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June 1st, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Is the Gulf oil cleanup working?

By Carol Costello, CNN

(CNN) – I was intrigued by BP CEO Tony Hayward's talk of "containment in the offshore." He said "there has been no black tide," and while there have been "breaches" in the system, BP says it has done a good job maintaining the vast majority of shoreline. But is that true? We took a ride to see for ourselves.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
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  1. Janice Tarantino

    How to siphon up the oil a mile below the surface. Use a soft fabric structure like a parachute, dome. The concrete dome was silly at that depth. Use fabric secured by a strong giant hula-hoop to enclose the pipe. A mile below the surface fabric will not crush. The crude will water proof it. Have the fabric up-side-down siphon feed into a pipe to the surface, helped along by a few pumps. So what if there is water mixed in. Let BP separate water from the crude. Store the crude, ocean mixture in lined trenches on land. Landfill companies know how to line trenches. BP will want only pure crude, so a half hearted attempt at capturing spilling oil is logical.

    June 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  2. michael

    Oil Containment Rings OCR’s – Need to be installed Now

    If we collect 99% of the oil being spilled – then bp can take time to kill the well.

    Start to build a “oil collection ring” flotation miles in diameter which has large booms (100′ by 6′ diameters)with deep aprons that zipper together as they extend deep(300′ or more) below the surface (this happens physically as aprons on modules are zipped) and capture the rising oil leak – which is continually pumped into tankers/barges – circumvent first ring with a second and so on as needed.

    Do not use any dispersant – pump out water seperation from collected oil.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:20 am |