No Shortage of Eccentric Oil Leak Ide...

No Shortage of Eccentric Oil Leak Ideas for BP

There are 12 comments on the WBKB-TV Alpena story from Jun 3, 2010, titled No Shortage of Eccentric Oil Leak Ideas for BP. In it, WBKB-TV Alpena reports that:

An underwater camera captures operations to cut the broken riser pipe at the site of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, June 1, 2010.

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bob reese zip 22406

Fredericksburg, VA

#1 Jun 8, 2010
, with some skill using a drill and a saw, First drill a hole of a size that could support a large rod, then cut a vertical slit in the pipe leaving a slot with a hole in the middle of it. By machining a slot through a rod and inserting a baffle plate in the slot of the rod, you c ould then insert this into the pipe and turn it 90 degrees it would restrict the oil flow considerably
Carlos Ruiz

Monterrey, Mexico

#2 Jun 8, 2010
Do you know what keeps oil encapsulated underground below the sea floor ? Tons of mud, dirt and rocks, Yes, That is the best containment system the oil can have to keep itself where it belongs.
Well then Why Bp is not doing anything to a definitive close of the hole? Just because they are taking for granted that if they can stop the leak, they can keep the well operating for their profits.
The solution is very simple. Dig 2 holes 12" wide 15 Feet every side of the original well. The deep should be 5000 to 8000 feet below sea floor. Then introduce 2 pre programmed automatic 15 KiloTon Bombs, one on each hole. Remove the insertion tools and let the mud cover and fill the holes. The bombs should detonate underground shaken the soil to crush the actual extraction pipe ( leaking well) and with all the weight of the sea water, dirt and rocks the grounds will crush the leaking pipe, redistribute the weight and closing the leak forever.


#3 Jun 10, 2010
Operation "Medusa"

Place a large cone with 6 or 8 10" vacuume pump hoses leading up to containment ships filling bladders.

If the collective volume of suction produced by the containment pumps exceeds the leak volume there should be absolutely zero dissipation into the sea...

Obviously this is a temporary solution until a more perminent solution is discovered.


#4 Jun 10, 2010
...oh and after containment I believe this oil source should retapped then opperated at the expense of BP. All proceeds will go to oil spill victims and clean up efforts.
Just my .02 cents.
Charles Trig

Haines City, FL

#6 Jun 14, 2010
I may have the fix for the oil still gushing into the Gulf from the bottom of the Top Hat, it involves simple physics that will work even under high pressure and low temps. It involves a magnetic o-ring clamp of my design that can be seen here:
I have tried to submit it to BP, they did express interest on the phone but are so backlogged that I am afraid the clock is ticking while they sort through the thousands of ideas per day. Please review this and let people know that this clamp is perhaps the one thing that can save us. I am a research scientist and have extensive experience in physics, as long as the materials of the pipe and top hat respond to magnetism, heavy earth magnets shaped to the form of the pipes will clamp the leak and stop the flow of oil.

Montgomery, AL

#8 Jun 14, 2010
1) Just like a heart stint, slide a kevlar bag down the pipe approximatly 200ft. The bag needs to be 20 ft long at the minimum. Once the bag reaches the desired point within the pipe, use compressed air to fill the bag. Once the bag has stopped the majority of oil, fill the pipe with concrete, thus shutting the flow. Cap the pipe as BP sees fit.
2) Using a 30 ft pipe slighly smaller than the origional with a shut off valve attached on one end. Leave the valve opened and place inside the leaking pipe about 15ft down and weld in place sealing the joint. Wrap an additional collar around that joint and weld all the seals in place giving it a second layer of protection. Close the valve.

These are two ideas that should work very easily and inexpensively. Either task should be completed within one week at the longest if BP and the government is really interested in stopping the leak.

United States

#9 Jun 15, 2010
What would happen if you ignited the oil and gas at bop??? If you ignite a gas line that is leaking, the gas just burns where psi is released??? It does not back up as long as there is psi?? Would it not burn most of oil because of methane?? Would the remnants of oil not sink to ocean floor around the spill then be cleaned up in one area??? May be a stupid solution or dangerous but thought I would put it forth so you guys could give me a hard time.

Asheville, NC

#10 Jun 16, 2010
Don't know how to stop the leak but right now that isn't the worst problem - worse is the oil that is out there, floating to shore and threatening to reach around the world. How to stop that? I propose making all the spilled oil "abandoned property" and allowing anyone to collect it. That would mean the other oil companies could use their machinery to collect the oil from the water (has to be easier than drilling for it) and processing it. They would have to love the idea - free oil for the taking, no drilling... and I expect they have the equipment and would simply need more men.(I also know where they might find some experienced oil workers to hire.)
Also think the field should be open to anyone willing to take the risks and gamble - small businesses and individuals who want a chance to get in on an opportunity to make money in oil.

Left where it is, it poses a larger risk than many have considered. Imagine a year from now, the oceans covered in oil -- and a fire. We need to take this action now. Yes, work to plug the leak - but do anything and everything we can to clean up the mess that is growing every day. Our lives may well depend on it.

Mahwah, NJ

#11 Jun 16, 2010
Perhaps ?? Attach a plate with a hole to the area. It should have fittings for attachments. Close the hole slowly using hydraulic control. Freeze and back fill the well
Shirley Rob

Ridgewood, NY

#12 Jun 19, 2010
Perhaps - stop drilling for oil?
philosopherkingt omas

Butte, MT

#13 Jun 23, 2010
FREEZE the BOP with liquid nitrogen.

United States

#14 Jun 23, 2010
Imagine a structure with a shape and flexibility of a hot air balloon. Install a closing mechanism up one side of balloon and fit it around riser attached to a collar with piping outlets. Anchor balloon to floor over BOP. Rising oil inside balloon will displace the sea water and oil can be pumped from fittings installed in the collar.

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