to get healthy again

    June 9, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RL

    The way to seal the leak is to unbolt the existing flange, and install a new flange with an open butterfly valve or other postive shutoff valve, and then after installing it, to shut the valve off. The bolts can be taken off by the robots using torque wrenches.

    If the flange cannot be taken off, install a long inflatable rubber hose in the hole and when suffient lenght is inserted, blow up the inflatable pipe in the hole so that it can remain in place. Although this is not a positive shutoff and other measures will still be needed it would prevent leakage until other measures can be made. This is a second option.

    I cannot imagine why piping engineers have not been allowed to solve this problem.

    An old mechanical engineer who would love to solve this problem, or provide and expedient solution. Kennewick WA.

    June 9, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RL

    Drilling secondary relief wells is a low confidence method of solving this problem. I is a very long shot, while the gulf is continuing to be polluted. The US needs to declare a state of emergency, and declare this as a national security concern, arrest BP coporates and maintain them on house arrest. In addition, seize all assets of the BP Corporation as contingency collateral to pay for the damages and the cleanup costs, and punitive damages to the environment. Congress also needs to move quickly. Why are they all standing on the side looking when a national security concern is waging an environmental war on the US.

    June 9, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lin

    RL This should have been doone the first week it happened..too much red tape everywhere! Why are they breaking the law by polluting and killing our shoreline and sealife? Is BP and the govt destroying America on purpose???

    June 10, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joe Nolan

    1. What's needed is a giant ball of some waterproof substance that is flexible like putty.
    This could be lowered by a crane. Have a submarine on the ocean floor in communication with the crane operator.
    Lower the ball right over the oil leak.

    l2. Lower a big slab of concrete by crane and place it on top of the leak to seal it.

    3. Use some underwater welding equipment to seal the ball and/ or the concrete in numbers 1 and 2 above.

    Let me know what you think of my ideas.

    Thank you.
    Joe Nolan
    (302) 834-0108

    June 10, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ilie Chifan

    Use long big metal funnels that fit together one ontop of the other until it reaches the surface. Collect the oil into the oil tanks. Or you could use the same funnel to cover the pipe and also use another bigger funnel with a shut off valve and a hole with a hose that can fill the air between the two funnels with concerte.

    June 10, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. randy custer

    you cant plug the well at the blowout preventer without blowing out the wellcaseing below the seafloor. the only way to stop the oil from leaking into the sea is to pipe it to the surface. the reson this latest cap is only catchiing a small percent of the oil comeing out of the well is that it is under great pressure as it leaves the 22in. opening at the top of the blowout preventer and the cap is funneling the oil to a collection tube that cannot possably handel the volume of oil and gas that is being forced from the well. if the cap in use now could be sealed to the blowout preventer the backpressure would force gas and oil below the seafloor and out of the damaged wellcaseing and into the seafloor this leak could not be stoped without a releifwell. BP knows this and could place a collection cap that uses a collection tube that is larger than 22in. so the oil can flow to the surface without the restrction caused by to small a collection tube. i have a design for this containment system and it will work.

    June 10, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. tommy

    BP states in there permit with the Minerals Management Service Dated Feb 23, 2009,on page 7-1 in a worst-case scenario determination, "Volume uncontrolled blowout (per day) to be 162,000 bbls." This is BP own estimates when they applied for the permit for drilling.

    June 10, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Gil Baker

    I`m just a good mechanical fabricator here in the Motor City I`ve built all types of Hot Rods, Race Cars, Race Boats etc. it took me about a week to come up with an idea and a working model. I could make the real thing in about a week and it would shut that oil well off how do I get someone to look at what I have? We have to save South Louisiana !!!!!

    June 10, 2010 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
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