Gulf Coast Oil Leak: What Are Your Suggestions ?

On April 20, 2010, an explosion occurred on the semi-submersible offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 rig workers and injuring 17 others. On April 24, it was found that the wellhead was damaged and was leaking oil into the Gulf. This significant spill poses a serious threat to wildlife, affecting as many as 400 species along the coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Although last one month, continuing disaster and effective solutions were not found. What are your suggestions ?

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29 responses to “Gulf Coast Oil Leak: What Are Your Suggestions ?

  1. David Camacho

    Pre-assemble a pipe with two valves… one to siphon the oil topside, the other to shut of the leak once the new assembly is in place. The new pipe is open at both ends. Slip one end over the existing pipe. Oil will continue to leak out the other end of the new pipe. Weld/secure the end of the new pipe to the old pipe. Attach the siphon and open its valve to begin pumping. Then close the valve at the end of the new pipe.

  2. loving my planet

    I was thinking. (on a smaller scales) this is like a cut on your skin and you need a bandaid. SO, I was think about iron sheet blankets (the same they use when blowing up mountains they lay these iron blankets down) that they could lay on top of the cut. and keep on layering the iron blankets. It might not stop it but it should slow down the flow of the oil

  3. Bob Diamond

    Insert liquid nitrogen along with the “top kill” mud and freeze the flow. P=nRT, right?

  4. Andy Loewy

    Build a gigantic dome that can be lowered over the whole blowout preventer. The size should depend on mitigating the freezing crystallization problem that they had before. The diameter of the dome might need to be the size of a football field. The dome should be built with a kit of parts so that the parts can be easily transported out to location. It could be built on a float at sea level and then sunk. At the top of the dome there should be a series of valves that can be opened and closed through electronic transmission. Attached to these valves will be hose bibs attached to large hoses that lead to a tanker at the surface. Water should be sucked (pumped if necessary) through the hoses pulling water from inside the dome at the rate at which the oil is leaking from the ground. The structure could be a Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome. The association with Bucky would make for a good BP environmentally friendly campaign when this disaster is over. If the cost of the dome is 50 million so be it. It would still be only a fraction of the cost of the potential environmental damage.

  5. Dirk Dinsmore

    Crimp or crush the pipe!

  6. Gerhard Schmidt

    what about a circular hydraulic sleeve clammed to the pipe , at the end of the sleeve have a hydraulic operated sliding door(guillotine),other thought as long as pipe is not cast or other brittle material use a hydraulic press as a car crusher to flatten the pipe ,I sent this to abc news but don’t know if they have anyone to follow up and you guys are the operators hope little suggestion helps some. G Schmidt NZ

  7. Gerhard Schmidt

    I am civil engineer ,if you want details of of the suggestion I posted earlier ,you have my contact details G.Schmidt

  8. aldo vassallo

    to dig another hole is useless, according to Pascal law pressure would remai the same everywere.
    What about introducing a sort of UMBRELLA till it opens ?

  9. aldo vassallo

    reply to what?

  10. My suggestion would be to use method similar to what doctors use for heart problems. That is to insert a pipe into the leaking line with an inflatable tube on the outside that would be inflated after inserting into the leaking pipe. this pipe must be big enough to handle the oil flow with a cut off valve to stop the flow.

  11. MARY GRIMALDO

    I saw a commercial on tv that used silicone strips to wrap around pipes to close plumbing leaks. It looked like a long ribbon of silicon that actually bonded with itself to form a leak proof bond. Could this work underwater with giant strips of silicon?

  12. Insert inflatable bladder and inflate with a gas or fluid that wont compress, the in port could have a check valve to insure the plug remains in place. the bladder could be inserted to a depth that would allow for a perminate fix. It could also have a pipe that would allow for oil extraction one the repairs were completed, more thank one bladder coud be installed.
    Russell Johnson
    Altus Arkansas

  13. JEFF TREST

    SINCE THE LEAK IS COMPARED TO A LEAKING FIRE HYDRANT, CAP IT IN “LAYERS”. FIRST, CAP WITH A “STRAINER, FILTER” TYPE CAP (OR BAG), WHERE THE PRESSURE WILL NOT EFFECT IT NEAR AS MUCH AS A COMPLETELY CLOSED CAP, SO IT CAN COVER THE LEAK IN LAYERS. AS YOU CAP EACH LAYER ON LEAK, IT WILL SLOW IT TO A STOP WITH LESS “STRAINERS” ON EACH CAP THAT IS PLACED ON LEAK.

  14. Lower a large bell, with legs, to position the bell right above the leak on the ocean floor.
    The bell should have a large vent hole at the top of the bell.
    At the vent hole, a vent/burp hood is to be inserted. The hood will be like the vent hood the vent of a gas furnace or water heater.
    The oil will rise into the bell, than thru the vent hood, and from there, be pumped to a ship via a long hose.
    The hood should allow gas pockets to burp out instead of blocking the hose.

