May 12th, 2010
11:41 AM ET

Speak Up: Using 'junk shot' to clean up oil

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/12/art.domeinwater.jpg caption="BP's dome plan didn't work. Think you have a better idea? Tell us below."]

Hey there, AC360° fans. We're looking for your comments on the latest in the Gulf oil spill.

BP's newest plan to clean up the oil spill is to throw garbage at it - literally. Known as a "junk shot," debris such as shredded tires, golf balls and similar objects would be shot under extremely high pressure into the blowout preventer in an attempt to clog it and stop the leak.

News of this plan reached Rep. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, who was less than impressed. "When we heard the best minds were on the case, we expected MIT not the PGA," Markey said. "We already have one hole in the ground and now their solution is to shoot a hole in one. We expected a lot more sophistication when it came to dealing with something of this magnitude."

Since BP can't figure out how to stop the oil spill, maybe you can. What would you do to stop the oil spill in the Gulf? Use your imagination - it looks like BP is. Send us your comments and they might be used on tonight's broadcast. Don't forget to watch AC360° at 10 p.m. ET. to see if your idea made it into the show.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Gulf Oil Spill • Oil
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Richard

    How about stuffing Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin down the pipe, that should create enough air pressure to snuff out anything.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  2. jcbjr

    Have a lottery among BP executives with the "winner" being jammed around the leak.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  3. A.Conner

    I think the guys over at a NY company, Kramerica, were working on something like this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GguJDlEu5RY

    May 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  4. Chastig

    At this point Im ready to ask, Mr. Wizard or call Ghostbusters.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  5. tyler

    Train dolphins to swim into the blowout preventer and clog it. #ultimatedolphinsacrifice

    May 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  6. Earl

    Earl says the only way to stop a whoopee cushion is to take the pressure off. I'm afraid we are going to have to drill the area like a pin cushion with the same technology that got us here in the first place.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:42 pm |

    I would ask Dubai. They know how to import sand to make islands – so you could surround it.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  8. Khris Royal

    The only way to fix the oil spill is with a time machine. We never should have allowed ourselves to become this dependent.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  9. julielawrence

    Well, hair! Animal hair, human hair, any kind of hair... 300,000 pounds of hair are cut each day in the US and it's a renewable resource. If they can get their hands on enough hair it may work.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  10. Brian Gnidovec

    Try putting a snake like plumber's device that fits exactly into the pipe and push downward to seal the leak. When they finish, they could extract the snake and obtain the oil later.

    Plan B would be to weld a coupling fitting over the leaky pipe and attach another pipe on top of this coupling with a seal(like in your auto gas tank) to extract oil later once they finish cleaning up their mess. The seal is like putting gas in your car with a lip that goes in, but doesn't let gas out. I

    May 12, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  11. Jaron

    Send Snookie from jersy shore in the water she will soak up alot of oil!

    May 12, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  12. Betty new westminster, bc

    Could they not redirect the flow of oil back under the ocean floor with a huge hose- type thing or is there a possibility of building a tunnel-like structure where they could burn it off in as environmentally safe manner as possible?

    May 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  13. Victoria Alameda

    I invision using a system simular to when a person is bleading out. That would be putting a tourniquet above the gash. To cut off blood or slow it down dramiticly, till patient can get it tended to properly.

    So clamping down on the pipe some where just below the break. Until BP can do a perminate fix.

    May 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  14. Kevin Ward

    I believe they still have that one man submarine left over from the Bond movie "Diamonds are Forever". It was on an oil rig just like this one. Have the oil execs "draw" straws and......full speed ahead right into the hole!!!

    May 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  15. @SupermanHotMale

    A large tanker ship with a vaccum attachment to suck up the oil as it leaves the well head... a big tanker could be filled for days... then seperated later... same method for oil in the open sea...

    May 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  16. Leisa

    We could have a nationwide shave off...everybody shave their head and critters (pets) and donate the hair!

    May 12, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  17. Dee Dee Honea

    How about pumping hot wax down the shaft? Either that or put Sponge Bob in charge of the clean up effort.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  18. Charles

    They need MANNED machines that can stand the pressure of water that deep, so they can manually repair the wells if they fail, if technology can put man in space, i know they can invent a machine that can take the pressure of water one mile deep, and the Gov't should make it mandatory for any company drilling offshore to make sure they have safety backups that work in case this occurs again

    May 12, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  19. Me

    Idea 1 – make a floating machine that actually skims the top of the water through a water spout type cyclone filtration that sprays the clean water out the top...

    Idea 2 – Use the hair clippng from all the barbar shops and make a huge floating raft that can be pulled through the water and soak up the oil...

    Plugging the hole..
    Simple just pack it with cement... I think we are too worried about salvaging this well and getting the oil in our cars... we need to let that oil well go and move on the less enviornmently damaging means of energy...

    May 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  20. Paul Clifton

    Hey, Anderson:

    Have you SEEN this? It's not political, despite the link, it is all science, and it looks like it would work. The design is being passed all throughout the web, and yet nobody above has mentioned it. I hope it isn't because it originated on some lefty blogs, because that would be sick.

    We need to rise above politics in this case; our world is dying.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  21. Elaine Ciufo

    Hi Anderson,
    You'd be surprised what you can do with caulk. We use it to glue building stone samples to presentation boards. And, since it is used for water-tight locations, perhaps they can shoot some caulk in with all the other garbage, including the kitchen sink, and see what sticks.

