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Troy Aikman, Drew Bledsoe have a proposed solution for the oil spill

Given the ongoing urgency to PLUG UP THAT DAMN HOLE, we’re intrigued by any and all suggestions for solving the the underwater version of The Beverly Hillbillies theme song.

Former NFL quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Drew Bledsoe have invested in a technology that separates oil from water. 

We can be on
site within 72 hours, cleaning water
,” Bledsoe said of Ecosphere Technologies’ Ozonix water treatment system, per Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News

“This is not
technology sitting on the shelf waiting for a disaster,” Bledsoe said.
“This is technology out in the field satisfying contracts for well over a
year, so it’s proven. . . .  When you watch it, it is magic seeing dirty,
nasty water go in one end and then crystal, clean water out the other
end.”

We’ve got no idea whether it would work in this situation, but it appears that the folks responsible for the spill have neither the interest nor the capacity to explore creative solutions.  Hopefully, every potentially viable avenue will be explored quickly and completely, regardless of the cost.

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  1. Trips Right, 68 Slant, D Slant says: Jun 14, 2010 8:23 AM

    Amen to that. Now queque the corny comments.
    ‘Nation…………….

  2. doe22us says: Jun 14, 2010 8:28 AM

    Probably the machines or tech that they have it’s just for small scale cleaning up, but who knows. BP I guess is using it’s resources and probably don’t want to be bothered with non- industry individuals. It’s not childs play here. It sucks being the CEO right now.

  3. EG says: Jun 14, 2010 8:33 AM

    doesn’t oil NATURALLY separate from water???

  4. Shaun Lowrie says: Jun 14, 2010 8:37 AM

    Do you have any clue what you’re talking about Florio? You’re a fool, totally unqualified to speak on such matters and (if this is to be believed) unable to actually read. Why not get yourself on wikipedia and have a look at what BP have actually done since.
    Just to re-iterate: You’re a moron.

  5. dandrol says: Jun 14, 2010 8:38 AM

    Great…give it a try…today. Why didn’t you pipe up sooner? If I were the government, I’d welcome any and all suggestions & kick BP off cleanup duty since they’re failing miserably. How are they even allowed to be in charge of fixing the horrendous mess THEY’VE made? It’s like asking a field goal kicker to coach up and play defense after missing 3 FG’s in a row.
    This is such a huge disaster, I’m amazed at the lack of urgency.

  6. fellasheowed says: Jun 14, 2010 8:39 AM

    jaysus, is it super bowl media week already? ex-athletes selling lame junk getting exposure by the sports media though what they are selling has nothing to do with sports?
    my plan, we wring bp dry for every last penny….sure that is more of a vision than a plan, that is why i have upper management potential.

  7. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jun 14, 2010 8:47 AM

    Truth is, that oil disaster dwarfs the NFL and almost every other thing that is ongoing today.

  8. HawgNSonsTV2 says: Jun 14, 2010 8:50 AM

    Kevin Costner …HAS THE MACHINE TO DO IT….HE’S BEEN TELLING THEM THIS FOR MONTHS!!!!
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2010/06/gulf-oil-spill-costner-solution-has-green-light-but-no-green.html
    ARE YOU KIDDING ME…WE CAN SEND MACHINES TO MARS & BEYOND….BUT WE CAN’T PLUG A F–KING OIL LEAK………………………..
    WAKE UP PEOPLE…WAKE UP!!!

  9. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Jun 14, 2010 8:58 AM

    Yeah, Todd Marinovich also has a “water filtration system” he’d like to put into use.

  10. IrishDawg42 says: Jun 14, 2010 9:03 AM

    I think you are all missing the point here. It isn’t because they are athletes that they are “plugging” these products. It isn’t right guard!!
    There are literally millions of usable products shelved because of lack of investment money to bring them out into the public. Ideas cost money…
    They have found an investment worth spending their money on and to not promote it would be insane.
    Just because two ex-QBs have their name on something, doesn’t mean it isn’t a product that should be taken seriously to get the environment back on track to recovery.
    Take Kevin Costner for example….His money has been riding since the early 90’s and he now has a viable solution to help with the cleanup…The Government should be forcing BP to utilize any proven avenue for cleanup.

