June 10th, 2010
03:15 PM ET
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Christina

    Maybe that teen sailor lost at sea will somehow float back along the ocean floor and clog the oil leak! 🙂 I will pray to my Lord and God that His Will may let this happen!

    June 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      You know this may just work! If she floated along and got close to the leak, maybe it'll have a reverse-suction like pools have sometime if you stick your finger in the water blowy parts. It'd suck her body in, and since she'd have been in the water so long she'd probably be all swollen and puffy, so i bet she'd lodge in perfectly and shut the leak! We may have found the solution! Lets all pray this happens!

      June 10, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • DddUnit

      This is actually the best idea ever! I'd fund it! You've got my prayers to my lord in mind!

      June 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Christina–a family is aching over not knowing where their child is. Sure, sending an 16-year-old off on her own is probably not a super responsible idea. BUT STILL. A bit rude I think, to post something like that so soon after hearing the news.

      June 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • cindy

      How incredibly insensitive and crude! This mess is not a laughing matter and neither is a young girl missing at sea with parents who I have to question their decision to let her try but still parents frantic to find her....you should be ashamed!

      June 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Check out this BP folk song on YouTube.
      Search mynation123
      Listen to BP song.

      June 11, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Linda

    Instead of allowing millions of gallons of hydrocarbons to empty into the Gulf while waiting for the relief well to be drilled (and adding even more toxins in the form of dispersants) why hasn't someone fabricated a containment dome? The dome, fitted with pipes, pumps, and pressure regulators would contain the spill while the oil and gas were being pumped, siphoned or sucked from the bottom of the water. The dome would not have to be "fitted" to the structure that is spewing oil; it would be placed over it and the surrounding area. The hydrocarbons could then be brought to the water's surface and sent to tankers or oil and water separators. Maybe Kevin Costner's invention could be used in conjunction with this device.

    June 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Jones

      You must have not been on this planet for the past couple of months Linda... .as the FIRST thing BP did was construct a 4 story DOME to go over the leak. Seesh... and it didnt work because by mixing cold water, gas and oil in a large dome cause a major freeze that froze the pipes and did not allow the flow to move... good idea ... but a little out of whack thhere Linda

      June 17, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Terry Phillips

    Inflatible packer would slow or even stop the Leak, But takeing a sub adapter to a bigger size and cutting off the top choke valve and Drilling a Bigger size casing over top of the 21 inch casing that is already there. That would be the best and cost effective way for BP and for saving our Planet from this massive problem.

    June 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bob Griffith, P.E.

    The problem with the public sector solutions being forwarded is that even those of us with an engineering or technology background (but non oil industry) are not being afforded enough technical detail about the BOP, particularly the internals, the cut off "top hat" interface, the BOP interface to the well at the ocean floor, the materials of construction, the boundary conditions of flow (multi-phase BTW), pressure and temperature, the chemical aspects, etc, etc., just for starters. And without such detail (IMHO made worse by the appalling media filter) it is really impossible to be seriously helpful. "God is in the details" (Mies van der Rohe).

    June 10, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • greg gressen

      Bob. I cant agree with you more, its like the dirty little secrect. if all this was out in the open early on, i am 99.99 % sure there would have had a viable solution with three more just as viable lined up behind it. The problem is this is a global issue at this point, and the global community should be looked at for anwers to this problem and be rewarded for the ultimate fix that would resolve the issue. for god sakes, ive got some ideas of my own, but without knowing what the heck is insoide the blow out preventer, its all speculation.

      June 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Craig N. Barthelmas

    Subject: PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN, Dated: 1814, this is an oil spill contingency plan that has a proven extraction process. If British Petroleum’s hired goons stop authorized U.S. press from filming on American Soil just one more time, History may repeat its self!

    THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS, by Johnny Horton: In 1814 we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip, we took a little bacon and we took a little beans, we caught the bloody British in a town in New Orleans

    We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin', there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago we fired once more and they begin to runnin', on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    We looked down the river and we see'd the British come, there must have been a hundred of'em, beatin' on the drums They stepped so high, and they made their bugles ring, we stood by our cotton bales, and didn't say a thing

    We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin', there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago we fired once more and they begin to runnin', on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    Old Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise if we didn't fire our muskets 'Till we looked 'em in the eye, we held our fire 'Till we see'd their faces well Then we opened up our squirrel guns And really gave 'em – well we

    Fired our guns and the British kept a-comin', there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago we fired once more and they begin to runnin', on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    Yeah, they ran through the briars And they ran through the brambles And they ran through the bushes Where the rabbit couldn't go They ran so fast That the hounds couldn't catch 'em On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    We fired our cannon 'til the barrel melted down So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round We filled his head with cannon balls, and powdered his behind And when we touched the powder off the gator lost his mind

    We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin', there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago we fired once more and they begin to runnin', on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    Yeah, they ran through the briars And they ran through the brambles And they ran through the bushes Where the rabbit couldn't go They ran so fast That hounds couldn't catch 'em On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. Go Johnny!

    We posted a PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN, Dated: 10 May 2010, this is a post oil spill contingency plan that has a proven Oil Spill extraction process and a patented Hydro-Carbon (emissions free) recycling technology.

    We’ve found a pre-processed material and developed an action plan that will extract up to 98% of oil spill contaminants from the surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It also includes contingencies for, re-processing all of the oil drenched materials back into re-usable fuels and commodities creating, long term renewable energy revenues for the community.

    We all know that BP has been feeding us misinformation and then trying to minimize their cost by denying problems exist. Yes! We sent BP and other agencies our plan. Operations of this nature have a price tag associated with them and so, it would appear that they have no wish to spend anything on an oil spill they can’t control or that won’t go back into their pockets. This cannot be allowed to go on any longer! We have four suggestions to remedy this situation.

    a. Executive orders from the president to keep BP within five miles of their oil rig to work on plugging their oil well.
    b. Executive orders from the president keeping BP completely out of the state containment and clean-up process.
    c. Executive orders from the president to keep BP paying for the affected business and state clean-up’s, on time.
    d. Find a way to approve pro-active plans rapidly and, for God’s sake, make decisions without first consulting BP.

    To date, BP has not plugged the well, contained the oil spill or even moved quickly to approve state contingency plans to keep oil off their shores. BP needs to plug their damned hole and pay the states for containment and clean-up operations.

    Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Craig N. Barthelmas ge1re22@aol.com

    June 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Miles Railey

    All piping has a sonic flow (maximun flow thru the diameter of the piping). It has yet to be revealed what the ID diameter of the piping is. The sonic flow is determned using the highest pressure to achive the sonic flow. Any pressure above the highest pressure to achieve sonic flow does not change the flow. Determineing the sonic flow through the piping (size) will tell you the mazimun flow thru the piping. This will be the potential maximun leakage than can exist through any leak path (per pipe size).

    June 10, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael Ostrowski

    BP, media and Government reports on numbers and the effectiveness of the current top hat and suction to the surface are assuming that the flow rate from the well is independent from the presence of the top hat and suction to the surface vessel. The media and Government should ask that question – could it be that the well is actually flowing more from the geological formation itself because of the suction ( i.e . reduced "static hydrobaric backpressure" at that ocean depth ). ???

    June 10, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. geoff honeybun

    Why is BP trying to seal off on a jagged pipe when they have a good flange to seal on? fabricate a sleeve with a seal to fit over flange with latches to hook under the flange and tighten.Have a valve on top to close after installation.

    June 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • retired driller

      I am begining to believe that there has been an underground blow-out that is the culprit of this situation.
      If this is so, closeing in the well is no longer an option.
      An underground blow-out has blown out the concrete, screens, caseing, and probably the packers.
      An underground blow-out has distorted the formation below and closeing in the well will force the crude through the formation, into the mud above the formation on the ocean floor, and eventually to the surface.
      I believe this event will continue until the end of the year...maybe more if what I suspect has happened.

      June 11, 2010 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
    • woodznutz

      geoff,

      Great minds think alike. I have submitted plans for such a device. Large tapered-end bolts engage the bottom of the flange drawing the cap tightly onto the top of the flange. A large seal fits around the top of the upper flange. Above that is an extension of the main riser, surrounded by an array of large relief valves that can be either closed, or used as to connect additional collection risers. I submitted it as soon as I saw that there was nothing for their device to grab on to. That was three weeks ago. I honestly believe that unless the 'right' people think of something nothing will come forth. Don't underestimate professional jealousy.

