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June 7, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

James Cameron Primetime Exclusive on BP Oil Disaster!

The groundbreaking film director, and expert on deep ocean technology, thinks he can help stop oil spill.   Hear his cutting edge ideas!

Plus, T. Boone Pickens!  He has a thing or two to say about the oil spill, BP, and what he’d do if he were in charge!

What do YOU want to ask James Cameron
and T. Boone Pickens?

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Cajazz76:24:8   June 7th, 2010 7:05 pm ET

Having lived, worked, played, partied, fished, swam, dived, and flown over the region of the gulf that is being devastated by the effects of errors, lies, and negligence on behalf of BP, Halliburton, and Transocean, does not make me in any way capable to assist, or even critique those charged with stopping the flow of oil, the experts. I have flown out to, and landed on many rigs in the gulf, and am still in no way qualified to lend assistance or detract from the professionals at work trying to impede what was egregiously wronged.

To hear or read about aerospace engineers, that can't even spell cat correctly, let alone write worthy specs., offer their butt-plug ideas; oilfield workers, who never set foot onto offshore rigs, yet have done it all and offer 'Mickey Mouse' cheesy fixes a ten year-old could have suggested; and now a writer/producer/film-maker, who I would guarantee has ZERO oilfield or offshore oilfield experience, will offer his ameliorations to this disaster.

Go ahead, the world will be listening, but I will bet none are more than Disney in nature. Feel free to criticize BP, Halliburton, and Transocean for their blunders, but please do not degrade the efforts or the years of talent and experience attempting to resolve this horrible disaster. I would consider it akin to our members of the Armed Forces being condemned for fighting wars that they are not guilty of starting.

Cameron, your efforts will better serve those already being harmed by this calamity if you stood on the courthouse steps, in the region of devastation, selling pencils emboldened with the slogan "judges should divest their interests in oil" so fair and impartial trials can be conducted when the cases come before them to adjudicate the many losses and violations incurred by BP, Halliburton, and Transocean.


Rick Barlett   June 7th, 2010 7:11 pm ET

Whatever happened to the Glomar explorer. Built by Howard Hughes in 1973 for the CIA the Glomar had a mechanical arm that could reach down into the ocean 17,000 feet and was to snag a sunken Russian submarine. Rumor has it that th U.S.Navy has it in mothballs. Why not ue the Glomar to plug the oil leak in the gulf. James Cameron may have this in mind. Who says the U.S. government doesn't have the technology.


Rick Barlett   June 7th, 2010 7:17 pm ET

The Glomar explorer built by Howard Hughes in 1973 secretly for the CIA could reach down 17,000 feet with its mechanical arm and was supposed to snag a sunken Russian submarine. Rumor has it that the U.S.navy has the Glomar in mothballs. Why does Obama deny they have the technology? Why not use the Glomar in the gulf to reach down and drop a cap on the well. Perhaps this is what James Cameron has in mind.


Smith in Oregon   June 7th, 2010 7:53 pm ET

Where is the CNN reporting on Dick Cheney receiving a 34 MILLION dollar signing bonus from Halliburton Big Oil Inc. for becoming America's Vice President? American's living on Main Street, America STILL remember all those Halliburton no bid sweetheart contracts for Billions of taxpayer dollars in Iraq, Afghanistan.

Where is the CNN reporting on Vice President Dick Cheney's secret back door meetings for ONE HUNDRED DAYS with Big Oil representatives which resulted in wholesale gutting of federal regulation and safety inspections on Oil and Gas well drilling and leases?

Where is the CNN reporting on Bush-Cheney gutting the federal requirement of Environmental Impact Study's and Emergency Contingency Plans being filed and checked BEFORE Oil and Gas leases are awarded and drilling commences?

These appear to be CRIMINAL, shouldn't CNN be reporting on them? There are definite rumors that a possible RICO case is being brought against former vice president Dick Cheney. CNN should take the lead on this!


Smith in Oregon   June 7th, 2010 8:05 pm ET

T. Boone Picken's compressed Natural Gas as a transition fossil fuel for America to make the transition to pure electrical motors for much of America's transportation needs deserves serious consideration.

Currently there is ONLY ONE auto manufacturer that offers a compressed natural gas (CNG) dedicated sedan to the public. AND THAT IS BY HONDA!!!

With today's technology, dual fuel (Gasoline or CNG) is fully off the shelf available for a wide range of cars and trucks. Why is HONDA the only automotive manufacture that sells to the public a CNG fueled car?

A home filling station which easily connects to a private home's gas line in their garage is fully available and comes with the Honda CNG dedicated sedan. Range is 200+ miles, fills up overnight and costs pennys per gallons used.

President Obama should push and pressure American automakers to:

1) Offer CNG or dual fuel (Gasoline or CNG) cars and trucks to the public.

2) Raise the percentage of blended Ethanol which can be used in nearly the full line of their gasoline powered cars and trucks from its current 10% to 30% or 85%.

3) Mandate ALL public, federal and state vehicles begin largely composed of CNG, Electric or full flex fuel ability. This will begin filtering into the public thru annual auctions performed on these vehicles.

CNG powered vehicles run much cleaner and require far less maintenance on the internal combustion engines. Oil and spark plugs last far longer before needing replacement saving American taxpayers the current pricey maintenance bills!


Smith in Oregon   June 7th, 2010 8:09 pm ET

Thanks entirely to the utterly corrupt Republican party, a full HALF of all the federal judges along the Gulf Coast that are expected to hear various BP lawsuits has reportedly received enormous amounts of Big Oil dollars in their campaigns. It entirely appears Big Oil owns those Federal Judges, go figure!

If you can buy a Judge, why worry about paying millions on attorneys. That sound advice apparently has been practiced for years by the Republican party and their lawmakers.


Jack O'Leary   June 7th, 2010 8:25 pm ET

I am a master plumber licensed in Nyc. I live in Matamoras Pa. I called my congressman Carney and Scalise from LA. I could fix this in about 6 hours yet no one has called me back. I gave them my info and my local union numbers but they must think I am a nut or something. Put me together with Cameron and we will have this fixed in a day. When your car breaks you don't bring it to the guy who designed it you bring it to a mechanic , same principal here. This is piping not rocket science. I have been doing this type of industrial piping for nearly 30 years...I have experience dealing with mess ups. All I need is a flange , 12 bolts, a gasket ,3 feet of pipe , a valve and one of Camerons submersibles. Guarantee no leaks. What is amazing is that any 5th year apprentice pipe fitter could figure this one out.. I guess BP has smart people working on it...maybe too smart.


Gail   June 7th, 2010 8:28 pm ET

I live in SW Florida. We are hearing about multiple people who have solutions to cleaning up the oil that has already spilled. Why will no one give these things a try? Maybe one will work. Why not do more at cleaning up the oil and saving wildlife and sparing the coastlines?
More needs to be done about cleaning the spill....no one seems to be doing this or caring.
Gail


Jack O'Leary   June 7th, 2010 8:36 pm ET

I didn't see that T. Boone Pickens would be on the show......If he were in charge this would have been fixed last month. Way , way too many cooks in the kitchen...T. Boone would have gotten rid of them all and let the bus boy fix the problem. Bp with their robots couldn't even cut the pipe straight . then they cut it too close to the flange weld where it is beveled. So now the pipe is too short ( near the bevel) , too crooked , and by jamming the cutter in the pipe the pipe is out of round (oval instead of round)....and now they are going to put a rubber seal over this mangled pipe a mile down in the ocean and NOT EXPECT IT TO LEAK......good luck with that one boys.


JediDad   June 7th, 2010 8:58 pm ET

What!!! We have to listen to a movie director's opinion on how to stop the BP oil leak! What's next, Bruce Willis's ideas about stemming the tide of terrorism? I mean, did you see him in the Die Hard flicks? He was awesome! He took down like 15 terrorists in his bare feet. Give me a break. I wonder how much time and effort BP had to waste telling James Cameron they really don't need the opinion of a Hollywood elite director. Just make movies Cameron! I wonder how many Pelicans were covered with oil while they had to deal with this ego maniac? Leave the engineering up to, well, engineers!


penny sonnier   June 7th, 2010 9:02 pm ET

I live in south LA. I went to BP clean up training. Sent to work force commission (unemployment office) as told to do by news media. Not one person knew where to direct me. No info on where to sign up for clean up crew. Where do we go? I am call center certified. I called BP"s 1-800 girl that answered didn't even know it was the hotline. It is a joke down here.


Jake Platt   June 7th, 2010 9:03 pm ET

Larry, please ask Mr. Cameron, do you think that this spill is going to affect future generations to come in terms of the financial aspect of it?


bob rice   June 7th, 2010 9:03 pm ET

Dear Larry: Please get this to Bobby Jindal Governor of Louisiana.

Dear Governor Jindal:

Here's how to rent hotel rooms and generate lots of good business via the following advertising campaign.

"Spend your vacation working in Louisiana"

Teach your children about the gift of giving and helping save the Earth.
Come help us clean up, save the animals and much more.
We'll give you and your family super rates and discounts on all of your expenses and;
we'll provide materials and locations we need you to help with.

Regards,

Bob Rice


Jeff from Denver   June 7th, 2010 9:04 pm ET

Why aren't we using explosives to implode the well?


Michael Armstrong Sr.   June 7th, 2010 9:04 pm ET

If the movie company is going to make a movie about this oil desaster then they should use the people it effected as cast .


Lloyd Mandel   June 7th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

Larry

Please ask James Cameron why a balloon like a back-ball shoved into the pipe un-inflated and then drilling holes thru the pipe to put rod thru the pipe above the ballon to hold it in place and then inflating the balloon like they did in Chicago 20 years ago when the river flooded the service tunnels won't work.

I have sent dozens of emails to BP, the White House and governors offices and press, but gave had no response.

I am sure my idea will work, but I am also sure BP doesn't want to plug the well a they will lose the oil as their relief well won't be allowed to be completed.

Lloyd MANDEL


Ronnie   June 7th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

Are you kidding me, get this guy off the air. Larry needs someone who cares about whats going on.


Heather and Salvador   June 7th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

For T. Boone:

Why doesn't BP just implode the well? It's evident that they are just trying to SAVE it for future exploitation.


Michael Armstrong Sr.   June 7th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

I havnt even heard T Boon yet but I bet he try's to sugur coat his fellow oil company .


Marie   June 7th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

Would it be possible to put a funnel shaped device connected to a pipe that as it descends, water is being pumped up and out to facilitate a balanced descent of the funnel, and as it docks with the exposed pipe a positive flow has already been established siphoning oil and water to a boat on the surface?


Smith in Oregon   June 7th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

13,000 PSI likely exceeds or right at the rated maximum pressure value for the actual 7 inch drill casing that extends thru the deep Ocean seafloor and many additional thousand feet into the Mercado Oil field.

James Cameron is right, if this well is going to be plugged it has to be down below at the entry point.

Perhaps what CNN is NOT REPORTING is the Ixtoc Gulf well blowout was in relatively shallow water 150 foot so divers were working on it, it still took TWO relief wells and some 3 MONTHS AFTER the second relief well was fully drilled before the Ixtoc Primex Gulf Oil well blowout was shut-off and shut-down.

CNN has been mouthing BP's spin-words of Mid-August shut-down, NO! That is when the relief well is expected to be fully drilled. 13,000 PSI is still a crap shoot in effectively plugging that up after the relief well has been drilled, and President Obama has ordered TWO relief wells be dug in case the first one is a failure. Please stop mouthing this problem is only going to last till mid-August, that is not accurate a dis-service and very misleading.


Maya Schonenberger   June 7th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Cameron is absolutely right it is a very difficult environment bp has to work in. But that problem should have been solved before it happened, emergencies and accidents should have been planned for, solutions available. If bp and for that matter any other oil company that drills in deep water would spend as much money in research and problem solving as they spend for drilling I am sure we would have the problem solved by now. If it is not solvable there should be no drilling.


Janiece Duronslet   June 7th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Can "Dry ice" carbon dioxide, or "'Hot Ice" , if I am using the proper terminology, be used to sort of solidify that oil in Louisiana? ajust a thought. Thank you, Janiece


Bill Arthur   June 7th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

Can we please get the quote again from Humphrey?

"We will learn more from the depths of the ocean...."

How did it finish?

Thanks!


Kari   June 7th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

Mr. Cameron has presented the most reasonable and informed discussion I have yet heard. Enough of the fingerpointing, sound-bit, angry, attention-getting dribble! Please present more reasoned, logical, and intelligent analysis and information as Mr. Cameron is doing! Thank you Mr. Cameron and Larry.


Enrique Benedicto   June 7th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Hello to both of you,

I realize that the problem is certainly more complex that I know... but I'm really curious to know what would prevent using the same lines used to inject the so called "mud" in the failed Top Kill attempt, to actually pump the oil OUT of the blowout preventer. This, in conjunction with the current top cap. They could adjust the suction pressure such that you'd get a slight overpressure at the top, preventing sea water from entering into the lines.


Kristin   June 7th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

I haven't heard any discussions regarding shutting this well down permanently. Isn't that an option?


Shelia   June 7th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

Question for Cameron & Pickens. With today's technology, why is the solution to this problem deemed too complex, rather than resources pulled together to eliminate the problem permanently. Efforts done on the surface/grounds are is just reactionary. We send men to the moon, got information from a camera orbiting in space seeing lightyears away, but somehow, as citizens of this planet, we aren't smart enough to figure this out. Also, why haven't our goverment seized control of the operation to plug the spill?


Mark Wall   June 7th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

Moving that ship during a hurricane is the small part of what happens. . .the big part is when the tide rises and carries the oil layer into the marsh tens of miles destroying 100's of square miles of coastal marsh.
I think the best question you could start asking is WHY no plan was made by the MMS? and, who neutered the MMS? and, what about the irony that the same people blaming the government for "slow" action would have been criticizing the government if it had tried to regulate more and prevent this situation.
Mark Wall


Michael   June 7th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

In relation to drilling deeper and deeper, would you say this is indicative of the "Peak Oil Phenomenon" and is it possible for the industry to even admit this?


mark goldfarb   June 7th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

What about the real possibility of exploding a warhead deep inside the well?


Don Schroeder   June 7th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

Attention Larry King: I have written to CNN regarding the oil spill. My idea of capping is simple. Something similar to the current cap, only with two areas for sealing, with a flexible material inside to seal to the pipe and then the collar at the joint of the two pipes. With the weight of water pressure, and the weight of the cap (varible), and a huge pump at the top, you are now creating a vacumn and the oil must go up, not out into the ocean. Let me know if you like the idea.


Marie   June 7th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

I agree with Jack O'Leary. We need to use the KISS principle!


david bates   June 7th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

why don't they drop a giant 15" x15" x15" piece of lead with a soft tapered hole in the middle and pound it down onto entire broken top


Bill Casey   June 7th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

How come we can't just blow up the well???


Smith in Oregon   June 7th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

The Mercado Field is estimated to contain 2 BILLION gallons of heavy crude Oil.

Again, James Cameron alleges Dick Cheney's Halliburton is implemented as the thugs and culprits with a 'bad cement job', such a surprise for us Democratic party voters!

In ALL previous ocean well blow-outs and Oil rig fires, nearly all of them were found, investigated and were decided to have occurred from an improper cement job having been conducted leading directly to the explosion and fire.


Maureen   June 7th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

Are there any plans for a benefit concert or concerts for the people and the environment of the gulf region? We have them for all other natural disasters and I really think we need the stars to step up.


Charles A. Bowsher   June 7th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

Dear Larry,
I saw T. Boone last week and he was critical of the shutdown of drilling in the Gulf. Please ask him for me how he thinks we can handle a second spill in the Gulf when we obviously can't handle this one. He needs to remember the first rule of risk management, If you can't handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen, in other words, if your spill fighting assets are insufficient to handle one spill you sure as heck don't risk another (Period!).


Andrea   June 7th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

In just the few minutes of watching James Cameron, I understand more about this tragic situation in the Gulf. Thanks for have a guest who can shed some light on what's going on!


J L Van Winkle   June 7th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

James Cameron just proved how foolish the Hollywood types are. It does not take 24 hours to pull 5,000 feet of pipe from the well. A competent drill crew can pull that in less than 8 hours. Cameron, as well as the rest of the media, needs to learn the facts before they go on tv and start pontificating about things of which they know nothing.


Jas Fort   June 7th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

We have an innovative solution to the oil leak. It does not seem that James Cameron really offered any solution other than possibly providing underwater ROV vehicles that were already in operation. If it really is about a solution please contact us.


Jerry   June 7th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

I have called BP as well as submitted an on line suggestion on how to Cap the well Quickly and Effectively. I would hope that this post get's noticed and gets heard by the right people.

Think of a Toggle Bolt that goes into drywall. Once inserted in the other end of the Drywall, it snaps open like an umbrella does and then once screwed from the outside, the bolt firmly holds a very heavy weight on that drywall. The same thing can be done with BP's oil well. Insert a long rid with a durable metallic Umbrella that is closed into the pipeline. It would be much narrower than the pipe leading down to the oil resevoir.

Once the spring loaded umbrella is inserted all the way to the bottom of the pipe past the bottom of the pipe, the resevoir pressure will push the opened umbrella upwards towards the bottom of the well pipe with it's own pressure and seal it.

The spring loaded umbrella attached to a fine rod can easily pass through the oil going upwards as it is much narrower than the pipe itself. The reverse umbrella that is spring loaded like a toggle bolt will have reinforced rubberized seals to ensure no leakage of oil. Once the bottom kill is completed, work can begin on repairing the well.

I hope someone in the media relays this message to Larry King or James Cameron or Boone Pickens and that BP hears this.

Good Luck!
Jerry


Kurt Tarnok   June 7th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Why not use liquid nitrogen to freeze the oil for long enoogh time to seal the well by othereans.


Gaby Schkud   June 7th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

What is the status of the work in progress by Kevin Costner with regard to the oil spill..no mention has been made lately.
Sincerely,
Gaby Schkud – Santa Monica, California


Jerry   June 7th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

Your comment is awaiting moderation.
I have called BP as well as submitted an on line suggestion on how to Cap the well Quickly and Effectively. I would hope that this post get's noticed and gets heard by the right people.