  11. Jon Evans says: Jun 14, 2010 9:11 AM

    haha… So what does seperating oil from water have to do with stoping the spill?
    If you can’t fix an oil leak in your car, don’t say you know more than BP engineers trying to fix a leak at the bottom of the ocean.

  12. JoeSixPack says: Jun 14, 2010 9:13 AM

    Obama will never live down his failure to call in the Sham-Wow guy immediately.

  13. habibfromnewdehli says: Jun 14, 2010 9:18 AM

    So they came up with a technology to separate oil and water?
    I wonder if this technology is called NATURE, since… oil and water haven’t mixed since, ummm, forever?

  14. TealDeal says: Jun 14, 2010 9:21 AM

    Put a ring on the pipe. It’ll quit puttin’ out immediately after.

  15. Mooch says: Jun 14, 2010 9:23 AM

    The problem with all of these technologies is that they are not scalable to the size of this disaster.
    Unfortunately, BP and Big Oil have consistently lied about the safety of offshore drilling and their ability to deal with the worst case scenario we now face. Therefore, the government and smaller private industry didn’t develop anything that could deal with this total disaster.
    We always think about oil’s worst-case as something so rare as to not require preparation. On the flip side, we ONLY view nuclear power in terms of worst-case possibilities.
    There is an URGENCY…but there is unfortunately NO SOLUTION. I think BP knew from the start that the relief wells were the only option that was gonna work, but for PR purposes they put on this act about caps and hats and such. There was no stopping this catastrophe once it began. That’s the sad fact.
    And I bet the delay helped that CEO sell all of his BP stock!

  16. PHOOL says: Jun 14, 2010 9:29 AM

    I think the machines he is talking about requires a certain type of oil tanker which BP has but will not want to give up because the tankers are being used to transport oil

  17. lboogie25 says: Jun 14, 2010 9:34 AM

    Some of you freakin’ sheeple really amaze and do not disappoint. This is all on the govt, from day one. BP wanted to cap the damn thing from the get go and was told no by the administration. The beloved gov’t, wanted to try using golf balls and mud. The only thing that has partially worked has been that damn cap, which they were prevented from using in the first place. What about all the Dutch skimmers and booms they offered in the first few days that the Administration said no too?
    If this was so damn important to them, why not use EVERY SINGLE FREAKIN’ RESOURCE from the very beginning? Do some freakin’ research people! Stop depending on state run media to tell you who is at fault.

  18. Shinywalrus says: Jun 14, 2010 9:44 AM

    You know what would be awesome? If anyone would have done the research to learn that this technology was requisitioned about a month ago and has been in use for a couple of weeks.

  19. watters7 says: Jun 14, 2010 9:50 AM

    What is all this talk of an oil leak?
    Signed,
    NY Jet fan

  20. Chapnasty2 says: Jun 14, 2010 9:52 AM

    “We’ve got no idea whether it would work in this situation, but it appears that the folks responsible for the spill have neither the interest nor the capacity to explore creative solutions. Hopefully, every potentially viable avenue will be explored quickly and completely, regardless of the cost.”
    This just further proves the ignorance of people with this mindset. Why in the hell would BP not be exploring every possible avenue to stop this spill? They are losing billions of dollars in product and every day that valuable product goes into the ocean the more it is going to cost them to clean it up. That doesn’t even include not being able to pay their shareholders dividends. I mean seriously, you would have to be a complete moron to think they aren’t doing everything in their power to stop the spill.
    As far as getting someone else to help them with a solution, my question would be, why the hell would they? This is what they do. Why have some moron government person or some idiot movie director try to pretend to be experts on something they clearly know nothing about. The experts work for BP. Asking someone else to come up with a solution would be like having a baseball manager put together a gameplan for the Superbowl.

