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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  1. Mike

    Stack pre-cast concrete pipes over the area and this will bring the flow closer to the surface. They are made in huge sizes...then skim off the oil.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  2. Kenny H

    Hi Anderson,

    How about sending a powerful Navy underwater missle to blowup the leak hole. It should have enough force to collapse the tube that oil is leaking out from. Like the recent mining disaster but for good this time.


    May 12, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  3. Frank

    Drop a huge flat steel plate over the leak. Just like a band-aid, covering a cut. As big as the tanker was and as thick as a bus. Might hold it over or slow it down till they can figure a way to plug up that hole. Golf Balls!?!?... Really?!?!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  4. Greg Plouff

    My idea for plugging the leak: Construct a long cylinder that is smaller in diameter than the leaking pipe. This cylinder will have one or more inflatable sections to seal off the pipe. This device can be placed by a RPV or submarine. God help us.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  5. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "One has to wonder why he would choose to harm the innocent?"

    This is another one of those times when I would not be able to comprehend the incomprehensible!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Sebastian Junger is best author book I have read this. 🙂 Anderson is doing great job interview him tonight!!!! 🙂 Hope you can read book "War"

    May 12, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  7. Mike

    If the pipe is made of metal – maybe a large number of tiny magnets could be poured into it – they would all "stick" together to plug up the hole while a permanent repair can be made.

    If it's some other material, then perhaps liquid nitrogen could be used to freeze a section of pipe/oil to plug it up while a permanent repair can be made.

    Or, we could sink some decomissioned ships to cover it up.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  8. Doug

    Why not blow up the well, we have submarines, lets send a torpedo down the well maybe the debris will stop the flow.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  9. Paula, Colorado

    It's great to hear the latest from Sebastian Junger.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  10. Val McKee

    My suggestion to stop the oil leak is to use the principle of a urinary catheter. Push a tube down into the hole and then inflate the bulb. Thsi could then be directed through the tube into tankers, riggers, etc.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  11. Sherroll

    With the military technology we have now, could a military submarine launch a nonexplosive torpedo of sorts from a distance far enough away that it would basically lodge itself in the opening of the spill? Then the robotic arms they have now could push it further into the opening if necessary. Ideally the torpedo would be the same size circumference as the leak.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  12. Bryan Callahan

    Use liquid nitrogen to freeze a "plug" of crude or other matter at the discharge points. A temporary solution until a permanent one is in place.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  13. Frank (Chicago)

    They should plug up the oil spill by sticking an inflatable device (like a raft) in the pipe and pulling the cord. Or those heavy duty ballons. That should atleast slow it down. Please! Do somthing!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  14. David

    Would it be possible to build a containment ahead of where the oil is spewing and fill it with liquid nitrogen or something like that and see if the leak would bridge and stop or slow down?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  15. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse- i loved the fruit cake idea- it actually broke me up- thanks for the laugh

    @Scott (SC)- still agreee with you...would like to hear from other engineers, etc. who may have good ideas, although there are several ideas on the blog that my be worthy.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  16. Miranda Fountain Valley CA

    Sebastian Junger is an incredible journalist with integrity good choice for an interview 360

    May 12, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  17. Tina

    Could the oil spill be stopped by putting a submarine on top of the hole? If that's not heavy enough, fill the submarine with cement or something heavier. Then seal it at the seams with rocks (or maybe those golf balls or tires).

    May 12, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  18. Andre Golubic

    why not send a properly scaled vacuum tube down to the source of the leak and fill oil tanker vessels with what ever they suck up? the oil and sea water can much more easily be sorted once contained. the cost of the damage seems it would justify the measure. I have more ideas on this so email or call me if this sounds like a real (albeit temporary) solution. 678-887-6539 Andre in atlanta

    May 12, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  19. Tom

    Insert, spring loaded umbrella shaped devices which have thick rubber on the outside edges. Push the umbrella shaped object into the pipe (pointed end first, in the closed umbrella position,). Then, once inserted into the pipe, release the spring and violla, the umbrella shaped unit will open, and the edges will all be pushed outwardly against all edges. A series of these units will plug this. The units need to be made with flexible jointslike maybe kevlar and the main body of the units need to be steel (or a very strong material, strong polymeric material like on aircrafts. What do you think?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  20. Jeffrey Catlin (Pennsylvania)

    Lower a truck inner tube with an air hose hooked up to it and have a robotic arm shove the folded tube in the leak then apply air. Should seal hole.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  21. Peggy Lundgren

    Import large boulders over the hole. Scrape oil from the destroyed beaches and transport that back over the boulders to fill in the cracks.

    Efforts to save the drilled hole should be scrapped for many reasons. Honor those who have died by sealing off the oil hole.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  22. Mike

    A possible suggestion to plug the pipeline is to pump a solution or gel mixture along with burlap or nylon mesh which solidifies in the well head once injected. I would think this technique would work better than golf balls and tires

    May 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  23. David, Indiana

    Rep Markey is right I think the public does expect that we would be father along that sopping up spilled oil in the gulf with hair booms. But the spilled oil does need to be gathered up and I wonder how much of the spill is being collected. Contingency plans were mentioned on the blog last night, what are the usual contingency plans for a well head gushing oil in deep water?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  24. Angelo (from Collingswood, NJ)

    How about installing a flexible rubber sleeve around the pipe which can be long and strong enough to withstand the initial oil pressure and then have a rigid tube or pipe attached to the other end of this rubber type pipe to take away the oil to a tanker? It seems from the picture that I saw that this simple solution could be tried.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  25. Andrew Bagley

    Just an undeveloped thought.. Could the pipe be frozen and cause the oil inside gradually to coagulate and plug the pipe itself?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  26. michael nyc

    insert a pipe/hose containing a shut off valve into the existing hole that would have a flange that expands inside and does not have back pressure to oil escaping – then shut off valve ...

    May 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  27. Tina

    Could they place a larger diameter pipe with a stop valve that covers the point of the oil's exit from the earth over the existing pipe. If the stop valve won't take the pressure, then make the larger pipe long enough to direct the oil to the surface, where it can be dispensed into a container instead of spilling into the ocean.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  28. Sophia Garcia

    C'mon now, China doesn't really care about "copycat" killers. What they're really concerned about is that the rest of the world will know what a mess they've got going on over there. This horrible thing is just a drop in the bucket...

    May 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  29. Emily

    @Gayle McCauley,
    That was very funny! Hair...and feathers too...it's pretty bad that they (BP) didn't have a back-up plan in case this were to occur!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  30. Andrew Perry

    Plumbers use a rubber bladder that can be filled with air to expand it to form a tight seal so that a presure test can be done. I don't see why this wouldn't work !

    May 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  31. Dwight

    Seems that a pneumatic/mechanical plug would work, not sure of the pressure coming out of the pipe, we know the inside diameter of the pipe, a plug designed to fit inside the pipe and expand to seal it with grips that actually bite into the side to hold it place, that would then allow the pipe be covered with cement slurry.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  32. Jim Bland Mountville, PA

    Drill a second hole on an angle towards the first hole. Build a pipeline to a tanker from the second hole. When the new hole reaches the first one, it will pull a portion up the new pipeline and into the tanker.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  33. Nancy in Oregon

    They are cowards, Michael Armstrong Sr. Little children and a teacher and her mother, yes? Brave man....then killed himself so he wouldn't have to face retaliation? His family must be very ashamed...so they too are probably punished by him.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  34. David in Lawton Oklahoma

    Why is it that we expect ngo's, companies or governments to fix our problems (ie., we need oil), without risks to us or our environment. When oil strikes occurred in Oklahoma, Texas or other places in the early part of the 20th Century, it (the oil) ran all over the ground for hours or days before being capped. Not defending BP or the others....but let's pull together to get this figured out rather than play a blame game. Progress isn't cheap or easy....we all have to pay to play. We are human...not perfect! Thanks, David

    May 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  35. Brian- Mitchell,IN

    Any chance of using a bunker busting type bomb to at least slow down the flow of oil from a deeper depth.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, "Did anyone suspect this man was on the edge?"

    One has to wonder why he would choose to harm the innocent? He obviously made a choice and didn't just go off.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  37. Heather - Spokane, WA

    The killings in China the past two months is really scary and sad. Why would anyone do that?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  38. Scott

    Grow-in-Water-Sponge Pellets injected in Oil Leaks.
    We've all seen them Grow-in-Water-Animals for kids that grows up to 50 times its actual size why not make a large Pellet of the same material and Inject it into the leak?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  39. David Perry

    thermite for heat source....sorry, forgot to mention that.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  40. craig

    All i know this spill has to get cleaned up before hurricane season trully takes off. It is predicted this will be one of our busiest in years.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  41. Chris

    Why not several containment rings above the leak? Going farther from the center like bullseye and either use the vacuum I saw on CNN, or burn it; at least it would be contained

    May 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  42. Dennis DeMille

    Congressional hearing... These three CEO's should have been handcuffed, led to a jail cell, and not been let out until a total solution was paid for, in place, and verified by modern science. What was stinking Rush Limbaugh talking about the other day when he said. "It will take care of itself". The Exxon Valdez disaster still hasn't cleared up and it is how many years later? I hope that this generation suffers for it's stupidity, and our great-grandchildren, great, great-grandchildren are not born into this mess and remain in Heaven for eternity, while we remain in hell for what we have created on this Earth!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  43. Mark

    Look to the sewer industry for a conventional sewer plug. Not knowing the diameter of the pipe or the pressure being exerted, the sewer industry uses plugs to stop flow in conventional sewers. The plug inserts into the orifice of the pipe, and can be expanded to stop flow. Usually made of rubber with mechanical or inflatable expansion. Give America more detail, and a solution will likely be found !

    May 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  44. suzanne

    to stop the oil leak, why not apply the principles that allow chest tubes to re-inflate human lungs. change the direction of pressure around the leak by using a vacume or suction. THEN plug it.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree with you...... 🙂

    That's so horrible I have see this..... poor kids attacked and killed, My heart goes to kids parents in China. 🙁

    May 12, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  46. Luis Teixeira

    Nr anderson I have en Idea...Drill 6 Holes arund the principal leak, about 50 feet deep, and blow it at the same time ..that are going to seal the leak and recovery the ocean...of course that we are going to lose the structure of that oil...but you are going to save a lot of sea life....

    May 12, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  47. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    They need a voice in China about those babies any other them!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  48. Fiona, Massachusetts

    Why not cinch a hose over the well head and retrieve the oil as it flows up the hose?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  49. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    What kind of person could take baby's life and why would they choose a baby are they cowards .

    May 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  50. David Perry

    Could they send heat activated styrofoam, that the auto industry uses for safety, to the well head, expanding the styrofoam around the leak?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
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