Think of a Toggle Bolt that goes into drywall. Once inserted in the other end of the Drywall, it snaps open like an umbrella does and then once screwed from the outside, the bolt firmly holds a very heavy weight on that drywall. The same thing can be done with BP's oil well. Insert a long rid with a durable metallic Umbrella that is closed into the pipeline. It would be much narrower than the pipe leading down to the oil resevoir.

Once the spring loaded umbrella is inserted all the way to the bottom of the pipe past the bottom of the pipe, the resevoir pressure will push the opened umbrella upwards towards the bottom of the well pipe with it's own pressure and seal it.

The spring loaded umbrella attached to a fine rod can easily pass through the oil going upwards as it is much narrower than the pipe itself. The reverse umbrella that is spring loaded like a toggle bolt will have reinforced rubberized seals to ensure no leakage of oil. Once the bottom kill is completed, work can begin on repairing the well.

I hope someone in the media relays this message to Larry King or James Cameron or Boone Pickens and that BP hears this.

Good Luck!
Jerry

PS: the e-mail on my previous post was incorrect. I am with Yahoo.


RON SAMPSON Nova Scota, Canada   June 7th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

Is there any way they can incorporate an excess flow valve on wells when they build them that would be close to the ocean floor so if the flow increases above what they draw, it would automatically shut.


Danny   June 7th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

Why can't BP lower a blow out preventer in the open state down to the pipe, weld it on, then close it? Is'nt that what BP's underwater craft are designed for?


Chris Alonzo   June 7th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

If the pressure is so great deep in the well that you can't just put a cap on top of the well, then how does the blow-out preventer work? It seems that it supposed to stop the oil by cutting the pipe and blocking it. Wouldn't that blow out the well pipe.


Raul   June 7th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

please tell your viewers to stop comparing this to a shuttle explosion, if the shuttle blow up only the people in are affected and it causes no ocean pollution or beach damgage or wildlife damage or danger to manatees or danger to alligators or loss of fishing jobs..i can go on..


Walt from Alabama   June 7th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

How come there is a worry about a blowout around the wellhead if they cap it. Isn't that part supposed to be strong enough to hold full pressure in order for the blowout preventer to work?


george   June 7th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

One question. Does bp lose their license, to this well, if they stop the leak before finishing the two relief wells?


Dave   June 7th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

So just what would James do or want to do.......He has knowledge about the well....big deal...BP is way smarter than him.....and they are working the remotes like they want ....guess he wants a movie....I'll take that to the bank.....


Smith in Oregon   June 7th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

US Military Recon Satellites are fully capable of seeing the deep water crude Oil plumes drifting along in the Gulf of Mexico. For decades US Military Recon Satellites have used a special Blue-Green laser to illuminate the Ocean prior to filming it with its super high resolution satellites.

The result is they are clearly able to see Russian submarines and anything else deep in the Ocean's water, the blue-green laser turns the ocean transparent like glass to the resulting imaging process.

It is a slap across American Taxpayers Faces to pay ten's of billions of dollars for those satellites and now be utterly forced to rely on private groups to determine and track these huge deep sea Oil plumes of crude Oil, rather than release those images which clearly show how many, where and their approximate size to the American public.


Ron Hart   June 7th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Question:

Do we really need to drill offshore? Why can't we get what we need from land wells?


Terry of Oklahoma   June 7th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

I was just wondering, can this crude oil be frozen with liq nitrat or somesort of chemicals before sea level or at sea level where it could be handled easier as a solid.


Micheal   June 7th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Plug the damn well with a ballistic air bag placed deep inside the well.Expand it and it will stop it in minutes.


planet3arth   June 7th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

What if we make a balloon out of thick, non-toxic rubber, and we send it deflated down into the oil well under the ocean's bed and then once there, we INFLATE it with air, the pressure will try and force the balloon out, therefore, clogging the hole, bec. the inflated balloon's diameter will be larger than... the diameter of the hole, so that will give them the opportunity to seal the whole thing (top kill??)...


Laurens Nagajaya   June 7th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Regarding BP: By the so-called "vague time-span" commented by BP to fix the leak. The oil spill might already ran-out. Wake up America, that's probably the most advantageous/cheapest method for BP to do...

Besides, what else could they do with the spilled oil?!

They claimed to spent X amount of $?! Am not sure about that America!

Slap them with a fine as high as possible as a wake-up call to all these irresponsible yet greedy drillers. Think about this too, what would the British people do if this were to happen on their shore!


Jill   June 7th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

BP should hire James Cameron to be its spokesperson during this crisis!!!


Zane Renzo   June 7th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

A repair for the well. Just below the cut there are bolts on flange. Take out bolts and let the flange blow off. Use exsisting holes and run 100 feet hardened steel threaded rods through the hole. Feed a new cap slash valve through the holes and slowly draw it tight. with valve open. Connect riser to valve with a mechanical connection and capture all the oil or close the valve.


Sean   June 7th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

can you dump a bunch of sand bags; like blocking a flood. Not minature ones but gigantic ones.... has nano technology progressed to a point where the little mechanical machines can eat up the oil, can you create a special type of tarp or sheet that can capture the oil on the surface like the permeability of a cell wall?


James P Jackson, Sr   June 7th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Why can't BP Just REPLACE the Blow Out Preventer??


Darrell   June 7th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Larry,

I've been in this industry for 25 years and cannot comprehend how they have not unbolted the riser from the BOP. attach a new flanged pipe section with a valve on the end, let the oil past through this while being bolted up, then shut the valve.


julia st. amand   June 7th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Why is the focus only on the Gulf? Can you explain all the other horrific " oil "accidents" around the world? Ex: more than 16 billions of gallons sitting in the ecuadorian rainforest. This is a worldwide problem!


joya   June 7th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

larry i did send a e.mail to cnn week ago i can stop this spill without a drop oil going in the water and bring it to the ship nex time something happen like this they can stop the spill in two days i try to phone canot talk to nobody a am telling you i grantee millon time


chuck   June 7th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

i am a former oil co engineer, what about drilling to 1000-5000 ft and setting off a bomb w/ enough concussive force to kink the drilling pipe?


James P Jackson, Sr   June 7th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Why can't B P Just REPLACE the bad Blow Out Preventer ????


Scott Daniel   June 7th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Alright this might be a stupid question but on land when a well blows
they put dynamite in the hole and blow it shut any chance of this being
done?


Sean   June 7th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

can you create a half sphere around the oil hole and put tunnel/tube in the center at the zenith so that it can proceed upwards?


Leslie Dalglish   June 7th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Can you please comment on two possible clean up solutions: 1) Kevin Costner's oil separation machines, and 2) using hay to absorb the oil as shown on you tube by Southern farmers. Specifically, are either of these solutions currently being tested and and if not, why not?


Bob Riggss   June 7th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Why can't they use the dome mount a valve on top and two risers off the sides lower the dome and anchor it to the bottom with large concrete structures then start closing the valve at the top to control the pressure?


Raul   June 7th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

bp is only concerneed about getting that oil because there losing $$$ for each barrel thats lost. plus the 35% stock hit they took this week. they dont care about the beaches and states they see it colataral damage hiding behind a 50 million commercial and the government taking the back seat. while the undersea issue is on bp can only handle. the coasts and surface is the governmnets job at this point. next thing you know the government says its not its job to protect its states. what is wrong here. the government might not have the technology to go 1500 ft below sea.. but they sure as heck have it to skim the surface and protect shorelines. !!!! god forbid were invaded by Aliens made from oil we wont have anything to defend ourselves.


terri Goodman   June 7th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

If the USA thinks the dispersent is dangerous and could cause poisoning to all sea life and seafood for years to come, who has the say to stop using it? Is BP in charge of deciding to use or stop the dispersent or can the United State decide?


Michael Armstrong Sr.   June 7th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

I know exactly how much oil is spewing out too much any oil coming out is too much and some one needs to pay with there freedom .


Jacob muniz   June 7th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Is it possible to freeze the riser to buy time to install a wellhead?? Has bp asked a well control company like wild cat or boots and coots to help control the well??


Brian   June 7th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

This may sound far fetched but why can't they set off an atomic bomb at the bottom of the sea floor and implode the entire area?


John Sparacio   June 7th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

No disrespect meant but Mr. Cameron is not that informed when he says that there are not many of these spill. There are spills continuously all over the world by these oil giants. do your research.


Sean   June 7th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

can you create a half sphere around the oil hole and put tunnel/tube in the center at the zenith so that it can proceed upwards?

-make it out of titanium or some other metal


Ika   June 7th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

First of all, thank you Mr. Cameron for such a great initiative.

I would like to know, if I have an idea onto how to either kleen the polution, or stop the oil spill how can I reach you? Where can I submit our proposals?

Thank you again for thinking of our planet and doing something about it.

Ika

Tampa, FL


Santi from Annapolis   June 7th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Why aren't more people discussing bio-remedation–oil eating microbes? This obviously wouldn't stop the leaking but it could greatly help with the clean up of waters and the wetlands and for the marine life.

Thanks


sal lopez   June 7th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

why dont the government nuk it below the sea level.. that will bury it
2 miles below next to the oil leak..


Greg C   June 7th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

I am a Master Plumber/sailor/surfer/ocean lover and I think this is worst then any terrorist attack we could ever imagine. When we lose our natural resources we lose our livelyhood. I know they realize this in the Gulf, but in time this will effect our whole country. I have had a possible solution from the beginning but have been ignored. If this is the country's biggest plumbing problem, listen to someone who troubleshoots plumbing problems everyday, not someone who is more worried about there bank account. This is our problem now not BP's. Watching them give excuses and make mistake after mistake is killing me. I am ready to risk my life to stop this. Call my bluff please! I would build a cap with some teeth first of all, teeth that would dig in to the ocean floor when it gets there. It would need to has a flexible vacuum hose with would start sucking water right away, at submersion. the outlet would be shooting water and oil out right away, hundreds of feet in the air. the suction would help it get to the target quicker, Just like a pool vacuum. And in theory would help it, almost like a magnet, connect with the high pressure coming out of the pipeline. Then they would have to connect the outlet to tankers. The Tankers would be many any and cost them a fortune. Then thay can try to seperate their precsious oil from our precsious water on land. And hopefully make some money back, which is the least of the problem. Now listening to James Cameron, he is on this same track, I think I could help, and I will.
I am willing to fight for our future. I do have drawings and more detailed plans.
Greg C


rick   June 7th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

why is the cap so small? wouldn't it make sense to drop a cap the size of a house over the leak and funnel more oil and water to the surface?


Simon   June 7th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

One suggesting I have is to use a circular tube of bubbles to keep the rising oil in one place.

It would technically be fifty, 50' tubular rings space at intervals of 100' from the seabed to the ocean surface. The tubes would be connected to each other by wire or chain, and would create a virtual tube of bubbles by pumping high pressure air into each circular tube. The water density outside the bubble would stop the oil spreading.


Daniel Smith   June 7th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Could this disaster have been prevented or minimized by stricter regulations? Doesn't it make sense to put new drilling permits on hold until a better regulatory system has been put in place?


james   June 7th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

If the oil can be atomized or pick up by a hurricane, can a lightening strike then ignite it? To start a fire you need fuel=oil, oxygen=air, and an ignition source=lightening.


Mark J   June 7th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

LARRY, WHY CAN"T THEY USE A "Mechanical Pressure Plug" OR PLUGS AS USE IN THE PLUMBING BUSINESS AND INSERT THEM DEEP IN WELL.. THEN INSERT A FEW MORE TO STOP THIS FLOW AND THEN WELD A CAP OVER IT


Conrad Velasco   June 7th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

How about 4 remote controlled clamps to help seal the grommets. on .the LMRP have submitted to bp


Marty King   June 7th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Why not unbolt the flanged connection atop the blowout preventer, remove what's left of the riser and install a high pressure valve in the open position to allow the oil to flow during installation, then close the valve


Audrey Heffner   June 7th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

I would like to ask both of your guests, why the well was being capped in the first place? They were finished with it, they said, but now, it seems it could gush the rest of our lives, if we did nothing. What gives? I live in Naples FL, and we are so tired of holding our breath on this, we're blue in the face!


mac mcaleer   June 7th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

The problem is not the oil leak.
The problem is the depth!
Redefine the problem.
The oil can be transported to the surface in a canvas tube.
At the surface the oil can be siphoned into tankers.
This is a temporary solution while relief wells are being drilled.


Joshua Schwartz   June 7th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Is there any possibility to consider a proactive approach to prevent and divert the oil from entering the loop current so as to save the straits of Florida, the Keys and the east coast of the USA>?


RickFromDetroit   June 7th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

How much does 15,000 feet of steel pipe and a BOP weigh?

What supports this weight on the ocean floor?


wayne mccullough   June 7th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Is it correct that the Bush Administration eliminated the requirement of having a second well drilled in case of a failed first drill site?

And that is why there is not a back up drill site ready now?


Ben Richards   June 7th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Why can't a cylinder that is larger than relief valve be placed over the outside of the entire unit to contain all of the oil through tubing to the surface?


Alan Closs   June 7th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Could you not insert an inflatable bladder that is surrounding a pipe that will relieve pressure up to an awaiting tanker that will collect oil. Once the bladder is inflated to a high pressure, this will seal the hole and collect oil. Electromagnets infused in the bladder may also help hold it in place.


Jim Werner (Arlington MA)   June 7th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Has there been any discussion on trying to capture the pluming oil near the source before it travels away from the source too far.
I'm thinking of some sort of an umbrella-like structure covered with tubing plugged into it from above.

Why must we wait and observe it drifting ever farther from the source?

Also, has there been any discussion on trying to remove the plums that have drifted far from the source?

Thanks for your response,

Jim Werner


Richard   June 7th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

How much oil is actually there and can it not run out? How long will it take to run out?


frank dileo   June 7th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

mr pickens how do you feel about the fact that many of your ideas about harnessing alternative energies have gone largely ignored? do you feel that tragedies like this can be avoided in the future if they implement your ideas?


billy knechtel   June 7th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

i submitted an idea today to BP. i believe it would work to produce a seal at the leak and allow all of the oil spewing from the BOP to be recovered AND throttled as cameron suggested. i sure wish i had a chance to have a sit down with a few folks.


Walt from Alabama   June 7th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Is the story here that deep water drilling is unsafe,
Or that if done right it's safe, and relly amazing how many corners can be cut before having a problem.


Rob   June 7th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

James mentioned that just capping the well is harder than it may seem. The same thing goes for the clean up. You cant just go down there and "mop it up". There is no reason to blame bp or the gov for not hiring everybody in sight to clean up.


sal lopez   June 7th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

they should of nuk it long time ago
government military has nucear test explosion below sea leave.. and the sea leave below rises and then settles down.. and bury everything


Ron P.   June 7th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

would it be possible to weld a casing bowl upside down on a joint of casing,bolt on a large annular preventer then run it over the flange left on the exsisting bop then inflate.


Lisa W   June 7th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

It seems to me that BP is trying to save their ability to collect this oil for sale, instead of containment.

The BP geologists know every last corner of their oil field, and should have suggested how to place a detonation that would crumple all access to this underseabed field.


julia st. amand   June 7th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Why is the focus only on the Gulf? Can you explain all the other horrific " oil "accidents" around the world? Ex: more than 16 billions of gallons sitting in the ecuadorian rainforest. This is a worldwide problem!


Smith in Oregon   June 7th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

This huge Gulf Coast disaster occurring in some of the most fertile sea-life regions in the entire world is resulting in a major windfall for Medical Doctors, Hospitals and the Medical Community. A major exodus of MD's are expected to relocate to the Gulf Coastal region to quickly regain the fortunes they lost in the 2008 stock market and 401K crash.


Sally in Massachusetts   June 7th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Have they considered using hay to help mop up oil heading toward wetlands and beaches?


Cajazz76:24:8   June 7th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Please read @retired driller's blog on "Can celebrity ideas really help clean up the spill in the Gulf". This gentleman has the best information on site from what has been available in the news to present to the public. It is, no doubt, the best and most accurate information available...


Dan Pitts   June 7th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Is it true that BP will not disclose what chemicals are in the dispersants? How can this be since humans and animals are exposed?


julia st. amand   June 7th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Why is the focus only on the Gulf? Can you explain all the other horrific " oil "accidents" around the world? Example: more than 16 billions of gallons sitting in the ecuadorian rainforest. This is a worldwide problem!


Mike   June 7th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

The nation's largest desalination plant in Tampa Bay may be shut down by this spill.
Should more international assistance have been sought to control this massive foreseeable preventable catastrophe?


Larry Krigbaum   June 7th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Mr Cameron is very inlighting.
I have designed a device to control or stop the well
They have pushed it hard enough with the top kill to slow it or hold it the BOP was suposed to hold it . Can it if we do stop it.
Please e-mail me so we can think about it.
we can salvage the BOP when done. I will spell it later


Ramon   June 7th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Why wouldn't a heating element have worked to melt the hydrates in the first bell that BP built? They spared no expense constructing it.


Dawn   June 7th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Can't we just shoot cement down and seal up the whole thing?

It seems to me that BP wants to make sure it can keep recapturing oil for the future...at all costs.


ed   June 7th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

The US Gov. should have made BP release a technical brief with all the design criteria available to anyone who wants to try to help. This way you can get the best minds working on it and knowing what the issues are to design the best solution around.


Brad   June 7th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

why not cork the pipe magnetically?


Jake   June 7th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Why can't they take part of the flange off that is showing on their pictures, make another flange with a manifold and the proper valves and put the flange and its manifold gear back on and then regulate and hook up whatever lines they need to stop this flow?


Tom   June 7th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

I have a very simple solution that provides a method of stoping the oil leaking into the gulf and bringing it up to the surface ships. I've submitted my solution to the BP Deepwater Horizon link and haven't heard from anyone. How do I get this in front of the engineers so they can fabricate my assembly which should take only 24 hours to complete?


Benoca   June 7th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Forget sealing or controlling the flow.

How about dropping a large circular curtain/pipe around the broken well head that extends to the ocean floor while also extending the same to the surface. Then just siphon the oil off the top while letting the gas escape in the form of bubbles.


Fernando Menendez   June 7th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Does a navy submarine, nuclear or conventional, have enough power to go nose first and overcome the well pressure of this gusher?


Micheal   June 7th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

All the hydrocarbons oil and or gas produced from this well should go 100% to the People affected directly first, the Sates second and the U.S. Treasury in that order administered by non-government and non-corporate administrators.