  21. pantherdan89 says: Jun 14, 2010 9:54 AM

    The price of gas normally goes up after something disrupts the flow of oil to the market or even appears to slow it down. War, Hurricanes etc.. The price always goes up in the summer as well, so why is the price dropping ? Not that I’m complaining, but if it’s going down now, then why the hell did it go up before. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that our government may not have been completely honest with us in the past. Premeditated economic collapse anyone ? Now back to football………….

  22. PurpleRaid12 says: Jun 14, 2010 9:57 AM

    Shaun Lowrie says:
    “Why not get yourself on wikipedia and have a look at what BP have actually done since.”
    ___________________________________________________
    Yeah you’re right, I’m sure they’ve done EVERYTHING, legitimate, that they can do for the oil spill. Moron.

  23. We need linemen says: Jun 14, 2010 9:57 AM

    I say two guys on Youtube suggesting that the Gulf could be cleaned by covering the effected areas with hay.
    There isn’t a technology issue. Cleaning up spilled oil isn’t hard. Cleaning up this amount of spilt oil is the difficulty. One kind of doubts that anyone has the sufficient capacity to clean up a leak of this kind because it isn’t enconomically to have it sitting around.

  24. Wiseman says: Jun 14, 2010 10:09 AM

    Sure seems like a lot of people out there have the solution. Oh wait, they just see an oil slicked animal and think that the world is ending.
    This is a disaster no doubt about it, but the majority of the people posting here about it (on a football site for pete’s sake!) have no clue what is actually going on.
    BP has engineers from all over the world working on this. They’ve flown in a ton of expert engineers that are working night and day to try and come up with a solution to slow the leak further.
    The problem is, and Mooch hit the nail on the head, that the only real fix is the relief wells, plain and simple. They hope to be able to stem the flow of the leak and that is what they have been trying for however long. The relief wells are the only way to get mud pumped deep enough into the oil reservoir that the hydrostatic pressure will cause it to surge upwards and fill the failed drill hole.
    Not only do we have armchair quarterbacks but now we have armchair engineers / drill experts.

  25. BigBear123 says: Jun 14, 2010 10:09 AM

    Russia dropped nukes on the oil wells in similar situations and recommended doing so here.
    US complained about the potential enviromental impact, which seems like a moot point now. US has done enough underwater nuke testing. Small radioactive area or huge oil covered area?
    Best case scenario is the oil goes out to the Atlantic Ocean, which really isn’t that great, going to wash up on a beach somewhere eventually.
    You can keep your hope and change, I prefer action.

  26. mikebwesty says: Jun 14, 2010 10:11 AM

    I hear that Tom Brady is Bledsoe’s personal backup/assistant for this project…

  27. VegasChris says: Jun 14, 2010 10:12 AM

    …all you need is one very large SHAMWOW!

  28. masssquarred says: Jun 14, 2010 10:18 AM

    Um… Ben Roethlisberger

  29. cbrianwatkins says: Jun 14, 2010 10:18 AM

    Costner just sold 32 of his machines to BP, BP didnt want these, the Government forced them to buy the machines
    The machines Bledsoe and Aikman have are very very similiar to that of Costners.
    I dont know the specifics on these, but Costners machines filter 6million gallons of water per day
    and the idiot who said the Government didnt want this plugged or stopped is an idiot
    BP DIDN’T WANT TO SEAL THE WELL, because they wanted to continue extracting oil from it, this well is HUGE one of the largest in the Gulf

  30. The Real Shuxion says: Jun 14, 2010 10:23 AM

    Mooch says: June 14, 2010 9:23 AM
    The problem with all of these technologies is that they are not scalable to the size of this disaster.
    Unfortunately, BP and Big Oil have consistently lied about the safety of offshore drilling and their ability to deal with the worst case scenario we now face. Therefore, the government and smaller private industry didn’t develop anything that could deal with this total disaster.
    —————————————————-
    If they lied than so did the inspectors representing the current administration because they were pleased with it.
    But your liberal rants are fun to laugh at.
    If the environmental extremists didn’t force drilling 1 mile underwater the mess would have been taken care of by now.
    Funny how people brush that off without even thinking about it.

  31. The Real Shuxion says: Jun 14, 2010 10:25 AM

    Bledsoe and Aikman tried ‘passing’ the comment onto the president but it was picked off and returned 70 yards.

  32. Chapnasty2 says: Jun 14, 2010 10:32 AM

    @ cbriandawkins
    I find it funny you are calling someone else an idiot for saying the government, which has refused help from other countries and states, wants to fix it. Again, if this well is so valuable, and I am taking you at your word, then why the hell wouldn’t BP want to cap it or put something on it that stops the leak and allows them to capture the oil? Do you honestly read anything before you hit submit? You sound as dumb as Mooch and his misguided liberal idiocies.

  33. cbrianwatkins says: Jun 14, 2010 10:32 AM

    The Real Shuxion says:
    June 14, 2010 10:23 AM
    Mooch says: June 14, 2010 9:23 AM
    The problem with all of these technologies is that they are not scalable to the size of this disaster.
    Unfortunately, BP and Big Oil have consistently lied about the safety of offshore drilling and their ability to deal with the worst case scenario we now face. Therefore, the government and smaller private industry didn’t develop anything that could deal with this total disaster.
    —————————————————-
    If they lied than so did the inspectors representing the current administration because they were pleased with it.
    ————————————————–
    actually it was GOP appointed admins who dropped the ball on that, and they have all since resigned. GWB appointed them, Obama kept them on
    – signed GOP Member of 18 yrs
    this really is not a liberal/conservative situation, it’s generally people like you that make things this way though

  34. v4vagiants says: Jun 14, 2010 10:47 AM

    Drew Bledsoe and BP are like the same thing.. They’re both slow moving and when they get in the hole, they dont help anything. Troy Aikman is like the oil spill.. seems nobody can plug them up..

  35. IrishDawg42 says: Jun 14, 2010 10:49 AM

    “haha… So what does seperating oil from water have to do with stoping the spill?
    If you can’t fix an oil leak in your car, don’t say you know more than BP engineers trying to fix a leak at the bottom of the ocean.”
    None of these are designed to stop the well from spewing oil…that is what the BP engineers are working on deperately.
    What these other companies are doing is trying to get their machines out there to help save the shorelines and wild life before it is too late.
    Some of you calling people morons because they are in support of starting the cleanup NOW instead of later is in itself a moronic statement. If BP would utilize these companies to start the cleanup, they could actually use the oil from the cleanup to pay for this entire operation plus make a profit. Using smaller vessels with the machines and transferring the oil to larger rigs is the only way to stop the flow to the beaches…
    So yes for example each of Costner’s machine can clean 6M gallons of oil/water a day and the well is supposedly pumping out 42,000 gallons per day…so How could it not be beneficial to clean more than they are losing?
    They have the boats ready to start the cleanup, but have been turned away prior to the 30+ machines finally purchased last week.
    Who in their right mind thinks it is better to wait to clean this up AFTER it reaches the shores and ruins part of our food source?

  36. Flaccodelic says: Jun 14, 2010 10:52 AM

    Onterrio Smith believes he has a device that will make the oil go in one end and make and clean, drug-free urine come out the other.
    Concealing a 40-foot fake dong on a barge from the children is the only snag.

