A simple solution to clean up an oil disaster

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Keniff, May 13, 2010.

  1. Keniff macrumors 6502a

    Keniff

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2008
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    #1
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2004
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    #2
    That's pretty cool. :)

    We're going to try keeping this thread here in community discussion, but that means no political discussion of the oil spill. Eligible members may go to the PRSI for that.
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2005
    Location:
    5045 feet above sea level
    #3
    that is pretty cool

    would need a crap load and i mean a crap load of hay though
     
  4. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

    ucfgrad93

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Location:
    Colorado
    #4
    Agreed. I wonder how it would fair in the ocean with wave action, wind, etc.
     
  5. Keniff thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Keniff

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2008
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    #5
    Mmhhh.....I see what you mean, I guess there's a fine line between being political and environmental?

    ;)


    Here's the option...
     
  6. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

    Zombie Acorn

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2009
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
    #6
    Not like we are going to hurt anything more, throw a few thousand bails out there and see what happens.
     
  7. Mexbearpig macrumors 65816

    Mexbearpig

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2008
    Location:
    Here
    #7
    ^+1. Worth a try. May not fully clean it up but if it can slow it from reaching the shore its worth a try.
     
  8. Xavier macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2006
    Location:
    Columbus
    #8
    I would like to know how they came across this. (if they said, then I am sorry. I watched without sound)
     
  9. tigres macrumors 68040

    tigres

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2007
    Location:
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    #9
    I could not watch, Steve says I don't need flash on the iPad.:apple:

    What was the gist?
     
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2005
    Location:
    5045 feet above sea level
    #10
    hay soaks up oil and fairly well. their point is that it would be easier to gather this oil-hay then repair oil soaked beaches
     
  11. tigres macrumors 68040

    tigres

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2007
    Location:
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    #11
    That's what I guessed. Thx
     
  12. Keniff thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Keniff

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2008
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    #12



    *waits for iHay 1.0.app*
     
  13. kellen macrumors 68020

    kellen

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2006
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    #13
    Some problems I could see would be motor oil vs. extracted oil. There is a difference between the two, but I couldn't hear the audio, so it may have been covered.

    But I do recall seeing hay being used in past pictures of oil spills, so I think it already is in use.
     
  14. jpyc7 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2009
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    #14
    The person who did the demonstration said that each scoop was about a quarter-pound of hay. I estimate he poured about half-quart of oil into each bowl.

    So there was a ratio of .25 lb hay to .5 quart used motor oil. A recent estimate is that the oil leak is 5000 barrels per day. 1 barrel is 124 quarts. So that comes up to 62 pounds of hay per barrel. That means you need 310k pounds of hay per day for a 5k barrel leak.

    One acre of land can produce 5 tons of hay (or 10k pounds) in a growing season. The 10k pounds means you need just 31 acres, so I think the US should have enough hay to do the job.

    About the viscosity, he only said that the motor oil was less viscuous.

    I've also heard that human hair is used in the booms (the cloth covered floating 'bags' that surround spills.)
     

Share This Page