BP Proposes Plugging the Oil Leak With Garbage

turtle in oil slick photo
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With the failure of BP's dome solution to stopping the oil leak, which continues to pump 5 thousand barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day, the latest idea is to plug the leakage with a pile of trash. Apparently, the technique is called "a junk shot" and involves injecting garbage at high pressure into the hole in hopes of clogging up the leak. While the situation is certainly dire, as the spilling oil has begun to reach the shore, is adding more junk to the ocean really the best solution?According to U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen, who spoke to CBS's Face the Nation:

The next tactic is going to be something they call a junk shot. They're actually going to take a bunch of debris, shredded up tires, golf balls and things like that and under very high pressure shoot it into the preventer itself and see if they can clog it up and stop the leak.

Allen described the latest technique as "exotic," but also mentioned it has been used before. Still, he warned that the plan is not a sure thing.

No mention was given as to when such a method may be tried out, but the failure of BP's steel-and-concrete dome on Saturday has left authorities scrambling to find new solutions.

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