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Do you think this could actually work to clean up the oil spill?

Please watch at least the first couple of minutes of the video. Is it possible something so simple could work?


Asked by Anonymous at 1:08 PM on Jun. 5, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • No. Mostly because there simply isn't enough Byhalia or Bermuda available. At 5-7 dollars a bale using what is available for the oil cleanup will only leave the Hay Farmers without forage for their animals in the upcoming winter. Note, you need a dry hay and that is needed NOW. May 30 is the benchmark for the first hay cuttings in the southeast and nobody has created a device to make hay grow faster. It will be an easy 4-6 weeks before the next cuttings IF you can find someone willing to give up their hay for oil instead of for their farm animals winter feed. Preparation for somethingl ike this to be used with oil cleanup would have had to been created and planted and harvested last year or earlier and then put in government storage buildings somewhere. How much do you want to pay for Meat and Milk when the cost of hay is around $20 a bale?

    Answer by jewjewbee at 2:20 PM on Jun. 5, 2010

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    Answer by Anonymous at 1:09 PM on Jun. 5, 2010

  • It may work, but I was watching a wildlife rescue worker cleaning doves with dawn dish detergent, and the oil was sliding right off, I wonder if they can use some dawn, or maybe mix it with something? I know what you guys are thinking; we might have a sudsy ocean, but I'm up for any ideas being that we're losing so many whales, dolphins, and other fish.

    Answer by ambr2006 at 1:22 PM on Jun. 5, 2010

  • Seems like an amazingly simple idea to me!! There certainly isn't a shortage of hay or grass clippings in the US! If everyone in the US (or at least the southern states) with lawns and farms were to cut and collect all of their clippings, and towns were to collect the clippings and ship it down to the gulf, it's so crazy it might just work!? I agree, you can't get any greener than using naturally growing by products to soak up naturally occurring products!!!

    I think it would be hysterical if the answer for this clean up were to come from a couple of "good ol' boys" when the world's TOP SCIENTISTS can't figure it out!!! LOL :o)

    Answer by LoriKeet at 1:24 PM on Jun. 5, 2010

  • I think it very well could work, and the gov't and BP would be absolutely stupid to not try it, at least! It would be just amazing if the leaked oil could be cleaned up with hay and grass, wouldn't have a negative impact on the marine life at all! Perfection, wouldn't you say? But I have a feeling that it isn't "sexy" enough for the PTB, and they won't even give this the time of day.....

    Answer by 29again at 2:05 PM on Jun. 5, 2010

  • If the government wants to do something like this, much preparation needs to be done ahead of time, and single farmers need to be utilized and certain lands need to be kept isolated for this very reason with appropriate storage for millions of rolls or bales of hay. Hay is already subsidized so it's no big deal adding more land and recipients to the list of producers. That will keep the cost down for other hay resources when a sudden large need is required for an unexpected oil spill. It's no surprise BillyBob and Bubba there came up with this idea, I doubt seriously though THEY were the ones, some old timer in their family gave them this idea probably years ago when good ol boys still changed the car oil under the shade tree. Being too poor to buy paper towels they grabbed what was available, hay out of the storage shed on the farm!

    Answer by jewjewbee at 2:33 PM on Jun. 5, 2010

  • It would be great if they'd do something as far as prevention to the beaches it hasn't reached yet then work their way over to fix Louisiana. Anything is worth a try.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:22 PM on Jun. 5, 2010

  • Kevin Costner invented a centrifuge that separates oil from water. The cost is $24 million dollars for BP to purchase it, but it works. Why don't they pay the money and start using it. The oil that is separated is still usable, so the resource isn't waisted. Why not use that.


    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:05 PM on Jun. 5, 2010

  • They show you it works right there. The states should at least use it because the oil is coming and they don't need permission to do this. It's not harmful to anything or anyone so the EPA can't complain. If they don't try everything they should not be whining about nothing getting done.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:25 AM on Jun. 6, 2010