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9 responses to “Should BP crowdsource solutions to solve the Gulf oil spill?”

  1. terryb

    Use a thermite bomb or several to melt the sea floor substate into a cone plug. Can a thermite reaction occur at this depth? Terry B

  2. Azzura

    You can also go to their site and submit an idea in 200 words or less.

    Of course the website times out so it will not take your idea….but its the thought that counts…right?

  3. Jake Jay

    I sent the BP head office in Johannesburg letters and sketches showing how I would solve the problem. I’m sure they have received thousands of proposed solutions, but I think mine works. I have not heard back from them. They should at least consider the idea. BP have a large team of the best minds in the world working on this; but if they are as smart as I think they are, they willl consider ALL possibilities even if they quickly dismiss most of them. I also phoned 1-821-366-5511, the Houston Command Center. A young woman answered and offered to send me a form. Here we have the greatest disaster to hit USA and she wants to send me a FORM! Time is of the essence. All I ask is for someone at the Command Center to contact Johannesburg and get them to send Houston my letters and sketches as soon as possible. So PLEASE, would someone, anyone out there please contact the Houston Command Center and tell them about my letters and sketches sent to Johannesburg? This is no time to get bogged down with beaurocratic proceedures. Give them my e-mail address. Nowhere can I find Houston’s address or e-mail address. Are they hiding?
    Thank you.

  4. Jake Jay

    No, it’s noT the thought that counts. Practical solutions to stop the leak counts. So webmaster, please find a way to retrieve my idea and send it to Houston Command Center as I requested. Time really is of the essence. A solution to the Gulf disaster depends on YOU. I sent letters and sketches to BP’s Johannesburg head office. Houston should look at them.

  5. Steve Greenwald

    PARALLEL VERTICAL UNDERWATER WELL/UNDERWATER CONVENTIONAL EXPLOSIVES CHARGE TO STOP HORIZON LEAK: A second carefully controlled well drilled parallel to (also vertical) and a short distance from, the subject leak well, yet far enough away to allow drilling of the well to occur without oil from the leaking well to seep into this new Explosives Charge Well. Yet this new well would need to be close enough to affect the subject leak well with a powerful conventional underwater explosive charge. The conventional underwater explosive charge could be set off, say 2/3 to 1/2 the way down. If set off lower, say 2/3 the way down, a chance to set off another charge could shortly follow in time by the explosives team, say 1/2 the way down. Engineers/geologists familiar with the well could carefully make the decisions. It would bring soil, rock and otherwise heavy/large movement of substantial earth onto the subject leak eliminating the current well/pipe, preventing oil from passing through the current well and/or pipe. The existing pipe and passage will be simply crushed inward by substantial earth movement, at perhaps many levels near the lowest points that are practical to place the charge. In effect both wells ultimately will be crushed inward at a point of depth somewhat well above the levels that the oil sits. The distance we can surmise of the beginning of drilling of this new explosives well, can be say 8 feet (or other distance) from the subject well, though geologists and engineers at the site, who are familiar with the current well can decide, along with the best explosives experts, to make sure the subject leak well is crushed in at as many levels as possible. Depth of the explosives charge well also to be carefully determined by all including geologists on site familiar with the Horizon well. Army corps and industry have experts, including those on site have access to new suitable rig and drill, equipment, expertise, materials. Some sensible improvising of placement of the conventional underwater explosives will be needed by explosives experts, with army corps overseeing effort.

  6. ajwright

    i have tried the slinky idea out in a tank and it works well with dye and air being pumped out of the leak location, capture and contain, it will work

  7. ronniebo

    For the life of me I do not understand why the flange under the riser they have put in place , was not considered as a viable point of interest to connect a valve and stop the flow. They cut the pipe just above the flange making an uneven surface to mate on, so why not cut the flange bolts, free the top half of the damaged pipe, and attach a new flange, with a large valve connected to that. Install the fixture with the valve in the open position to avoid turbulance and disruption, bolt it down, then close the valve. A line could be attached from the surface to the out going side of the valve and 100% of the oil could be safely recovered. I get upset every time I see that flange leaking under their riser fixture knowing that that flange represents the best possible solution to this problem. BP has passed on my suggestion sighting that they can’t or won’t consider it feasible.

  8. billdirect

    Butterfly Containment Valve. Design and construct a valve that while in the open position can be fastened onto the horizontal surface and vertical face of the flange. The valve is constructed to close around the flange like a butterfly with hinges. As it closes around the flange, the valve is open to allow product pressure to rush through while securing locking mechanisms. Once locked securely, the valve is simply closed, successfully stopping the leak while maintaining access for hook up to surface containment vessels.