corks, pillows suggested as remedies for oil spill - peat moss absorbent
Prince Island of Ala—
Here's an idea to stop all the oil from spraying into the Gulf of Mexico: Put a cork in the blastout well.
If that doesn't work, how about freezing oil to make black oil sticks that can be extracted, refined and sold?
When government officials tried to stop the nightmare scene of oil washing along the Gulf Coast, they were overwhelmed by family remedies, blackening an area known for its abundant wildlife and white beaches.
Over 3,500 suggestions were received by phone and a special email
John Curry, spokesman for BP, said.
Some suggestions are realistic and some seem far away. fetched.
Some are just stupid.
Someone called a telephone line that accepted public advice and mentioned blocking damaged wells with cork to stop the flow of water, Lt said
Coast guard spokesman James McKnight ).
It's probably a very large cork.
A caller suggested sewing the pillows together in order to line up at the beach and absorb the oil when it comes ashore.
Meanwhile, dozens of salons in Alabama and Florida are collecting hair decorations, planning to cram short hair into old stockings and make temporary oil
Shock Absorber called Boom
On Facebook, a panel dedicated to the oil spill made suggestions such as the use of explosives to stop the blowout of about 5,000 feet m underwater.
Some people think the real solution is the old backup device. -prayer.
A group of merchants with a product called Clean Kool suggested using a solution of carbon dioxide emitted from the gun to freeze the part of the oil slick and then dig out and refine the oil slick.
Supporters of the idea include consultant Lee Holmes, a former director of emergency management in Alabama and now in private business.
"We are demonstrating our products for several mayors on the beach.
The country will also focus on our products, "said Terry hayster, representative of Clean Kool.
"We have a product that we know will be successful.
"Like other business reps, members of the Clean Kool team have gone to the command center set up by the bp plc in charge of cleaning up, and the Coast Guard is moving to market their products.
Hester and his colleagues waited in the hall for more than five hours, and the guards brought them into the nerve center of action, where more than 400 government and industrial scientists, members of the military and others are trying to figure out how best to protect the coast.
Ken Davis from Pensacola, Florida
Has previously signed a contract with the United StatesS.
The Department of Agriculture cleaned up the environmental confusion by using peat moss to absorb oil in land and inland waters, but he was unable to reach the federal government or companies engaged in oil spill work.
Telephone busy line;
Don't call back.
Even an USDA official in Washington has tried to help him cut red tape without luck.
"The results of these things are incredible.
I can get 390,000 pounds of peat moss in 30 hours.
"This is an endless supply," Davis said Wednesday . ".
"This is not the end of the problem.
This just makes the cleanup work better.
"There are already some innovative ideas.
In Florida, Walton County is following its 26-
Miles the coastline and plans to spray hay into the water as soon as oil arrives.
The oil would stick to the stock so it would be easier to remove, or the idea would be fine.
The county is also setting up a retaining fence in case Hay doesn't work to catch oil.
HESCO Bastion Inc. is a Louis Anna state company. Structure 15-foot-
Long line frame with padding.
Throughout Iraq and Afghanistan, the devices have been deployed, forming walls, filling up sand and creating obstacles around the United States. S. military bases.
They were used in a similar way to reinforce flood walls in areas including New Orleans.
On the coast, the rig, which the troops call the "HESCO barrier", is now standing in the shallow water near the island of dau. mile-
The walls are designed to prevent oil from polluting the delicate grass and bird habitat.
They are filled with sand to help capture the oil and secure the rig in place, and are planning to add an absorbent to solidify the oil after it is captured.
"We never really thought they would use it like this, but hopefully it will help," said Dennis barkenye, technical representative for HESCO bassiion . ".
The Alabama National Guard, which built the wall, did not know if the devices would work.
"People are paid a lot more than I am and can think and imagine these things.
"We're just doing the task here," Sgt said . ". Maj. William Jones.
Another old idea is being used on the island in a new way, a narrow coastal barrier between the Gulf and the Mississippi Strait.
Bulldozers and buckets
The loader pushes the sand onto a long ridge on the main road, trying to prevent oil from flowing through the streets and sewers when the oil slick hits dau Island.
In the past, such berms were built to defend against hurricanes.
BP's leading solution to stop the underwater oil fountain itself is of extraordinary quality: the crew built a 100-ton concrete-and-
A metal box should be placed at one of the leaks to capture the oil that is now flowing into the bay.
BP said the device would be under the sea by Thursday.
Family remedies have been proposed and used in past oil spills, with mixed results.
In 2006, when oil from a sunken tanker threatened beaches, coral reefs and swamps in the Philippines, the government initially accepted the idea of using human hair cuts to clean up oil.
Hair and feathers gather at the collection center, but officials have decided not to distribute them to coastal villages due to fears of more pollution.
Teresita Siazon said that instead, the rice Poles were attached to the bamboo poles and used as temporary brooms to successfully absorb oil from the water near the coast, coordinator of the Civil Defense Commission of jimaras province.
Before anyone tries to cover the well with a giant wine stopper, the rice Broom may reach the Gulf of Mexico.
"I don't know that the cork has been tried," Lt said . ".
Coast guard spokesman Colin Bronson------
Associated Press reporter Melissa Nelson reports in Mobile, Alabama. ;
Ray Henry of Robert, Los Angeles;
Malcolm Ritt in New York
Teresa serogano of Manila also contributed to the report.