Monday, May 31, 2010

The Simpler Solution to Putting a Cork on the Gulf Oil Spill

A great big SOCK.

Cut off the pipe to the well head.

Put a collar on it, to make sure that jagged edges can't tear.

Wrap the mud hose in a huge, long sock.

Jam it down the well.

Fill the sock with mud.


  1. Your attempt to hijack my idea of sending down an expandable container to block the flow, and fill that container with material to expand and complete the block are an obvious infringement on my invention patent ( I intend to file, so you can consider it patent pending).

    I'm suing you for all monies I won't see if you go through with your invention

    I'll see you IN COURT!!!


    Underwater concrete is a common product. How it performs at that depth , I don't know. But there really does need to be a good solid plug there. I do like the cartridge of air versus the 'chemical' creation of gas, like car air bags. That process is too sudden, and variables such as the after effects of cooling when exposed to the waters and oils . . .

    I like my vent pipe through the center of this doughnut shaped air bag to avoid pressure build up until all the blocking materials are set. Heck, just let the oil come up piping attached to that 6 inch pipe till they get another standard pipe tapped into that pool of oil.

    I assume they are not doing things like this due to inability to manipulate materials in the needed ways. They obviously have some maneuverability down there to a degree, but just enough to build their structures. probably not much in terms of adaptability to do things other than what they were specifically designed to do

  2. Hi, Tom.

    Actually, the sock idea is just an amendment of what BP already tried.

    I have a feeling that something liability-connected is going on.

    To do your donutted-pipe idea, or to do my barb-anchored cap idea, a large mechanical device has to be cut-off the well-head.

    This is the rent equipment which BP says failed.

    I would bet money that BP doesn't want it cut-off because they are afraid that someone forgot to throw a switch on it, and they don't want the proof coming up to the surface.

  3. With respect to cement, pressure and temperature really do alter chemistry. The pressure down there is over 2000 pounds per square inch. Temp is essentially 32 degrees Farenheit.