Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Let's hear some ideas to cap this oil leak ...
5-29-10 | boycott

Posted on 05/29/2010 2:27:01 PM PDT by boycott

Okay, I am not an expert in this field but sometimes the most simple ideas work the best. It should be obvious rather quickly that I am not an expert in this field.

I really just want to hear other's suggestions so I'll offer mine to spare you any embarrassment of your suggestions .... as silly as it may be ................

---------------------

As a temporary solution, a dome that is weighted at the bottom that is somewhat self-leveling -- something that would resemble sandbags joined/tied together so that it would seal off most, if not all, of the leak. The bags (or whatever the containers) could almost be self-leveling (it could be steel balls, chain links, sand, or whatever in the self-leveling bags). At the top of the dome is a large and obviously long pipe where the oil/gas mixture would be forced to exit at the surface into tankers. Pumps could be used to help maintain the flow-rate. Pumps may or may not be desired.

I am not sure of the type (or types) of pipe. I know there is a lot of pressure a mile below the surface. You may have to use a heavy steel pipe near the bottom. I wonder if something a little more flexible (imagine a big garden hose -- certainly much thicker and more ridgid.) could be used a little higher up. A combination of various types of pipe could possibly be used (steel, fiberglass, plastic, etc.). Pipe supports may be also needed.

If the area of the leak is 10', make the dome 20'+ around it. The shape isn't so important. What is important is sealing it off on the bottom and forcing the oil to the surface using pumps (if desired or needed.) via the pipe.

My suggestion is only for temporary recommendation until the relief well is done. You could then possibly drill closer to the area of the leak and I believe you could get there more quickly.

-- I believe all this could be done pretty quickly. Fusing large plastic pipe together could be done very quickly.

They might could use the first dome they tried to use or something like it. Put the weighted leveling devices on the sides and a steel pipe in the top of it. Then join the steel pipe with plastic (or fiberglass, etc., or whatever) as you get shallower. Use chain/ropes to lower the dome, pipes, pipe supports, etc.

I know my suggestion may be way off but sending golfballs and mud down the rig wasn't very complicated either. I am not fond of the NUKE OPTION I am hearing either.

I don't like the idea of waiting and doing nothing until August when they can drill the relief wells.

My thoughts are that if they could pick up just one idea from anyone, it might could help bring an end to this nightmare. It's day 40 and this slow-motion disaster continues before our eyes.

If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them. Also, please send them to ......

http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/doc/2931/546759/

BTW, I am in no way affiliated with DeepWaterHorizonResponse.com or any other organization involved in the response. I am just a guy that lives on the Gulf of Mexico that loves sealife / wildlife, beautiful sandy beaches, and our way of life.


TOPICS: Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: oilspill; vanity
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200201-244 next last
(I hate vanities but I want to hear any and all suggestions.)

If there's just any part of an idea from any of you that could help the response, let them know. I am sure it would be appreciated by them. I know it would be by me.

1 posted on 05/29/2010 2:27:01 PM PDT by boycott
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: boycott

2 posted on 05/29/2010 2:28:10 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott

"the ideal plug is running around Chicago somewhere"

3 posted on 05/29/2010 2:28:29 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott

Put a deflated baloon in the pipe and then blow it up.


4 posted on 05/29/2010 2:29:36 PM PDT by loreldan (I'm shocked)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott

I don’t have any solutions, but I am starting to get very, very worried about this. Not only is this a catastrophe, at the same time, we have the worst possible person imaginable at the helm.

God help us.


5 posted on 05/29/2010 2:29:41 PM PDT by chris37
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott

Blame Obama


6 posted on 05/29/2010 2:29:53 PM PDT by bmwcyle (NJ Governor Chris Christie for President)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott

I have no idea how to stop it, but if we could impeach Obama tomorrow, I’d feel much better about everything.


7 posted on 05/29/2010 2:30:04 PM PDT by ZX12R (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott

Half cast on both ends with open ends planned. Lower the concrete without closing the plume and utilize the two part valve.


8 posted on 05/29/2010 2:31:47 PM PDT by allmost
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott
I wish Red Adair was still around.
9 posted on 05/29/2010 2:32:03 PM PDT by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott
Use something large and useless.


10 posted on 05/29/2010 2:32:43 PM PDT by SkyPilot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott

Top Kill by overloading it with Democrat B.S.
Send Obama, Ried, Pelosi, Frank, Ambercrombie, Murray out there to supply the B.S.
It will be plugged within 1 hour of them giving speeches.


11 posted on 05/29/2010 2:33:07 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott

PRAY


12 posted on 05/29/2010 2:33:15 PM PDT by Linda Frances
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott
My second choice would be these cats:


13 posted on 05/29/2010 2:33:34 PM PDT by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott
Plug it with Ted Kennedy's ass.

14 posted on 05/29/2010 2:34:04 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott

Everyone knows the solution, stuff a couple trillion dollars in there to “plug the hole”.


15 posted on 05/29/2010 2:34:06 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott

I would use a 10 megaton thermonuclear warhead. It wouldn’t plug the leak, but everyone would quit worrying about it!


16 posted on 05/29/2010 2:34:23 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Linda Frances

PRAY


Absolutely!!! That will help more than anything else.


17 posted on 05/29/2010 2:34:31 PM PDT by boycott (CAL)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: boycott

Don’t the Russians use nuclear weapons to cap these? How does that work?


18 posted on 05/29/2010 2:35:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Don't care if he was born in a manger on July 4th! A "Natural Born" citizen requires two US parents!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott

Fill it with Obama’s ego and tamp it down with his lies. They are bot in limitless supply!


19 posted on 05/29/2010 2:35:16 PM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 million fooled daily!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott

Copper outer wall, steel pipe of smaller diameter than the well, about 20’ long, with space between the two walls with small explosive charges or expandable high pressure 2 part compound every 2 feet along the pipe.

Push into the well and then set of the explosives or compound. This will push the copper out to meet the sides of the well. Steel pipe acts as the relief and allows for the oil to be pumped out.


20 posted on 05/29/2010 2:35:18 PM PDT by taxcontrol
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott

Just stick a new BOP on top of the one that’s not working. Activate BOP. Problem solved!


21 posted on 05/29/2010 2:36:13 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Free Men will always be armed with the Truth. -)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Doogle

“the ideal plug is running around Chicago somewhere”


Hopefully he’ll come up with a solution while vacationing or playing basketball.


22 posted on 05/29/2010 2:36:22 PM PDT by boycott (CAL)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: boycott

How about using an atomic bomb, I wonder if 20 kilotons would be enough? I know back in the 1950’s, it was proposed both in the US and USSR and atom bombs can be used for engineering purposes such as digging big holes and so on, maybe we can use one to cause a ruckus down there to the point where it would liberate so much dirt and rocks, it would seal the hole.


23 posted on 05/29/2010 2:36:23 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chris37

Yeah, Any boob can be president if they only use a Teleprompter when they speak - and nothing bad happens.

Anybody can be a firefighter, as long as there are no fires. It’s easy to just sit around the station waiting for a fire.

Unfortunately, Obama is proving what happens when you have an unqualified president and something DOES happen. I wonder what Sarah would have done.


24 posted on 05/29/2010 2:36:44 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot

If nothing else, that might scare the oil back down the hole.


25 posted on 05/29/2010 2:36:48 PM PDT by OCC
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: boycott

A large bomb near the leak would likely collapse everything around it and plug it up.


26 posted on 05/29/2010 2:37:35 PM PDT by DB
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sola Veritas
I would use a 10 megaton thermonuclear warhead. It wouldn’t plug the leak, but everyone would quit worrying about it!

How about the Tsar Bomba? B-)
27 posted on 05/29/2010 2:37:42 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: boycott

28 posted on 05/29/2010 2:37:44 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (No matter where you go there are always more stupid people.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All

Let’s get Oprah Winfrey to team up with Art Bell and have the cumulative audiences of her show and from Coast to Coast AM all be given airline tickets to the Gulf Coast were they will all hold hands and have a big group prayer to heal the hole.


29 posted on 05/29/2010 2:38:39 PM PDT by hennie pennie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Doogle

Plugs? Talk to Joe Biden!


30 posted on 05/29/2010 2:39:23 PM PDT by WellyP
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Nowhere Man

I doubt it needs to be that big.

Particularly if they could drill a hole near the blowout shaft and pack it will explosives.


31 posted on 05/29/2010 2:39:33 PM PDT by DB
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot

Man, everywhere Michelle Obama goes, you need to have a 1972 Pinto as a head car with a huge “Wide Load” sign on the front. B-) B-P


32 posted on 05/29/2010 2:39:49 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: allmost

Half cast on both ends with open ends planned. Lower the concrete without closing the plume and utilize the two part valve.