      June 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jip

    My idea is a big rock. You take this big rock, place it over the area of the leaking oil, and it plugs the leak. It doesn't move because it is big. Its environmently friendly because rocks are naturally found in nature. Its cheap because big rocks are all over the place and generally are free, the only cost would be transportation of the rock.

    June 10, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Doesnt Matter

    Why not take all the money our elected officials have received from lobbyist over the last year to buy government and dump it in the Gulf to soak up the oil....may have to use a percentage since all the money could dry up the entire Gulf.

    June 10, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Smith in Oregon

    Some 50% of the federal judges across the entire Gulf Coast States who would hear liability cases against Big Oil and specifically BP have accepted enormous amounts of money from Big Oil for their initial campaign to place them into office. There is no doubt as to who their friend and benefactor is.

    Many decades ago the Republican party leaders figured that why should their special corporate interests pay millions of dollars in securing the best attorneys for a single case when they could buy a judge into office who might oversee dozens of cases!

    Many American's living on Main Street, USA are only now slowing waking up to the sobering outlook that Justice in America is far from fair and balanced, it sometimes is bought and paid for by the very party you are against in litigation!

    June 10, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Carlos

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com

    June 10, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tony Natera

    From someone who’s worked for Federal and State toxics programs for more than twenty years and grew up in an oil industry family, we can and must collect this stuff as soon as it comes out from the pipe.

    The President must immediately:

    – Declare the Gulf Disaster a national emergency
    – Invoke Imminent and Substantial Endangerment authorities under the Clean Water Act, CERCLA (Superfund) and other applicable laws
    – Issue injunctions, “cease and desist” orders and other drastic emergency response legal instruments to order BP to:

    1.Stop using dispersants immediately
    2.Allocate a fleet of at least 10 supertankers with multiple skimming support ships
    3.Place the fleet in a radius of 10 miles above the center of mass of the spill source under NOAA telemetry.
    4.Have the fleet collect all oil in the area and treat everything immediately using on board oil and water separators.
    5.Device and implement similar large-scale logistical/engineering measures to contain the spill in other scenarios including beaches, marshes, coral reefs.

    – Have the FBI arrest top executives of the company for contempt of court if they fail to meet order deadlines, and not release them until they oblige by the orders.

    ALL OF THIS IS LEGAL, FEASIBLE AND PROPORTIONAL TO THE THREAT WE CURRENTLY FACE.

    And all of it has been done before

    If the President understood the power he actually has al of this would be happening right now.

    Tony Natera

    California Environmental Protection Agency
    Ex-Employee PDVSA (Venezuela's Oil Company)
    Nephew, PDVSA President (1986-1988)
    Son, brother, and relative of ex-Exxon, Shell and PDVSA employees

    June 10, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darin Taylor

      I have an ideal to pass to your experts. One suggestion is to have a series of containment-like domes with impeller ends linked together in a circle by ROV's on site. This dome-ring would be lowered down to the oil plume area above the breach. The impeller at the end of each line would create a suction vortex pulling all debris in the general area into the line. There would be some sea water but the majority of the material would be the lost crude. Also separate line the should have a way of separating the methaine gas within the plume. This would be a coordinated mult-ship operation that should more than reduce the spills impact unitl a new relief well is dig. Because the way I see it, bureaucracy and the BS from BP(not living in the constrains of reality) that relief well won't be completed until October. I hope this ideal helps.

      June 10, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bonnie Weaver

    Science Guy I love your show. Why? can't they send dry ice or that compound down to and on the pipe to sludge it up so containment efforts would work. It could slow the pressure so they could try to cap or kill the well, I understand the tremendous pressure but something should freeze that pipe up and slow the oil God Bless all of you in the Gulf States and all of you that make a mockery ot this disaster should stick your own heads in the oil.

    June 11, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Giglio John miglietta Jr

    I just posted a way to fix both problems and am quite upset that when I hit the post button not only did my explaination disappear they never got posted please advise if they really want help with this problem !!!!!!

    June 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
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