    Apparently, low tech is the new high tech.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  22. elizabethmayo

    What about this? Some guy put up a demonstration on YouTube showing how hay can suck up oil. http://northwestflorida.com/?q=node/25

    May 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  23. sheila

    BP should offer $1,000,000 to anybody with a solution, and that works . A lot of brilliant minds would be churning away thinking , How can I do this , How can I do this! Money is always an incentive.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  24. Mary - Philly

    The fact that all the "expert" suggestions sound ridiculous and all the possible problems sound like sci-fi movies is incredibly sad, but at least it means I don't feel bad about my own crazy solution.

    I suggest creating, in essense, giant robotic pliers that would squeeze the pipe closed. This should stop or at least slow the leak while a relief well is created.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  25. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Use seaweed to plug it...Gee,,I know it's going to take one of us to figure this out since these fat cat oil execs. haven't figured out what to do yet.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  26. Burt

    I only have two words "SHAM WOW"

    May 12, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  27. Janice Ocala Florida

    use gum..scrape the gum from underneath the table and chair,,that would be recycling,,have a gum chewing contest than donate the used gum.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  28. Jennifer

    Seems like everyone has political jokes as a solution. My sister in law had an idea of developing robotics to go down and shut it off and then instead of having above ground rigs have a submarine type system with a rig station at the sea level so that if it happens again they are already down there to turn it off. Maybe being above ground is not the right way to drill for off shore oil. Since they make so much off of the natural resource why not have a permanent solution for on-going drilling. It is great to say find a new source of energy they should keep trying but we need oil and it will take a while before everyone can afford to or can switch to alternative means. We need to find a way to drill better and safer. I think trying to shoot garbage to the hole is a good idea to fast fix if they can but they should also be responsible to clean it up too. It is just not working. Talk to my sister in law she has the idea and large royalities for her should be paid ofcourse;0)

    May 12, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  29. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    This would help with the clean up but not the leak.Using hair will work,you would need a lot of it.How about also using feathers?If the oil sticks to birds enough to smother them,then I would assume it acts like hair and will hold onto the oil.Are there any down or feather companies that could be contacted for tons of feathers?

    May 12, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  30. Annie

    I am appalled at some of the comments, this is serious folks – it should NOT be taken lightly!!! Can't we utilize some technology that already exists and create a "lid" that will close off the well should there be any major problems. Just like with mine safety I think companies are forced to be more lax with safety because they can't afford to upgrade current equipment or buy new when old stuff can't be repaired properly. You can't cover a pothole with tar, the hole will come back within a couple months and eventually it will get larger – fix it right the first time with concrete and voila!! The Obama Admin waited too long to speak, and do anything...still waiting to see some better response from them!!!

    May 12, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  31. James Eckert

    Let's cram dollar bills into it. Or duck tape.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  32. gecko46

    Maybe it's time to consider the Russian recommendation of using a very low yield nuclear weapon to seal the hole. They've done it several times already. I am serious. I don't believe any of the American "experts" have a clue. Otherwise, It'll soon be time to get out of Dodge.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  33. Nick Wroblewski

    A giant steel plug shaped like a wine topper would plug the hole and nothing would freeze and no garbage would have to be "shot."

    May 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  34. Cindy

    They need some sort of mechanism that clamps down to close it off if there is any type of emergency...surely if we can send people into space we can develop a "stopper" that will work even if the oil platform is destroyed?! There has to be a fail-safe, cost should not be an issue and it should be mandatory for all platforms! Thx AC

    May 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  35. T.C.R

    Harry Potter and his group of friends or I'm sure Justin Beiber could...

    May 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  36. ZenShadow

    Sarah Palin and really, really long Bendy Straw come to mind.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  37. Britny, Maywood, IL

    How about we use the money that Goldman-Sachs is throwing away to plug up the hole and if that doesn't work we can take some Sham Wows and clean it up.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  38. Terra

    Anderson there is so much pressure of oil escaping that pressure must be applied in order to combat the spill- as it is deep how about a 5 mile tube that is then filled with cement and plugs up the area where oil is spilling out? Just a thought.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  39. Bill Campbell Kansas City

    Have Dick Cheney sit on it.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  40. Don

    An umbrella like device that would be anchored above the leak. Since
    the oil is lighter than water. The oil would collect at the top of the
    umbrella. As an intermittent solution. Hopefully it could capture much
    of the leakage before reaching topside.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  41. Tina

    This is completely rediculous, there is no solution, only alternatives. And the best alternative is alternative energy/fuel. It's time for the American people and our lawmakers to get on board with the idea if we want to leave future generations with any kind of sustainable enviornment.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  42. Cathy

    What about the ' SHAMWOW'? Doesn't it absorb everything?

    May 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  43. johnny Size

    You could slice the well into different tranches and sell the debris to the Germans.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  44. Chris Stevens

    Gorilla Glue?

    May 12, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  45. Susannah Martin

    (building on what Michael said) Build a case for compressed memory foam (or whatever foam expands the most when exposed to liquid) and attach that to a guided torpedo. Modify the explosives in that torpedo so that when it explodes, it only breaks the torpedo itself and the case of foam. Maybe a few of those would expand enough to plug a hole.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  46. Michael Cronin

    Solution: Modify a guided torpedo into the blowout preventer.
    The modifacation would require the explosives to be removed and a expandable plug attached to the front of the torpedo.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
  47. Ed Woychowsky

    I'd plugh the leak using oil company executives.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  48. Mark The Carpenter

    Why don't they have some oil tankers out there and pump the waste out of the water into the tankers ? I'm sure they couldn't get it all, but any little bit would sure help.
    Mark The Carp

    May 12, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  49. JC-Los Angeles

    How about stuffing the hole with all the fraudulent mortgage loans and horrifying mortgage backed securities?

    This would make Greenspan a little less deplorable.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  50. David Swartz

    Why dont we just ask the expert on energy, oil, and safe drilling, sarah palin? She should have a maverick solution, right?


    May 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
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