I like it.

So lower some big device over it that has a two part valve and then close one of the valves off? I like it.


33 posted on 05/29/2010 2:39:59 PM PDT by boycott (CAL)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: boycott

While we are waiting to get the leak stopped, why are they not sucking up the oil laden seawater as close to the leak as possible and putting it in tankers? I don’t understand why they are just allowing all that oil to escape.


34 posted on 05/29/2010 2:40:05 PM PDT by csmusaret (Remember, half the people in this country are below average)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott

Put a steel unbrella down the pipe, one that has the ability to grip the inner walls, then open it up...Repeat as necessary.


35 posted on 05/29/2010 2:40:07 PM PDT by Greenpees (Coulda Shoulda Woulda)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chris37

plug da ho with basketballs.


36 posted on 05/29/2010 2:40:08 PM PDT by biggredd1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono; SunkenCiv; Yehuda; Nachum
Do not miss this photograph, it's just... stunning!
37 posted on 05/29/2010 2:40:28 PM PDT by hennie pennie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: boycott

Nuke it. Supposedly the shock wave can pinch the hole shut.


38 posted on 05/29/2010 2:40:35 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott
We can either:

(A) Shove Obama and the entire Obama Administration down the hole to plug the leak;

(B) Wrap Obama's big mouth around the blown out well head and plug it that way.

Either way, I don't care -- it solves two problems: One with the oil leak, and second with the most failed President in U.S. History.

39 posted on 05/29/2010 2:40:37 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Past Your Eyes

LOL!! That’s a good suggestion any day. It would help the economy too.


40 posted on 05/29/2010 2:40:54 PM PDT by boycott (CAL)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Nowhere Man

Make that “with explosives”...


41 posted on 05/29/2010 2:41:05 PM PDT by DB
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: boycott

Well, Jack Bauer would know what to do for sure. At least, he would off a few people who are responsible and that might make us feel a little better!
But I still like the idea that was on Fox and Friends a while back of using some absorbant mattress material to soak up the oil. Anyone see that segment?
I know that doesn’t plug the hole but at least it’s a start for cleanup. SIGH.
Of course, we all want this disaster fixed. Only benefit of any delay is that it continues to tighten the noose around Obozos’ neck.


42 posted on 05/29/2010 2:41:05 PM PDT by Mountain Mary (We need to keep our feet on the necks of Republican representatives: Stand up and fight!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott

I don’t know if it would work but I was thinking of something along the lines of a cofferdam. Something that would fit over the whole assembly at the bottom lowered in narrowing segments until it reached a point where the oil and water could be pumped off together.


43 posted on 05/29/2010 2:41:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott

The best thing to do would be to put Dick Chaney in charge of the operation. He actually knows something about the technology and gets things done.


44 posted on 05/29/2010 2:41:16 PM PDT by Old North State
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: csmusaret
While we are waiting to get the leak stopped, why are they not sucking up the oil laden seawater as close to the leak as possible and putting it in tankers?

They are collecting about 200 barrels a day from the endcap leak.

45 posted on 05/29/2010 2:41:44 PM PDT by GreenStreak
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Old North State

The best thing to do would be to put Dick Chaney in charge of the operation. He actually knows something about the technology and gets things done.


You’re 100% correct about that.


46 posted on 05/29/2010 2:42:09 PM PDT by boycott (CAL)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: DB
I doubt it needs to be that big.

Particularly if they could drill a hole near the blowout shaft and pack it will explosives.


I was also thinking of the sub-kiloton nukes like we had with the Dave Crockett and the Atomic Annie cannons, IIRC, I think they are in the range of 100 to 500 tons (0.1 to 0.5 kilotons).
47 posted on 05/29/2010 2:42:14 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: boycott

Inject expandable polyurathane foam under the wellhead base.
It may expand inside the pipe and block the flow.


48 posted on 05/29/2010 2:42:20 PM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: boycott

I’m not sure if the visual is correct. The pressure capping requires a multiphase capping. Two halves seem perfect to me.


49 posted on 05/29/2010 2:43:09 PM PDT by allmost
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot

Well, she could certainly sit on the blown out wellhead and plug the hole with that big fat ass of hers ....

50 posted on 05/29/2010 2:43:30 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200201-244 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson