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gorknoids 06-02-2010 04:39 AM

Get Active. Fix The Damned Oil Leak.
 
Here's the link: Suggestions
The "Austin Powers That Be" clearly don't have a damned clue (Golf balls and rope?) and this thing needs to be remedied pronto. My suggestion was pumping the bore full of sand (Silica) around an electrode fusing the sand into a glass plug using a large generator. I'll post any responses I get back from them for you all to laugh at. Either way, our so-called 'government" has done nothing but blame BP, and you can bet that all of BP's smart people are being deposed for the lawsuits. Another idea I had was something resembling a stack of umbrellas on a central rod that could be inserted and deployed, and held in place by the pressure of the outflow while the relief wells are completed.
Whatever your idea is, get it out there. This is a calamity that neither the government nor BP is willing to explain fully, and oddly enough, don't seem to be doing much about. Step up, and bring your enormous, throbbing brains.

RadioActiV 06-02-2010 04:45 AM

I posted to it last week and haven't had any responses. I suggested they take a big inflatable industrial grade rubber ball.(kind of like a test ball for sewer drains) Weight it down and when it gets at the right point inflate it and stop the flow. Then after that take some steel or lead weights and stack them on top and seal it off.

gorknoids 06-02-2010 04:53 AM

Great damned idea! It's that simple. We've put men on the moon, so we can sure as Hell stuff a hole in the ocean.

pandamonium 06-02-2010 05:27 AM

I suggested they lower a very heavy bell or cone shaped housing over the pipe and maybe anchor it to the sea bed. At the top of the bell is a large and long (one MILE!) hose that captures and pumps the oil to the surface to be contained then refined as normal. I mean the oil is flowing, why not try to use it!

spittinfire 06-02-2010 11:24 AM

I personally don't think the powers that be want to plug the damn hole.

Yunus 06-02-2010 01:02 PM

When an above ground leak occurs don't they blow it up? Why don't they do that underwater? I mean sure it could backfire and make the problem worse but it might work.

If that doesn't work, we need to build a big tube or reuse the Top Kill pipe and try again, only instead of golfballs and tires we use BP execs and MMS inspectors. I'm certain that it will fail but it will also make people happy for a little while.

lonyaeger 06-02-2010 01:13 PM

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Originally Posted by spittinfire (Post 293644)
I personally don't think the powers that be want to plug the damn hole.

This is probably going to be the end of BP, they're losing millions of dollars a day, plus the restitution and fines they're gonna have to pay. You don't think they WANT to stop the leak? What motive would they have for NOT stopping it?

lonyaeger 06-02-2010 01:17 PM

Wow, these are all such simple solutions! Why didn't THEY think of that?

Come on, I feel terrible about the effect this accident is having on the livelihoods of all those people, not to mention the damage to the environment, sea critters, and animals, but it's so easy to be an armchair quarterback.....

gorknoids 06-03-2010 01:31 AM

A good friend of mine was a Navy Photographers Mate , and a crewman in the ALVIN program. Seriously-deep water has been our realm for decades, and this leak isn't even a test for our underwater capabilities. Bill Clinton sent the Navy out to look for John-John, but apparently another dead Kennedy is more important than our southern coast.
America has the ability to stem the flow right now, but for political reasons, it's going to continue interminably because Obama can't handle another major failure. He's sitting on his hands while claiming to have his heel on the throat of BP, which clearly isn't doing the people and the environment of the Gulf a damned bit of good. BP has tried their 3 best bets, and they all failed. Where's their 4th going to come from? The same damned "brain-trust" that is working on it now?

Yunus 06-03-2010 01:38 AM

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Originally Posted by gorknoids (Post 293934)
A good friend of mine was a Navy Photographers Mate , and a crewman in the ALVIN program. Seriously-deep water has been our realm for decades, and this leak isn't even a test for our underwater capabilities. Bill Clinton sent the Navy out to look for John-John, but apparently another dead Kennedy is more important than our southern coast.
America has the ability to stem the flow right now, but for political reasons, it's going to continue interminably because Obama can't handle another major failure. He's sitting on his hands while claiming to have his heel on the throat of BP, which clearly isn't doing the people and the environment of the Gulf a damned bit of good. BP has tried their 3 best bets, and they all failed. Where's their 4th going to come from? The same damned "brain-trust" that is working on it now?

If we could stop the flow right now Obama would have done it around day 3. Right after it was called Obama's Katrina he would have stepped up and said yep it is and look what I did, I stopped it. It would be an incredible win on his part.

We may be in deep water but that does not mean we know how things work down there or have the proper tools to solve a problem like this at that depth.


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