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May 12th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Man claims product could 'eat' Gulf oil spill

(CNN) – The "top hat" oil containment device has reached the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico and should be in position over a leaking well head and operational by the end of the week, BP said Wednesday. Meanwhile, one man says while all that's going on, he's sitting on a potential solution to saving the wetlands, if they're over-run with oil.

Frank Pajaujis is a partner at Aabaco and says he has a product that could actually "eat" away at the oil and turn it into dirt. He showed us a demonstration of his product on Wednesday's American Morning.

Read more: 'Top hat' reaches Gulf oil leak site

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  1. john bunnie butler

    It's an impressive about doing some experimenting in the sea with this product and give us an updated report... Peace and Love!

    May 13, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
  2. Steve

    Yes I agree with Bruce, and do not see why this has all been such a problem. If they would not concentrate on capping or plugging the hole and focus more on getting the oil out of the ship, by a siphoning method, then all the oil that has been already leaked out would have already been placed into another ship. I feel they are not thinking of the simplest solution which is siphoning or drawing out the oil. If they were to use thick walled pipe and sending it down to place over the hole, they could then draw the oil into another waiting ship thus containing the oil to one area. The awaiting ship would then have a water/oil seperator that could disperse the unharmed water back into the Gulf. I don't understand why they are thinking so much to cap it because after or if they do what do they plan to do then?, the ship is still going to be down there with the oil in it. Do they think we will just forget its down there? I feel they are only avoiding the inevitable and that they are overthinking the problem. I think they should use the KISS method (keep it simple stupid) and siphon that oil out even if all the top brass of BP have to go out and siphon that hose with their lips, after all it is their spill.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  3. Travis

    I have 2 questions with this clean-up methodology (the microbes mentioned in the video):

    1) what are the byproducts of the microbes – do they create new compounds which are more or less problematic?

    2) why not test this in Alaska where they STILL have oil-soaked beaches – and determine the viability of using this approach on a wet-land / shoreline area and study it's effects there before applying it in the gulf?

    If it does what it claims to, with no adverse results, then perhaps this has the potential of reversing the effects of 2 different oil spills.

    May 12, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  4. logan32197

    My husband suggested virtually the same idea that bruce tuchman did above. Sounds like a great idea to me.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  5. dlm33314

    He's going to make a fortune.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  6. Sherry

    BP doesn't want to use this method of cleanup, because that means it would have to let the oil reach the shore rather than "disperse" it out at sea using toxic dispersants. If the oil contaminates the fragile wetlands, TV crews would loop endless visuals of oil-soaked otters and birds, soiling BP's image forever. Keeping the oil off the shore keeps those damaging images at bay and keeps the damage off shore as well.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  7. Bruce Tuchman

    I don't see why this is such a problem. Install a cove shaped auger tip with an opening to receive the oil at the end of a hose wide enough to receive the oil, The auger fits into the broken well head, screws in tight. The oil flows through the auger and the hose so the pressure will be released and not blow the hose out of the hole. Construct the auger to fit snuggly, seal it tight after insertion. Oil flows to the new hose to a ship. end of story, oil recaptured.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:26 pm |