From Digital Lifestyle Expert Mario Armstrong:
Until recently, when a disaster happened you would typically think about physical actions and volunteerism that would be necessary, in other words on-the-ground human capital resources. That traditional thought process is rapidly changing due to organizations like Crisis Commons and the many, many software developers who are lending their expertise to assist in creating very critical technology tools to assist individuals and organizations dealing with disasters. Recently, that display of rapid techie involvement for a common solution was demonstrated in the development of a new mobile application called Oil Reporter.
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To control the on going oil spill. Is to use a plug.
Using a Barge with a welded tube through the centre of the barge, protruding about 4m below the Barge the Tube requires to be about 6m Dia On the top of the Barge it is caped with a Valve.
The Barge is sunk using controled Ballasting, plus air & Winches from Anchored Ships or other barges to guide the sinking Barge. To increase Weight required to close of the oils spilling from the ocean floor, Ballast weights are fixed to the top of the barge the combined weight barge & water & couter weights will close the oil.
Once secure flexible pipes used in the oil industry are fixed to the valve on top the barge modified Pipe.
Basicaly a very large plug.