Balls of steel could fix BP oil spill

06/18/2010 | Science magazine (subscription required)

The man responsible for capping Kuwaiti oil wells after the first Gulf War says it should be possible to stanch the Gulf of Mexico gusher by pumping steel balls into the broken well's riser. Giant metal marbles would be heavy enough to sink through the gushing oil, and should seal the well as they settle says Willard Wattenburg. Not all see the fix as working. However, Wattenburg says even if the plan fails, it won't cause any additional environmental damage.

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