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BP receives 10,000 ideas about how to stop leak

There are 94 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from May 20, 2010, titled BP receives 10,000 ideas about how to stop leak. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

A suggestion box or publicity stunt? BP has received thousands of ideas from the public about how to stop a blown oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, but some inventors are complaining that their efforts are getting ignored.

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T white

United States

#1 May 20, 2010
Call up a salvage company that has those big air bags that they use to move stranded ships and barges on land. Insert one of them into the pipe and instead of using air, use water to fill it up. it should plug up the hole long enough to put your heads together to seal the leak for good.


#2 May 21, 2010
why not just stick the chairmans head up the pipe its thick enough!
e self

Auburn, AL

#3 May 21, 2010
My idea is similar to Twhite. have the company who makes the bags for the salvage co make up 3 or 4 bags in a series that will fill up the the order they were inserted by robot.MAKE SURE THE BAGS ARE SUPER HEAY DUTY.Steel lined mesh or the stuff bullet proof vests are made of ,then using super heavy compressor from top fill bags with super ,extra fast setting epoxy to blow bags and seal them off Have stops seperating bags as they fill ,make sure the bags are as far down in pipe as possible before filling .IF leak stops ,long enough then fill pipe with fast setting super fast setting anchor type cement or some type epoxy to top .THEN HAVE SEVERAL TONS OF WATERPROOF CEMENT READY TO PILE UP OVER PIPES AND PRAY
charles G

Albuquerque, NM

#4 May 21, 2010
I think they should come up with some thing like a reverse plugger so as the oil comes out it pushes agains the cup and makes a seal the more pressure the tighter the seal. it will use nits own force to keep seal. if it was not strong enough to hold back the pressure back it up with some kind of weight.
Blaise Nageondelestang

San Antonio, TX

#6 May 23, 2010
1. Drill a small 3 to 2 in diameter hole in the pipe located somewhere way before the main leak (and preferably before one of the largest kinks or bends in the shaft).
2. Insert a deflated rubber coated Kevlar or Hypalon bag.
3. Rapidly inflated the bag with some sort of expanding foam rubber (or other material rather than water or air).
4. If the expanding bag doesn't stop due to friction, than it will break loose and wedge itself in one of the kinks or bends slowing the flow to a more manageable rate.
5. Then a metal boot can be put around the shaft and "shimmied" up to block the bag insertion hole.
6. This may not stop leak completely, but it will make it much more manageable while effort to drill an axillary well and clean up surface are commenced.


#7 May 24, 2010
i am afraid the oil leak shown on televisions may not be the horizon oil well leak!


#8 May 24, 2010
to close a pipe is extremely simple; example;
use hydraulic clamp that will crush and squeeze pipe closed;

the real answer to all this crap is; some top men are trying to embarass the President out of office; but they will not get away with it! the President is a smart honest man and Almighty God is with him! all the way!

United States

#10 May 25, 2010
put shape charge around pipe, blow pipe ,clean cut,install dresser valve , close valve ,party over!

Fayetteville, NC

#11 May 25, 2010
create giant filter to encircle a large area to let water through but not oil.

Hudson, WI

#12 May 26, 2010
Why not connect another pipe to that big expensive box you made, and "collect" the product instead of trying to "stop" it. Let if flow into an add on "controlled" system.


#13 May 26, 2010
best idea so far! is the one that sticks the chairmans head up the well head pipe!


#14 May 26, 2010
BP are said to have built a new oil rig with a huge tall chimney 1300 feet high! a news man said thats very unusual is it not!

BP spokes person said we're very sorry! but we seem to have the plans upside down again!


#15 May 26, 2010
BP's favourite song is 'blackbird bye bye'!


#16 May 26, 2010
someone tell BP the saying is;- spread your bread upon the waters! not oil you sirry irriots!


#17 May 26, 2010
before the BP chairman goes to bed at night! he always makes sure he has good leak!

“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08


#18 May 26, 2010
Hurricane season promises to be quite interesting this season.

Sure wouldn't want to own property within a hundred miles of the gulf coast.


#19 May 26, 2010
i think BP should pay themseves bonuses of 2,000,000 each so they come into line with all the other company leaders and bank chairmans and government quango's ago ago treat fund managers!
Almighty God/Allah has his eyes upon you!


#20 May 26, 2010
its no good adding more wind bags, we've got enough already!

trouble with modern life is; management try to do every thing with a computer! and they have never done the real job or, for that matter any hands on real job! so its like having a real bunch of numpties that dont know what the hell they are doing whilst pretending they do know what they are doing! like granny would always say! there's a no good doings going on down there right in front of eyes! a no good doings I tell yer! they's as much use a an ash tray on a kicking mule thats been stung by bees' sure is! shucks folks!

United States

#21 May 26, 2010
why wasnt there a worst case scenerio for this?? so that there would have been a working plan to repair this immediately. Or was it like the Titanic not having enough life boats because they thought it could not sink??
my only suggestion is a giant band clamp like i use on my garden hose, that screws the band tight around the pipe and a hose slightly larger than the pipe.

North Berwick, ME

#22 May 26, 2010
Instead of using the standard "Mud" to try and seal the leak / gusher, why not use something that expands like Construction Foam, believe it or not foam can be mixed to be as hard as concrete.It expands to fill in every crack and hole and sets up almost instantly_It'sworth a shot IMHO !

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