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    Posted June 16, 2010 by
    BoltedB
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    Oil disaster views and solutions

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    --Addendum: At least 3 extended grabbers from ROVs pull tabs at the large 60" circular belt from the bottom, leading the assembly down over the well head, channeling the oil up through the new central pipe (larger than the riser to avoid battling more pressure than the oil already exerts), holding it there and guiding it as the worm drive clamp fastens around the riser (under the failed new bp cap) and then concrete is poured in a tall donut shape to make the assembly rigid and ready for phase 2.--

    Here's my solution to the oil spill.  If you like it, please share it.  We've got to stop the oil from spewing into the gulf.

    Process:

    This is not a funnel.  The base opening is around 60", and the pipe that it leads to is 24" (recall the existing riser has a 22" diameter).  Phase 1: The double-membrane is lowered over the gushing oil, and then the worm-driven clasp at the base fastens snugly around the riser, below the existing bp cap.  The oil still flows, but now it flows through the inner membrane and into the pipe, which is slightly larger than the riser pipe, so that no opposing force acts on the well head.  Concrete is poured between the two membranes, allowing the outer membrane to sag over the riser pipe.  As this elongated-donut-shaped concrete cures, and oil continues up its center unrestricted, a solid bond is formed between the 22" riser and the new 24" corrugated metal pipe.  The metal pipe continues all the way up and above the surface, but has a large gap near the well head at the base, allowing oil to still escape the system.  Phase 2: Meanwhile the upper, above-water, assemblies are connected.  The assemblies are designed to divert oil into hoses that flow onto ships, while separating the gas and allowing it to escape out the top into a separate hose.  Phase 3: Finally, the winches connected to the lowest new pipe near the well head are remotely activated to draw all the upper pipes and assemblies lower to close the gap, with ROV guidance and assistance.  At this point, all oil is ascending through the pipes under its own pressure.  At the top, the oil is diverted by the encased inverted pyramid into the 4 hoses and onto the ships by mere gravity, as the gas is separated to a top hose.  There are no pumps needed in this system.  At least four ROV's are required.

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