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Here’s How to Easily Stop the Oil Spill

Forget the failed attempts by BP to contain the oil gusher.

Forget the enumerable technical difficulties.

It’s easy top stop it … if we do it right.

The key is weight. Specifically, if something which weighed many tons and which was flat was dropped onto the entire site, it would permanently seal the oil leak.

Remember, the oil spill is taking place 5,000 feet under the ocean surface, and is gushing up from many thousands feet below the ocean floor:


Here’s a graphic from the Times-Picayune showing the same thing (and accurately showing that there are currently 3 leaking oil plumes):

Forget “containment cages”. Forget nuclear bombs.

We need to drop something big, flat and very heavy that will cover the entire area where the leaks are occurring with such tremendous weight that it will act like a new layer of rock which seals all of the oil.

Like what?

A barge would be perfect.

Barges are large, heavy, flat-bottomed boats. They are designed to carry a lot of weight:

A typical barge measures 195 by 35 feet (59.4 m × 10.6 m), and can carry up to 1,500 tons of cargo.

That’s a typical barge. Some can carry much more.

The military could tow a huge barge to the spill site. Once there, it would be loaded with many more tons of iron, concrete and/or rocks to add weight. Perhaps we could just load a couple of pieces of obsolete, but very heavy, machinery onto the barge.

Using a fleet of the strongest tow boats available – outfitted with extra-long (5,000-foot long) winches – the barge would be lowered down to the spill site. Nautical engineers will – obviously – make sure that the flat bottom is headed down, and that the balast is secured.

The barge (with ballast) will be heavy enough to simply crush the blowout preventers, pipes and other drilling equipment as flat as a pancake.

The barge with balast will then permanently form an impenetrable seal … as strong or stronger than the rocks which BP drilled through in the first place.

Think about it … it would work.

Note 1: This would cost a couple million dollars or perhaps up to a hundred million dollars, which is peanuts compared to the many hundreds of millions BP is already ineffectually spending, let alone the hundreds of billions or trillions in damage to the Gulf if this is not stopped immediately.

Note 2: I majored in environmental science at a good university.

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