  15. I don’t think BP’s experts have a clue what they are doing. It is just simple hydraulics. The key is not the pressure, but the pressure differencial. You cut the pipe, you increase the pressure differential and makes it more difficult to stop. They need to increase the pressure along the pipe, not cut the pipe.

    Top kill failed is apparently due to the fact that the viscosity of the mud cannot keep the oil from flowing permanently. My suggestion would be simply freeze the pipe section downstream of the mud injection point while mud is being injected. It would create a lock section by low temperature and then push the mud and cement all the way down the well.

  16. Crimp the pipe to slow down the oil gush with a hydraulic vice and bend it over.

  17. Insert an inflated test ball past the 1st pipe to where it widens and inflate it. These are used in sewers and supply lines to cut off the flow of sewer or water till repairs can be made.

  18. Giorgio Fumagalli

    – Apply a flexible envelop made by Kevlar or other similar very strong material like a balloon fixed with a collar on the basic valve of the well in order to obtain a sort of flexible tank with a open pipe fixed on the other extreme of the “balloon” connected with the surface of the sea.
    According to my thinking in this way we can produce a flexible compensation between the water and the oil coming out from the well.
    – Another solution on the same concept is to use the balloon without pipe connected and use it temporary as flexible tank to be substituted when full.
    I don’t have the necessary know how to understand if technically what exposed could be realized in the actual situation but I believe that this idea could be a new approach to the problem.

    I hope that the problem will be solved in a way or in another as soon as possible.
    Thank you for the attention.

    Best regard.
    Giorgio Fumagalli

  19. Dennis Dubois

    Attach several large deflated baloons to pipe and inflate baloons thus lifting more pipe up out of mud. Try to get the pipe facing straight up so a unit with 2 clamps can be fastened to pipe with the saw held mechanically between the clamp rack. This will perform a perfect straigh cut. once a straight cut can be completed Im sure the engineers could design a huge swedgelok fitting to go over pipe with a compression fitting. We used these types of fittings on gas pipeline work, especially on small stainless steel tubeing.

  20. Create a “silo” type containment from corrugated culvert piping that is several feet larger in diameter than well head exit plume, say 12 – 18 feet maybe larger if available. The round shape and the guage of metal should be able to withstand the p.s.i. at the depth of 5,000 plus feet.
    Connect the culverts by bolting or welding together, weighted with salvaged ships anchors (or BP Exc’s) over the well head.
    After reaching surface or near surface with silo multipule ships, tankers or barges could siphon from within the containment.

  21. Place a larger diameter pipe with an inflatable bladder attached to it’s inside.Once this pipe is in place you inflate the bladder to seal the space between the pipes.Either before or after you do this, attach enough sections till you reach the surface and into a container ship.

  22. What if you take a tanker railroad car, cut off one end, attach a larger hose outlet on the top end and set it over the valve and pump the crude directly to an oil tanker? Possibly a cheap patch till BP can get the well plugged.

  23. Alan Schweikert

    Design a compression fitting valve assembly where the compression fitting is conceptualized from simple home install type water faucet but scaled up in for increased size and preasure ability with the use of multiple clamp bolts around the circumference to the clamping collar.

    The device would have to fit loosely over the circumference of the well pipe and remotely tightened. Then the large volume valve can be sequentialy closed.

    The multiple clamp points, of course, will have to be capable of remote tightening to design torque, one at a time.

    This concept is a permenent fix subjet to further development for quicker implementation.

    Your call!

  24. THE PIPE IS 21″ IN DIAMETER, THE SEA PRESSURE IS 3500psig AND THE OIL PRESSURE IS 9000 PSIG. CAP IT IS IMMPOSIBLE, THERE ARE ONLY 2 OPTIONS CRUAH IT OR IMPLODE IT. NOTHING ELSE WILL WORK! THE PRESSURES AT THIS DEPTH WATE AND OIL ARE JUST TO GREAT. I SURLY WISH BP ALL THE LUCK INTHE WORLD. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. MR PRESIDENT WE BEST GET HELP TO SUCK UP THE OIL FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD. LOVE THE ENGLISH THEY ARE OUR FREIND NOT THE ENEMY.

  25. To plug the “leak” I would use Galium(softer than lead but heaver) shot(ball bearings) mixed with magnetized ball bearings forced straight down the well. The magnetic balls will start to coagulate with galium shot in between and congestion will plug the vertical pipe. Anyway another suggestion?

  26. salavtore f grillo

    try a magnetic iron box attraction upward start on top then
    the sides crane then the bottom connect all point around
    with magnetic iron squared

  27. norman j hassan

    ok v=2gh
    4 time pressure on bottom solar powered pumps trucks
    contain save store away

  28. Use those steel plates used to cover up roadwork. Weld a 50-gon, then successively reduce the number of sides being added to the top until there is a manageable opening at the top of the cone so that a relief pipe can be attached. Lower the massive cone-shape onto the oil leak while siphoning out everything, including water, until only oil is coming out.

  29. I agree with idea from Bob Diamond”” Insert liquid nitrogen along with the “top kill” mud and freeze the flow. P=nRT”
    maybe can be solutions !

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