Dale Harris   June 7th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Dear Sir, If you discovered someone with a tool that would absolutely stop the oil leak. A tool or device that has already went through countless engineering reviews and the designer could prove it would work. Would you stop look and listen? If satisfied, then would you promote it?
Commercial Deep Sea Diver, Dale


Michael Bonnes   June 7th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Burn the sludge off the beaches with flamethrowers.
If you don't do it soon, it will sink into the sand and be there for decades.
It will cost billions to clean up.
As Mr. Cameron said, the next hurricane will blow oil droplets miles inland.
Hurry.

Michael Bonnes
Huron, SD


Dalton in Tallahassee   June 7th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Larry,

Why can't they make boom curtains that will hang 10/20/30 feet down into the water to block waterways. This can be done with 5 foot widths of that blue rubber siding they use on above ground pools. Floating booms are not poing to protect inland waterways. They can br created to resemble submarine nets which can be retracted if necessary.


Dan   June 7th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Is there a way to surround the entire BoP like a Concrete Pipe? stacked and sealed to maybe a few thousand feet? There are pipes large enough and flanged. Open at both ends avoids icing.


john   June 7th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Whe spacificaly were the BP emplyeees that made the dcision to not use drilling mud and what are thier names?


sal lopez   June 7th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

have the Military take charge and work with people who has experience with this.. BP does not have to work alone... have government work with them... and find a way to bury it with military help


Ray   June 7th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

with the BOP tower so tall why aren't they goin in horizontally to tap it and why no Tees or Ys off the BOP riser to valve in pressured mud


Dan Pitts   June 7th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Several experts have suggested the use of big supertankers to suck up the oil, as was done for an ARAMCO spill.

Whay has this not been tried.


joe casale , toronto   June 7th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

They need to create a very long tapered spiral tap...with a very slight taper.. this tap would be twisted into the shaft. The tap would need to be long enough to achieve a controlled drop and have a hole in the center such that the 13,000 psi pressure is reduced to a level that allows this to occur. At the top of the tap is a valve matching the hole in the center of the tap and a muc larger hole on the other side which connects to the riser to the surface... and thus lowers the pressure...


Rafael Vela   June 7th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Would hitting it with liquid nitrogen feeze the well long enough to plug it?
Rafael Vela


Tom   June 7th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Reports that the Soviets used low level nuclear explosives to shut off oil leaks in the 60's.

Is this feasible in the Gulf?


Sean   June 7th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

sand bags dont have to build with sand they can be filled with other heavy materials


Smith in Oregon   June 7th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Thanks entirely to decades of Republican lawmaker crafted Gas and Oil laws, BP's total liability is minimal at best. The true costs of this single disaster could reach 200 BILLION dollars of which 197 BILLION will likely be paid by the American Taxpayers. BP will likely just hike their gasoline prices slightly for the 3 Billion liability costs and continue on.


Tom Grasso   June 7th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Are there robotic dredging machines that could dig about a quarter mile diameter hole around the pipe and about 100 feet deep.
Cut a matching piece of granite that weighs about 150 tons ( a bit more than the Empire State Building ) and drop it into the hole.
Then bury the whole thing. I think this massive and expensive
undertaking would be worth the effort of the many engineers and
divers, etc. to preserve the earth.


Russell   June 7th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Is it possible to insert a bladder on a rod, that can be pumped full of diesel to constrict the flow enough to allow pumping of something in it?


Connie   June 7th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

We hear only about trying to stop the leak, what is being done to contain and suction up the oil that has already been released? Are the birds and animals being rescued out in the ocean or only those that are easy to get to? Shouldn't this be a three fold operation?

1. ) capturing the oil that is already in the ocean
2.)stopping the leak?
3.) looking for (and saving) animals and birds out in the ocean


Kathy   June 7th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Why are we not using hydrogen energy?

Kath Roberts


Glenn Stencell   June 7th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

This is a comment that is not appropriate to be aired on the show but more a comment to Mr. Cameron about his own industry and the huge problem that his industry is facing everyday which is Movie Piracy.This problem is responsible for billions of dollars being lost every year and its continuously growing.
I also know the frustration of trying to get an industry to listen to an idea from someone that is considered an outsider. I have a solution to this huge piracy problem that I would like to get Mr. Camerons help with. This is a very legimate delicate and very confidential solution that would help the industry stop this insedious out of control problem which as mentioned is losing billions.
If Mr. Cameron could make contact with me on my email we could at least start an open conversation and decide after that point what happens next.
Regards
Glenn Stencell


Jay Roberts   June 7th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

How can this level and magnitude of exposure and contamination be handled – will we ever be able to make a dent in this clean-up? Or will this oil most likely be expected to break down on its own and just end up everywhere along the Eastern US+? The oil is still somewhat contained in the gulf right now, what happens if it starts moving around Florida and up the coast, what should we really be expecting to see if this happens?


ed   June 7th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Can the resources of NASA be marshalled to help? Sometimes trying to solve a problem from a different direction can yield a creative solution.


Dawn   June 7th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

I heard that the board of directors for BP is TNK-BP of Russia...is this true?


Nancy   June 7th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

I have heard that there is a chance that some type of bacteria can consume the oil and clean the water naturally. Is this possible?


Warren J   June 7th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Larry king I have the plan to cap that hole and I can't BP to make this plan a part of their repair.


Karen   June 7th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

James Cameron has given the most intelligent analysis of what has been happening with this crisis that I've heard so far. He is right – it would have been so much better if BP had explained more and been more open about why they've been doing what they have been doing and why they haven't been doing other actions.


Jeff Jones   June 7th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

How about automatically drilling a relief well ready to go for any deep well over 2000 feet deep? Had a relief well been ready this would have been a slam dunk no brainer


Dalton in Tallahassee   June 7th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

WHy can't they make boom curtains that act like submarine nets made with boom and wide widths of rubber sheeting riveted together to protect inland water passages.


Daniel Shaffer   June 7th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

How can I contact Mr. Cameron's group? I would like a few minutes of help vetting an idea for a system to help contain this or similar, future spills. It could be rapidly manufactured and deployed and while it would not stop the flow of oil, it may well contain the plume, reduce dispersal throughout the water column and allow for easy collection at the surface. In addition, it could be moved over and off of the wellhead to allow for direct operations such as the top-kill or top-hat installation.

Please respond to the email address above.

Thank you.


Charles Richmond   June 7th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Why are we not utilizing the API flange just under the cut and above the blowout preventer. Unbolt it and prepare a mating flange and valve or another Blowout preventer open it up and bolt it on. Gradually close the valve.
Why is BP wanting to produce this disaster and not shut it in?


Ellen Schreiber   June 7th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Crazy idea – What if we filled an air tight submarine or tanker (something big) with sand and sink it over the leaking pipe? (would need to work out how to create opening where the leak intersects with the container and is sealed). Let the oil leech into the sand to slow the flow and put siphon at the top and prepare to tap the pooled oil as it saturates the sand.

Imagine we are creating an oil reserve but inside a man made vessel rather than under the earth.


Steve Mumma   June 7th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

The BIG PICTURE: According to the oil of the earth being a major ingredient of the earth's balance in it's orbit. The earth is 2/3 water on the outside and IS PERFECTLY BALANCED TO MAINTAIN ORBIT. The inner earth's resevoirs and tributaries of oil is one of the major ingredients. Mankind has been self destructing for a long time by extracting this valuable resource. Now we have just hit the big off-balance switch. Hold on tight folks, it will fly by quick, I'm sure...


Michele   June 7th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

I think everyone understands stopping the leak is not easy & will take a lot of time.

My question is why is there not more being done with the clean up & land fall prevention? After the Valdez spill, I had friends who were trained & shipped out for 10 weeks, paid by Exxon, in an immediate response & it was much more than $10-12/hour. Why isn't BP spending that $50mil of advertising to train & line the coast with people on a 2 week rotation? I have more than a dozen people who are willing to take our 2 week vacations to come help but no response from BP nor any of the organizations they have contracted.

Yes, it's going to take time to stop, but I don't understand why we can't mitigate the effects by busting our butts & BP shoveling out the $ to get things cleaned up.


Craig Melville   June 7th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

why are we not running hoses down to the leak w/huge vacuum pumps pulling the oil/gaes into waiting Oil tankers that can process the mess ??
Can this be done ?
I assume engineering wise this can't be done.....please explain why ?

Also, why is Obama NOT ordering subs to film the underwater sesspool that is being created?


Charles: Mesa, Az   June 7th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

I'm getting a very distinct feeling from listening to the conversation taking place on Larry king, that BP never drilled this deep before. It appears BP doesn't fully understand what kind of damage they've done. I remember hearing scientists saying, that this event is teaching them about how the physical laws of nature work at this depth and I've also heard them say "this is a learning experience".
This says to me, loud and clear that they don't know what the hell's going on, and their trying their darndest to figure it out before we all die. Jezzz !


Eve Larnder   June 7th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

Why does everybody suddenly think that they are an expert on deep-sea oil exploration?
Dont people realize that all the genuine experts on the subject have already been/are being consulted?


drew   June 7th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

What about the possibilty of a nuclear bomb? Is it possible that though seemingly insane, it is being already considering as options run out and failed attempts continue? Could it come to that? We"ve already denotated nukes in the ocean in the 5O's and 60's anyhow


Marcus   June 7th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

BP does not want to stop the leak because the oil thats there and coming out is money that they can use to help with there paying for the spill. So their idea is to keep the well making money regardless of the outcome. If we keep BP at the head of this they will only keep the best ideas to kill the well to themselves. I have a few great ideas that I have not read or heard anyone talk about.


Hart Buerkle   June 7th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

CEO of Simmons & Company International, an investment bank catering to oil companies, told Dylan Ratigan that "there's another leak, much bigger, 5 to 6 miles away" from the leaking riser and blowout preventer shown on the underwater cameras:

Has anyone checked?

thx

Hart


Lori from Florida   June 7th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Why is no one looking into what we heard about a week ago- of salt water being used in the equipment instead of the required oils for the process? If this was a contributor in the breakdown of the rig and other rigs are also doing this could it not happen again? I think this is called cutting corners to save cost!


Duane COffin   June 7th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Larry,

Has anyone thought about a molly design stopper. Insert a molly (umbrella type) fabricated metal stopper down the well to the oil resovoir far below the ocean floor. As the molly clears the well it expands and seals against the bottom of the well. Then fill the well with concrete.

Thank you for sahring this.

Regards,
Duane


the Chief   June 7th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Why not open the other slopes/regions of Alaska as opposed to the dangerous drilling off of the continental shelf? I would appear to make sense the oil would be easier to obtain and risks are minimized by drilling the slopes. Drilling in 5,000 to 10,000 feet of water is too risky.


Vic Kerby   June 7th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

So BP has a broken well head and they are drilling two more wells so now that will be 3 broken well heads gushing oil into the ocean instead of one....who thought this one up?


Rob Malvern PA   June 7th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Pennsylvania, NY and West Virginia are sitting on top of huge Natural Gas reserves that are just recently being drilled. Many are even being drilled and capped due to an excess of supply (since the price of Natural Gas is relatively low).

Why are we not exploiting this asset with a distribution network (filling stations) and automobiles that run on natural gas?

Or am I to believe we are better off drilling 5000 feet below sea level?

Sounds to me like the oil companies – and not the Govt – are our "real" Dept of Energy and are the ones calling the shots...


martha b   June 7th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

blowing up the oil well at the start would have prevented the future damage to wild life and the beaches. martha from tennessee


Mary Ratchford   June 7th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

With all the unemployed in our country, perhaps the President should be offered all the unemployed a job in the Gulf to clean up the mess. They can offered a salary (and get them off unemployment insurance and save our country millions), living expense (and fill up the empty motels), and a per diem (and fill up the empty restaurants) to clean up this mess. Then we can send BP a bill every week until the job is done to that their payments start immediately. Otherwise, I fear that BP will drag out making their payments for years.


jeff   June 7th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

What if you inserted a smaller pipe down the original pipe to the bottom and inflated a baloon to stop up the hole??


Warren Gilbert   June 7th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

Mr Cameron, I have designed a hydraulic mechanical device with flow through capabilities to solve the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill
Please contact me by email


ed   June 7th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Can a large dome be lowered over the whole blow-out preventor mechanism? The the dome would be weighted down so it will not move under pressure, also vents in the dome would allow pressure to escape from under the dome until hose connections can be attached to pump the oil up to a ship, then the vents would be closed.

Why can the best ideas be pursued in parallel so that if the current BP solution does not work, there is a plan B, C, D, etc.


Edwin Hawkins   June 7th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Larry i would like to know why the well cannot be imploded?


julia st. amand   June 7th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Why is the focus only on the Gulf? Can you explain all the other horrific " oil "accidents" around the world? Example: more than 16 billion gallons of oil souping up the Ecuadorian Rain Forest, The Great Barrier Reef Spill. Nigeria Spill, etc. This is a worldwide problem!


Donald Lencioni   June 7th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

In such Deep-Waters WHY is it not mandatory for them to have relief wells already drilled,before they are allowed to take one drop of oil out? Please Larry King WHY and bring it to Obama's attention if this make sense , for my voice is too small and cannot be heard!


Alex   June 7th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Clearly there is no better time in the History of the Industrialized world for North America to put in place a definable action plan to transition away from crude-oil based petroleum.

I cannot wait to hear how much more incremental interest there is in the plan of T. Boone to convert the American transportation system to Natural Gas. Yes it only gets us half the way there in terms of carbon footprint. But half the way is better than no way at all.

America is long on natural gas. Shale plays. Enough said. The NOC's control over 80% of the proven reserves. So, remind me again... despite the obvious ecological downside (sorry BP, not to pick on you but you are an obvious poster child for the environmental risks) and the coming trade disputes wtih unfriendly and non-democratic nations (Brazil and Iraq? Venezuela?) WHY ARE WE STILL SO INVESTED IN CRUDE TO FEED TRANSPORTATION REQUIREMENTS??

The time to change is now. Let's leave something behind for our children in the way of a clean planet.


Dennis   June 7th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Have you ever seen a tube flarring tool and a tubing vise ? You can make a yoke with jaws that clamp around the existing spool below the clear cut with 3 columns about 30 ft. long with directional clickker on them like they do for auto to be worked on with a stopper in the center and lower in down then finally close the well.


Sue   June 7th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Can someone please answer this: how much estimated oil is in this reservoir? At the current rate of leaking, how long would it take to run itself out if no capping or relief well attempts are successful?


mac mcaleer   June 7th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

The problem is not the oil leak.
Oil leaks are cleaned up everyday.
The problem is the depth.
We need to transport the oil to the surface so we can get our arms around it.
The oil can be brought to the surface naturally by allowing it to flow up a canvas tube 10 feet in diameter by 5000 feet long.
At the surface it can be siphoned into tankers.
Please run this by Mr. Pickens


Peter Deacey   June 7th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Stop trying to block the effluent . Build a new containment cap with a powerful submersible pump integrated . This will take the effluent and force it up the riser with very little effluent loss. BP have the engineering capability and mechanical construction facility to do this in short order .


Jan Pfautsch   June 7th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Larry, they need to put a system like a bathtub drain system place a drain cover with holes over the top to make sure that the pressure of the oil does not blow off the cover once in place have a switch shut the wholes in the cover and divert oil to different location simple idea use a bathtub drain and diverter design


Darryl Webb   June 7th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Love the Jack O"leary Idea! His idea is great but would be very hard to do with the pressure comming out of the flange. My Idea can be adapted approching the flange from the side without trying to deal with the pressure comming out from the break! The key is staging the release of oil after a connection is installed! I agree very much with his comments about BP! This isn't rocket science! Put O"Leary and I in the room and I am sure we could complement each others ideas! We are trying to donate a fix to this to BP! If the pictures BP is showing us are true and correct, I can fix it! Someone explain to me why my idea won't work!

Darryl Webb


Joel Lovell   June 7th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Why can't explosives be used to collapse the well? Didn't the Russians do this successfully on five different occasions?


Nirmala Pandian   June 7th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Well, we need to turn around. Why not build solar panel factories and give the jobs to those who lost it?


John William Baxter   June 7th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Hello James,
Perhaps obvious – can the wonderful 3-D imaging technology that you invented for 'Avatar' be employed to better visualize the situation at the site of the leak?
What about robotic "telepresence"? Could humans get to the bottom of the situation as remote robotic "Avatars", and better visualize the situation???
Thanks for all you are doing!
best
John William Baxter


Fernando Menendez   June 7th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

A submarine could stay in place, nose down, until reliefv wells are done!


Greg C   June 7th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Who was running our country when this rig was built? Who were the contractors and why aren't they being held responsible? There must have been some internal interest in letting them drill so deep? Who were the ones who decided to leave out the safety valve?
Tell us the Truth!!!


Dennis   June 7th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

My Question is, why can't they put a larger cone, over the pipe,to catch, the oil that is escaping, and send it to the top?


Nick Lanzone   June 7th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

There has been much said about the Gulf Oil Spill. One comment that I heard that still lingers in my mind. Was this disaster amplified by too much water being poured into the oil rig,causing it to sink. Is this what caused the piping and other safety back-ups to fail. Three days of water on a rig ,too much weight and it sank .Thus,causing this disaster to get out of control by breaking the pipes and the back-ups.
Just a thought that is worth considering for the future.


e   June 7th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

BP is not doing their best, did they ask other oil companies to help? Did they pursue ALL KINDS of creative brainstorming to come up with a solution? Did they put out a technical brief with all the engineering criteria so all the best engineering talent in the world can submit focused realistic ideas.


Michael M   June 7th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Mr. Cameron,

Due to the pressures involved, is it possible to compress the earth around the well to a depth of say 100 ft and diameter of say 75 ft? The compression would need to be done with a pipe cut on one side, drill bits on the bottom and retraction mechanisms along the cut, similar to a pipe wrench or a hose clamp.

Thank you.


Jon Blake   June 7th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

I have written in many different places and realize talk is cheap unless you put it somewhere where everybody can see. I know how to help as in the invention to get the oil off the surface of the ocean. The way that you dont cap the rig thats leaking. I also know in explanation to get our government to step in and tell bp to let us help them. I have written in many places and will continue to write more because im not wasting your time or mine. Help is all I want to do.


Charles J. Miller   June 7th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Question not comment. Does BP intend to attempt a second top kill when the window of opportunity opens when and if the cap is changed. The first top kill failed dealing with 3 points of escaping crude this upcomming window would allow a second attempt dealing with a single point of escaping crude, would it be possible to restrict this single point with a porous ( the openings would be sized a fraction smaller then the biggest piece of junk) cap in order to create the optimum condition for the junk to fully set prior to pumping the heavier mud to weigh the pressurized crude back down the hole. Relief wells are not the only answer.


Donald Lencioni   June 7th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

At least have a relief well started so it wont take as long!!!


larry mc daniel   June 7th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

oil spill.put a balloon down the hole and blow it up.


billy knechtel   June 7th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

my idea consists of a hollow core hydraulic ram accompanied by a two piece collar. much like a power steering pump pulley puller. the hollow ram would be lowered over the riser on the BOP then the collar installed over it and the flange. when the ram is pressurized it will force a seal over the tapered portion of what is left of the riser. a valve would be affixed to the top of the ram for throttling and salvaging the oil. i have the drawings and also submitted one to BP this morning. i have been hopeful that this idea will have a chance.


Andy Canada   June 7th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

They aqabsolutely have to put a better fitting cap on the well, as soon as possible


elaine   June 7th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Canada does have that regulation Larry talked about. "Oil companies have to build a relief well at the same time as the well" as a protection against a blowout. Larry's guest had no clue. BP Canada is lobbying against that rule BTW regarding drilling in the Arctic.


Smith in Oregon   June 7th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Crude Oil is a poison and a neuro-toxin, it's not friendly slime, it's not some chia-pet you water and grow. If you play with it, eat it, drink it or breathe it, you will get sick. How sick depends solely on the amount of crude Oil you are exposed to.

The toxic heavy crude Oil and toxic dispersant will poison and kill sealskin that relys on it's successive generations hatching on the Ocean's seabed. And the toxic crude Oil will remain killing entire generations of sea-life for many decades to come. Some 40 years from now, a full 50% of the toxic crude Oil on the bottom of the Ocean will still be there and continue to kill aquatic life in the once pristine Gulf of Mexico.


babycarie   June 7th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

See Rosie O' Donnell's blog...listen to Kindra Arnesen of Louisiana speak of having a fisherman husband who is sick due to oil fumes...her children cannot go outside and play do to the toxic air they breath...it is heart wrenching...and makes me damn angry!!! Read the article, Fisherman's Wife Breaks Silence, on CNN, under Health.
This is beyond appalling and someone needs to take over where BP has failed. BP is checking air quality, BP is in charge of monitoring toxicity...that is like saying Bin laden will let the US know how the troops are doing in Afghanistan.
Let Cameron try...obviously BP is incapable of fixing their screw up.


nato   June 7th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Why are you not talking about the clean up efforts too!


Andy Canada   June 7th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

oops absolutely


Lisa Lohse RRT   June 7th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

I know about how the body is effected when we remove blood/fluid from the chest faster than it should be removed. How this affects the patient's breathing and so on.

How does the faster than normal removal of the oil from under the surface effect the stability of the area. Such as the plates that are shifting and could an earthquake be caused from the fast removal of oil from under the surface?


John   June 7th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Why not drop a larger pipe with pipeline over the broken pipe and pump the oil to a tanker?


Jill Morris   June 7th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

I read online that in Canada, yes indeed, by law, a relief well must be dug simultaneously wiht the initial well re depe water driling.

Why T. Boone finds this silly, I do not know.


Robin   June 7th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

I agree with Mr. Boone Pickens. He makes alot of sense. More people should listen to him. My heart goes out to the families that lost loved ones in the oil spill disaster.


e   June 7th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Didn't Rachel Maddow report last week on a major leak that the same company that ran the lastest platform which exploded 30 years ago? Why no contingency plans created since?


RandyL   June 7th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

I followed the general logic of Mr. Cameron's statement about not being able to just cap the leak at the surface. My question is, if that is not possible then how was "topkill" different? Wasn't that essentially just a surface operation?


Lawrence Clarke   June 7th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

for T. Boone Pickens:

Will BP survive this as a separate corporation or will it be purchased by another company??

Thanks,


horace sellers   June 7th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

i just watched the show with james camaron and i was wondering when they cut the pipe everyone saw a flange right below it if bp wants to controll the flow of oil why caint they put the same flange on a pipe with a valve and controll the flow


Kathy   June 7th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

We need to turn all transportation that is no longer oil based fuel at all. If this is not the wake up call, what is? Obama – make a change!!


Dawn in Monterey   June 7th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Can't we just shoot cement down and seal up the whole thing?

It seems to me that BP wants to make sure it can keep recapturing oil for the future...at all costs.

I heard that the board of directors for BP is TNK-BP of Russia...is this true?


Vivian   June 7th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

How do oil executives, or politicians, or anyone else, think that it is o.k. to drill into the core of our EARTH? Could you explain how this is not a crime? A rapist or murderer changes their victim's spirit forever. What BP has done has impacted the earth so negatively, it is unbelievable.


Don Francis   June 7th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Maybe BP can run a cable(wire-line) down the caseing a mile or 2 with a large charge(bomb) & detonate it from the surface. This will kill the hole & problem solved.


Clay Duke   June 7th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Mr. Pickins should respond to drilling a relief well to the 75 or 85% level to the mail well so that the remainder would take less time if there is failure.


Phillip Davis   June 7th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Maybe the best plan for resolving this crisis is to have never drilled that far down in the first place, without the capability to immediately resolve a problem like this. All that oil is not worth it.


fromNawlins   June 7th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Larry–
Ask T Boone if they are properly using the containment booms. Shouldn't the booms be installed in a ZIG-ZAG pattern and NOT perpendicular to the shore???


Jacob muniz   June 7th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

How far down are the relief wells drilling?? Wouldn't it be easier to drill a hole into the casing to be able to control it??


Audrey Heffner   June 7th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

Mr. Pickens is talking about how much we import right now. The question is a good one.


Alex   June 7th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

The craziest part about securing our future supply of energy is that deep water discoveries represented approximately 60% of the oil discovered last year. The "easy to find oil" is gone. Everyone in the industry knows this.

The untold truth is that the current known and proven reserves will only provide approximately 40% of the supply requirements for 2030. The other 60% is currently undiscovered.

So where do you think it is?? In the hard to reach corners of our earth.

Do we really think that 60% of the crude supply requirements for 2030 will be found in these places?? I think not. So the time to transition to other fuels is now. Or the supply shock will drive it in the future. Guaranteed.


Tom Henson   June 7th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

Regarding the oil still escaping. The use of Dispersements has been discussed at length. Is there any technology available using floculants instead?


James Fellers   June 7th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

Ask mr pickens about what he thinks about something like a giant plumbers plug with a inside line up clamp on the back side.with something like A pipe wrench to keep it from slipping backward expand the line up clamp and inflate the plug up . The plug would be velkinnized to the pipe with a ring on both sides to keep from sliping .it would not stop the leak but it would drop it down to 90% containment James Fellers.


Peter Paul De Leo   June 7th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

What do you think about staying out of the oceans for good?
No offshore drilling ever because there will be another accident. Its human nature.


Clay Duke   June 7th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Mr. Pickins should respond to drilling a relief well to the 75 or 85% level to the main well so that the remainder would take less time if there is failure.


Matt   June 7th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

I am a Tampa Florida resident, I heard on the radio this morning that the reason that BP has not "capped" this well yet is if they did they loose all legal rights to this well and they would rather leave it open to see if they can "capture" the oil instead of cap it for financial reasons, Can a legal expert please comment on if this would be true?


wally   June 7th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Potentially, how long would it take for this well to run out of pressure naturally?
This is a real game-changer.
thanks


Rafael Vela   June 7th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Will hitting it with liquid nitrogen stop the leak long enough to plug it?


Dace Gill from New York   June 7th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

The blowout preventer was going to stop the flow. So why not stop the flow by changing out the short bolts on the flange between the blowout preventer and the riser with 11" longer bolts. Separate the flanges by backing the longer bolts out as far as possible while still holding the flanges 11" apart. Change out the first longer bolt set with a 23" longer bolt set until the vertical distance between the flanges is wider than the riser. Roll in a 22"-23" disk of 1" steel between the bolt sides while the oil rushes out between the extended bolts. Lever the disk against the top flange on the inside of all the bolts. Then slowly tighten the bolts until the oil is shut off. Cut off the threaded bolt ends as needed as they near the blowout preventer.


Bill Butler   June 7th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Mr.Cameron,you menton that you could not just foccus on the problem at the blow out preventer.I know BP tried injecting a special
mud but it failed.I,ve watched a show about Dam engineer,s useing
special material in different layers such as clay and gravel, could those engneers be of help?


John William Baxter   June 7th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Might it be possible to submerge a VERY large bowl-shaped structure, with a compressible rim, over the site(s) of the leak(s). Then evacuate the "bowls" and the incredible water pressure at that depth might seal this against the ocean floor, and seal off the leaks?

I realize that as a software test engineer, there is so much that I do not understand about this. But I must ask.

"Sometimes your whole life reduces to one insane move"


e   June 7th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

If it was gold floating on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico someone would find a way to reclaim it. Is anyone working on innovative technologies to pick up the oil already spilled that is floating?


Paul L.   June 7th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

I'd like to know if T. Boone Pickens feels any responsibility as I'm sure he's had lobbyists fight to weaken regulations and oversight that helped lead to this disaster.


Dalton in Tallahassee   June 7th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

Larrry,
If they lift the cap off to switch it out , Yes it will spew till the new cap is in place


Doug   June 7th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

For goodness sakes, I hope they don't regulate those poor oil companies any more. After all, we must have totally free enterprise in this country. Down with the socialist that want regulations, and lets not forget those utilities companies too that are charging you 400 hundred dollars a month for electric too..HORRAY for free enterprise, let them do whatever they want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


John Sparacio   June 7th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

Larry try getting someone who is not so pro oil.


Jeanine LaMere   June 7th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

Just wondering, was there any possibility of BP crimping the original 21 inch pipe that they just recently cut through? Would that have stemmed the oil flow till the relief well is complete?


herman mcsween   June 7th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

geek da genius June 5th, 2010 4:12 am ET
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man i should of wrote this along time ago. watchin it hurts. the bp ticker is B.S. ,look at it . in this case a second is long .I say at least 18 gallons a second. by day 50 it will be 1440 mins X 60seconds = 86400seconds x 18gallons =1,555,200gallons x 50 days=77,760,000 of oil in our ocean ,the earths ocean , the universes only know ocean . and thats just oil not including dispercement so we will say at least half the amount of the oil so that's 116,640,000 gallons of toxic chemicals in the ocean by day 50 . all dispercement does is break the oil down. its still oil, but now instead of rising to the top its broken down and mixed with seawater witch will soon be rain water, not just any rain acid rain. if they had a shut off valve at the sea bed it would of been a easy fix .but since there wasn't it seems our only solution is the company that's drilling another 10,000 feet to stop it . boot heel to there necks, but with perks its not there fault. and its a must that we salvage and filter. salvage what ever oil the dispercement didn't contaminate but most importantly filter the water asap!!!! regardless of what ever is done we must filter the water , for as long as it takes. as for bp, who let heyward make stand for British prick in there ad. can i get a cut of his salary for doing his job so much more to say ,but im sleepy
they need to filter the water asap


John D.   June 7th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Larry, thanks for having T. Boone Pickens on again. He is straightforward and honest, and he makes a lot of sense. Please have him back again on this subject.


Mark Hampton   June 7th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Boone – Explain to Larry what a relief well is. It is obvious that he and others in the media do NOT know what a relief well is. It is a totally new well directionally drilled to intercept the upflow of oil and gas. Once pressure is equalized, they can then pump cement and plug the well. Please tell these people in the media because their lack of communication is confusing folks who do not know the oil industry.
Thanks,
Mark Hampton
New Braunfels, TX


David   June 7th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

If the bolts holding the recently cut piece of riser pipe could be cut off or unscrewed AND the cut piece of riser pipe could then be pulled off the top of the failed blowout preventer, then maybe an oversized shutoff valve could be installed in it's place, bolted back in same holes and shut off.

I can clearly see the bolts holding the cut piece of pipe on the video feed, but I'm unsure if removing the bolts would allow the broken riser pipe section to be discarded...


compassionate_one   June 7th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Everyone with ideas don't have a clue as to the magnitude of this problem. The pressures involved at 5000ft down, the way the well head was damaged, etc etc etc. I could go on.

Please stop the blame game. BP knows what they are doing and are trying to do it. Leave it to the professionals.

James Cameron is not the end all with this. Sure he has tons of money and made the biggest movie of all times, but he does not have the ability, knowhow or $$$ needed to resolve this.

Also, the media is making more out of this than what is really going on. A few globs reach the sandy beach and all is ruined. Not the case at all. Things will recover quickly. People make mistakes. We are human. Let us not forget the 11 workers who died. I'm just amazed at everyone playing the blame game. This could have happened sooner. Do people realize how dependent we are on oil and how many oil rigs there are in the gulf. I think not. We should be thanking BP for taking a proactive approach at resolving this disaster as quickly as possible.. They are doing the best they can. This leak is 5000ft below the surface and the many things they a trying have never NEVER been done at these depths. The pressures alone are incredible and most ideas would NOT work in these conditions. Please be patient and if you really want to help, then get yourself down there and help clean the mess up instead of sitting at your computer complaining about it.

Nuff said.


L King   June 7th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Why isn't more been said and done about those persons who lost their lives in the gulf oil disaster? They should be honored for their efforts to support the American way of life. We honor fallen firemen and policemen, but what about the "little guy"? They all belonged to families who are grieving and deserve to be recognized.


richard young   June 7th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Larry, please ask one of your expert guests why they don't attempt to shut off the BP well by one of two ways, A). pinch off the pipe with large hydraulic jaws similar to the sheer that cut the stand pipe off a few days ago. B) Drop a valve on top of the riser in the open position and weld it into place then shut the valve off. Either of these methods should work. Thank you

Rick Young, Yardley Pa.


LISA   June 7th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

what about the supertankers? Why is it never asked???????????


Dale / Commercial Diver GOM   June 7th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

HOW does one convey that his idea really would work, if just given the chance to prove it? This is the problem I and how many thousands are having. Credibility is lost just by the announcment of a working solution. DIVER DALE


Shane   June 7th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

The Pickens interview was total crap – he's clearly either being paid by BP or he has a direct financial interest in them – and that wasn't disclosed in the interview – and interviewing someone that impartial is just a *complete* waste of time – I'm sincerely disappointed with CNN.


Tom   June 7th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Eve-
You don't need to be a deep water expert to provide a simple solution.
Sometimes the scientists and engineers fail to use the "kiss" principle.

Until and if the oil well can be stopped, people should be encouraged to submit valid suggestions and have them considered.

Anyone who thinks that the best brains are working on this tradegy needs to rethink (you are fooling yourself). Anything less than 100% containment of the oil flowing is unacceptable.


Peggy   June 7th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Great question, Larry, and follow-up–"Are they making money?"
And when Boone asks if you're kidding, you didn't back down–you went on: "But their stock went up!" Boone's answer to that was inadequate. OF COURSE THEY'RE MAKING MONEY!!
Good going, Larry. It's why I keep watching your show.


Scott Daniel   June 7th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

It's obvious mr Pickens loyalty is to the oil companies BP has done more harm then good so far they've not been honest about much of anything They spend 50 million so the ceo can get his life back they tried to prevent people who needed to be on the beaches off and I can go on and on and on


ted weiner   June 7th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

hi, please ask mr pickens if he has seen the documentaru GASSLANDS that just won a special award at the sundance film festival demonstrating the ruining of peolple's land lives, and environment caused by fracking


e   June 7th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Could large suction hoses be positioned by the escaping oil source to "vacuum up" the oil to a tanker above??


Harinder Chatrath   June 7th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

This is a question for Larry King to ask the experts
"When we donot allow a car without break on the road why should we allow people to drill in deep waters when they cannot stop when they err"


Smith in Oregon   June 7th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

CNN should investigate the recent BP crude Oil spill in Alaska and send Anderson Cooper to interview some of the BP whistle blowers that were former BP employees working in Alaska. The whistle blowers have multiple hair raising storys about BP hiring ex-CIA agents to go after the whistle blowers with some really heavy handed practices.


Steve   June 7th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Why can't they put a bop on the bop?????


Dan   June 7th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Going back to the TOP HAT. The mechanism is solid on top with piping coming out of the top. This top captured the hydrocarbons causing ice to build and the mission failed.

Cut the Top. Hinge it. Make the Top Hat a magic Top Hat and uUse hydraulic pistons to seal it.

Lower it into place and seal it.


Micheal   June 7th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Is T bone serious? Do the math.!! Just say 10,000 -20,000 Barrels a day @ current price times 90 days that is not money what is?


joseph   June 7th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

After watching the Cameron interview, many events were left out of the discussion that emerged from the Congressional Hearings. 1. During the running of the production liner, only 6 casing centralizers were utilized by BP along the string vs the 35 planned, due to the fact that the incorrect centralizers were delivered to the rig, Centralizers are used to center the liner in the well bore so that cement can be pumped around the liner in a consistent thickness.
2. No cement bond log is required by MMS. If a cement bond logging tool had been run after the cement job, the log would have indicated that the the placement location and thickness of the cement was appropriate to seal off the formation.
3. Pressure tests run after the liner was cemented were suspect which should have raised serious concerns. When pressure tests results are not what is expected, it is routine to pump more cement around the liner until the desired pressure results are achieved.
4. No bottoms-up circulation was conducted prior to displacing the riser with sea water. Bottoms up circulation would have indicated that gas was entering the well bore and well control measures would have then been conducted while you has a weighted mud system throughout the entire well. No blow-out would have occurred as the well would have been under control.
These four events as well as the BOP malfunction which was the last safety valve before gas enters the riser, contributed to this blowout. Poor decision making for whatever reasons was the cause.


Sean Allen   June 7th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

BP was terribly unprepared for this disaster. It seems to me that a procedure of some sort should of existed as soon as the drill hit that well. If you can't repair it, don't drill it. Don't we have the technology to survive on solar energy instead of fossil fuels?


Robert Fitzgibbon   June 7th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

I would like to speak with James Cameron because of his attitude and willingness to accept knowledge of how to stop the oil leak. I feel it can be done with materials that are available and with some modifications. The leak could be stopped by 99% using the method I would be willing to discuss with the proper representatives.


rdb   June 7th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Have they considered inserting a very, very long cone shaped pipe with gradual tapper into the leaking pipe? Put a value on the top end. Control insertion speed with air bladders.


Kathy   June 7th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

The comments made by your obvious paid by BP spokesman are insulting. These crooks are unbelievable liars. Why do I see anyone buying gas at the BP stations? Boycott oil. No one buy gas for a day – all big oil stations!


Donna   June 7th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Larry,
I'm a Realtor on the gulf coast and people down here are concerned that BP is siphoning part of the fuel from the well instead of sealing it shut.
Couldn't they use a funnel shape weighted cap to seal it?
We can't wait until the relief well is finished!


Steve   June 7th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Would it be possible and useful to send a mini sub or a submarine in to fix this horrible and wasteful flow of precious oil. Maybe now people can appreciate oil and conserve much more. AND use alternate energy sources, wind power solar power etc.....


Michael O'Neil   June 7th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Larry,

This is not a suggestion of better or worse however we need to understand this and other spills.

The Ixtoc flowed for 290 days and spilled 3.5 million barrels into the Gulf of Mexico.

The Persian Gulf (Kuwait War) spill was man made (Saddam) and was 10.3 million barrels.

The size of the Persian Gulf as a body of water is 100,000 square miles
The size of the Gulf of Mexico as a body of water is 600,000 square miles

If this well flows until September we are looking at 1.65 million barrels

Thought you would be interested.

Thanks


John William Baxter   June 7th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Has consideration been given to utilizing genetically-engineered organisms to convert the spill into some more harmless substance? I realize that research to achieve artificial life is underway, and the fields of biology and nanotechnology are merging. We are not there yet - but is there any kind of genetic-engineering approach that might bear fruit???


Nick F   June 7th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Perhaps a possible solution. A heavy tapered 100 foot long lead insert that weighs in at over 30 tons or more. Slowly lowered by a hoist from ship above. Taper starts at around 2 inches in diameter and gradually gets to be wider than the top hole to cork it shut. The sheer weight of it with gravity will keep it shut. Also gradually introduces back pressure as it is being slowly lowered in place. Just a thought.


Mark J   June 7th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Warren I like this Idea.
Some what close to my mechaical pressure plug, idea..

Eve Larnder... I'm sorry i'm not a expert on deep-sea oil exploration?
But some time the easiest way to close and and or solve a problem is overseen, because they the so called experts are thinking textbook not hands on...Think out of the box..


mike   June 7th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Mr Pickens my question for you sir is why hasn't BP brought in another drilling rig and ran drill pipe to the BOP and at the bottom of the drill pipe have a cast iron plug inserted inside and set so it will stop the leaking of this major disaster


Joyce Chicoine   June 7th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

Tonight's show with James Cameron and others was by far the best info on the oil spill. These guys know what they're talking about and how to look at this disaster. It was so comforting to get some sensible information and knowledge and to hear it explained on our level as average citizens. We just need to be informed and I wish BP would have given us better info. As we require more and more oil on a regular basis, we need to live with the risks and look at our own waste and destruction to the planet. Thanks CNN for a wonderful show. Thanks also to Larry – he is the only person who can get the needed answers.


cathy bittinger   June 7th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Why isn't BP using microbes to clean up the oil spill?


mike   June 7th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Boone Pickens obviously wants to sell his nat gas. fine. But every-moment-of-every-day the sun blasts the Earth with enough energy to run the PLANET for a year.


Jerry Berry   June 7th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Use water Irrigation hose to cover riser, and contain where the where the oil is going, they have miles of irrigation flexible hose in the mid-west running for miles, so have a containment area on the gulf surface like one mile, and let the oil be contained in this one mile area and pumped out on to barges, the containment area needs to be floatation devives that are at least 8 feet deep, this will buy you time and also keep the oil in a specfic area, no all over the gulf


Cathi   June 7th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Is it just me or does it seem like BP has not focused on shutting down this well, only finding a way to get it to the point where they can still collect oil for a profit?
And why doesn't the government put a freeze on BP's assets before all of them have been relocated so that when it comes time for them to pay up,they can't say they are out of money?


Charles J. Miller   June 7th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Has anyone looked at the fact that both Blow Out Preventers (ram type ) were manufactured by the same company, for both the Ixtoc 1 and the deep horizon. If this is true, did they both fail under similar circumstances, if so were there any upgrades or design changes made after the 1979 Ixtoc 1 blowout.

If the Deep Horizon well were to be fully caped would BP still have access to the deposite or the oil they currently suck up.


Tim   June 7th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

We have explored the Marianas Trench with submersibles. This well is one sixth that depth!

Would deep sea submersibles be useful? Why haven't the perpetrators seriously considered this?


Margaret Picone   June 7th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

t. boone pickens said if we closed down the drilling that they would
go some place else to drill. well let them go, and where no body else wants the drilling. California, upper east coast all have legislation against drilling off their coast. WE DONT EVEN GET REVENUE FROM THIS DRILLING TO HELP US KEEP OUR WETLANDS. this is something we have to put up with in order to give the rest of the USA
what they want, we have no choice.


Bill Butkiewicz   June 7th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

Mr.Pickens: A lot of rich & politically influential people (& families) here in The States are profiting immensely from the business of "importing oil" from foreign sources. Any proposal to lessen our "dependence on foreign oil" without addressing these domestic powerful quislings is doomed to failure. Any sensible approach to increasing the US usage of domestic gas sources must be preceded by some plan to counteract the undue influence of these me-first personal profiteers. Do you have any good ideas about this?


Donald Lencioni   June 7th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

Thanx elaine didn't know that, He did seem confused about the secondary relief well, I guess its all about the $$$ drilling a second one go figure, what a bunch of knuckleheads BP is !!!


GEORGE II   June 7th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

WHAT KIND OF ENGINEERS DO WE HAVE WHO CAN'T SOLVE THIS.....BE ASHAMED........O.K. HERE'S A PLAN THAT IS AS GOOD AS ANY THEY HAVE TRIED....HERE GOES...
IF A "CAP" CAN BE PUT OVER THE OPENING OF THE PIPE,
THEN WHY CAN'T THEY PUT ON A FOUR WAY (+) JUNCTION TYPE OF + "CAP" WITH A VERTICALLY PIPE AND A VALVE ON THE TOP AND TWO SIDE PIPES WITH VALVES ON EACH SIDE. ( All open when the "cap" is put on). IF THAT WERE TO BE DONE, THEN THE VALVE ON THE LEFT SIDE for instance COULD BE CLOSED WHILE A RELIEF LINE UP TO A TANKER COULD BE ATTACHED. THEN IT COULD BE OPENED WHILE THE VALVE ON THE RIGHT SIDE WAS CLOSED AND A RELIEF LINE UP TO A TANKER WERE ATTACHED TO THE RIGHT SIDE . THEN WITH BOTH SIDE VALVES OPEN AND OIL FLOWING TO A TANKER ABOVE, THE TOP VALVE COULD BE CLOSED AND ALL THE OIL COULD FLOW UP THE TWO SIDE LINES TO A TANKER. or some rendition of this idea.
O K IF THAT WAN'T WORK, THEN RUN A SMALLER PIPE DOWN THE PIPE HOLE AND PUMP MUD AND CEMENT IN IT... UNTIL IT STOPS.
THESE ARE BETTER IDEA S THAN ANY THEY'VE TRIED SO FAR.
" Hey Critics, lets hear your idea.......somebody's got to come up with something.......YOU GOT ANY??


Jon Blake   June 7th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

I wish I already had the friends I dont have but will know i will have one day and the money so I could get things done and not have to write everyone to be heard. i now found a place where I know more than 1 person is going to read. Yes all off my friends on here have thier ideas however I know what to do. Something from one of James Cameron's movies in which will fix this problem. Its not what you know, it's who you know. I dont know you all yet but soon I hope soon for all out sakes


Lisa W   June 7th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

To Jill Morris –
Mr. Pickens finds drilling a relief well silly because as a rich oilman, he would never have dreamed of spending the extra money it would have cost to drill two holes instead of one, no matter the environmental and life safety concerns. He may be talkin' natural gas now, after he's made his millions in oil, but he's still an oilman at heart. See how careful he is not to offend or blame BP in any way. Repeatedly interviewing Mr. Pickens regarding this situation is like repeatedly having the Wolf on to explain how to build better chicken coops.


Vitali (Vic) Klonin   June 7th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

Hi Larry, Wow these interviews were excellent!

Our planet is bleeding and we have to all come together to fix this mess. I'm a Canadian but I have trouble sleeping knowing this is going on and hurting so many people, animals, and the plant life. We all need these things to continue the cycle of life.
My concept for stopping the leak would consist of 10 or more (45 gallon drum sized) heavy rubber bladder material (like the type used in air bags on transport truck suspension) linked together via some type of a delivery pipe. Imagine sausage links tied end to end in a like you would see in a butcher shop. I believe that the Medical Heart Surgeons already use a similar system to expand blood Arteries in preparation for Surgery.
The rubber bladders should be around 8 to 12” when collapsed and would be expanded by either air or a gas that could rapidly inflate the bags to their fullest sequentially against the inner surface of the 22” casing. Potentially this could be placed @ the head of the opening down @ 15,000 to 18,000 feet where they would seal the oil @ the source. Each bladder would assist the previous one enough to slow down the flow to begin with, and shut it down entirely providing engineers the time needed do what would be required to permanently to re-fit a new shut off valve to the end of the casing. I'm sure the Engineers could create the bags with an interconnecting high pressure self sealing pipe and a rough external surface that could cling to the slippery inner wall of the casing.
Giving BP the Wrath of our Maker is like scolding a child after they have done an unthinkable injustice to someone. BP will simply turn around and find ways of placing the blame on someone or something else. If we the people of this Planet think they are interested in fixing this we have another think coming. BP’s only motivation is they know there are Trillions of Dollars of profit that they will reap after this is all over due to the sheer volume this hole is producing. In reality there is no way they are interested in reimbursing anyone who has lost their livelihood through this disaster. They are only interested in producing profits for greedy shareholders. I have worked in the Oil Patch in Northern Canada and can assure you they have no sympathy for the environment, animals, or appropriate mankind correctness. They leave a mess everywhere that gets left for Taxpayers to take care of.
That’s enough for me! I feel exhausted just thinking about this!
Thanks to all of you @ CNN for devoting all your energy and focus on this topic.

Vitali (Vic) Klonin
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

P.S. Can you please get this this memo to James Cameron & Dave Gallo?


rocky from texas   June 7th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

can slightly smaller diameter casing be run through the bop into the casing to sleeve it open ended. swedging up the string of pipe so as to increase volume and reduce flow pressure somewhat with an elbow at the top and piped to a tanker . better be quick connecting elbow as shell be coming to see you . or can everything bops and all be cased off to surface large diameter pipe would not reduce flow too much causing a corresponding rise in pressure . sure dont want to try hard kill as may cause run away around casing. alot of weight on derrick but thats what engineers are for. just a thought from an old floorhand


John William Baxter   June 7th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

Is the macro-structure of the leak – far under the ocean floor – understood? Could ultrasonic, RADAR, or any other type of imaging be used to monitor the structure of the situation, in real-time – where passages are, what pressure exists in each, and where a blowout is likely???

Information is Power. Are there extremely sophisticated oil prospecting techniques available that could help to image the situation on a macro scale? With this data, could 3-D imaging techniques like those used for "Avatar" yield a more precise picture of the situation on a macro scale?

It goes without saying that we absolutely love "Avatar". It would be such a blessing if spinoffs from your epic work of art could help to save our own world...

Hey James... "I See You!"
best,
-john


Henry   June 7th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

Larry – good program, with some very balanced and well-informed views from your guests James Cameron and T.Boone-Pickens. (Unlike much of the other emotive reporting we see).


mike from Pennsylvania   June 7th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

Question for Mr Pickens or any other oilField specialist. I have worked in the oil and gas industry for 18 years and my question for the BP executives is after the casing was cut from the BOP why wasn't another rig brought in so they could run drill pipe down to the BOP with a cast iron brig plug attached to the end and with this so called robot use it to guide it in to the BOP and go another couple hundred feet below the BOP (BLOW OUT PREVENTER) and set the plug inside the casing to stop the leaking. Pretty simple procedure.


James R Pitcher Jr   June 7th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

Capture oil using the huge tankers that carry oil to the refinery and installing vacuum pumps on the tankers with huge 2 ft., 4 ft. diameter
fiber and steel hoses that are 500 to 1000 ft in length sucking up the oil using sonar and remote controlled robotics and deep sea submersibles to direct the hoses or carry them to the oil sites. The oil is deposited into the tanker holds and the rest of the water pumped into another tanker for dispersal over a wide area in the ocean. The oil rigs could be used to make the transfer of the crude oil instead of their normal draw from their sites. All of this oil is delivered to the refineries.
Can this be set up as a practical way of sucking up the oil?It must go to the refineries no where else. These huge tankers and other smaller versions will be on a constant scouring missions over the entire gulf coast and in the deeper areas where oil is accumulating for the next few years or the forseeable future..


Kevin   June 7th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

We can design,test and build an adapter to seal onto the existing BOP top riser pipe bolt flange. The outside machined surface of the existing top flange (just inches below the sawed of riser stub), provides an excellent surface for a slip over 3 set Jacobs-Lock with internal high pressure lip seal. The adapter can be constructed to adapt to whatever BP requires as a pressure limiting/throttling collector with options for multiple riser recovery with simultaneous cement/drilling mud injection. The adapter will be underwater rover/robot compatible/operational, with slide,guillotine relief valves and rotational Jacobs Locks that are within the rotational torque of current robots actuation. A priority Plus project, we can handle. Thank You.


John William Baxter   June 7th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

Has consideration been given to setting off a carefully calculated set of chemical explosions to "weld the leaks shut"??? Yes – I realize that is this were not done properly there would be a chance of creating a larger hole and a worse leak or leaks.
A nuclear device would be insane, and poison the ocean. But what about extremely powerful chemical devices????


compassionate_one   June 7th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

We are all 'pro oil' every time we fill up and drive around and until we find a better alternative, we should not be arguing this matter, rather we should all be to blame for this disaster.

a bunch of hypocrits is what we have here. Spin spin spin. You'd think we were watching the FOX network.😛


David   June 7th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

How much money does T. Boone have in BP


Dan McNellis   June 7th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

The solution to this problem is very simple. BP has not considered it because it would not enable them to extract the oil from the well. Either cut the riser at the base of the sea floor or use explosives to remove it and create a small crater. Then lower a hardened concrete ball on to the hole and block the leak. Make the ball as big as it needs to be to overcome the pressure coming out. Then bury the ball in class 5 gravel and or sand. The money BP will make from this well will eventually transcend their losses. They make billions per quarter in profit. That's why they aren't looking at options that destroy the riser. If they plugged the leak right away, they might not be allowed to drill the relief well. That is another reason an immediate fix isn't being considered. As President Obama said, "Plug the damn leak". This isn't the rocket science these guys are trying to suggest it is!

Also, why use dispersants? why not let it float to the top and burn it off?


jack   June 7th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

Some great ideas here for stopping the leak. Too bad that they couldn't have a special web site for submitting the ideas to the government and BP. They could have their experts consider the different proposals, and then brainstorm, and perhaps they could come up with a good solution to the problem. One thing seems obvious ;while they work on the other well, they should redouble their efforts at skimming. There seems to be a big lack of skimmers to get the massive amount oil already in and on the ocean out of the ocean. I hope they pass legislation to lift the paltry limits on compensation. BP can afford it. Americans should not have to clean up the corporate monster's mistakes. And in a better world the animals should not have to die for BP's sins.


John William Baxter   June 7th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

Sincere gratitude for all you are doing. may you have the power and the great think-tank to solve this. As an artist/scientist you're the perfect guy for the job

So "please help us".

Our prayers are with you...

best,
-jwilliambaxter (Na'vi name Tare'n'wey🙂 )


David   June 7th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

Why not blow it up??????????????????????????/?????????????


Connie   June 7th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

Has anyone at BP looked at what is going to happen to our Manatee population or are they only looking at the money they're losing? There are many people unemployed in America. Is there a program to pay for the expenses for volunteer come to Florida and help? If so, where can I find out about it?


Peggy   June 7th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

Pres. O'Bama comes to visit and people are relieved that "maybe now he understands." Who can say this sort of thing with a straight face? Does he live on the moon? No television?
Why is BP being allowed to stumble along day after day? They obviously don't have the expertise. It just gets worse.
Why hasn't the Arab gas cartel been consulted? They've offered. They're experts.
And this talk of "making BP pay." We're not even near saving ourselves and the sillies are talking money.
Pres. O'Bama's talking about "kicking asses". That's brilliant.
We need help.


babycarie   June 7th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

BP cares about Big Profits!! Manatees and wildlife and clean air for children of the Gulf is not a priority!!
Nuclear explosion??


Connie   June 7th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

Why doesn't President Obama have an entire team in Florida handling this?! What good does he do going there (another photo op?) We need a US team that knows how to handle emergency situations. People that have experience in critical situations (contain and control)!


babycarie   June 7th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

'Decades ago, the Soviet Union reportedly used nuclear blasts to successfully seal off runaway gas wells, inserting a bomb deep underground and letting its fiery heat melt the surrounding rock to shut off the flow. Why not try it here?'


Connie   June 7th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

Yes, I agree babycarie, but we need to do something now. The people that are involved do not care. I will come and work there if I can get airfare and a place to stay. We all need to help.


Darryl Webb   June 7th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

I am really frustrated in trying to get BP'S attention! I truly believe I have the end game fix to this disaster. If anyone has any pull with the people in charge of the disaster, Please send them my email address and the prototype I have posted on our web site. I am not looking for any recognition for my idea. I honestly just want to help the people of the Gulf and try to preserve any wildlife I can!
Darryl Webb


Jane Maryann Galitello   June 7th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

Sir,

] I want to know why no one is listen to me , I have been trying to put across a very real way of sloving this oil spill and wrote to the President office and another site and it still is the same, Why, """

I have been for the last three more weeks asking for them to pipe the now jagged pipe attached to the oil well. you can do it and pipe it let hte oil flow and to a rigg boat that would contain the oil not far from the sight, and more then one , to do this, they can make a pipe to fit it tight and double it and let the oil ot flow in the pipe to the boat surface what is wrong with you all I want to know. We are upset and getting sick of polictic and govt and ohter who care less of so it seems of America. thank you Maryann PRAY ABD DO IT.


Connie   June 7th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

Yes Peggy. He gets on TV and says he was just down there a month ago. Big deal! What did that accomplish towards cleaning up one barrel of oil? Where are people working to clean up what has already been poured into our Gulf! It is a major task and BP is waiting for everything to stop before they figure out what to do with oil in the water. All they know is to pour chemicals to break it up and maybe they will not have to get their hands dirty!


babycarie   June 7th, 2010 10:41 pm ET

Connie
Go to Rosie O Donnell's blog and listen to Kindra Arnesen speak of the atrocity...maybe there is a way to help...I have a new born but if I could I would hop on a plane and do anything I could. Those poor children and defenseless animals...makes me cry.


Carol Mason   June 7th, 2010 10:41 pm ET

Possible fix for the oil spill ~ coming from a "common man", with a little bit of "common sense"....Query–Is it possible to send a smaller diametered bit into the center of the existing pipe-casing, to restrict a major percentage of the oilflow; and, then capture the remaining percentage at the top. Nobody has ever reported the diameter of the pipe-casing, itself......Respectfully submitted & thank you, Sir!!!...


Brad   June 7th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

Drop a magnetized plumb bob stopper onto the blowout opening – use a magnetic collar on the device itself to compact soft steel burrs, up against the rubber portion of the stopper, fed into the device where they tried the "mud". Idiots


Michael semsch   June 7th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

the oil spill in the gulf is terrible for the country,the states suffering and should have been avoided by making use of known safety issues used in other countries. all the talk about drilling, drilling makes me sick, we do not need more oil for this country. does anyone know how much oil we export to europe and the rest of the world? it is mostly diesel fuel and it brings in more profits than selling it on the domestic market. you should be able to get the facts from the departments of commerce.
during the election i asked both canditates to mention us oil exports, neither one, not mr, obama nor mccain, responded. it looks like an
open secret, most of the american public has no idea about this and will probably never learn.
will you ever bring up this subject ? i would be pleasantly surprised !
thank you for taking the time to read this,
michael semsch, philadelphia


Heidi Linebach   June 7th, 2010 11:07 pm ET

To T.Boone Pickens,
Thank you for your efforts to find alternatives to our nation's dependency on oil. What will it take for our nation to be smarter about our energy use?
Back when President Jimmy Carter was in the White House there were incentives for United States citizens to pursue alternative energy strategies. We also had automobiles that were getting 42 – 50 miles/ gallon of gasoline in the late 70's and early 80's. Then, what happened?
Now we should be looking at natural gas, hydrogen, and electric vehicles.
Please continue your efforts Mr Pickens, and thank you so much for your voice of reason in a sea of massive consumption.
Thanks, again.
Heidi Linebach


John D.   June 7th, 2010 11:12 pm ET

@Lisa W
@Jill Morris
Apparently you didn't understand what T. Boone Pickens said. Larry said the suggestion was that you FIRST drill a relief well. Would you not be drilling the intended well then if it is the first one. The discussion was not about drilling two wells simultaneously; that's not what was said at all.

@Lisa, T. Boone Pickens doesn't constantly condemn BP nor does he condemn the government for where they could have done better. He's a person of dignity and it would not be his style. I welcome his comments anytime as he is a voice of reason and one who speaks the truth without the usual political spew or hatred.


Mark Slater, Rochester,NY   June 7th, 2010 11:20 pm ET

Why couldn't a large "chimney" of concrete sewer piping be stacked together and supported (guy wiring to stabilize it) until it reached the surface, plus several yards above the waters surface to create a "containment silo" that could be continually pumped out. This would stop the oil leakage and 100% of the oil could be recovered. This would at least contain the leak and buy time until the relief well's are completed. This seems very simple and logical.


compassionate_one   June 7th, 2010 11:59 pm ET

@Mark Slater, Rochester, NY – Due to the extreme pressures, it would pulverize the concrete and would fail at each joint.

@the rest – we have no room to complain folks. we fill up with gas everyday and drive to our many gatherings, weddings, sports events, ect. We need to wake up and return to simple living values with enough electricity in our car to make it to the supermarket for a wholesome, healthy and energy conscious family.

wake up people. we did this. we paid for it. it's our responsibility.

@T B Pickens, i didn't think i'd say this, however, i do feel you are a significant and valid voice of reason in what is otherwise a sea of slant, spin, politics, emotional and irrational decisions, as well as corruption and even true conviction.


Philip   June 8th, 2010 12:08 am ET

Mr. Cameron

A few months ago you were lamenting the fact that the Alberta oilsands was a black eye to the country you once called home, referring of course to it's negative environmental impact. First of all I find that ironic considering it came from Los Angeles, where over indulgence is the norm, and also for the fact that a lot of that oilsands production is sent to the U.S. to quench the American's insatiable appetite for energy. I would say at this moment the oilsands doesn't look so bad compared to the environmental disaster developing in the GOM. I don't read or listen to all the news all the time, but I can't remember you saying in public that this is a black eye to the country you NOW call home. Even though the oilsands do have some environmental and development issues, they could never create an environmental catastrophe in like as is unfolding in the Gulf. I am not here to gloat, because personally I feel horrible about the assault on the water, marine life, beaches, marshes, and especially the birds, some of which may take years or decades to recover. I'm here just to state that maybe next time you open your mouth to publicly criticize the environmental record of oil production in Canada, that maybe you should look in your own backyard first. For disclosure purposes I should state that I live in Calgary, Alberta, which is a few hundred miles south of the oilsands development, which I'm sure you already knew.


Jennifer   June 8th, 2010 12:08 am ET

Make a tube that will clamp to the pipe below the plume which will extend to the surface. The oil will be contained easier until a more permanent solution can be found. A scaffold or framework would need to be used to keep the tube from swaying in the currents.


chris mickens   June 8th, 2010 12:11 am ET

I was wanting to know if james cameron would use his own money to stop the oil leak. if the person had a way to contain the leak . use large 25'-50' wide cylinders welded toghter in 100' sections to completey contain the oil to the top where it can be pumped to waiting ships


David   June 8th, 2010 12:15 am ET

Dear Mr. Larry King,
I've always liked Mr. T. Boone Pickens but you can tell he is old school and pro BP and Oil Companies and is very biased towards any new suggestions and I totally lost all respect for him. I think is outdated oil technology and ideas should be laid to rest while we the world try to find solutions for this oil mess the oil companies got us and the world into. My heart bleeds for the families affected by this disaster of great conflagration and the wildlife and mother earth, we have to prevent this from ever happening again and those are the ideas which should be put forth, not biased oilman's opinions, I think I know who Americas enemies are now, it's outdated ideas.


Amy   June 8th, 2010 12:15 am ET

Why hasn't there been an update on the Kevin Costner vacuum invention?

Last we heard BP was going to test it a couple weeks ago.


Pattie Neill   June 8th, 2010 12:15 am ET

Let's refocus the solution to stop the leak and think outside the box by treating the leak like a vein in your body. Could you drill below the ocean floor and harvest the oil below the leak and then cap the damaged floor surface where the oil is leaking now?


Dodie   June 8th, 2010 12:17 am ET

Cameron is correct! We need a 3 dimensional view of the Gulf and the oil contaminants. The toxins will be followed all the way up to the food chain right to your dinner plate! Bon Appetit


Amanda   June 8th, 2010 12:17 am ET

Could bp place a larger container over the unit with controlled relief valves to flow the oil to the surface into a larger container?


Lee C   June 8th, 2010 12:19 am ET

I think we need to allow salvage of the oil in the gulf. This would mean that if BP wanted the oil they would be more proactive to retreave it... and if they did not, any one who could collect it could make money and clean up the gulf enviroment.


Al SOini   June 8th, 2010 12:25 am ET

hello. I have an idea that will also stop the Bp oil leak. If you have a pipe and you need to cap it, the best way is to put a COLLAR on the pipe, and then mount a GATE valve on top of it. Then when the collar is in place, Then TURN OFF THE GATE VALVE> Similar to the way they did in the Kuwait Crisis when all those fires were set. After the fires were out, then had to stop the oil from leaking. So, they put a Collar on, then Put a gate valve on top of it, and turned off the Gate valve. This was after they put the fires out. So, the well head was damaged probably as severely as the BP spill is. I am an inventor, and I can come up with some very novel ideas about how to stop this oil leak, but I need to see exactly what I am dealing with down below. I can use some before and after pictures to help me determine what is best. You may contact me at any time to help. I am sure I can some up with something that will help. Thanks
Al Soini


Johanna Fast   June 8th, 2010 12:25 am ET

Why didn't BP make a "funnel type" pipe and fill it with cement as some have suggested? Is this because they didn't want to lose any possible production of oil that could be salvaged?


Monica Parker   June 8th, 2010 12:27 am ET

What about the VOID below the seafloor from the vast amount of oil that has leaked out? Wont a situation similar to a sink hold occur? What about when he oil deposit itself is exhausted and water fills back in to the depths, and the effect of 400 degree heat on the water & it being vaporized?? Catastrophic then? Tidal waves?? Too bad to talk about on TV???


Chris Morris   June 8th, 2010 12:28 am ET

Is there still a pipe stub? and if so, would it be possible to put a larger diameter pipe over the existing stub and press the larger pipe into the gulf floor thus forcing all the oil up the new larger pipe to waiting barges until the relief wells are drilled.

Thank you!
Chris Morris


Ann Love   June 8th, 2010 12:28 am ET

I have learned during this oil spill that the oil that is drilled in our country and the Gulf is not necessarily used by our country. It goes into the world's stockpiles and is sold to the highest bidder according to oil prices worldwide. So it seems to me that when politicians and other authorities claim that we must continue drilling for national security that it simply isn't true. I don't think most Americans know that.
I feel like that information should be distributed quickly and discussed at length on shows like yours, Andersons, etc. It seems to be a well kept secret.

I live in Texas and have all of my life. When I was a girl and we went to the Gulf there was no oil or tar washing up on the beach. But my daughter, age 28, didn't realize that there was a time without tar on our beaches. Everywhere up and down our beaches there are beautiful condos with boardwalks and at every boardwalk there are what they call "tar stations" where guests stop, shower and use a petroleum product that is in a pump jar and paper towels are provided to scrub the tar off of your body, swimsuit, raft, towels, etc. We've been putting up with this for many, many years and because Texas is full of oil folks there is no uproar. But we have tar balls all of the time and it's a damned shame.


Bernard   June 8th, 2010 12:28 am ET

T. Boone, why can't they overwhelm the oil
with nitrogen and freeze the oil deep on the pipe. Then inject a quick cure resin to clog
the pipe.
Bernard


b folger   June 8th, 2010 12:29 am ET

Has anyone considered channeling the leak to the surface inside of a very large diameter pipe? Once to the surface it could be dealt with there.


francis gerard   June 8th, 2010 12:29 am ET

hi larry

would you please ask your panel of experts about the dispersants that BP is spraying onto the surface AND injecting directly into the oil gusher down below.

if the oil is 'dispersed' as it flows out of the BOP, will it not create those toxic 'plumes' of hydrocarbons and chemical dispersant?


Dan McDaniel   June 8th, 2010 12:29 am ET

Obama admin is attempting to deflect the central gov't responsibility of containing a disaster of epoch proportion. They are performing token effort while blaming Bp for not containing the oil at the coastline. Bp's expertise is drilling and hopefully capping wells, not defending the shores. Obama could declare a state of emergency for the gulf states and provide huge cleanup support. Instead his hands off approach will lay blame on Bp. Obama is not sincere but using this event as an opportunity. How? He will attempt to centralize his power by passing additional cap and trade laws, carbon tax laws. Where are the all powerful CZARS Obama appointed? Has he asked them to stand down? Do they have any experience to fight a national disaster? Are they political hacks? We have a President in abstentia while holding the highest office in the land. Anderson 360 has bought in on the Bp blame. They are not asking the tough questions. Where is the gov’t support, the Army engineers, military tractors to pile up berms? Our gov’t has turned into incompetent political leaders and main stream media has bought in. Also O’Reilly is a pin head for attempting to be a fair and balanced media guy when it is obvious our gov’t has failed the tax payers once again. The land side of oil hitting the gulf coast states is the US gov’t responsibility. Certainly Bp is to blame but Obama is not accepting accountability as a sitting President to serve and protect the Republic. The US can get their money back later. Oh we have stimulus funds remaining. Why are we not placing people in working positions? But now is the time to fight the oil war. I should say 49 days ago Obama should have fought the war with proper action, tools and manpower.


Al Soini   June 8th, 2010 12:29 am ET

In my opinion, if they tried to implode the oil spill, they could open a can of worms. The oil could rush out worse than before. Thats right up there with the Nuclear explosion. It is in my opinion that that is just not feasable. As I stated earlier, I am an inventor, and can see things others can't. I have done this in the past, and know I can come up with a novel ideal to get the ball rolling. I am Not looking for monetary gain, Just to stop the HORRIFIC oil spill that is the worst in mankind's history!
Thanks
Al Soini


michael price   June 8th, 2010 12:29 am ET

Dig a 50' trench about six feet deep around the blowout. Cut a 50' sq. hole in a small (100yrd long ) oil tanker. Weld a trenchplate neck around the perieter of the hole. Sink it to land over the blowout. Acting as a giant reservoir the vessel could fill up with the oil and be pumped up to the surface.


Ben   June 8th, 2010 12:30 am ET

why don't you have a dome (with wights attached to it ) with a hole in the top then drop it gently over the the leak then attach a vacuum ump to help force the oil to the top of the water than put it in some sort container or in a unused oil tanker then some of the oil could still be salvageable
just brainstorming...

-Ben in texas


Mike   June 8th, 2010 12:30 am ET

It's my understanding countries have bombed oil leaks before.
Wouldn't that help it implode and stop the leak?


Tarek   June 8th, 2010 12:31 am ET

Could you freeze the well with liquid Nitrogen?


randall bays   June 8th, 2010 12:31 am ET

Would'nt a 5-10 ft.radious x 10.000 -15.000 lin. ft.sock work. easy enough to secure to the flange that was exposed before LMRP /CAP and dia. size should acommodate the volume of oil and long enough to allow movement of tanker. Not a good idea to repressurize that defective BOP


Oldman   June 8th, 2010 12:31 am ET

Empty oil tankers converted to suction oil off top of seawater.

How long to separate and percent of clarity? Pump into tanker and send to special processing facility.

How about Americans buy BP to empty tanks for the processing!!

We are looking at 2 months of oil. They need room for crude.

Oldman Thinks


Mark Cavazos   June 8th, 2010 12:32 am ET

As an engineer in Houston, I have been following this closely. I have looked at the riser online, and I wonder why can't BP or another oilfield outfit and remove the top flange (where the riser was cut) by unbolting what is left over, and install a hyraulic actuator to close the oil leak like a faucet. Surely, our engineering know how can unbolt what is left over of the riser, and bolt on a hyraulic ram to close the leak. If you want me to deign it for BP let me know.
thanks,
Mark Cavazos
-The University of Texas at Austin, College of Engineering Class of 2003


Kevin Starman   June 8th, 2010 12:33 am ET

Can BP run a pipe down through the riser, then through bop's and further down into the well to do a bottom kill?


Ben   June 8th, 2010 12:33 am ET

in reguards to the other post

the dome would have a hose or something else to get the oil to the top in a controlled manner

-Ben in texas


Britt Brown   June 8th, 2010 12:34 am ET

Instead of capping the pipe, Why can not a flexible tube be attached to go all the way to the surface, where a group of tankers can stay buy to accept the oil?

After this disaster, I think BP should be nationalized, to show other oil companies that the US is serious about its environment.


Jen Findley   June 8th, 2010 12:34 am ET

Why won't you ask them what it is exactly that they would really like to see happen?


Mary   June 8th, 2010 12:34 am ET

Why can't they vaccuum up the surface oil, separate it from the water and recover the oil? They can recover oil from the tar sands in Aberta, why wouldn't this work?


Mark Bertie   June 8th, 2010 12:34 am ET

Could you use rov's to catch the oil in a large bag type container. Something the size of a hot air ballon. Then float it to the surface and refine it. If a storm comes then leave the full bags at the bottom of the ocean urtill it passes.


gloria gray   June 8th, 2010 12:34 am ET

This is for James Cameron and his brainstorming group. It is so good to hear you speak about finding solutions and not playing the blame game. I sincerely hope people listen to you. Watching government officals call for investigations and throwing blame arround solves nothing. This is a problem that no one knows how fix. They need to concentrate on fixing the problem. We are all at fault since we all demand our oil. There have always been alternative cheap energy for most things in place of oil but we, as a nation, don't learn. This is just another example of how we create our own problems while destroying the earth then blame everybody else.


Mike   June 8th, 2010 12:34 am ET

Why don't they bomb the leak and the debris on the ocean floor will implode on the leak? This makes sense and it would end this non sense
Mike


John Daspit   June 8th, 2010 12:34 am ET

Why is it necessary to drill the relief well all the way down, taking months to drill? Why can't they aim for, say 500 or 1000 feet down, relieve the pressure, and then try the top-kill again.
Also, has the possibility of using explosives to seal up the well being considered? Say, put a large charge in the 500 to 1000 foot relief well, or what ever level would be enough to seal it off?? JD in Colorado


BRIAN   June 8th, 2010 12:35 am ET

WHY DO WE HAVE TO CAP IT? WHY CAN,T WE PIPE ITI? SPLIT IT 3OR 4 WAY,S &CAPTURE IT AT THE TOP ?


Dennis Beavers   June 8th, 2010 12:36 am ET

Every time a video or picture is shown of the oil leak, one thing always stands out to me. There is a flanged connection there that can be unbolted and another attachment with an isolation valve can be bolted back in place. A procedure commonly used by Red Adair in capping blown out wells.
I understand that the pressure is great but I know we have valves that are capable of working.


nfa   June 8th, 2010 12:36 am ET

I can show you how the disaster is caused by something other than the bop. Actually caused because of the lack of ffe


Goat   June 8th, 2010 12:36 am ET

They should force feed a line down the broken pipe with some sort of heavy duty balloon device attached to the end of the line. Once the balloon has been pushed past the pipe and into the actual oil well they should fill the balloon with concrete or something that can inflate and cut the oil off at the source.

Please tell me why this wouldn't work.


jack   June 8th, 2010 12:36 am ET

why not try using a " chimney" { 10' pipe } from the sea floor to the surface and let all the oil rise like " smoke " [ not under pressure ] and then coral the oil with barges & booms , and then suck it into the barges or ships from the " coral " ?


Dale G   June 8th, 2010 12:37 am ET

This may be old by now, but I noticed flanges bolted to gether just below where the riser was being cut off. Why could the bolts not be removed or cut off? This could have provided a good surface to which to connect.


nfa   June 8th, 2010 12:38 am ET

Do you all believe the bop caused the disaster


mike   June 8th, 2010 12:38 am ET

suggestion for BP, Is it possible to build a slightly smaller inside diameter pipe whithin the top-cap apperatus currenty in operation to help minimize leakage, or a replica with suggested improvements?


Jeff LeBlanc   June 8th, 2010 12:39 am ET

129,600,000 gallons in 24 hours can be recovered with ROTECH pumps using 10:1 de-icing and the original cofferdam. We have a team of experts in well blow outs, spill response, physicists, and engineers, who like yourself got together a brinstormed a simple, efficient, and economical solution. Even at 1/4 capacity the pumps still would suction in a day more than what was recovered in a month by the 6 sure fail plans.

Mr. Cameron thanks for bringing the reality of the environment to the forefront. I'm offshore now in hazardous conditions leaving Galveston Tx and going to West Delta block near the Mississippi and gulf coast. However your formatiuon psi is too low. The formation pressure at 18,000 feet in that formation was greater than 60,000 psi and had brought real concerns to men who have been drilling for 20 plus years. yes we know the concrete job was bad, and they didn't circulate with mud in a procedure to dissipate gas called "bottoms up". But to the protest of Haliburton, the OIM onboard the Deepwater Horizon, and several enginners, BP cut corners with a procedural change. The investigation will show this.

Why aren't they sinking barges with sand or building real snad bars or sinking oil free ships to be quicjk fixes until the berms are in place? Also we have mile of damaged bridges in Slidell that could be moved to protect the coastline. Why aren't they using them?


Jerry Weems   June 8th, 2010 12:39 am ET

I have attached a link below. I know this sounds too simple, but the attached link is a device which plumbers use which could inserted (many if needed) deep into the leaking oil pipe, then expanded. At that time, the pipe could be filled with concrete to cap off the flow.

Jerry Weems, Weems Electric Co.
Abilene, Texas


andy newkirk   June 8th, 2010 12:40 am ET

Larry, I have two comments. #1- Why couldn't they unbolt top flange on the defective BOP and add a new BOP in it's place and close the blind rams shutting the well off. #2- Why don't they go into the well that is blowing and try to kill it instead of drilling kill well that won't be completed until August and run the risk of another disaster.


Brian Perkins   June 8th, 2010 12:40 am ET

Given the very high presure involved at the well site , I wonder if its posabe to "repair" the blowout Preventer valve, could the cutting rams be forced closed by an external source of Hydraulic presure if the blowout preventers own system failed could a saturation diving team (depth permiting) or ROV conect an external Hydraulic presure source and force the rams closed or at least throtle the well ?


Lonnie Hutchinson   June 8th, 2010 12:40 am ET

why cant they just put a 100 ft pipe on a gate valve. have the gate valve open set it down over the spill and have a ring to go under the gate valve and weld it in place. Write me back tell me what you think. Thanks


SCOTT   June 8th, 2010 12:41 am ET

CAN THEY HANG A CIRCULAR CURTAIN FROM THE SURFACE TO THE SEA FLOOR TOTALLY SURROUNDING THE WELL HEAD , SO IT MIGHT DIRECT THE OIL STRAIGHT UP FROM THE SURFACE?AND THEN DEAL WITH THE OIL ON THE SURFACE. SCOTT


Don   June 8th, 2010 12:41 am ET

I'm an oil industry engineer with 40 years of experience. I was impressed with James Cameron and him not being a movie mogul and having some common sense.


marv   June 8th, 2010 12:42 am ET

Does James Cameron have an interest in this subject because he wants to make a movie about it in the future????? His area of expertise is Remote vehicles he used in movies???.........is that the best they could book on the program??? How does a movie producer get so well informed about well procedures........I think he is laying the foundation for a movie about this incident.......................

He better donate all proceeds to the cleanup effort................


Sharath Mulamalla   June 8th, 2010 12:42 am ET

I have a question – when the Toyota recall happened – the CEO was subpoened to testify in front of the U.S. Congress, but the BP CEO is NOT receiving the same type of treatment. I understand when Toyota announced its recalls, it was an political opportunity to pounce on a dominant foreign car company and allow our Big 3 to drive its market share; but this is a disaster that cannot be "recalled" and the CEO/BP are basically receiving a slap on the wrist. Help me understand the difference between the two situations....


Paula   June 8th, 2010 12:43 am ET

My question to James is.
Why are not using the Ultra Microbes on the coastal regions? These microbes have been tested in Galveston Tx on a ruptured tanker several years ago. The area was clear in 6 to 12 weeks. Plus the oil that escaped to the wetland , the micobes were used and the areas cleared. The product is from Ultra Tech and they are producing more. Has anyone called them .

We have to do something. This has been proven to work


Gus   June 8th, 2010 12:43 am ET

I would like to know why isn't the oil being sucked up or skimmed? Where are the oil separators? It appears that the clean-up effort is waiting for the leak to be completely stopped. This problem needs to be attacked from all ends, regardless of continuing flow. Isn't everyone in charge embarrassed? If not, they should be.


Neo and Lexie   June 8th, 2010 12:45 am ET

Could a curtain be dropped to surround the source of the spill (much like a circular shower curtain, dropped from above, and weighted down) in order to channel the oil to the top, and control it, to prevent the widespread damage until a permanent solution is found?


Jeff Trombly   June 8th, 2010 12:48 am ET

Why wasnt there safety measures or contigency plans in place to avoid disasters like this??? Especially after what happened in 1979??? Who's responsible and who dropped the ball on this???


Robert   June 8th, 2010 12:48 am ET

We keep hearing that you cannot just shut in the well because the excessive pressure could cause further blowouts. If the blowout preventer had functioned as designed, it would have in fact shut in the well and the wellhead would be seeing the same pressure that it would encounter if it was shut in now. This contradiction has never been addressed. Either the wellhead can handle the pressure encountered upon BOP closure or the system was improperly designed from the start. We need to get an answer to this question.


nfa   June 8th, 2010 12:49 am ET

In 2003 as a senior manager of shell o was advised this would happen. Both us and BP were asked to support a response and we declinrd


Patrick Bolger   June 8th, 2010 12:49 am ET

Why can't they go into the oil well the same way they do in a human heart. Taking the probe all the way into the oil pocket itself and then balloon the probe creating an impassible seal?


Geraldine McMahan   June 8th, 2010 12:49 am ET

Question for Pickens: IF you're an expert and a non-expert (MMS) says it's okay for you to do something that you know is unsafe or a work-around, are you justified in doing that 'wrong' thing?


Joe   June 8th, 2010 12:50 am ET

Why do you guys always think of hard cap, think soft!!!

Instead of a LMRP cap, would it be possible to replace it with a flexible, rubber made cap? Like a big rubber band to clamp the opening. Rubber that is strong enough withstanding subsea pressure outside and oil pressure inside, while free drifting along with the current.

Much like a giant condom with a extended top led back to the drill ship, or at least to constraint to a destinated area.

Just something to use temporary till permanent solution is in place.


SolaRoofGuy   June 8th, 2010 12:50 am ET

President Obama has just put a moratorium on the deep drilling – yet the relief wells go ahead. Is there not a risk that the relief well blowout preventer could also fail? One truth that seems to be avoided is that the pressure of this deep reservoir must be very much higher than ever seen before. So now we are drilling two more wells into this extremely dangerous situation.


Greg Keisler   June 8th, 2010 12:51 am ET

Larry- I totally disagree with Boone Pickens that BP is doing all that they can do. On day one, barges with huge pumps and lines should have been placed above this well and the waters near the leak should have been sucked into tankers to minimize the environmental disaster. It blows my mind that something so simple cannot be be placed into action to help control the spillage.... our country has lost it's ability to use common sense and is relying on high tech techniques. BP needs to attack the problem and control it while the relief wells are being drilled. If they need a good plan.... give them my e-mail address. It will be great free advice that can benefit humanity!


YC Chan   June 8th, 2010 12:52 am ET

It's sad to hear the Top-Fill effort failed and the Top Cap process result still uncertain. Please relay this message to BP Oil Spill Control Team. I can see the experts would agree it's impossible to shut off the oil leak by external pressure like the top cap method.
I suggest to insert a 200' long pipe or hose into the well opening and inject liquid CO2 or Nitrogen with siphon type tank (so that liquid x will come out from the tank instead of gas) with water at the same time and work its way up to the top ('cause oil is a good insulation, it might frozen in one part but other part still flowing because the low temperature zone will be isolated by the oil itself). Mixing with water can accelerate the freezing effect so that the icy sludge and the oil/water will become frozen rapidly inside the well and provide a short moment of blockage of the out flowing oil ( I pretty sure a 100 feet of ice blockage can mean something to the flowing oil), thus allow you to attach the new top cap mechanism over the well. This temporary fix allow the re-usage of the well for future oil pumping. Please do this as soon as possible to reduce ongoing damage to the environment of the Gulf coast. The external pressure is hard to achive to overcome the out rushing oil. However, creating an internal tubulance and the icing effort could hav esave the day
Reason to be success:
1. Contain the oil spill from out side you need to have a heavy pressure to reduce the flow of the escaping oil. But using this method, first it create a air lock inside a long (200 feet piping) tunnel which the air will restrict the oil flow, then the sub-zero freezing effect of the liquid gas will cold down the oil can cause the sludge to be frozen ( this attempt need to be continue for a short period because the oil is a good insulation and continue flowing); and in this long distant of frozen sludge for sure it will clog the outflow of the oil, thus allow the BP team to cap the well and end the oil spill. This method doesn't cost too much for BP, just need their engineers to plan out such efforts in a timely fashion and complete the daunting task. May be this will be the standardize method for other if any oil spillage. This is a think out of the box method which I created from a cartoon movie.
2. This method is a no brainier and can set up within hours and the result could be immediately by monitoring the oil spill video. Since its easy to setup and operate, a further fine tuning details can be experiment in a short time to ensure a proper timing to sync with the other finalize task – top capping etc.
3. It is a basic phenomenon in physics that a junior high student can understand – the natural stages of matters through temperature changes – gas-liquid-solid.
4. Attach a nozzle with 4-side-holes at the tip of the water pipe sod that when the water sprays out, it create a good turbunace around that further restrice the up flowing of the oil and will be more efficiency to freeze up the water insid ethe oilwell.
All these actions are temporary and will not causing anymore damage to the oilwell or pipe. At this desperated time, I really encourage BP to take action while they are ecounter too many obsticles. Don't let the big-EGO to stop you to do the right thing!
God Bless America!
Materials Required
Tanks of CO2 or Liquid Nitrogen; one to two hundred feet of piping or stiff hose (one for water with side jets at the tip nozzle, another for gas)that can maneuver by the deep sea robots. Shoot water and liquid at the same time while withdrawing the pipe or hose and allow the oil/water solvent rapid freeze and clog the well thus stop the out flow of oil from the ground.
Equipment Required:
Using current deep sea robots and the accompany sensor and video equipment to perform and monitor the Spill Stopping Task.
Expertise Required:
No special expert required. Current Engineering Team should capable to perform this task.
Hope this way can reduce the ongoing impact to the environment, the wild life under water, on land and in the air can be release sooner, and I ask more people involve to brainstorm and figure out a promised way to stop this mess.


Pete Maceiko   June 8th, 2010 12:54 am ET

Hi:
Why can’t you design a large umbrella or an upside-down funnel with pipes attached to it and guide the oil to the surface?
All the best;
Pete


Prasad Rao   June 8th, 2010 12:56 am ET

Hi James,

Why don't BP considers drill another hole. some 50 ft or so adjacent to the leaking one and blast it off? The impact will shake the soil/rock and potentially close it off, consdering correct decision could be made with some science, the direction of the new hole (oppoite to the direction of the leaking well etc so that it will not makethings worse.


Julie' Weldon   June 8th, 2010 12:56 am ET

And where does BP get off using such HARSH chemicals in OUR oceans?! Who do they think they are? WHY are they alloed to do so? Has the EPA been bought TOO?
Oh my – BP is HAVING to spend MONEY on it???? (T.Boone's coments are really pissin me off) That just tears me up – that they'd have to actually be held accountable for all the devastation & LONG TERM AFFECTS of THEIR GREEDY notions.....Boone needs to shut his pie-hole! People CARE about this planet – there's more to take care of than BP"s Share-holders!


BRIAN   June 8th, 2010 12:56 am ET

LARRY GREAT QUESTION TO BOONE SEEMED TO RUFFLE HIS FEATHERS. PLEASE FOLLOW UP / WHERE IS THAT OIL GOING?


Jeff LeBlanc   June 8th, 2010 12:56 am ET

Council of Foreign Relations has documents out that can shed light on our soon to be implemented energy plan. The 75 million dollar liability cap will be removed. BP will be prosecute and forced to pay billion in fines and recovery. BP will move to West Africa and pull out the gulf. Haliburton and others are already planning mobilization operations to West Africa and Middle East. W are position to put an actual on paper military base most likely in Norhtern Nigeria near Zairia. I met the guys on my travels through Northern Nigeria to Kano and Sokoto to meet the sultan. Easier refined oil, no litigation, and any lawsuit can be easily paid off due to the corruption. Do you see how the Gulf Oil Spill has been politically used to push the agenda by the power elite say Bilderberg maybe?


Aaron Lambert   June 8th, 2010 12:57 am ET

T. Boone, you are a wishy washy oil man. You're either against BP or you're for them: make up your mind. If America knew that most of the oil that was coming from that well was most likely going to other countries outside the U.S., how do you think they would feel?


K. Reis   June 8th, 2010 12:57 am ET

What about the Gulf Coast. How long did it take for OUR government to help out Louisiana? What about the marsh? wildlife? Why did it take so long for US gov. to respond to the problem. They had to have known the oil would be heading toward USA. I am from Louisiana and I am MAD! The Governement should have done something for the coast line from day one.


Tarek   June 8th, 2010 12:58 am ET

Can't you just lower a pipe or bubble tube and inject liquid nitrogen at high pressure to freeze it? You could pump in two pipes and inject liquid nitrogen in one, and water in the other...Would that be possible, Boone?


Eric   June 8th, 2010 1:09 am ET

I'm a Senior Gas and Oil Production Specialist in Alberta, Canada.
I deal daily, with resticted wells, optimitzing them to flow at their maximum capacity. What BP needs is to slowly restrict the BOP, so they can administer the relief wells and/or top capture. The obstacles I have to overcome to optimize a well are what BP must do to restrict flow "within" the BOP. I have submitted my solution to BP and they called back within a very short time to investigate the solution further. However, I recently received a generic email from them saying the situation is too complex.

My first thought is, if they cannot implement this solution – that works repeatedly on shutting in and curbing wells – there must be a problem with the casing. They can however, still safely implement my solution to "limit" (not completely cease) the flow of oil, in order to effectively administer a corrective "top cap" or pipe for collection.

For James Cameron and his team – Please grant me an opportunity to share my knowledge and expertise with you. Give me 10 minutes of your time and I can shed some light on "controlling" the flow of oil and gas – so that a collection or cap method can safely and effectively take place.

For Larry King – If BP wants solutions from experts in the industry, why aren't they willing to field the probability of these ideas? Furthermore, why won't BP release more details (such as the casing problem) to the public so those of us that can help, are able to?


K. Reis   June 8th, 2010 1:16 am ET

Just come see our marsh lands, our wildlife, Grand Isle, Fourchon , the people who WORK hard for their families, and don't wonder why it has taken the US Government to help. Mr. Nungesser, Grand Isle and Our Gov. Jindal are fighting for help . These people and everyday people from down there are doing what they can to save their way of life. NOT just SITTING watching .... People open your evyes please. We are looking at today , help today, not wait till this oil well has been snuffed out.


Jeff Trombly   June 8th, 2010 1:21 am ET

Eric, they dont want to share any more info ... they are already trying to silence the outrage on the internet ... I wouldnt be surprised if they spend more money doing that then what it would take to cleanup their mess in the water!!!!!!! Everyone, call your congressmen, your representatives, the EPA, the BBB, the FTC ect ect... call and raise so much he$$, that someone will do something to hold those responsible for the largest environmental disaster in the history of the world!!


Mark Slater, Rochester,NY   June 8th, 2010 1:21 am ET

No I'm sorry the concrete would not pulverize, it is basically a hardened rock, as the sections were lowered the pressures would equalize. As it would not have a top, the oil would not pressurize it, the oil would simply keep rising to the top. This is why it would need to reach above the surface, maybe 20-30 ft. At this point the oil would be collected. I'm talking about the steel-hardened, rebar reinforced pipe.


Joy   June 8th, 2010 1:31 am ET

I learned more in 5 mins about the BP Oil spill listening to James Cameron than anybody else in the last few weeks. Thank you for your insight.


paul   June 8th, 2010 1:34 am ET

Please ask one of your experts if this will work. Place a heavy duty inflatable into pipe. Drill 4 holes in pipe and run steel rods through pipe to keep nflatable from comng back out then nflate it. Would have to use heavy meterial but same idea like a cars airbag


John and Courtland, Houghton SD   June 8th, 2010 1:57 am ET

Can you stick a smaller pipe into the original pipe? If so we have a method to seal and save the well. Here is the method:

1) Start with a smaller pipe, go down 1000ft into the well to get in secure.

2) Then attach a slightly larger pipe to the top of that pipe, 1/8 inch in diameter. Keep adding another length of sligthly larger pipe unitl the well is completly sealed. This would all be inside of the well itself, imagine a circular wedge, a very long narrow one.

3) Place a bypass valve halfway between the ocean floor and the surface. So that the oil can flow freely, and keep the pressure off the surface end of the pipe.

