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June 16, 2010

ICYMI: T. Boone Pickens!

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Norman Nelson   June 16th, 2010 3:32 pm ET

I've not seen a single news item on the engineering alternatives to
the cap that is not working. You basically have a giant garden hose
running fult tilt, how does a MIT engineer stop the flow.
What are the options.

My idea, cut the pipe across at sea floor level and drop a giant
cone on top. In the enter of the cone is a tube leading to
a chamber that has tubes running to the surface and into
collection boats.

It's a pressure issue on a tube, come on engineers how do you
fix that.


Rich   June 16th, 2010 3:39 pm ET

Why can't we use liquid nitrogen to freeze the oil spill? Once the pressure is reduced attempted the big soil dump. Just a thought.


Terry   June 16th, 2010 4:36 pm ET

I'm not an engineer. But wouldn't a collar (sleeve) welded to a pipe of the same circumference as the one gushing oil work? Then that pipe could be slid on to the well pipe,some how attached,and the oil sent to the surface, and on to a tanker.


Smith in Oregon   June 16th, 2010 5:35 pm ET

With well over ONE HUNDRED MILLION gallons of toxic poisonous crude Oil and petrol chemicals in the Gulf of Mexico water, fishery's and seafood restaurants are wondering why people are so concerned about the fish 'they' are selling and were freshly caught in those waters are contaminated with chemicals that possibly can lead to stomach and colon cancer, Go Figure!

And plausible deniability, if their customers get sick in the days, months or years ahead that seafood contamination evidence is long gone. They are not scientists and do not actually run extensive chemical contamination tests on the same food they are selling, they're simply ordered to tell their customers their seafood is not contaminated.


Smith in Oregon   June 16th, 2010 5:51 pm ET

What is rather surprising is when CNN Anchors such as Anderson Cooper continue asking BP employees various questions who report they are afraid to answer, with a surprised look Anderson Cooper presses on asking them 'afraid of what'?

It seems like a innocent question by a veteran reporter, however it reveals a rather sheltered upbringing and life of Anderson Cooper who appears to genuinely not be aware why such individuals would be afraid and concerned about BP making their lives a living hell if they turned whistle blower on them.

Like many Corporations it appears BP has many skeletons in the closet also. Reports from former BP employees working in Alaska relate how BP hired ex-CIA agents to go after them after reporting various safety violations to federal inspectors and then having BP go after them personally with a wide range of dirty deeds and extremely questionable legality issues.

Steven Seagal played the Oil Corporate trouble shooter, Forest Taft in the 1994 movie 'On Deadly Ground'. This movie could very well be an example of the excess's and end's that BP would go thru to continue it's business as usual.

For some reason people living or raised in a very sheltered life sometimes realizes that organized crime would likely attempt the murder of someone that took 250,000 dollars of their money. And yet they 'think' and act that Corporations wouldn't do the same for someone that took 20 Million or more of their money.


captain hoke   June 16th, 2010 6:29 pm ET

BP says they have 28000 + people hired for clean up but many have not even started working! this is outrages


Gismo   June 16th, 2010 6:56 pm ET

I would think all you have to do is put a wedding ring on it, it will stop putting out within 2 weeks.

Just a thought.....


Chris is CA   June 16th, 2010 7:45 pm ET

To Smith in Oregon,
Actually Anderson Cooper was being a good journalist when he asked 'what are you afraid of'. He knows precisely what will happen.
He wants those people to say it so that it can be opened up and be debated as fact and not heresay.


Matt in NY   June 16th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Should we continue to allow a private company to fix this mess? The same company that created this mess? Maybe the federal goverment should take this whole situation over and treat it like a major military operation? I think we keep BP around because we need a scapegoat. We need a bad guy. Its politics as usual. Get BP out of there.


Bill Canipe   June 16th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Why don't they use the big dome that they tried to us at first. I know that said ice formed, but think about this. Ice can melt by using a little insulation withing the dome. I think they thought it would stop after a few days and we would forget about it. If ice is forming because of the distance of travel, then they can cover the botton with some type of material that can be removed as it covers the pipe where it's leaking. Use something called common sense.


Smith in Oregon   June 16th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

@ Chris is CA, I suspect Anderson Cooper was raised in a very wealthy family and was entirely sheltered and pampered a great deal during his childhood upbringing and early life. I doubt Anderson Cooper was even aware of the dirty deeds BP had previously been involved in the standard course of 'doing business' in Alaska.

Here say? The former BP employees in Alaska turned whistle blowers have repeatedly made statements regarding to BP dirty tricks, dirty deeds and their hiring former ex-CIA agents to care out their dirty deeds as 'trouble shooters'.

The writers and producers of the 1994 movie 'On Deadly Ground' starring Steven Seagal must have had BP precisely in mind regarding corporate 'trouble shooters'.


Bobby in Tennessee   June 16th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

All great ideas.

The only safe and sure fix is occurring right now, and BP is doing it, and that is digging a relief well. It will take 90 to 100 days to drill as deep as they have to drill to tap into the flow. Nothing else will work, at least properly .

Once the relief well is engineered and working properly. then starts the massive job of cleaning up and environmental restoration.


Johnny Cochrane   June 16th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

Hello Mr Larry King:

In watching the CNN feed here in British Columbia Canada, I have been compelled to reach a pro-active outlook and approach in order to alleviate damages in The Gulf. I think with a harmonized agreement between Obama's administration, BP, and the residents of the south. I may even set a win-win-win scenario into action with some basic conceptual design, around parameters making all parties work towards solidarity, and unity.
Mr King, I feel that this will help to raise awareness to the Public, help PR difficulty with British Petroleum, raise extra monies to fund a clean-up over 10 years or more, pay a lot of American workers, and boost President Obama's credit.

What would possibly be a way to have rescue, cleanup, lost tourism, and revenue for fisherman is this:

Federally at all state levels (even just effected State levels, is to drop gas prices at all BP gas Stations in order to help boost sales, and to help actually sweeten the pot. The Federal Administration can then match a 25 cent per gallon freeze to use this matched revenue with another 25 cent/gallon tax, to make then 50 c a gallon go to a locked in financing to fund cleanup over the long term. These figures are only conceptual, and obviously the ideal will have all sides win. The most important though is to monies will go to ecological needs. I have witnessed and lived through the Exxon Valdez disaster.
Another basis for a scenario is that the government, the oil company (BP) can set a standard in motion for an investment to cleaner, safer energy development.
Respectfully;
John C Cochrane
Vancouver British Columbia.


Cathy   June 16th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

I think Anderson Cooper is a little naive in his attempts to persuade the workers to talk to him. What he may not understand is that most corporations, regardless of how reputable they are or are not, ask their employees not to comment to reporters, customers and others on any controversial issues. Often times they are given a statement with which they can respond. The most obvious reason, of course, is that any and every comment can be turned and twisted a million ways in a courtroom setting.


John B.   June 16th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

Why do the relief wells have to go 18,000 feet below the sea floor? Why not 1,000 feet or 5,000 feet? I have not seen any explanation as to why the relief wells have to intersect the well at such great depth.


davec.0121   June 16th, 2010 11:35 pm ET

Why, in reality, do we care what he says. Boone Pickens is not the 'legendary oil man' that he's been characterized as lately, but rather a ruthless corporate raider and exploiter of green mail. His petroleum company (Mesa) was only middling successful, and he made his money and reputation in take-over bids that were actually thinly veiled extortion. Lately he has been managing an investment fund, not hunting for petroleum. Since much of his investments are in gas, his much-publicized touting of natural gas is more of the same self-promotion.


brad1001   June 17th, 2010 12:22 am ET

T Boon Pickens may be all those things, but he's right when he says the US has the largest natural gas deposits on earth, and that wind and solar power is the future and should be promoted. Can't these oil companies find oil in places that they can maintain, instead of in incredible ocean depths? I know that oil is the worlds' commodity, and is used in everything. OK, but our autos should be doing better than 16mpg and such. Automakers as well as oil producers have so much to gain still by keeping the status quo, rather than moving into new ground. I'll ride my motorcycle (60mpg) for now. They can keep their crappy cars and 3$ per gallon fuel.


dadams   June 17th, 2010 1:06 am ET

We must find an alternative to oil! In '82 I had a car (with a catalytic converter) that got 52mpg! Can someone explain to me why automakers can't (won't) do that now??! I realize that the oil companies must have car manufacturers in their pockets. Higher mpg means less oil use/less profit. The fact that it's been going on 60 days since the oil spill began, it's unconscionable that BP, our gov't haven't done a thing.


Alan   June 17th, 2010 2:09 am ET

Anderson, you're being a big chicken to pick on the Swede for calling ordinary Americans the small people. He obviously speaks English as a second language. We know what he meant. Why do you sensationalize it? You're giving the press a bad name. Please, no more comments on this until you speak Swedish.


yakman   June 17th, 2010 9:21 am ET

Gismo! U Funny!!


DavePA   June 17th, 2010 10:04 am ET

I will point out the fact again on this post.
The well didn't explode – the platform did.
Had the well head exploded it would have left a huge gaping hole at the sea floor.
The well is intact and they held pressure while pumping the heavy mud in- Why did they stop???? we were told they weren't sure of the casing below the surface.... Once more I want to point out that the PLATFORM BLEW UP NOT THE WELL HEAD.
They could have sealed this thing up – and they didn't and more than likely won't.
Mark my words come the moment they tap in with the relief well it'll be the same story- "we are not sure of the casing below the insertion point and will have to let the well stay open".
Go back and listen to the news conferences that Allen has held.... full of holes and misstatements.
Wind – Solar and tidal energy is the only future if we as a nation wish to be free.


shad0   June 17th, 2010 11:24 am ET

DavePA: "Wind – Solar and tidal energy is the only future if we as a nation wish to be free."

if we, as a nation, wish to be free, it's going to have to happen long before wind solar and hydro become viable alternatives... and it has nothing to do with energy...


shad0   June 17th, 2010 11:27 am ET

@DavePA: i got sidetracked and forgot to add...

they are worried about the casing because it was still connected to the deepwater horizon when it went down, causing the piping to collapse and put huge stresses on the well head. they stopped pumping the drilling mud because it was being blown back out of the preventer... the point of it is to put enough weight over the oil/gas to hold it back.. this just wasn't possible in this case.


KINGC   June 17th, 2010 11:41 am ET

Bobby in Tennesse is the only one that has any sense.. BP basically
owns the well and by legal aspect their responsibility to solve the
flow- and also the environmental impact. They are doing everything they
can at this point. Folks this is the very first time an accident has happened like this at this depth of water. It is a learning experience for
all Drilling Industry. True its bad environmentally and economically for the Gulf Coast people. But a lot of New standards and technology will come because of this. Like the Valdez spill – this will go on for several
years. This spill will be cleaned up also- and the well flow will
be solved.


CD   June 17th, 2010 11:47 am ET

Get off of Anderson Cooper. He's done more reporting on this nightmare to help us all understand and what to do. Anderson Cooper is no dummy. He knows "exactly" what he's doing. He gets to the down and dirty of it all. Maybe he's trying to get BP to own this nightmare.


Chris Ward   June 17th, 2010 11:55 am ET

Can't some net type of filter be put over the spewing oil instead of a cap and filter the spew as it comes out reducing the amount of crude gushing into the gulf.
Chris Ward
Austin Texas


eprom   June 17th, 2010 12:21 pm ET

Rich, liquid nitrogen is a gas that is liquified by removing heat. If you were to pump a large quantity of liquid gas into warm water, it would explode with tremendous force. This would most likely cause many more fissures and worsen the situation.


Eric   June 17th, 2010 1:06 pm ET

After reading all of the absurd engineering (sic) ideas that have been offered here, I realize that the American education system is in worse shape than originally thought.


Paul W   June 17th, 2010 1:12 pm ET

With oil quickly replacing water in the Gulf, pretty soon water will be $3 a gallon and oil will be $1 a gallon.


Clean Energy   June 17th, 2010 1:40 pm ET

I have been seeing everyone talk about government being able to do a better job than BP, I would like to see that. The government has NO IDEA what do to, if they did, they would have openly suggested it, making sure the media was there to hear it.

However, the government has no idea how to deal with it, I am pretty sure there are less than a handful of people that can.

The pressure is so STRONG and its deep in the sea, so it will be hard to stop.

However, what needs to happen is that tubbing needs to be attached so that it can be funneled up. A big plastic tubbing that can go over the spill so it focuses he oil in one place for collection at the surface.

I assume that stopping the pressure from the sea level is just no possible. As they would have tried that and the domes they constructed did not hold.


Chris   June 17th, 2010 1:47 pm ET

I have tried to post this three times now, but CNN has chosen not to disclose that T. Boone Pickens was wrong every time he indicated on Larry King Live that the USA has more proven natural gas reserves than any other country. The US is 6th. Not 1st, 6th, behind Russia, Iran, Qatar, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia. It has 1/7th what Russia has.

Source: CIA's World Factbook, and other sites.


Doug   June 17th, 2010 2:44 pm ET

It seems to me that BP is more worried about collecting the oil that is gushing out of the pipe, rather than trying to stop the gushing at all.


Chris Trammell   June 17th, 2010 2:50 pm ET

For eight years two oil industry partisans, Bush and Cheney, and anti regulation idelogues, Republicans, controlled the federal government. It is maddening to realize that the BP oil spill and the banking failure, prime examples of the folly of industry self regulation, and laisez faire captitalism will eventually be spun by Republicans as examples of government failure. The saying: Republicans believe government can't work and try to prove it when ever they get into office is sadly proved again.


Donald in CA   June 17th, 2010 3:12 pm ET

T. Boone is a oil man who is personal friends of the bush and cheney families. It was his money that funded the ugly ad's that helped defeat Kerry in 2004 to keep the bush/cheney oil connected families in office. I wouldnt believe any thing he has to say. Anderson cooper should bring his butt home instead of making a living showing those oil soaked birds. Lets support this President in solving this problem instead of using it to sprew right wing hate.


Grace   June 17th, 2010 4:55 pm ET

Whoever thought it was a good idea to allow a british company to drill offshore near the U.S. was an idiot. What I mean is, if there is a disaster it doesn't affect them. Do you think they would cut corners and cost if it were near England's coastline? We will be feeling the effects for decades to come. It seems that it was all about their bottom line, and it wasn't about safety or environmental protection.
Well, it is now affecting their pocketbooks, but the damage is already done. They would feel a lot worse if it were british citizens and marine life near Britain being affected. This is a real travesty.


Gordon   June 17th, 2010 6:25 pm ET

Gordon

Crazy idea and. . .I'm almost too embarassed to post this idea, but
soo angry with this oil leak damamge to the environment – I don't see anything else working. Why not retro-fit a sumbarine's torpedo port to the size of the leaking oil pipe (in the gulf) and enclose the leaking oil pipe inside submarine torpedo port ? Meaning, the submarine would make its way to the leaking oil and seal the pipe inside the torpedo port. Of course this torpedo port would have to be modified much like an outboard motor on a boat, where there is a seal around the outboard motor to keep water from entering in the boat. In this case, a seal would be around the oil pipe as it enters through the torpedo port, hatchway, etc. This way, we can at least contain the oil inside the submarine and professional underwater divers could retrofit another side of the same submarine with installing some kind of apparatus to suction out the oil to a oil tanker above. Much like a air-refuleing set up like an airplane attached to a boom apparatus on an air (plaine) refule tanker, etc


Dale   June 18th, 2010 1:32 am ET

Can a bladder be constructed that can be inserted into the pipe, secured in place, and then be inflated by injecting sea water into the bladder to expand the bladder inside the tube and seal off the flow? The bladder could be inserted into the pipe as far as necessary to be beyond any rough or broken sections of the pipe. Simular expanding bladders are used to clear out sewer pipes though on a much smaller scale. I have not read anywhere what the differential pressure of the oil is to the sea water at the pipe. Anyone know?


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 18th, 2010 3:16 am ET

Gosh, this man talks in a manner that is quite matter of fact. He keeps extending the dates. Is he spokesperson for whom.

I think the real clean-up job cannot take place until the oil is stopped gushing into the ocean. Otherwise it will be like wasting your time and a losing battle.

How are they managing the oil that is spilling out. Is there some containment happening and are they skimming the oil and using machines to separate the oil and water.


herbert   June 18th, 2010 4:31 am ET

he is a bilderberg.


suzanne   June 18th, 2010 9:04 am ET

Just maybe if the government and the EPA would get out and let BP do their job, THEY COULD GET ER DONE!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't type 90 words per minute with someone looking over my shoulder either. As for the "6 month" shut down, it would be more like a 2 year shut down and many, many people out of a job, GET REAL!!!!! These rigs will MOVE to other countries and out of the USA, gas prices will soar. Whose side is everyone on anyway?

If you think the gulf is suffering now-–just wait, it will be 100 times worst with a shut down, most of the employees of these oil rigs are from the Gulf area.


Chuck   June 18th, 2010 9:54 am ET

I am offended by the way this is being handled. Day after day I listen to reports that BP is "capturing x# of oil from the ruptured well..."

I don't want BP (or anyone else) working on how to capture the damned oil. I want them to plug the leak. STOP the flow. We can worry about capturing it later. Every day, thousands of barrels of oil spew into the gulf.

Stop the bleeding THEN help make the patient better. In hospitals, doctors don't work to 'capture' the blood of an injured person. They work to STOP the bleeding first and THEN move on to other things.

I do not believe that BP or the government can't plug the well. They are working to make money off of the leaking oil. This is too serious to allow profits to effect thinking.

PLUG THE HOLE!!!

The Russians have had some neat ideas on this, that, if considered against the magnitude of this disaster, wouldn't be so bad at all.

Stop trying to 'capture' the oil. Plug the hole, THEN worry about the escaped oil.

Why is no one else saying this?


Barry902   June 18th, 2010 9:55 am ET

If BP has public relations people, perhaps they could invest
some time to respond to some of the comments posted on CNN.

How about it BP !


Chuck   June 18th, 2010 9:57 am ET

@suzanne: I side with the pelicans, and sealife. Sorry.

Oil workers need to find another way to make a living. Oil is killing the planet, not just the U.S. – worrying about anything else is pointless.


Gus Holtz   June 18th, 2010 12:01 pm ET

It's unconscionable that the Administration isn't making it a top
priority to stop the leak. Rely on BP? Wishful thinking.

I say again: call in the navy. Use a low tech brute force approach.
Load ban old battleship with cement,
drop the whole thing on that sorry mess
and drive it into the seabed. GH.


ficheye   June 18th, 2010 12:09 pm ET

CHUCK: You can't just 'plug' the hole. The pressure is so great that if they plugged the hole right now it would fracture the sea floor all around the original bore hole. Then the oil would come out at multiple places, ruining the chance of ever sealing it. That's the same reason why you can't nuke it or use explosives. If the drill a relief well on either side, though, they could seal it after the fact.

And you say that oil is killing the planet... sorry, Chuck. It's people that are killing the planet. If there weren't so many people we wouldn't be drilling offshore at all. It's mindless procreation and the flawed concept that technology will save us. Wrong.

I like Johnny Cochran's idea of dropping fuel prices at all BP stations and taking the extra revenue along with a small government subsidy to pay people who's lives are ruined... by us, once again.


David   June 18th, 2010 12:17 pm ET

Rather than continuing to gush oil so that some of it can be captured, why not drill a nearby hole and denotate an explosive to close the drilled shaft. Of course this would mean less "production" but given the cleanup costs, I would think it would make sense.


ralph   June 18th, 2010 1:07 pm ET

anderson copper, grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt of the prominent Vanderbilt shipping fortune.


Conscious   June 18th, 2010 2:11 pm ET

When all fish hits $40 a pound and the oil makes it's way up the east coast, we will finally realize that we have trashed the planet and our days are numbered. Isn't the garbage island, twice the size of Texas, reason enough to stop the production or plastic water bottles that didn't exist 20 years ago?
Did they really drill this deeply without having an emergency plan?
Sadly the worst part has yet to come, tourism on the Gulf will be dead for decades, marine is done, and all of the fisherman who have no option but to help clean this up to put food on their tables and pay their bills will become sick a few years from now.
Maybe it's time to force the auto industry to forget MPG and spend the money on solar powered cars?
It's time to make the planet the top priority. When the waters gone, we all die.


Byrd   June 18th, 2010 3:26 pm ET

So now T-Bone is a meteorologist as well as an apologist for the oil industry. BP is depending on evaporation to remove a lot of the oil , but according to physics, what goes up must come down, hopefully over his own house in Texas. Our Gulf is dying and still all he can think about is the bottom line. Where do these arrogant, ignorant cretins come from? Surely not this planet.


Jmaes Rodia   June 18th, 2010 3:35 pm ET

Hasnt anone notice ...no other country has offered to help us
After every major disaster that takes place on earth the united states is the first to send a resue ship – aid- food – equipment and of course our Military Personal
NOT one country is out there in the gulf helping us to clean the spill or helping to plug it up.
We're fighting a major enviromental disaster ourselves
Thats World....


David F Pawlowski   June 18th, 2010 5:47 pm ET

The Obama administration and BP have failed. Obama and his Congress are facing massive defeat in November. This is their Katrina times 20. It is time the job is taken over and run by the military using objective based outcomes. It is clear BP does not want to plug the well but tap it because of the huge amount of oil and gas in this field. The disaster was about rushing the job to make money, and continues to be run in the same way the drilling job was, totally screwed up. Now they have cut off the top kink and are pouring even more oil into the gulf and the loop stream than in April and May. How much of the world's ocean and aquatic species does BP need to kill before the world realizes that it's time to take this job from these goofs and get it done even if it means bringing back the Glomar Explorer to catheterize the cut off pipe string and enough pumps and concrete and drilling mud to inject 10 wells.
If John Wayne could portray Red Adair welding a new valve connection plate then why can't we get the NR-1 submersible or James Cameron's Russian rentals and get them down on the Gulf floor and do the same and then assemble a shut off in place?


Chuck   June 18th, 2010 8:07 pm ET

A "nuke" would work if properly deployed. When I was a kid, the government drilled a hole in Nevada, and then set a nuke off deep underground. They were attempting to do a "Frac" job similar to to how Halliburton / Dowell do using hydraulic pressure. If they drilled the relief well down several thousand feet, and terminated near the casing in the failed well, they could then lower a "BAN" (big a** nuke) downhole, and turn the surrounding rock into glass. Nothing like a couple of hundred megatons downhole to create a tight seal. Rumor has it that the Russians did something similar in years past.


Digi   June 18th, 2010 8:28 pm ET

Maybe the public should retrieve all the oil put it into barrels and sell it for themselves. I'm sure there are some enterprising people out there that would enjoy the profits from it and help with the clean up at the same time.


Keith Dixon   June 18th, 2010 10:59 pm ET

Ladies and Gentlemen: The levels of intelligence, knowledge of fundamental physics (at what in the UK is 'school' standard) and elementary Engineering Science displayed in most of these comments is, I can only say, remarkable!

Grace: 'British Petroleum' is a misnomer – although registered in the UK and listed on the London Stock Exchange the name was changed to BP soon after it merged with Amoco to reflect its increasingly American make-up. It employs more Americans than Britons. The rig is owned and operated by Transocean Ltd (the world's largest offshore drilling company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange) on behalf of BP, which is the majority owner of the oil field. At the time of the explosion, there were 126 crew on board; seven were employees of BP, 79 of Transocean, there were also employees of various other companies involved in the operation of the rig, including Anadarko, Halliburton and M-I Swaco. The operation is conducted under American rules and oversight. This has happened largely because of the US greed for oil. Please exercise a little realism before attributing blame.


Roy Kiger   June 18th, 2010 11:11 pm ET

nothing you do matters or comments you make... this is the first step (smaller ones made before) that what we do impacts the world...no turning back.

politicians can't act, we are weak and fat, outsiders do not care and the animals can not fight back. no one to blame but us for letting this happen.

put that in your pipe and smoke it, no one cares in the end. BUT I DO and HOPE YOU DO TO. We can make this a better wolrd...(TBD).

e.e. cummings


Roy Kiger   June 18th, 2010 11:23 pm ET

We can make this a better wolrd (world) or does what we know remain true.


Nick   June 19th, 2010 12:32 am ET

Rush Limbaugh solution...

"The ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and left out there," Limbaugh said. "It's natural. It's as natural as the ocean water is."


troy   June 19th, 2010 12:33 am ET

we can save millions of birds and sea creatures alike if someone would listen to reason...its so simple..


Colleen A.   June 19th, 2010 4:11 am ET

Face it.. we are all toast.. when you have over a 16,000 mile reservoir of crude and methane, which can’t be sealed unless it’s at 120,000 psi... and the pipe at the floor level is broken and will never get sealed and the pipe is over 7 miles deep into the earth, of which over 60,000 barrels are spewing out each day.. and it only takes 1 quart of oil to contaminate 5 miles ... the relief drilling will not accomplish anything, you would need thousands.. this is killing the algae in the oceans which produce 70-80 % of the planets oxygen.. trees and inland water makeup for the 20% which wouldn’t keep a family of hamsters alive.. there is no solution.. thank you BP for ending life on our planet.. how can you put a price on that?


Tim Tanguay   June 19th, 2010 4:17 am ET

A pipe fitter would tell you to place a open valve over the pipe,clamping it or welding it in place,then shutting the valve.just a thought.


Nick   June 19th, 2010 10:53 am ET

What I don't understand is why wasn't a oil boom put around the drilling rig while it was still on fire.This would have limited the amount of flow into the gulf.And also why haven't supertankers been brought in where these ships have had sucess in other oil spills around the globe.


steve coker   June 19th, 2010 12:16 pm ET

yes,i live in the gulf coast region and like many other people,its going to efect us for a long time.like u said with all the tecnology in todays world,there is no reason they cant plug the hole and then worry about the cleanup later.


fattappyhorse   June 19th, 2010 1:08 pm ET

Mr. Pickens suggest it could take 3 months for oil to stop flowing. Since hurricane season is here and predicted to be severe, think of the disaster that ensues when 100 + mph winds enter into the gulf. I stood in the beach in Grand Isle two years ago after Gustav ( I was there to rebuild powerlines) the amount of life that you could see in the Gulf just from the beach was amazing , dolphins,red fish,crabs, etc. I wonder how far inland the oil will be carried from the high winds of a severe hurricane?


stacy miller   June 19th, 2010 1:17 pm ET

I think this oil spill is all ludacris and should be dealt with. Obama fails, the government fails, BP fails. All I know is this will fix it self and the water will be blue once again. Look at global warming what ever happened to that? Glaciers melting world getting hotter come on world I got more important things to worry about like how am I going to pay next month's rent and when gas will eventually will go up again.


Jensen   June 19th, 2010 3:45 pm ET

The only "innocents" are the birds and the marine life. We are the "evil ones." As long as we remain a "Class Zero" (Google it) civilization we are subject to extinction, just like the dinosaurs. With our level of intelligence, it would be "befitting" of us to end up as fossil fuel, ourselves.


Luce   June 20th, 2010 7:59 am ET

Why are all the executive at BP not sitting in jail?? This is a crime against all living things on this earth. If this company was from China these people would have been put to death already. When are we finally going to hold corporate executive responsible for the decisions they make and are well paid for?? If you or I were seen dumping even one container of garbage, where it should not be, we would be fined and or be in jail. The corporations make vast profits from we the people, it is time they were held responsible for their actions as we are held responsible for what we do.


Robert M. Newman   June 20th, 2010 8:54 am ET

Irecommend making up a spool piece of pipe matching the existing size at the location where the pipe had been cut off earlier.Flange on one end,piece of pipe,gate valve on the other end with valve open.Remove the piece of pipe and flange that had been cut at the flange.Bolt new spool piece on the well head,after assembly close the valve and you have stopped the flow til a more permanent
cap could be attached.


graham willis   June 20th, 2010 1:30 pm ET

BP will stop the leak immediately AFTER they complete the relief wells. They want the oil.


GWS   June 20th, 2010 1:46 pm ET

I have read all of the comments here, and find that most of them are ignorance based. The proposed 'solutions' bear no resemblance to reality, and prove that the commentator has not bothered to actually read about the problems. They appear to have only read the headlines. Also the usual batch of conspiracy theorists thrown in their propaganda. Many of the suggestions are hilarious, being so unrelated to what 'can' be done. I'm surprised that no one has yet suggested putting a condom over the top of the pipe. {;-)

Does anyone truly believe that BP is not doing everything it can to stop this? If you do, then I feel sorry for you. This well is generating and oil flow at incredible pressure, and at an extreme depth. If President Obama thought that BP wasn't capable of handling this, he would have sent in the Army Corp. of Engineers. He hasn't because he understands that they would not be able to do any more than what BP is doing.

Why not accept the fact that accidents happen every day, and this is nothing more than another accident? Yes it is more dramatic and devastating, but Monday morning quarterbacking is not going to resolve anything.


Diane   June 20th, 2010 6:06 pm ET

Get off of Anderson Cooper !!! He is the only newsman that I watch faithfully to get correct information. He tells it like it is and seems to also be backed by many other newscasters. He has been on faithfully everynight since this fiasco and deserves more credit than we are giving him. Give him a break !!!


GreenCitySolar   June 20th, 2010 8:30 pm ET

@shad0 "it's going to have to happen long before wind solar and hydro become viable alternatives..."

200kW solar array = 6350MWhrs electricity under performance warranty. Installed at $4/W w/ 30% Federal ITC and 28% depreciation means the after tax electricity component of the array is <5.3 cents per kwhr, which is less than commercial electricity today. The only thing needed to bring mainstream solar power to the US is for utilities issue solar power purchase agreements equal to their commercial average cost of electricity. This would allow banks to issue long term financing needed for the projects to be launched. The utility actually profits as solar provides them electricity at times when they sell for above average demand rates.

Yes, this only works with the 30% ITC, however, all energy projects are subsidized in some form. The ITC is simply more accessible and therefore more visible to the consumer. The ITC would not be needed if power producers were required to account for all lifecycle costs (i.e. carbon emissions).


Alan White   June 20th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

Robert Newman has had the same thought as I. Surely, BP has some sort of electric wrench that will unscrew the bolts holding the flanges together where the old pipe and the BP join. (?) Reattach another.


michael   June 20th, 2010 11:48 pm ET

Why cant they cover the leak with wire or mesh nets that allow water to pass through, and that capture the oil? And then haul off the net and and place another one over the leaking part. Seems to me from basic chemistry that water and oil separate. What am I missing?


Thomas   June 21st, 2010 12:47 am ET

Just wait for the 1st hurricane of the season. If we think it's bad now. The oil recovery boats will have to move from the site meaning all the flowing oil will gush into the gulf until the storm passes. BP and I think at this point our government should be working on a solution to plug this, re-cap it,, something.. NOW! By all means, charge BP for the R&D of a solution, it's in BPs interest to stop the flow also.


TX OIL MONEY   June 21st, 2010 1:01 am ET

In the long run, this oil spill will be cleansed, but not by us. By Mother nature, the planet itself.
It will be a non-factor. As will the rest of our environment destroying human habits.
This planet is about ready to spit us out and give the next evolving species a chance.


Mageen in Old Virginny   June 21st, 2010 10:06 am ET

Once upon a time - and this is no fairy tale - people drilled for oil and gas on land. You might even remember that. When they had to go deeper than previously to get the stuff, someone told them it would be too expensive but deep water drilling was less expensive! Honest! Thats what folks were told. What a rip-off! Best thing now is to go back to land drilling. An awful lot of wells that were shut down in favor of deep sea ventures still have oil and gas in them, especially in the Tuscaloosa Trend that starts in east Texas and goes clear across into Alabama. Just think of the jobs that will create and the beneficial impact on local economies. As far as I am concerned, start yesterday!


just another guy   June 21st, 2010 1:03 pm ET

For all those who think the government can clean this up or do anything, you need to choose a different argument. The government can't do this, it has to be BP or some other oil company that has the expertise. The government regulates drug companies, can they produce drugs? no. The government regulates auto makers for safety, can they make cars? or fix toyotas? no. The government regulates gas/oil companies, do they drill for oil or create gas from it? no. So, stop thinking that some magical team in the government can somehow come in and perform surgery in the middle of your next operation because the Dr screwed it up. The government can not stop this oil leak.... let me ask, does anyone know who the president was when Exxon srewed up in Alaska? right, because the government isn't going to solve this problem, no matter if we beg them to or not. They are not an oil company.


Steve in Colorado   June 21st, 2010 2:37 pm ET

Smith in Oregon: You are right about Anderson Cooper. Did you know that he is the son of Gloria Vanderbuilt?