  37. PackFaninPackLand says: Jun 14, 2010 11:08 AM

    Florio: “We’ve got no idea whether it would work in this situation, but it appears that the folks responsible for the spill have neither the interest nor the capacity to explore creative solutions.”
    ————-
    You’re right, Obama and his boys have no interest in cleaning up this spill whatsoever. They are the biggest buffoons EVER in Washington.
    None of these clowns in Washington has ever run one damn business in the private sector (not even an ice cream stand) and none of them have any idea of what to do here, so rather than accept ideas from others that at least HAVE A PLAN, Obama would rather just sit and hope it goes away all on it’s own (his solution for everything !) rather than risk having someone besides he (Obama) getting credit for solving the problem.
    So while Rome burns, Obama will just sit on his hands for however many months it takes, while uttering his “brilliant” ideas like “plug the damn hole”.
    Boy I cannot wait until November until these clowsn are cleaned out of Washington. Nov. 2nd cannot get here soon enough.

  38. HarrisonHits says: Jun 14, 2010 11:10 AM

    Very simple solution. Start plugging the hole with the cold dead bodies of the BP CEO, board of directors and as many executives as it takes. Guarantee you they would solve the problem in the next 24 hours after they started doing that.

  39. Chapnasty2 says: Jun 14, 2010 11:37 AM

    @ Hharrisonhits
    At the same time we can put Obama in there since he wont allow anyone to help, Maine has 100 miles of Boom that they have offered to help with and have been denied, his administrations safety inspectors that he held over from the Bush administration and we can also put every other presdiential or political affiliated person down there who has profitited largely by ignoring safety standards.

  40. Abshire22 says: Jun 14, 2010 11:42 AM

    Last I checked, BP doesn’t have the authority to issue the needed permits to build the sand berms offshore to protect our coasts. Once again, don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story. BP didn’t wait more than a week to even mention the spill or block any attempt to protect our coasts by containing the spill while trying to plug the damn hole. And once again, thanks for dragging politics into our little football world here. If you are looking for a way to kill the site, I think you are on the right track. Talk football and shut your pie hole on the other subjects. Even when I disagree on your opinions on football, at least we are talking football and not some polarizing political issue.

  41. lboogie25 says: Jun 14, 2010 11:43 AM

    Show of hands.. how many here know that Obama received the most campaign contributions of any political candidate from BP in 2008?
    Again, show of hands.. how many here know that Obama signed off on a safety waiver for BP that would have prevented exactly this?
    I’m not providing links.. I’ve given the framework and as another gasbag, Rosie O’Donnell said, “Google it”.

  42. robert ethen says: Jun 14, 2010 11:49 AM

    Entrepeneur like you should be all over this, Mike. That isn’t crude oil floating around out there, it’s millions of gallons of Italian Hair Products.

  43. larazaboycottazgoahead says: Jun 14, 2010 11:51 AM

    Dear Mr. Aikman and Mr. Bledsoe
    While your solutions are viable don’t expect them to be welcomed by the Obama administration.
    You see the “chosen one” likes this disaster, the longer this goes on, the more he thinks ( in his feeble mind ) that people will look only to him for the solution.
    And to you fools who voted for this lightweight ( that includes you Florio ), are you over your American Idol worship with this guy?

  44. Popeye says: Jun 14, 2010 11:57 AM

    everyone relax…OBama has it under control!! He has just held a news conference and has stated he has a solution. He will send another hollywood director and pretend to be upset. Maybe the last airbender can fly out there and take care of it or Sean Penn!!
    This guy is a lost cause.
    Aikman to the rescue!!!!

  45. DarthPirate says: Jun 14, 2010 12:01 PM

    I’m sure this has been pointed out already, but the major question about any of these new cleaning techniques is if it can be scaled up to level it needs to be.
    It’s one thing to show a proof of concept, but a whole other thing to be scaled up so it can be used in the “wild.”