4) When all is secured and stable open the bypass valve to allow the oil to flow to the surface where it can be retrieved.

Why won't this work?


Mike Kelley   June 8th, 2010 2:01 am ET

Cameron saying there were 3 simultaneous occurrences that shouldn't have happened . . there was likely only one, the cement failing on a well hole casing and that casing shooting up into the BOP with the cascading gas and oil. The BOP would almost assuredly fail to break the casing and thus not shut off. or break off the riser. He and one of the guests also said you couldn't think of shutting off the flow because of the somewhat delicate plumbing. However, according to BP and Thad Allen (I know . . trustworthy?) during the 'topkill' attempt, no hydrocarbons were coming out of the broken riser. That says that the mud was being pumped at a sufficient flow to match the leak from the broken riser and at an equivalent pressure to hold the well static (but not push it down). A static wellhead is the same as shutting it off. BP apparently wasn't afraid of instituting that kind of pressure (shut off pressure). Also, Cameron said "You can't stop this well, it's 13000 psi at the bottom". But the wellhead pressure is not the same as the pressure at the bottom of the well. And, in spite of the still high wellhead pressures, the pressure the BOP and other 'plumbing' must deal with is the difference between the wellhead pressure and the surrounding seawater pressure, probably more in the range of 500 to a 1000 psi. So, let's not get to crazy about being afraid to stop the flow.
At any rate, before hurricane season gets here, BP must fabricate and install a new cap which is fitted to the flange, not the mangled riser pipe, with a seal to the flange and some form of hydraulic cam-locks (or other fasten), which also has some form of valving capability. When the surface ship departs in a hurricane, the well MUST be shut off. Sadly, when BP was thinking about snipping off the riser they should have had a Flange mount cap ready. If so, there would be no leakage today or for the last week. Brilliant engineering BP (oh yes and the assembled 'greatest minds on earth').


Peter Zins   June 8th, 2010 2:13 am ET

I wanted to comment on Boone Pickens....If he is one of the "Top" people in the oil business God help us all!!!. He was talking to the American people like we couldn't comprehend what a relief well is and really couldn't answer Larry's question on how long it was going to take to drill. He sounds like BP. They have all the high tech answers on how to get the oil out of the earth and none of the answers if disaster strikes.....

Pete


Mike Kelley   June 8th, 2010 2:23 am ET

Oh, and my remark at the end of my last comment, referring to the 'brilliant engineering' was definitely meant to be sarcastic . . . very sarcastic.


Francis   June 8th, 2010 2:43 am ET

The relief well is the solution to stopping the oil.

We need to find a quick and easy way to collect the oil. The idea of funneling the oil to the surface appears to be the most likely to be accomplished. The issue is the hydraulic balancing of liquids of different densities, and the friction forces with in the pipe. The pressures can be balanced over short distances, but is very difficult when there is a hydraulic head of one mile. I would look at inserting two 22 inch well casings down into the sea floor enough to stablize the pipe on each side of the well head. The casing would have an internal pipe that would be filled with drill mud to balance the buoyancy of the casing when filled with oil and gas. The casing would have openings above the existing cap with a funnel to collect and direct the rising gas and oil into the casing openings. The funnel could be made of heavy rubber or plastic with tubes that could be pressurized with water to inflate the funnel to shape when inplace.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 8th, 2010 2:56 am ET

Yes, where are all the Engineers, or is this beyond them or anyone. What is going on for goodness-sake. This is unbelievable that this oil cannot be stopped. What a waste of oil.

Please someone, please figure out how to stop this oil.

Is there some type of co-ordinated oil disaster hotline set up either direct to the WHITE HOUSE, where people can access and are able to put forward their ideas of how to help.

Maybe the Government needs to get their own independent people to work on this or maybe other oil people.

Every day that goes by is death to the environment and our world.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 8th, 2010 3:01 am ET

Would the ocean pressures plus the oil pressures they are working against be a problem in this I wonder.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 8th, 2010 3:15 am ET

Maybe need to go around singing and shouting some of the verses in the Michael Jackson songs –

"THEY DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT US" and "EARTH SONG".


Raulj Honduras   June 8th, 2010 3:26 am ET

Why is James Cameron an expert, he is just a stupid rich guy regurgitating what he has heard from other experts, get this idiot off the air, he is probably going to run for some kind of public office or something, please put on a real expert, not the creator of the terminator.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 8th, 2010 3:26 am ET

I hope BP is going through all these blogs and picking up all the tips on offer. Looks like they might need it.


kenneth taylor   June 8th, 2010 3:28 am ET

Im retired military, living in MS. I have spoke to BP 3 weeks a go asking a few questions. Depth, flow rate, temp, and Pipe diameter. I belileve i have a solution to the problem, Im trying to contact someone to speak with. Im using my wifes email address cause she checks it more than I do. My cell is 662-763-9400. I am sure i can stop the leak and redirect it. I feel it is beiing over engineered. There is a simple solution. Please get someone to contact me Im in Kentucky right now but I can be home in hours and I am 4 hours from the coast. Not asking for financial gain or publicity. Just want to get this rectified. Sincerely Ken Taylor


jamie   June 8th, 2010 3:30 am ET

couldn't they run the telescopic drilling pipes back down the well and try again to meet the oil with the mud then concrete like the failed top kill operation? Now with the riser gone they could gradually build up pressure that may get it back into the underground reservoir.


Will Larson   June 8th, 2010 3:31 am ET

Why can't you add a strong but compltely Flexibile material, in theoury like a garbage bag with steel endossketon. this typ of flexible column would allow for expansion on gases but b ridgid enough to hold a column. A Quick calculation of pressure could ensure this being an enduring solution. It may also be introduced gradulley as you get closer to the source which could prove an advantage. this is a stop point bandage. It does not stop the leak, but it does, end the contaiminent symptoms of the leak. by localizing the splurge, then on is able to control it in an easier manner.


John Brumley   June 8th, 2010 3:35 am ET

It seems to me that BP isn't thinking about the plan to stop the oil before they try to stop it. There are so many better ways to stop the oil. I believe they should have used a heavy concrete cone with a pipe so the oil wouldn't spill as it is now.


Adrian Kraner   June 8th, 2010 3:37 am ET

Could we just honestly make all the details about the spill and the damaged equipment public, so engeneers all over the world could come up with some hopefully usefull ideas how to stop it? with more brains and more ideas it would be more likely to find the right solution!


Chuck Harris   June 8th, 2010 3:44 am ET

I have afool proof solution for slowing, or throttling the release of oil in the gulf, & would like to share my idea wih james cameron. I have 27 years of exp. in the industrial piping trade, plus rebuild alot/tinker on my farm. I have little means of computer tech, so about all i can do is fax some drawings. I'm positive i won't be wasting Mr Cameron's time discussing this, I dont know how to receive an E-mail so please call me with an answer, think about it, this idea could be the answer to the problem. Please call me at 641-680-3147 as to whether or not you'll pass this along. THANK YOU


Pete S   June 8th, 2010 3:55 am ET

Hi,

My question is simple -why didn't they include a method of attaching the "cap" to the flange(or other componentof the BOP) so that the pressure would not push the cap away as they close off the valves?

Seems like this would be a requirement for any cap design they go with.
Pete S


curt   June 8th, 2010 3:56 am ET

boone pickens sounds like an idot trying to stick up for B.P. he actually sed B.P. made success on the cap ,,then he sed but it wont work ,,and then boone pickins keeps saying ah ah ah ah ,,,boone aught to shut up cuase he is sounding more stupid by the hour ,,,the oil companys were ripping us all off in this country selling gas in time of war for 4 buks a gallon ,,just cuz boone is a big investor ,,,ah ah ah ah ah ,,its going to ruin the water for years ah ah ah ah drill baby drill boone made his billions at the expense of our world


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 8th, 2010 4:20 am ET

I saw a documentary recently on this oil well explosion, where a survivor was telling his story about what happened. Sounded like something went wrong and lead to the rubber sealing being damaged in the cut-off valve or blow-out preventer. It was so horrible to hear his story and this person could be a key witness. There could be some negligence involved.

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Are they able to contain the oil from dispersing everywhere by some means like siphoning the oil in some way through tunnel like devices to the surface where the oil can be captured into holding tanks or something.


Fredje   June 8th, 2010 4:45 am ET

Why not ask the Dutch to help to clean-up the oilspil?The Dutch have the expertise,dredging company Van Oord is willing to help.We have the two biggest dredging companie's in the world and they work all over the globe.We are a small country but we are big in solutions!!!Are the Brittisch and the Americans so ignorent that they think they can to it themselfs?or are there ego's to big!!!?


Frank   June 8th, 2010 4:51 am ET

I have submitted my thoughts to BP in reference to controlling the flow of oil from the leak in the Gulf of Mexico; however, they haven’t responded, so I’ll submit them here for review…

We have been unable to stop the flow of oil from the broken wellhead into the Gulf of Mexico. It now appears that the flow of oil will not be stopped for months, and that it will only stop if the relief well actually permits BP to completely seal the hole. That is unacceptable! So, let’s correct the immediate problem by not focusing on “plugging the hole.” The problem then, becomes one of routing the oil from the source of its release to prevent it from entering the ocean water. It is possible to do this before August, even in deep water.

A very large; and very heavy, prefabricated steal frame could be lowered into the ocean around the source of the escaping oil. Underwater remote control vehicles could be used to dig a trench according to frame specifications to permit it to be sealed to the ocean bed with concrete. The design of the frame would permit very simple construction of this routing system to be completed underwater. When fully assembled this structure would create a barrier between the escaping oil and the ocean. Once the system is sealed, the escaping oil could be routed to the surface and prevented from coming into contact with ocean water all together. The pressure issues concerning this constructed routing system would need to be controlled and equalized as necessary to prevent its collapse in deep water but I’ll leave the number crunching to your engineers.

Stop thinking about the cost of correcting this problem, and correct the problem. It will be expensive to do this, and if people drag their feet it could take a long time. But, if we are truly interested in controlling this problem, it could be done in days. Design it, and build it….now.


Fredje   June 8th, 2010 5:00 am ET

I knew this would happen!!!
The Dutch give the awnser to your problems and the blog
is not placed in here.
We call it cencureship!!!


Amirrreza   June 8th, 2010 5:23 am ET

good luck.


Ari Ben Gordon   June 8th, 2010 5:52 am ET

My question is Why is it so dangerous to snip the top ? Is this because once a well is drilled and starts releasing its contents > this realease creates bubbles gases in movement and the chamber itself is empting out and this creates an opertunity for explosive occurances within the chamber and if the oil or i should say the flow has to be continuous until empty so what BP is not saying there is a slight chance with this uncontroled release from the well chamber that an explosion could occure within the oil chamber itself and create an opening half a mile wide or in this case the whole chamber itself could release every single drop of oil all at once !?!


Sheila Macabugwas (Philippines)   June 8th, 2010 5:53 am ET

During World War II, the tonnage of ships carrying oil that was sunk on the oceans by submarines, air crafts and surface ships was millions. What happened to all of that oil, that went to the ocean as there was no clean up processes during the war years, so where did the oil go? and why did not affect the fishing. shrimping, etc at that time?

Can some one please answer that question// tnx


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Larry Krigbaum 503-970-8381   June 8th, 2010 6:53 am ET

My english skills have been down the drain for 50 years.
But my mecanical skills and creative abillities are much better.

That is where the lack information and a place to get responses to questions leaves us flustrated.

Last night with Mr. Cameron was one of the most informative shows I have been able to watch.

We need a site that we can develope practical ideas with people in the know. Q&A.
Thank you


William. D. Prosser.   June 8th, 2010 7:00 am ET

Hi Larry, saw your programme on TV today talking about the oil spill.
You do know the BP is owned by The Standard Oil Company of Cleveland Ohio, don't you? ( woops its AMERICAN)
The name British Petroleum was bought from a Germany Company in 1917, check it out on BP history on the net. Its just a name now, not british in anyway. British Gas is the same, now owned by Germans.
The way you control wild cat leaks when the BOP has failed is to crush the casing pipe flat. This will control about 95% and allow you to cap the rest. Its happened a couple of times before in Iran and is the sea off Norway, when the vavle was fitted upsidedown. (not this way)
The Russian are very skilled in this field, as we found out in Kuwait on the retreat.
Best regards. WDP ex Fluor now retired.


Kimena   June 8th, 2010 7:33 am ET

I realize tht this is a highly complex problem bc of the equipment thats attached to the pipes above the 16-18000 ft. depth below the seabed.I also realize that u CANNOT just put a stopper cap over the gushing pipe due to obvious continual pressure build-up.It would do no good and maybe even escalate the problem by creating a blow out at a depth that is unreachable.Its all elementary physics .Although I am aware of this,there are a few things that Im NOT clear on & hopefully u can explain it to me in layman's termsWhat is stopping BP from starting where the pressure is most manageable and using mush the same concept that is being used now,except continuing to lessen the flow w. graduating smaller caps lower down the pipe and so-on until the flow is stopped? Either that or as many have suggested,imploding it as close to the source as possible.What would the possible outcomes of doing this be?As one last question,why are the residents of louisianna and outlying areas being prohibited from forming and engaging in immediate water &beach clean up efforts.(As relayed by James Olmos via CNN news.) When will the president stop trying to create a smoke screen so that he can stall for time in order to avoid the questions that ppl. TRULY want answered ,by rambling on and on about finding out who is responsible for the spill& who should be held financially accountable?We all know these things!!He needs to start attacking the real problem w. the fierceness that a truly concerned president should be addressing this atrocity!!-&...we all know what that question is...why isnt the president brain-storming the problem of finding a way to cap or shut down the flow of crude flowing into the gulf, nite and day until a solution is found?!Anything else @ this point should take last place.Its very apparent where his pre-occupation lies...with $$$!!!That seems to be all we are hearing about.Good luck spending it if the whole country is ill and dying from the pollution caused from this oil spill!Not to mention how rapidly that will happen if the hurricanes and bad weather start going array. **2012..here we come!** As a bottom line ,our present govt. combined w. under-handed oil tycoons have made it very clear what is priority to them...and it certainly isnt life.Of course what do they care?If things get too bad theyll just go underground.The rest of us wont be so lucky. SIGNED...Do ur job,OBAMA!!


William. D. Prosser.   June 8th, 2010 9:45 am ET

Hi Larry, thanks for publishing my comments, as they were controversial I did not think that you would.
If the question of not crushing the casing to stem the flow, is that the pressure would then come up around the casing from outside, then a similar situation would have arisen, had the BOP functioned properly.
As such its invalid, however the well has cost 11 american lives so far and is now producing, so the decision to shut it down is very unlikely.
Its a high risk business and infrequent oil spills are viewed by the industry as just one of those risks.
Let BP die if you wish, its just a name and it's yours.
It's probable that you will benefit more by keeping it going. But that's just my opinion. Best of luck in either case. WDP.


Tim Willet   June 8th, 2010 11:37 am ET

Mr King. Excellent interview with T. Boone Pickens. You asked the right questions and Mr. Pickens is the voice of experience and reason. Well done. Of course, oil and gas production from the Gulf has increased to 30 percent of our usage because THAT'S THE ONLY PLACE OUR GOVERMENT WILL LET ANYONE DRILL! Today's technology allows us to drill sideways and the production equipment is no larger than a sea container. You can't even tell it's a working oil well. If we plan to keep or better our standard of living we need "Domestic" oil and gas production. That's how we got here; on the backs (and LIVES) of our hard-working people in the oil and gas industry.


William. D. Prosser.   June 8th, 2010 2:25 pm ET

To answer Mike Kelley's point, its a balancing act. The weight of the mud ( usually Bentonite) is gauged against the expected oil/gas pressure. The mud circulating also carries the debris as the result of drilling up out of the hole to keep the drill bit free.
In Iran it was said to be 3000psi 60ft down and this caught out the engineers on Rig 46. The gas leaked up into the cellar below the rig and the site was evacuated. Due to an unfortunate accident with local staff the gas become ignited when he tried to remove his truck from the site. He touched the starter and the gas being heavy laying along the ground, blew back to the rig. Nine months later it was still burning and the rest is history. So its the mud mix that keeps everthing in place and that's not an exact science. Hope this helps. WDP.


Jerry   June 8th, 2010 3:02 pm ET

I am fed up with the Media, especially the News Media.
Hype, fear mongering maybe but not true news.
June 7 2010 south of Fort Worth TX., there was an explosion of a natural gas line and one died a few were injured. But the media reported it as a rig exploding, 6 dead, 10 missing and about 8 injured. if this is the type of hype they do how bad is the BP oil problem. I have heard on the net not on the news majors of cities up and down the gulf coast saying their beaches are clean. But due to the news media they are not getting the tourist. I think the government should hold the news media responsible for the loss to these cities and make the News Media pay them back.
Fair and Balanced, where not on us television it is hype and fear.


Kasilo Choka of Chokawear   June 8th, 2010 3:47 pm ET

Earth

If it was your child bleeding you would call for a Doctor in the House
If it was your woman gasping for air you wouldn't care who's Mouth
If it were you that fell off the ship in the ocean during the Midnight
If it was your dog of 13 years howling stuck in a bear trap
If it was you that never had Milk and a Loving Lap
If it was your Last $2 you would hope your Horse would win
If you saw the heavens open up I bet you would repent
If is not a absolute but absolutely BP has been Prostituting ME in the Sea.

Kasilo Choka


Wendy   June 8th, 2010 5:44 pm ET

What no one seems to mention at all is that Transocean owned, operated, and maintained the rig that caused this disaster - not BP. I am not a fan of oil companies, but I think it is time to put the blame where it belongs - on Transocean and not BP. I understand that there is a boycott of BP stations going on - this is counter productive - BP is trying to fix the problem and this is taking away revenue from them they could use to fix the leak and clean up the environment.


Debbie Lee   June 8th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Hi Larry,

The latest story is about the death of Stephany Flores Ramirez. Not Natalie Holloway... Please stop putting Natalie's story ahead of Stephany's. At this time this should be all about Stephany.

Thank you
Debbie


Donald L Allen   June 9th, 2010 4:40 am ET

Donald L Allen wall I told Anderson now I well tell you them shark may be looking four food and that mean people and I wood look out to stop it before it happen if you no what I,m saying I wood hat to see the Bad people get ET see you Larry Be good and I hop you or OK to Donald L Allen


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