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Oil Disaster in the Gulf and What we Can Do

Something we can do. we can swamp the mail and email inboxes of all of our government leaders with our concerns. There is a lot more of us "WE THE PEOPLE," then there are greedy corporations and other big money hungry leather hearted big business

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Oil Disaster in the Gulf and What we Can Do

There is something we can do. we can swamp the mail boxes and email inboxes of all of our government leaders with our concerns. There is a lot more of us "WE THE PEOPLE," then there are greedy corporations and other big money hungry leather hearted big business,

Here is the phone number fot the US Senate 202-224-3121
Or email your senator .
All contact information can also be found at;
http://ww1.umn.edu/humanrts/peace/senate.html

Sample letter below;

Dear Senator:

Americans stick together in crisis, including the caused by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. I am asking that you be among those to stand with the President as he our government and the people of the entire U.S. not just the Gulf region, to make BP accountable for their mess and to fix it, restore the ocean, beaches, marshland, wildlife, and people affected, to the way they were before their activities caused the greatest manmade catastrophe ever.

This damage will be with us for generations. The wetlands have already begun to become marshes of oil and are losing their protective grass. The beaches are covered by tides of tar after the BP cleanup crews leave, and it’s not easy to get them back keep cleaning all of BP’s oil every day.

The lives of those who live in and on the water, like fishermen, shrimpers, oystermen, and the marine creatures who are their living are dying quickly. Marina owners, tour boat operators, grocers, engine repair mechanics, restaurant owners, and local five and dimes are seeing no business. Who wants to visit an oil-fouled beach?

I ask you, Senator, to make sure that the full force of the law stays upon BP to stop the flow of oil from that well, restore the land to its former pristine condition, provide full dollar-for-dollar compensation to every person whose livelihood and family have been injured by this catastrophe wrought by BP’s activities.

Think about this: BP’s oil will be a “legacy disaster.” Your best efforts at accountability will not prevent oil globs on the beach that you or maybe your grandchildren will step around. A swim might be followed by a decontamination shower, and that odd taste in your seafood could well be from Louisianna crude from one of those plumes that BP said wasn’t there. All of this, 40 years from now.

To those outside the US you may ADJUST THIS LETTER ACCORDING TO YOUR FORM OF GOVERNMENT or whom ever you desire to write to. Or compose your own.

We must not forget after all efforts in the physical sense have been implemented we should not forget to return to prayer and meditation. Given our knowledge of the power of prayer, meditation and intent with regards to united healing efforts we are able now to use this knowledge to further our efforts with regards to heal the tear in the surface of our planet that is causing grief in the golf. Pray, meditate and visualize this wound in mother earth being healed.

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Comment by Cindy on July 10, 2010 at 9:45pm
Advances in fighting oil leak could come this weekend

By the CNN Wire Staff
July 9, 2010 11:51 p.m. EDT

A Coast Guard petty officer watches oil and gas being flared off the Q4000 vessel as crews take advantage of good weather

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports live from the Gulf with the latest on the effort to cap the oil well and slow damage to the environment. Don't miss a special "AC360°" at 10 p.m. ET Friday on CNN.

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) -- A dual-pronged effort to stop the oil gushing from BP's runaway well in the Gulf of Mexico shows promise for this weekend, the head of the government's response team said Friday.

But things are likely to get worse before they improve.

Late Friday, Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said in a statement that he and Energy Secretary Steven Chu had approved BP's plan to install an oil-recovery vessel, the Helix Producer, at the same time that a new cap is placed over the well, "which will require temporary suspension of the current top-hat containment system."

During the seven to 10 days that it will take to switch the caps, the 15,000 barrels of oil that the Discoverer Enterprise ship has been collecting daily are expected to flow unimpeded into the water, he said.

Allen said he approved the plan in order to take advantage of favorable weather predicted for coming days and because, once the switch is complete, the resulting capacity to contain oil "will be far greater than the capabilities we have achieved using current systems."

BP spokesman Mark Proegler called it the "capping stack," which he described as a larger, better-fitting seal than the one currently covering the well.

The latter cap "can be removed quite quickly" and BP will start replacing it with the "sealing cap" on Saturday, he said.

If successful, the operation could halt the gushing that started April 20 after an explosion that killed 11 people on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf. But any such fix would be temporary, he said. The permanent solution would still be completion of a relief well, he added.

Scientists have estimated 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil are spewing daily from BP's breached Macondo well. They have been basing their estimates on high-resolution video and data from acoustic devices used to measure density.

But Allen said that, once the long-term containment cap is in place, scientists will for the first time have the empirical data they need to determine the true flow rate.

"I would think once the capping device is on, we would get the most accurate flow rate to date," he said.

Switching the containment cap could increase the amount of oil collected each day to 60,000 to 80,000 barrels, Allen said. Under a new alignment, four vessels would participate in oil recovery, one more than the three currently involved.

In a separate advance, federal responders expressed optimism Friday about a new aerial weapon in their arsenal. A 178-foot U.S. Navy blimp, the MZ-3A, was flown from New Orleans to Mobile, Alabama, to be used to survey the disaster area as soon as Saturday, depending on the weather.

Officials said they hope surveys from the blimp will help them cut the time needed to get skimmers to the scene of oil slicks.

"Having something at a low altitude that can stay on scene a very long time is extremely valuable," Allen said. "We are anxious to see how it works."

The first relief well BP is drilling in the Gulf of Mexico could intercept the leaking Macondo well in seven to 10 days, Allen said Thursday.

But the time it will take to seal the well will depend on "where the oil is coming up through, where they can intercept, where they can put the mud in, where they can put the cement plug," he said.

Also Friday, the president's Oil Spill Commission said it is hiring Richard A. Sears, a deepwater drilling expert with 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and academia, to serve as its science adviser.

The commission, comprising seven members appointed by President Barack Obama, will hold public meetings Monday and Tuesday in New Orleans. It is charged with determining the causes of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and recommending changes in policies and law to prevent any such future calamities.

Commission spokesman Pete Nelson said the commission is also hiring Jay Hakes as its research director. Hakes, an alumnus of the Carter administration, served as director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and headed the Energy Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy during the 1990s.

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Comment by Cindy on July 8, 2010 at 9:15pm
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Comment by Cindy on July 8, 2010 at 8:57pm
Obama Asks Court to Reinstate Ban on Deepwater Drilling

By JOHN M. BRODER
Published: July 7, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has asked a federal court in Louisiana to reinstate the ban on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, saying the moratorium was a rational response to the unparalleled emergency of the BP oil spill.

In a court filing late Tuesday, the Interior Department

said that the six-month ban on drilling in more than 500 feet of water, imposed in late May, was necessary to allow time to adopt stricter safety and environmental regulation of deepwater wells.

The action has put hundreds of people who operate and service deepwater wells out of work and has brought long-term uncertainty to the Gulf Coast economy. Politicians all along the coast have called the moratorium a case of federal overkill that threatens the livelihood of the region.

The moratorium was challenged in court by Hornbeck Offshore Services, a Louisiana firm that provides goods and services to offshore drilling and pumping platforms, and by other oil service firms. Judge Martin L. C. Feldman of the United States District Court in New Orleans agreed with the company, and on June 22 issued an order blocking enforcement of the moratorium. He said the Obama administration had failed to justify the need for “a blanket, generic, indeed punitive, moratorium” on deepwater oil and gas drilling.

The May moratorium order halted 33 exploratory drilling projects in deep water and suspended new permits but did not affect platforms that were already in production. Despite Judge Feldman’s ruling reversing the moratorium, work on the wells has not resumed pending appeals.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to issue new guidelines for the drilling ban by the end of the week that may allow some deepwater drilling or well maintenance activity to start again, an agency official said Wednesday.

In replying on Tuesday to Judge Feldman’s order, the Interior Department, joined by the Justice Department, stated that the continued suspension of drilling was required because continued operations without new safety measures threatened irreparable harm to the marine and coastal environment across the gulf. The government also said that the BP oil spill had taxed the resources available to respond to and clean up the mess and that government and industry could not cope with a second blowout.

“Because this deepwater spill has been impossible to fully contain,” the government reply said, “Interior had to take immediate action to minimize the risk of another spill, especially while efforts to contain and clean up this one are ongoing. The stakes are even higher now that it is hurricane season.”

The Interior Department, which oversees oil and gas exploration on public lands and offshore, is charged with the “prudent and safe” management of those resources, the court filing said.

“A short-term suspension of deepwater drilling while safety regulations are updated is necessary to achieve that goal,” the document stated.

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, will hear arguments in the case on Thursday.

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Comment by Cindy on July 7, 2010 at 8:51am
New Orleans seeing oil come in via back door

Tar balls found along pass that flows into Lake Pontchartrain
by MARY FOSTER 7/6/2010


Workers use nets to scoop small globs of oil from the water in Rigolets Pass, which connects the Gulf to Lake Pontchartrain.

NEW ORLEANS — The Big Easy escaped a direct stain from the oil disaster spreading across the Gulf Coast — until Monday.

That delicate balance changed when balls of tar were found in the Rigolets, one of two passes that connect Lake Pontchartrain with the Gulf of Mexico.

"Our universe is getting very small," Pete Gerica, president of the Lake Pontchartrain Fishermen's Association, said Tuesday.

State authorities closed the lake's eastern reaches to fishing on Monday, though most of it remained open. Barges were lined up at bayous and passes to stop the oil from coming in, and cleanup crews Tuesday used nets to collect tar balls from marinas and docks. They also planned to lay out 9,000 feet of special permeable booms. But the lake was too choppy for skimmer vessels to operate.

"So far it's scattered stuff showing up, mostly tar balls," said Office of Fisheries Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina. "It will pull out with the tide, and then show back up."

Pausina said he expected the oil to clear the passes and move directly into the lake, taking a back-door route to New Orleans.

About 1,700 pounds of oily waste has been collected, said Suzanne Parsons Stymiest, a spokeswoman for St. Tammany Parish.

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Comment by Cindy on July 6, 2010 at 7:11am
Hitting a Tiny Bull’s-Eye Miles Under the Gulf


INCHES-WIDE TARGET The platform for a relief well, which will have to connect with the existing well’s steel casing pipe.

By HENRY FOUNTAIN
Published: July 5, 2010

HOUSTON — To hear the people at Baker Hughes tell it, a drill string — length after length of narrow pipe that can extend for miles into the earth — is far from a rigid assembly of high-strength steel. It is more like a wet noodle.

“The challenge is not to get it to bend,” said Aravindh Kaniappan, a product manager for Baker Hughes, a drilling equipment and services company. “It’s to get it to not bend.”

Because a string of drill pipe, along with the rotating bit at its cutting end, tends to go this way and that, drillers need critical information about the location of a well as it is being drilled.

“First you need to know where you are,” Mr. Kaniappan said. “Then you need to know from where you are, where you need to go.”

The need for accurate location information — in a subterranean environment that Global Positioning System satellite signals cannot reach — is true now more than ever, as oil and gas wells go deeper and become more complex, veering off horizontally through narrow hydrocarbon reservoirs or parallel existing wells.

But it is especially true right now in the Gulf of Mexico, where BP is drilling a relief well to intersect the runaway well that has been spewing oil since April.

The relief well will be used to pump heavy drilling mud, followed by cement, into the damaged well to stop the gusher permanently. But first it, or a second relief well being drilled nearby as a backup, must hit the target — the existing well’s steel casing pipe, only seven inches in diameter, more than 3 miles below the surface of the gulf.

The first relief well is currently about 20 feet horizontally and less than 1,000 feet vertically from the interception point. “We feel very good about the progress we’ve made,” Kent Wells, a BP vice president overseeing the relief well effort, said at a recent news conference, but did not revise an estimated completion date of early August.

Baker Hughes and other companies are helping BP reach the target, providing specialized techniques and tools for measuring and surveying the relief wells as they are drilled, and steering them in the right direction.

Many of these services — variously described as “measuring while drilling,” “logging while drilling” and “directional drilling” — are used in almost all wells, and have been for decades. But the techniques have been improved and expanded over the years, aided by advances in sensors and processing.

Baker Hughes and companies like Halliburton, Schlumberger and Vector Magnetics use sophisticated accelerometers and magnetometers to determine the inclination, or angle, and azimuth, or compass direction, of the hole, sending the data back to the drill rig as binary pulses in the drilling mud that circulates through the drill pipe. If the drill bit has strayed, it can be steered back on course by several means, one of which uses pressure pads against the well bore to change the bit’s direction.

With the relief wells, magnetometers are also being used to locate the target, by detecting the electromagnetic field created by an electric current induced in the runaway well’s casing pipe. The relief wells are then being steered closer and closer to the intercept point, nearly 18,000 feet down.

More than direction and location, though, sensing tools — hollow pipes that resemble thin, shiny torpedoes, up to 30 feet long, with sensors and processors installed in precisely machined cavities — can help oil companies better understand rock and hydrocarbon reservoirs, often in real time as they are drilling through them.

“During the last five to 10 years there has been a step change in the technology,” said Mattiass Schlecht, Baker Hughes’s vice president for drilling systems. Tools measure the natural gamma radiation emitted by rock, the electrical resistance of any fluids within, and even, through a kind of inverse M.R.I. device, the magnetic resonance of the nuclei of hydrocarbon atoms.

Gamma measurements can determine whether the bit is drilling through sand (which is more likely to contain hydrocarbons) or shale. Resistance information shows whether the formation contains oil, gas or water. And nuclear resonance data indicates how easily the oil will flow out of the porous rock. “How much of that fluid you can really move out of the pores and into the well bore,” Dr. Schlecht said.

Stephen Prensky, a consultant in Silver Spring, Md., who follows trends in drilling technology, said that many of the changes have been evolutionary, improvements to existing measurements using newer electronics. But the move toward more real-time data collection is crucial, he said, with deepwater and other complex wells costing upward of $100 million.

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Comment by Cindy on July 6, 2010 at 6:22am
Recovery effort falls vastly short of BP's promises

By Kimberly Kindy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 6, 2010


In the 77 days since oil from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon began to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, BP has skimmed or burned about 60 percent of the amount it promised regulators it could remove in a single day.
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The disparity between what BP promised in its March 24 filing with federal regulators and the amount of oil recovered since the April 20 explosion underscores what some officials and environmental groups call a misleading numbers game that has led to widespread confusion about the extent of the spill and the progress of the recovery.

"It's clear they overreached," said John F. Young Jr., council chairman in Louisiana's Jefferson Parish. "I think the federal government should have at the very least picked up a phone and started asking some questions and challenged them about the accuracy of that number and tested the veracity of that claim."

In a March report that was not questioned by federal officials, BP said it had the capacity to skim and remove 491,721 barrels of oil each day in the event of a major spill.

As of Monday, with about 2 million barrels released into the gulf, the skimming operations that were touted as key to preventing environmental disaster have averaged less than 900 barrels a day.

Skimming has captured only 67,143 barrels, and BP has relied on burning to remove 238,095 barrels. Most of the oil recovered -- about 632,410 barrels -- was captured directly at the site of the leaking well.

BP officials declined to comment on the validity of early skimming projections, stressing instead the company's commitment to building relief wells intended to shut down the still-gushing well.

"The numbers are what they are," said BP spokesman Toby Odone. "At some point, we will look back and say why the numbers ended up this way. That's for the future. Right now, we are doing all we can to capture and collect the oil through various methods. We will make sure all the oil is ultimately dealt with."

BP began downgrading expectations only two days after the rig explosion. Although its projections reported to the federal government were only weeks old, the company cited a greatly reduced number in a news release filed with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission. It projected that it had "skimming capacity of more than 171,000 barrels per day, with more available if needed."

The release presented an optimistic picture of a company scrambling to clean up the mess, mobilizing a "flotilla of vessels and resources that includes: significant mechanical recovery capacity."

In truth, the skimming effort was hampered from the start by numerous factors, including the slow response of emergency workers, inadequate supplies and equipment, untrained cleanup crews and inclement weather. Greatly compounding the problem was the nature of the spill, with much of the oil never surfacing.

The poor results of the skimming operations have led to a desperate search for solutions. The world's largest skimmer, owned by the Taiwanese, is on site and undergoing Coast Guard safety tests. The 10-story-high ship, which is the length of three football fields, was touted as having the ability to remove oil at the rate of tens of thousands of barrels every day. Thus far, it has been unable to produce those results in the gulf.

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Comment by Cindy on July 6, 2010 at 5:09am
Port officials, environmentalists split on Vancouver's oil spill risk

Tanker traffic in city doubled in last two years

By Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun July 5, 2010




An oil tanker. In the last two years the number of tankers coming to Burnaby has doubled to 70 from 35.
Photograph by: Yuri Maltsev, Reuters/Files

VANCOUVER - Is the Metro Vancouver region prepared for the inevitability of a serious oil spill in Burrard Inlet? Does it have the resources to deal with a catastrophe if a tanker goes hard aground in Second Narrows and begins spilling its cargo of crude oil?

Vancouver city councillors raised those concerns Monday. In response, they heard competing views from port and government officials who say the prospect of a catastrophe is negligible and yet manageable, and from environmentalists and an oceanographer who say it is not.

With the Gulf oil well disaster fresh on the minds of many, the council held a special meeting at the behest of Mayor Gregor Robertson to look at oil tanker safety in the Inlet. There were no decisions taken during the public meeting. Council will discuss the issue at Tuesday's regular meeting.

But it was clear that many of the politicians want assurances that the recent increase in tanker traffic to the Kinder Morgan pipeline port in Burnaby doesn't come with a corresponding increase in risk. In the last two years the number of tankers coming to Burnaby has doubled to 70 from 35.

That's largely because of increased American demand for secure sources of crude in the wake of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, Chris Badger, Port Metro Vancouver's chief operating officer told council. Last year more than 8.3 million tonnes of petroleum products were moved out of the port. He said the port isn't looking to increase the size of tankers but has experimented with increasing the amount of cargo currently allowed on those that use the port.

The advent of double-hulled tankers in the wake of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill has resulted in a dropoff of oil spill accidents around the world, said Capt. Stephen Brown, the president of the Chamber of Shipping. No single-hulls - of which there are only about 50 left in the world - are allowed in North America and there have been no double-hull oil spills since the ships began being manufactured in 1991, he said,

Within Vancouver's challenging and confining waters, the rules for oil tanker operation are so stringent that the prospect of a wayward ship going aground is infinitely small, Brown said. New computerized technology, the use of assist tugs and the fact all ships have to be under the control of a B.C. pilot all make the prospect of a grounding negligible, he said.

That's in stark contrast to narrow high-traffic, high-volume waterways like the straits of Hormuz, Malacca and Gibraltar where tug assists and pilots are not used, he said and yet have not had any major spills either.

Yet that's small consolation to people like Peter Baker, an oceanographer who warned there's little room for maneuvering in Vancouver's port a ship whose draft is so great that it has to enter and exit the harbour on high tide. In the event of an accident, the spill would spread outwards on the tide and become unmanageable, he said.

Christianne Wilhelmson, executive director of the Georgia Strait Alliance, asked council to stop any increase in tanker traffic until PMV does meaningful risk assessments that include public consultation.

Nor were councillors necessarily mollified by those statistics. "Total safety doesn't exist," said Councillor Heather Deal. "The fact is, increased traffic brings increased risk," said Andrea Reimer, another Vision Vancouver councillor. "The question is, how much risk is there and how can it be mitigated."

Although Robertson called for the information meeting, Metro Vancouver's port cities committee will likely take control of the issue said North Vancouver City Mayor Darrell Mussatto, the committee's chairman. His group had yet to raise concerns about the increased tanker traffic, he admitted. But the committee, which represents nine communities with port access, is better equipped to deal with regional issues than Vancouver, he said.

"I think it is a very important issue for us to deal with. We've heard this is a very narrow, very dangerous area to put a tanker through and we are all interested in making sure nothing bad happens," he said.

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Comment by Cindy on July 5, 2010 at 11:56am
Determining oil spill's environmental damage is difficult

By David A. Fahrenthold
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 5, 2010

How dead is the Gulf of Mexico?

It is perhaps the most important question of the BP oil spill -- but scientists don't appear close to answering it despite a historically vast effort.
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In the 2 1/2 months since the spill began, the gulf has been examined by an armada of researchers -- from federal agencies, universities and nonprofit groups. They have brought back vivid snapshots of a sea under stress: sharks and other deep-water fish suddenly appearing near shore, oil-soaked marshes turning deathly brown, clouds of oil swirling in deep water.

But, with key gaps remaining in their data, there is wide disagreement about the big picture. Some researchers have concluded that the gulf is being spared an ecological disaster. Others think ecosystems that were already in trouble before the spill are now being pushed toward a brink.

"The distribution of the oil, it's bigger and uglier than we had hoped," said Roger Helm, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official and the lead scientist studying the spill for the Interior Department. "The possibility of having significant changes in the food chain, over some period of time, is very real. The possibility of marshes disappearing . . . is very real."

Helm said that his prognosis for the spill had worsened in the past week -- as the amount of oily shoreline increased from Louisiana to Florida, despite cleanup efforts. "This just outstrips everybody's capability" to clean it up, he said.

This research has mainly occurred in the background, as public attention has focused on the "open-heart surgery" at BP's leaking wellhead.

The patient is a 600,000-square-mile sea, which contains swirling currents, sun-baked salt marshes and dark, cold canyons patrolled by sperm whales. Complicating matters is that even before the spill began in late April, the patient was already sick.

In recent years, Louisiana has been losing a football field's worth of its fertile marshes to erosion every 38 minutes. In the gulf itself, pollutants coming from the Mississippi's vast watershed helped feed a low-oxygen "dead zone" bigger than the entire Chesapeake Bay. Measuring the spill's damage, then, requires distinguishing it from the damage done by these other man-made problems.

So far, even the simplest-sounding attempts to measure the spill's impact have turned out to be complex.

The official toll of dead birds is about 1,200, a fraction of the 35,000 discovered after the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. But this, too, has been called into question. Officials can only count the birds they can find, and many think a number of oily birds have sought refuge in the marshes.

"It's an instinctive response: They're hiding from predators while they recover," said Kerry St. Pé, head of a government program that oversees Louisiana's Barataria Bay marshes. "They plan to recover, of course, and they don't. They just die."

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Comment by Cindy on July 3, 2010 at 12:16pm
Possible oil-spill solutions pour in, seemingly unheeded, from around the world
By David Brown
Saturday, July 3, 2010

A constituent of Sen. Mike Enzi's makes a product from beetle-killed pine trees that soaks up oil like crazy, but the man can't get BP to listen to his ideas. What's happened to his suggestions? "They've been lost," the Wyoming Republican complained at a hearing two weeks ago.

The pine tree product was one of about 120,000 ideas BP says it has received in recent weeks. Its proponent is one of many to express frustration by the company's apparent lack of response.

John Rexholm, a 57-year-old Swedish naval architect living in Germany, has an idea for hooding the blown-out Gulf well and directing the oil up to the surface. He sent it to BP. A month later, he got three e-mail replies in a day: One asked for more information, another said a similar idea was being considered and a third advised that "your idea cannot be applied under the very challenging . . . conditions we face."

Donald LaFond, a 48-year-old contractor in Sudbury, Ontario, is sure that the device he invented eight years ago to crack rock without dynamite could seal the Deepwater Horizon well. He's spent six weeks trying to get someone to listen.

Dwayne Spradlin, head of the Internet-based problem-solving network InnoCentive, put out a call for ideas April 30. About 2,500 people have answered. On June 19, BP said it would not proceed with any of their suggestions because an agreement with InnoCentive would be "too complex and burdensome."

"Our network is incredibly disenchanted in BP's lack of interest in outside solutions," Spradlin said.

That pretty much summarizes the view of thousands of other people.

Thanks to the crowd-sourcing potential of the Internet, sea-floor-to-Gulf-shore video and the water-torture failure of BP to stop the leak, the Deepwater Horizon disaster has become a personal challenge to numberless scientists, engineers and basement inventors.

As of Friday, 119,611 technological suggestions had been sent or routed to BP's offices in Houston, coming in at a rate of about 4,000 a day. The Coast Guard's Research and Development Center had gotten about 3,000 submittals. Most from both sources proposed ways to stop the leak or clean up the oil. Some suggested products. Others offered services.

BP says it is looking at all ideas, which range from two-sentence e-mails to fully engineered proposals. They include digital photos of drawings on whiteboards and a crayoned idea from a 9-year-old boy in Virginia.

"The passion is just extraordinary," said Michael J. Cortez, a petroleum engineer who manages the Alternative Response Technology team at BP. But the reality is that nearly all are impossible, impractical, obvious or likely to make things worse.

"There are not a lot of novel ideas that we don't already have a lot of minds thinking of at the same time," Cortez said.

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