I know I said I’d wait until Friday before publishing the Gulf oil leak solution, but I don’t see any point in waiting, especially because I don’t believe the govenment or BP is even the slightest bit interested in solving this problem.
I was never able to get an answer about how high off the sea floor the broken pipe is, so I am presenting two scenarios here:
- A Heavy metal open cylinder (no ends) is lowered around the leaking pipe. The cylinder should probably be tapered at the top.
- Once in place, you start attaching the biggest baddest neodyium magnets you can find.
- Fill with ball bearing, more magnets etc.
- Cap with large disc and/or concrete.
Scenario #2 (if pipe is high enough above ocean floor) –
- Apply big magnets directly to pipe.
- Shoot magnetic junk into pipe.
So there’s a cheap easy fix, but I don’t expect to see it implemented.
Cap and Trade, here we come…..
(We are in deep trouble America)
Upon further review….
After kicking the concept around with a few friends, and poking around the web a little, I’ve decided this is probably a better illustration: