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98-ton steel "containment chamber"  will be lowered by cable to the site of the leak
Originally posted by DaddyBare
Once again I have to mess up all your bright shinny ideas with an ugly fact...
It's not some open hole on the sea floor...
What happened is when the rig sank it took with it a mile of riser pipe... that's the pipe coming up from the sea floor to the rig above...
So laying on the sea floor is one mile of bent twisted pipe... that's where the leak is coming from... in fact its not one but three leaks, along three sections of that pipe...
Originally posted by DrJay1975
I live in New orleans so I've gotten a ton of information on the spill. I have a few ideas.
1. Worlds largest buttplug.
2. Not being terribly familliar with oil drilling I would tend to think some sort of metal dome with piping attatched at the top. Lower it down over the hole after the existing piping is pulled, and make an attempt to cap it off. Drain the oil to aleviate pressure. Not sure what the weight of the dome would have to be to avoid being blown off by the geyser, but I'd assume it could eventually be drilled into place.
3. Once the leak is contained via the dome, Fuel-Air bomb on the slick. Completely and totally incinerate it.
Originally posted by JMech
Why not drill a hole into the deposit and fill it with some kind of foam or hydrolic cement?
Originally posted by Torch of God
A Giant Screw Plug
Very heavy, very large, very sharp, tapered and spiraled, spun into the hole by some force maybe rockets and gravity.
The well head would probably have to be removed first.
80,000 feet of boom was deployed during the day. This brought the total length of boom now deployed to protect the shore to over 100 miles.
Exxon Mobil reported the largest annual profit in US history Friday, making $45.22 billion
Oil giant BP has reported  Its replacement cost profit for 2009 was $13.96bn
Originally posted by liquidself My suggestion is simple: stem the flow by encasing it in an underwater sarcophagi as was done in Russia.
Originally posted by SG-17
I think that detonating low yield nukes in the bedrock near the well is the only way to stop it.
Originally posted by filosophia
If BP is paying to clean up, I think they should be in charge since this is their operation. Why should the executive branch be handling any of this?
Originally posted by Now_Then
Loads and loads of thermite with tones and tonnes of silicone (silica sand bags?) and lead... Stuff that will melt under the heat.
What you do is lay massive thermite charges around the hole, then you pack / dump as much silica sand bags and lead as you can on top of this, set the thermite off and voilà! As soon as the thermite burns out the very cold water down there will solidify the lead and sand into a plug.
Originally posted by ethancoop
If this funnel idea works, then you can bet they'll have a handful of these things sitting around in Tx, and La waiting to head out in case of a similar accident again. This type of accident doesn't happen very often at all, and as far as I know never at this depth so they weren't ready for it, it's as simple as that. Next time, they'll have a plan. That's usually how disaster planning works, you don't find a solution to a problem until you've dealt with that type of problem before.