Personally I'm sick of his whiny-baby journalism.


darwinianScientist   June 21st, 2010 3:42 pm ET

You are all correct that not everything is being done to stop the flow of oil. BP wants to collect as much of it as they can. Our government wants BP to stay profitable, as many Ameicans are employed by them and many American 401K plans have BP stock in them. Deals were made earlier on so that both of these could happen. Once BP has drilled the relief wells, collection at nearly 100% will happen and the old well hole can then be sealed without thought of the presure below. The relief wells are being drilled to such a great depth to ensure there is a thick enough layer of rock above the sealed old well that BP will not loose another dollar on a second spill. If they did not do this and the layer of rock were thinner than needed, the sea bed might split and BP would loose more oil/dollars.

I do not root for BP's success at collecting the oil. I'm just calling it like I see it.


darwinianScientist   June 21st, 2010 4:07 pm ET

For any of you who still think that BP or the Government really care much about the environment, watch how soon deep sea oil drilling resumes once this leaking well is 'contained'. A few new procedures wight be put in place and a few more inspections done, but it will be business as usuall as soon as most of the publicity has died down.


Paul W   June 21st, 2010 4:10 pm ET

It's only a matter of time before oil carrying clouds rain down on Florida. It's time we took control of this out of BP's hands and into our hands because in the end we will be affected by this and not some ahole watching yacht races in another country.


Don   June 21st, 2010 4:12 pm ET

Mr. N. Nelson,
It's not a pressure issue, but a hydrate issue. In your theory, the gas velocity increases causing cooling and freezing of the system.


darwinianScientist   June 21st, 2010 4:20 pm ET

If you really want to send a message to the oil companies, start carpooling, use public transportation or become the inventor of an alternative non-poluting fuel that exists in a non-hazardous state at all times and in enough volume to fullfil all demand now and in the future. If this cannot be done, then we need to face the real truth.

The real truth is that humans are selfish enough that we will not redesign even our smallest towns, let alone our mega cities, in such a way as to make personal vehicals unnecessary. This would include grocery stores, schools and places of work within walking distance for everyone. It would mean a huge shift in the culture of this country and many others to attain this, but it is well within the reach of everyone to do. It sould start with each person.

How could it start with each person? Everyone considering moving, should move to within walking distance to work or begin working from home. This is one suggestion that would cut the use of gasoline by more than half in the U.S, if everyone who possibly could did so. I walked to work for 3 years and I'm considering doing so again. Anyone willing to join me?


Rusty Butler   June 21st, 2010 11:40 pm ET

"You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it." – Albert Einstein


Annie   June 22nd, 2010 1:23 am ET

It's good to have a place to help...I hope you will help the FISHERMEN as well. THANKS TO RON ARTEST FOR BENG THERE TO HELP TOO.... He just did a fine job for the Lakers !!! Hooray for Ron...


Sharon Des Plaines Illinois   June 22nd, 2010 9:00 am ET

Instead of Top Kill lets try Over Kill.

I don't know the dimensions of this well but how about lowing a four sided cement box wider, longer and higher then the well itself with a pipe connected to the top of this box that leads to the oil tanker. As this box is being lowered and oil is being collected the pressure is being reduced. Yes there will be some oil escaping but not as much as now as most of the oil will be contained in the box.
Call me or e-mail if you need help with this over kill project. This will work and we need to do something immediately. Lets not wait for any further damage to our precious gulf.


Sharon Des Plaines Illinois   June 22nd, 2010 9:14 am ET

just another comment on my last e-mail. When they create this cement box it needs to be lowered to the lowest pressure point area. Yes it may be a big box but at least most of this spillage will be contained in one area as opposed to the whole gulf,


rally2xs   June 22nd, 2010 9:41 am ET

Drop something really big and heavy on top of the well that will compress the silt in that area in all directions, and leave the oil nowhere to go. I'm thinking of one of our floating museum sorts of battleships or aircraft carriers.


ekim   August 31st, 2010 2:18 am ET

Isn't it just funny how you hear nothigb about this now? Not even 2 months old and it just disapears? Give me a break, money, power, oil it all has the power to make things just go away. One of the biggest oil screw ups in human history amd just sweep it inder the rug. I am sick, just sick and tired of the rich power elite writing check on our enviroment that nature can not pay. Is all the natural resoirces theirs? We need to take back the power from them. We need a cohesive total togetherness army of citizens to take it back. In fact while we are at it, let's just wipe the national debt clean as well, why not? We could be an army of 300 million strong. Also I say we wipe all home mortages out back to zero, tell me I wouldn't get support?You might say we can not do that, well tell me were you ever bailed out? No? Well support this then, amd together we are a strong unmovible orce of reconing. We the people need to do this, and also fire all the senate and congress with their hands in the till, let's get rid of them. Join "We the people" and we will take back the power stolen from us. They have stripped the USA of all our machines and factories and let big business take the jobs overseas, take it back. No more.


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