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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soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. greg

    what is backfilling the oil that is escaping? There is something replacing the space previously occupied by the oil. Perhaps it is toxic and volatile gas of some kind that will eventually contribute to an entirely new effect? There is something good coming of this tragedy. It is the only thing powerful enough to wake up consumers to realize the extent our addiction has profited the dealers of oil. If BP comes up with enough money to pay for this catastrophe, that should be a traumatic event to us addicts all by itself. Insert a smaller pipe with valve already attached. crimp the existing onto it?

    June 12, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. sue wilding

    My understanding is that the Russians have had this problem several times in the past and they've resolved it by causing an explosion at the source of the leak. I would suggest hiring them to come over on BP's dime and show them how to get it done since they obviously don't know whether to wind their ass or scratch their watch.

    June 13, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ademar G.

    Sir,
    I would like to addd my idea of isolating the oil from the broken pipe. My sugeestions is to fabricate a flanged spool with two block valves to be operated by the ROV during installation. If it is posiblle, ROV to cut the bolts of the existing flange using the diamond cutter attached to the ROV, once it is removed the fabricated spool designed at the existing flange raing can be mounted on top of the existing flange at open valve position. Let the ROV do the bolting , once bolting is completed then the valves can be closed to isolate the oil spill.

    thanks,

    ademar g.

    June 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David F

    I think an idea like the "crimp" would be effective in slowing down the leak until permanent measusres can be put in place. Something much larger than a traditional "jaws of life" would be required (probably specially made) due to the size and thickness of the pipe. In the meantime; to solve the "job" crisis and aid in the clean up effort, BP should employ all the fishermen and waterfront personnel, who are currently out of a job, at their present rate of pay (to be verified) and use all their "new employees" to patrol the waters and beaches until the clean up is done and they can go back to fishing and such, at which point they would be released from the BP payroll. The taxpayers should not have to pay for this in unemployment claims or any other way.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nancy P

    The fix was SIMPLE from the start. It's a version of the TOP HAT idea. Build a large, HEAVY cylinder with a electronically controlled valve on top with the necessary flange to attach future piping. The larger the diameter of the cylinder, the chances of it working increases exponentially. You might add a side valve also to refirect flow and pressure while the 'FIX' in being put in place. When the cylinder is being put in place, both valves should be wide open. Once in place, close only the top valve and attach necessary piping. When the top piping is connected, first open the top valve again and close the side valve. .Voila 100% recovery. The extreme weight of the cylinder and the weight of the water above it will keep the cylinder in place, If this catastrophe is not stopped soon, the oil from this 'spill' will ulitimately contaminate the entire earth.

    June 14, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Frank Battery

    I dont have an idea about cleaning up or stopping the oil leak, but I do have an idea on how to end, our dependency on foreign. The electric vehicle is the quickiest way to end our dependency on foreign oil, and the deep-cycle battery is the least expensive and more readily available clean alternative solution to power our automobiles,compared to the other clean energy solution. The deep-cycle automotive battery can power the electric vehicle beyond commute status to meet our basic transportational needs. It's not the battery's chemical composition that limit its potential to make the electric vehicle our primary mode of transportation; but it's the one hundred year old design of the automotive battery with a two terminal system that limit its potential to revolutionize the electric vehicle. The solution to a more efficient and longer lasting battery for the electric vehicle is not a chemical one, but a mechanical solution, the ability to charge the battery at will. I believe that I have found that solution. The ability to charge the automotive battery at will, is neither complex nor scientifically impossible; but it can be determine by the design of the device being used, and not by physics alone.

    June 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. carlos

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com jokes in English, texts with audio among others....

    June 14, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. andy millar

    please read the following and forward on. I HAVE DONE A BACKYARD EXPERIMENT TO CLEAN UP OIL SPILL. BOTH ON TOP AND BELOW THE GULF WATER SURFACE. FIRST, I TOOK A CLEAN 5 GALLON PLASTIC PAIL,AND PUT IN 1 GALLON OF RAINWATER. NEXT, I ADDED 1 PINT OF USED 10W30 MOTOR OIL. THEN, I GROUND UP BY HAND, ABOUT A HANDFULL OF 2 INCH WHITE STYROFOAM . I PLACED THE STYROFOAM BITS ON THE OIL IN THE PAIL. RESULTS WERE IMMEDIATE!!!! THE OIL CLUMPED ON TO THE STYROFOAM BITS SO MUCH SO, THAT IWAS ABLE TO TAKE A WOODEN SPATULA, AND PULL THE CLUMP TO ONE SIDE OF THE PAIL. THE REMAINING SURFACE OF THE WATER HAD NO OIL!!!!! I COULD SEE CLEARLY TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAIL. THE CLUMP OF OIL AND STYROFOAM, FASTENED ITSELF TO THE WOODEN SPATULA .REMOVAL WAS VERY EASY. COULD THIS EXPERIMENT LEAD TO OTHER THOUGHTS TOWARD STYROFOAM? EXAMPLE, PUTTING THE STROFOAM AND SEAWATER IN A MIXTURE THAT COULD BE PUMPED UNDER THE SURFACE OF THE GULF. THE STYROFOAM WOULD RISE THRU THE WATER AND FASTEN ITSELF TO OIL ON ITS WAY TO THE SURFACE. THEN COULBE BOOMED, COLLECTED, TAKEN ON A TANKER, STEAMED TO SEPARATE OIL FROM STYROFOAM. THEN STYROFOAM COULD BE USEDOVER. EVEN IF STYROFOAM GETS TO SHORE, ITS LESS OF A POLLUTER AND EASILY DISPOSED OF. HOPE THIS HELPS, IST TIME TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. THANX ANDY MILLAR CANADA

    June 14, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Naty

    I am not a Drilling Engineer to give a plan to stop the leak, but I have 2 questions. One, have Chevron, Exxon Mobil been consulted? Two, parrally we should more put attention on cleaning and preparation for Huricane season. BP is lacking leadership in dealing disasters.

    June 15, 2010 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. craig

    Anderson Cooper's guest last night appeared to have some great ideals. I was truly captivated up to the
    point that she said that the president of the United States must be out of his cotton picking mind.
    How unbelievebly inappropriate.........

    Anderson, you should have corrected her bro!!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Elizabeth Alcoser

    I have a rough draft of how to stop the oil spill using the Paint Program of my PC. I would like to summit it via (attachment file). What can I do?

    June 17, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Matt Holden

    Look at what England did with their disaster many years ago. Do not allow the American Federal Government or BP to be a part of the plan of fixing the oil leak. Assemble a group of intellects to come up with a plan and execute it to fix the leak. Then pass on the charges to BP and make them pay. If this had been done from day one, I believe this problem would have been over in a short time span. What we are currently doing is grand standing and not looking for solutions to fix the leak. Someone needs to tell all of our politicians on both sides that verbage is not going to fix the leak.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe Volpe (Haddonfield, NJ)

    Insert a double walled, two chamber pipe down the shaft at least 1,000 feet. The two chamber pipe will seperate two chemicals (that would make a polyfoam once mixed). The issue of insertion can be addressed with manufacturing of a "tripod like device" that would counter the upward oil pressure. I have lots of details, plans, etc and would be happy & willing to share.

    June 20, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. BOB

    get obama S FAR AAY FROM IT AS POSSIBLE

    June 20, 2010 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. KARALINE

    CALL IN THE MARINES. STOP THIS ' WE NEED THE MONEY FROM WHAT WE'RE SIPHONING OFF THE TOP' BULL$#!T. BP – YOUR GAME IS OVER. BOYCOTT BP FOREVER !!!!

    June 20, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
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