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May 12th, 2010
09:42 PM ET

Seeking Solutions to the Oil Spill: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, we share some of your suggestions to stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. BP and others aren't having much luck. Maybe your idea can solve the mess. Plus, a new controversy for Arizona after the governor signs a new bill. We also take you inside the battle for Afghanistan with author and journalist Sebastian Junger. That's tonight's 'Big 360° Interview'.

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soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. Montez

    I dont believe they are trying to stop it, they are trying to save it so the can still get to the oil.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  2. Ken

    What is BP thinking? Tires and golf balls contain rubber.
    They are made using oil products. Rubber products are destroyed by oil unless treated during manufactiring processes to be resistant to oil.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  3. craig

    I don't think we should pay for higher gas prices for this spill. Can we as the little people sue BP for jacking up gas prices because of this oil spill.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  4. Nancy in Oregon

    I agree, Steve....those two spokesmen were pushing all sorts of buttons and not letting the other even speak....how does that lead to resolving problems? It only accelerates them like gas on a fire.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  5. Daniel

    CEO's Before Congress\ The Sleepy Weasel Defence

    Yes, I'm a Harvard M.B.A.
    Yes, as the company C.E.O. I make $450 million per year.
    No, I'm not responsible for this fiasco because I have no idea how my company is being run.
    Nothing has changed since Jeff Skilling testified before congress.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  6. konrad

    i would bomb the area around that hole, so that the pressure would close it like a bodybuilders anus

    May 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  7. Mike

    Suggestion for Oil Leak

    The same way planes are fueled in mid-air, a hose can be lowered to the leak and have it sucked in.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  8. Emily

    Did anyone suspect this man was on the edge?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  9. Dwight Hooper

    Instead of stopping the oil leak, how about diverting it. A mile-long tube could bring the oil to the surface then diverted elsewhere (into oil tankers, etc).

    May 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  10. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    I just don't think that they ever had a backup plan for a disaster like this.. They said that they did ,,but I think that they lied. Could there be other rigs out there like sitting time bombs waiting to blow a cap?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  11. Joe S.

    These guys are trying to plug a toilet, not stop an oil leak.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  12. Dan, Winston Salem, NC

    what would u do if it was thousands of gallons of money leaking out into the ocean? Wait!! it is, fix the problem, its been a month

    May 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  13. shane

    Why not try what already works, pump in a fast reaction polyurathene the same as you would if a tunnel or below ground structure leaked.............

    May 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  14. O. T. Thomas

    Why not funnel the leaking oil into somthing that can in fact pump the oil to the surface, filter it and put it into production

    May 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  15. Ryan Pearson

    What about building a bypass valve/pipe reconnecting the two ends of the bursted pipe. In essence cutting out the problem.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  16. Milas Thompson

    Here in new england we use low heating thing to melt ICE off r roufs y can't that use that on the top hat thing and it's cheap to it would melt that ICE so they could pump it out

    May 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  17. Cessy - Chicago

    school massacre: this is insane! at a kindergarten school?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  18. Jopa

    Why not some kind of upside down funnel. You have a pipe attached to your receptacle. You put an upside down funnel on the bottom and lower it over the oil vent. then patch as needed along the seam of the ocean floor and the funnel.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  19. Sheila R.

    They said the "house" didn't work in stopping the oil because the ice crystals that were forming. Couldn't we shoot liquid nitrogen or something down and freeze the leak shut?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  20. Montez

    Catheter – Heavy duty catheter shoved into the pipe and expanded with water pressure or compressed air?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  21. Miranda Fountain Valley CA

    I love John Vause 🙂 he's great i love accents 🙂

    May 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  22. Anne

    Regarding oil leak, assuming pipe is metal, would heavy or powerful magnets fill pipe and stop or slow leak?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  23. stephen gutierrez

    How about using a gas that can form a plug by freezing around the leak this can hold the oil until an other type of housing can be installed. I hope this can help.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  24. steve

    we have real deal green solution to capture the oil on the water-all natural and creating family wage supporting jobs

    its on you tube

    Show Me Energy Coop-Mo

    May 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  25. Scott Mansfield

    Lower a long vacuum hose to suck up the contaminated oil & water to the surface filtering the water back into the Ocean and trapping and recycling the oil... golf balls..seriously?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  26. Greg

    they could use a rubber pond liner to wrap the pipe to slow leak like duck tape and then cover with steel.
    they could use rice and grease like bacon grease I heard the will clog pipes very effectively. good luck

    May 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  27. Emily

    Another school Masscure!
    Good to see Joh Vause....another Great reporter.
    What a tragic story.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  28. Chad D

    Mill a steel core to stop the oil leak. Mill it from smaller to larger than the oil line.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  29. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Goes to show China is doing something wrong .

    May 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  30. Heather - Spokane, WA

    What is with people killing kids in China? Isn't this the fifth in two months?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  31. Dr. Dana-Renee Lee PhD

    As a person that has experience in explosives there is no reason why at the top of the Blow Out Preventer a shaped charge could not be placed and the pipe leading from the top pf the preventer be squeezed together which will stop the oil and with the correct use of other chemicals the top of the pipe could be welded together and a perminte seal formed. This is not the first time this type of accident has happened the only difference is the depth of the water and there are research and salvage subs capable of sealing the well instead of fulling around with ideas that will possibly let BP and by the way that name is a British company not an american oil company wanting to salvage the well if possible!!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  32. Tommy Bevis

    Lower the large dome back over pipe. The piping that was going to be used for the dome to the tankers, pressurize that pipe with air blowing all the water out. Pipe liquid nitrogen which is 340-360 degrees below zero down that pipe filling the dome with liquid nitrogen. Continue piping liquid nitrogen down until you freeze the well head. This means hauling liquid nitrogen in large volumes out to the well by barges or tankers. Once the well head is frozen keep a blanket of liquid nitrogen on it until a new well can be drilled and the pressure relieved.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  33. karl mcmeen

    Could you use a expandable bladder bag in the tube to choke iot off

    May 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  34. Rex Vitale

    The US Navy has the ability to implode the well. Then a concrete cap could be put on it. A new relief well can then be drilled. It can't do much damage than has already been caused. Why hasn't this solution been considered?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  35. Matt Novotny

    A variant of the inflatable rubber bladders used to clear out drain pipes could be used. Insert the bladder into the well and fill with pressurized concrete. With careful design, the bladder could probably be built with a valve to allow further oil extraction after repair.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  36. Nancy in Oregon

    Yes, Tyler, you're right....that's a big difference. You can't just selectively 'enlighten' one group and then expect the outcome in the larger culture to be a good one.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  37. Lori, S. California

    Terrible story coming out of China. What would drive someone to that?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  38. vernon mccants

    What about a balloon type device that will inflate once placed deep in the pipe or hole.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  39. Diane

    Wax! See the video on youtube titled 'Mini Oil Spill Cleanup Demo using Wax!! – CTV`s Canada AM' Seems to work!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  40. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    What about dropping thousands of fruit cakes on the well? They are the densest material known to man.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  41. Todd M.

    If these guys are this incabable of coming up with a solution. Publish the specifications of what we're dealing with so the engineers and inventors of this country like myself can solve the problem. If the pressures, dimensional scan/pictures/blueprints are published, I give it 3 days and someone will have a solution that will work. This is what we do, bring in the right people.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  42. Scott (Columbia, SC)

    Great show tonight — I've been hoping to see some talk on how to stop the leak. And while it's nice to see the lay speculation, I'd love to hear from the Army Corps of Engineers or other oil well experts. I'm no engineer — liberal arts major here! — but it seems like all the proposed suggetions rely on overcoming the massive pressure that must be forcing the oil out of the pipe. Maybe there's some way to reduce that by changing the water temperature or density? Surely some science guys out there can explain the theory end of this problem in terms lay people like me can grasp.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  43. Matt H

    If oil rises, why not make a dome to lower over the area of the leak? You could also attach a hose to pump some of the collected oil out and onto a ship.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  44. Keri

    Why don't they make a few relief valves in the pipe that they can later cover (because this time they can prepare for it) that takes the pressure off the one that is leaking to make it easier to stop the massive pressure. Then cap the one that is currently leaking. Then all quit their jobs because they should all be ashamed of themselves.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  45. David, Indiana

    Good question Anderson, if any student can take the courses, then they are not as Mr. Horne says being foisted on only those students of one ethnic background. I don't think there was any part of Michael Eric Dyson's arguement that was "race obsessed," he was talking about teaching history and political issues as completely as possible. There may be questions about how teachers teach a subject though, if a teacher is only teaching one pt of vw to the exclusion of all others that could be a breach of academic discipline. That would certainly be concern for school admin, but I don't think that needs to be addressed by the law such as I've just seen its main pts presented.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  46. Daniel

    Put a strong rubber balloon inside the oil tube. Inflate the balloon with air. Put a metal grate in front of the tube, so the balloon can't be pushed out of it.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  47. Manuel

    With all the technology we have in America, it is amazing how we havent been able to come up with an efficient solution of this crisis...
    The government should ask for help to scientists around the globe. We need that spill to stop now!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  48. Cecil

    Let's hope that we learn from this disaster how to better handle another one if it should happen again. All of our major energy sources... oil, coal, natural gas and nuclear...... carry a risk of disaster but there is no way that wind and solar can supply our energy at this time.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  49. Sharon Hastings

    210,000 gallons per day. Just awful. But wow, the hay pictures were very interesting! It certainly did absorb the oil there. After it forms the heavier balls of oil I wonder if the hay would work?

    I agree that the lack of preparation for the possibility of a catastrophic occurence is appalling. It seems that alot of research and planning should have been done just for these types of situations.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  50. Nancy in Oregon

    I'd be curious too, Sharon Hastings. On the one thing, I would hope that increased understanding (which goes way beyond who did what....but why and also in what larger context) would be a growth-promoting experience for all. On the other hand, if it is taught such that it leads to an 'Us and Them' thinking, then it just divides people even more than ever. Not what we need. I think the way it's taught and by whom would have a huge impact on outcome.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
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