June 10th, 2010
09:58 AM ET
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. William Griffiths

    I have posted video last night under explorer6788. Using the flange idea but with a multiport valve. This way there is no back pressure on the well head. This idea also allows for extraction of oil using seperate ports. The beauty of MY IDEA is at no time is back pressure put on the well head. You can also see my videos on my facebook page.

    June 11, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Kromenhoek

    Because of the back pressure the solution is not to cap the leak but to channel it. By using large cylinders that can attach to one another they can build a pipeline from the bottom up encompassing the entire blown out well. At the surface we have ships with the capability to pump out ALL of the oil.

    June 11, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Alan

    I think that before we try the atomic bomb we should try something more conventional.
    If several shaped charges are placed around the pipe approximately 1000 Feet under ground a concoction wave could be created that would crush the pipe and if not stop the flow greatly reduce it.

    June 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Captain Scott

    OWOCRS to protect the beaches, massive bioremediation inshore & offshore...its the only way & its what has always been suggested by the RRT after Ixtoc, Valdez & should've been used here from day 1.

    June 13, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. martin ter Elst

    To seal the leak: First start pouring cement around the pipe to form a solid base.Then lower a larger pipe with a wide flange on the bottom and a valve on top onto the base.Continue pouring cement around flange until a satisfactory seal has been achieved,then close the valve.

    June 15, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Einstein

    the solution Mighty Putty and ShamWoW.......!

    June 15, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. john G

    Why has Steven Hawkins not been asked how to fix it .Smart man!!!!

    June 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ron musolf

    position a concrete cone shape cylinder about 50 feet diameter and 100 feet long about 100 feet above leak . supported by cables running to surface. then send a concrete block down positioning cables . when the block hits the cone it would drive it down into the sea floor . depth of cone in ground determined by engineers as to exact demensions of projectile and driving block or blocks. send me my check

    June 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. very concerned

    time is critical guided smart non explosive projectile weapons to flatten pipe and pulverize it into the sea floor to slow flow

    June 23, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BARRY BAILEY

    .FINISH CUTTING PIPE OFF SQUARE.USE A THICK BODIED SEALING AGENT TO BUTTER UP.A THICK COAT ON THE BOTTOM OF A ELECTROMAGNET . LIKE THE ONES USED IN SCRAPYARDS. LOWER THE MAGNET DOWN ONTO .THE WELL PIPE. ENERGIZE THE MAGNET .THE ELECTROMAGNET WILL STICK TIGHT TO THE PIPE. PRESSURE FROM THE INSIDE OF THE PIPE WILL FORCE THE SEALANT INTO ANY CRACKS BETWEEN THE MAGNET AND PIPE SEALING THEM. IF THIS WORKS IT COULD BUY US SOME TIME TO COME UP WITH A MORE PERMANENT SOLUTION.. . . .

    June 24, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. gene smith

    insert tubing sealed front end; attach expandable bladder to back end of tubing covered with wire mesh if necessary for sharp edge in casing thats leaking ,'thread another pipe or tubing to already installed bladder add another piece of tubing then another bladder to pipe a few feet from first bladder thread another piece of tubing to another bladder add as many pieces of tubing and bladders as you see fit .,use tubing size depending on size of spill casing install check valve ,when inserted fill with hydraulic oil to expand bladders against casing using extremely high pressure ,,,oil flow will stop and check valve will hold, you have high quality and high pressure pipe and bladders and check valves I:m sure good luck . you can put this together on the surface and insert as many bladders as necessary .Gene Smith

    June 26, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Martin ter Elst

    Maybe I wasn't specific enough in my initial blog, and the oil is still spewing into the gulf, so here it is again.
    Pour a large base of cement around the leaking pipe, about 16 feet in diameter by at least 6 feet high. Lower a larger pipe, about 30 inch diameter or so, over the pipe that leaks(back flow preventer removed at this time).
    This larger pipe has a wide flange( about 7-8 feet diameter)on the bottom that curles downward and then inwards and will sink into the previously poured cement before it sets.
    To make it even more efficient, this pipe should have some valves(neoprene rubber) inside its structure that point upward and slip over the pipe that leaks: think of it as the valves we have in our veins that prevent the blood from flowing back. The downward pressure from the oil would push these down and help prevent the final product to leak.I would need to draw it to explain this fully.
    The oil will now flow through the top of the pipe's build in valve uninterrupted, since this valve is at least 20 inches wide while in open position. This will prevent the oil from breaking the seal. More cement is now poured on top of the bottom of the flange, which should be a considerable amount to withstand the pressure of the leak.
    After all the cement has completely set the valve can be closed manually from a ship via a cable since it has a handle that simply needs to be pulled up.
    I hope someone considers this idea, I believe it should work.

    June 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SuziQ Public

    Let's face it. Our President O'bama'ed out!!!
    Where is F.E.M.A.? Where is the "fix it " crew of Apollo 13? If BP could have drilled off shore, they would have capped this in a day or two but the tree hugging environmentalist lobbied & got their way. Now, our government rep's are sitting on their hands, except for some finger wagging and using this crisis to pass THEIR energy bill: BAD, BAD, BAD!!!

    My idea: stop trying to cap it from the top down. Send a large robotic umbrella down the hole, though the earth's crust. Open the devise and pull the inverted umbrella cup up. Seal it from the bottom?
    Think in terms of a women's diaphragm -LOL- or is that TOO simple? Just a thought but most big problems can be easily solved if you utilize the K.I.S.S. theory (Keep It Simple Stupid).

    June 30, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. advanthinker

    First on the list of problem solving, is what is the real problem! thousands of ideas were sent to BP to close off the well. or close that leaking pipe. i am sure that they received lot,s of great ideas at no coast to them, what a gold mine that was for them. i am sure that a lot of people lost it when they saw the big sissors cut off the pipe! then again they could of just pinched off that pesky pipe with that same tool. but chose not to. Why. this could of been done in the first day,s. but bp did get lot.s of free engineering on things that might work on future projects. a way for your idea to become their idea. great move bp. now we all know that the well is run away. and we know that pipe is not the problem or it could not shut off the well. so if you want it solved be honest with us little people just what problem is it you need to solve! No more free enginerring from me, all my suggestions will go to the next X prize. at least there i can get a at a boy. if not some needed cash!

    July 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James L Kirby

    Why not take a reducer pipe and slip over the non damaged flange instead of trying to get a pipe over the damaged riser.Increase the end of the pipe to fit the flange since it appears non damaged.If BP wants me to ride down and explain this to them just drop me a line.

    July 8, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
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