Affordable Ways to Help Clean up the Oil Spill

Posted on 06/04/2010

An offshore oil rig explosion created the largest oil leak and worst environmental disaster in US history. Dozens of dead dolphins and hundreds of dead sea turtles have already been collected within the area of the BP oil leak. As the Gulf coast’s eco-system is put at risk here are some affordable ways you can help clean up the oil spill.

Register to Volunteer - The LA Gulf Response is coordinating volunteers to help clean up the Louisiana coast. Register online at Try to recruit family and friends to register as well. Organizers plan to call up registered volunteers as opportunities develop. Volunteers will work with organizations like the National Audubon Society and The National Wildlife Federation.

Clean up Beaches - Oil may not have made it to the gulf coast beaches yet, but experts believe it will eventually. In preparation they’re planning clean-ups of the beaches to remove trash and organic debris from the shore of Cameron Parish.

Contact Lawmakers - With help from the National Wildlife Federation, contact your lawmakers. Urge them to pass comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation. Explain that the oil spill is evidence of the urgency and need to make this a priority.

Join the Surveillance Team - Have experience in wildlife observation and tracking? Are you knowledgeable about the Gulf Coast? You may be qualified to join the Gulf Coast Surveillance Team. These volunteers will track and report the oil spill’s impact and support wildlife rescue operations.

Donate Hair - Hair collects oil, making it a great option for cleaning up the Gulf. Salons, groomers, fleece farmers, and pet owners are asked to donate hair to The website includes complete instructions for collecting and donating the hair.

Submit a Clean Up Idea - Have a product, service or piece of equipment that could help with the oil cleanup? Submit your idea at The ideas are being examined by BP. Thousands of ideas have been submitted and the company says currently they’re closely reviewing 100 of those.

Adopt a Bird - Help the International Bird Rescue Research Center’s response efforts by adopting a bird. Adopt a duckling for just $25. The money will go towards helping wildlife.

By Alison Storm

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Posted on 06.04.10 at 6:17 PM

Also, people can donate smaller amounts to the organizations above if they don't live near the Gulf Coast or don't have time. Both Matter of Trust and International Bird Rescue take if you only have a couple of bucks, it's still a worthwhile and needed effort.

Doug Peck

Posted on 06.11.10 at 12:33 PM

Have the robot remove the bolts in the flange attaching the cutoff piece of pipe to the top of the BOP, discard the piece. Lower the containment valve with the valve wheel in the open position over the top of the BOP and install the bolts between the two flanges. Close the containment valve wheel. Connect the pipe going up to the tanker to the flange on top of the containment valve with bolts. Open the containment valve wheel. This will completely stop the leak and allow all the oil to be recovered into the tanker.


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