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Originally posted by nixie_nox
aye aye aye. The problem isn't how to absorb the oil. The pressure of the massive deep resovoire popped every saftey on a massive oil rig like a champagne cork.
You really think some bales of hay are 1) your gonna be able to sink that much 5k feet into the ocean? 2) that would require a lot of friggin hay.
[edit on 7-5-2010 by nixie_nox]
Originally posted by argentus
reply to post by schrodingers dog
Right, dawg. You probably noticed that the area of the hay was greated than that of the oil in the demonstration. However, 1. Are there fields of moldy hay that cannot be sold and might be transported to the Gulf? and 2. Will the oil-soaked hay stay within containment of, say, a sorbent boom?
y'gotta love people working on the problem. That gives me hope that they even give a crap enough to try it and share their method.
Dispersants are more than mere surfactants, but I wonder if a very dense surfactant (TSP?) might cause the crude to coalesce more?
Originally posted by ladyinwaiting
You've got to love the American people. Here are two guys in their garage trying to figure out how to deal with this problem. Whether it works or not (I'm not sure we can fill the ocean up with hay) they are giving it a shot.
There's a great deal of brainstorming going on all around the country right now. I find the efforts most admirable.
Park Department employees tossed hay into the water Monday and Tuesday. They were assisted on Tuesday by 20 inmates from the Department of Corrections Honor Farm.
The hay picks up oil droplets as it is blown across the pond and is collected
as it washes up on shore.
Originally posted by intelinside451
Obama's Katrina x 2, love it!
Originally posted by Niccawhois
This idea is just plain DUMB! Hilljack science for sure!
Lets say BP decides to spread millions of tons of hay out in the gulf, what makes you think its going to just stay put in large clumps to await collection and not disperse in the choppy waters of the Gulf of Mexico? Or worse yet get picked up by the wind a spread all over making a much bigger mess!
Even if it stayed put you would still have to spend countless hours combing the ocean collecting a million tons of the stuff and offload it on to trucks...Now BP would have to figure out where the hell to store all that crap while it dries, Then load it all up again for transport to a facility to burn and pollute the air!
Or you could just drop chemical dispersant on the slick and be done with it, which is exactly whats their doing!!!
Sorry to bust your bubble friends but this idea is just plain dumb...
Originally posted by VenusOnTheHalfShell
I do like alternative solutions to such a grave problem. The one you enlightened us to is a good one. But here is natures organic a nd natural means to rid us of a petroleum spill:
If there is a better idea, i wanna hear it.
Peace and Love