Oil continues to gush in the Gulf of Mexico, and the solutions seem more and more far-fetched. But there is one solution that has been proffered that I haven’ t heard BP trying – and it sounds like the easiest and most effective till they can plug the well.
Basically, it’s bringing supertankers to the site. Many tankers can not only discharge oil, but take it in by large volumes. So the idea is very simple – just start sucking the fouled water into the supertankers. The tankers then port that fouled water to a plant where it is offloaded and separated. Rinse, repeat, until the well is capped. The damage would be contained to a smaller area, and shorelines are saved.
Granted, it;s probably not that simple, but it’s probably not much more difficult either.
Meanwhile, a team of scientists as varied as guys who helped develop the hydrogen bomb and design Mars landers is now in Houston to help brainstorm possible solutions. The idea is that by bringing brains together that have nothing really to do with the oil business, they may be able to come up with unconventional solutions to the problem. Fingers crossed…