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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-23-10 10:48 PM
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3. Shell Oil did this for the Saudis
Edited on Sun May-23-10 10:55 PM by csziggy
They offered to do it for BP but the EPA or some other government agency stopped them. They can removed something like 90% of the oil from the water, but they have to purge the water.

Edited to add link:
The Secret, 700-Million-Gallon Oil Fix That Worked and Might Save the Gulf
May 13, 2010 at 6:46AM by Mark Warren
There's a potential solution to the Gulf oil spill that neither BP, nor the federal government, nor anyone save a couple intuitive engineers seems willing to try. As The Politics Blog reported on Tuesday in an interview with former Shell Oil president John Hofmeister, the untapped solution involves using empty supertankers to suck the spill off the surface, treat and discharge the contaminated water, and either salvage or destroy the slick.
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Hofmeister had been briefed on the strategy by a Houston-based environmental disaster expert named Nick Pozzi, who has used the same solution on several large spills during almost two decades of experience in the Middle East who says that it could be deployed easily and should be, immediately, to protect the Gulf Coast. That it hasn't even been considered yet is, Pozzi thinks, owing to cost considerations, or because there's no clear chain of authority by which to get valuable ideas in the right hands. But with BP's latest four-pronged plan remaining unproven, and estimates of company liability already reaching the tens of billions of dollars (and counting), supertankers start to look like a bargain.

The suck-and-salvage technique was developed in desperation across the Arabian Gulf following a spill of mammoth proportions 700 million gallons that has until now gone unreported, as Saudi Arabia is a closed society, and its oil company, Saudi Aramco, remains owned by the House of Saud. But in 1993 and into '94, with four leaking tankers and two gushing wells, the royal family had an environmental disaster nearly sixty-five times the size of Exxon Valdez on its hands, and it desperately needed a solution.
http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/gulf-oil-spill-supertankers-051310#ixzz0nyRlJjLv


Combined with Costner's devices, this could get a hell of a lot of oil out of the Gulf, though the stuff that has been mixed with dispersants is probably not recoverable.
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