  46. cbrianwatkins says: Jun 14, 2010 12:20 PM

    Chapnasty2 says:
    June 14, 2010 10:32 AM
    @ cbriandawkins
    I find it funny you are calling someone else an idiot for saying the government, which has refused help from other countries and states, wants to fix it. Again, if this well is so valuable, and I am taking you at your word, then why the hell wouldn’t BP want to cap it or put something on it that stops the leak and allows them to capture the oil? Do you honestly read anything before you hit submit? You sound as dumb as Mooch and his misguided liberal idiocies.
    ————————————————–
    i’ve always said i would never respond to you because of how dumb 110% of your posts are
    but since you are being nice, i’ll play
    that well is so vast and full and HUGE that it could gush this way for the next 40 yrs, after that we could fix it, and drill another hole and get oil out of it for another 20yrs
    its that big

  47. fellasheowed says: Jun 14, 2010 12:37 PM

    ah the conservatard crazies are out in force, go teabag each other, and shut up, this isn’t some dream world where you can go back in time and reimagine the founding fathers listening to glenn beck.
    the administration is doing what it can, but seeing as bp is and has been lying from day 1 about everything spill related, i mean don’t get me wrong, its hilarious watching these drill baby drill morons who voted for the guy who’s crappy concrete has been causing oil spills around the world, and the guy who gutted meaningful safety regulation, who had his mms doing coke off the dongs of oil execs, unfortunately literally, who believe government can’t ever do anything right, and elect people who promise to never do anything right, to a government they hold no expectations of, until they lose and someone else is stuck with the consequences of their bad decisions…
    then its like government please save us, and the inconvenient truth(there i said it)is that government wasn’t allowed to call the shots, its all been on bp, because the idiots who are now blaming the government only AFTER the eventual accident, didn’t think oversight and authority in such a circumstance was important.
    here is reality, you want to do something about the oil spill, walk to work. if you livc too far to make it on foot in under two hours you live too damn far. walk to work, ride the bus, by a bike, stop consuming so much energy. stop being a sissy whining nag about everything.

  48. NinerSean says: Jun 14, 2010 1:46 PM

    Looks like the qbs were sacked by the old devil dog himself … Kevin Costner. Google Kevin Costner and BP and you will find a new york times story where BP is testing his companies oil separating tech gizmo the water world 9000 … okay I am kidding on the name.
    Funny that they don’t say they are testing them in the gulf … what better test site?

  49. Other Bears says: Jun 14, 2010 1:55 PM

    TealDeal says:
    June 14, 2010 9:21 AM
    Put a ring on the pipe. It’ll quit puttin’ out immediately after.
    ——————–
    TealDeal is my hero.
    Hey – all you politicos – take it to another site.

  50. cbrianwatkins says: Jun 14, 2010 2:20 PM

    NinerSean says:
    June 14, 2010 1:46 PM
    Looks like the qbs were sacked by the old devil dog himself … Kevin Costner. Google Kevin Costner and BP and you will find a new york times story where BP is testing his companies oil separating tech gizmo the water world 9000 … okay I am kidding on the name.
    Funny that they don’t say they are testing them in the gulf … what better test site?
    ————————————————-
    they are testing them in the Gulf, they’ve been sitting out there since the 10th day of the leak

  51. keithbrandon says: Jun 14, 2010 3:59 PM

    TealDeal says:
    June 14, 2010 9:21 AM
    Put a ring on the pipe. It’ll quit puttin’ out immediately after.
    ————————————————
    FRIGGIN PRICELESS ;’)

  52. I♥Patriots says: Jun 14, 2010 5:55 PM

    I work in an oil research lab. There are about a million ways to separate the oil and water. Even if it has emulsified, there are still several ways to do it, centrifuge, methylene chloride, distillation, etc. Crude from the ground comes with about 10% water. It is not what everyone seems to think it is. It is very thin, not a thick viscous fluid like tar. It is a lot of organic compounds…gasoline, diesel, octanes and other stuff like that, then there is the heavy stuff where you get engine oils, gear oils, tars, etc. It is all mixed together and smells like gasoline and dead animals. How do you think refineries separate all the parts? Distillation. Separating the water and oil is not the problem, stopping the leak is the problem.

  53. klecko says: Jun 14, 2010 6:20 PM

    I’ve got an uncle who has a green product that will seperate into three parts, oil, cleaning product and then water. If it’s left together long enough it will deslove the oil and leave the water without any harsh ingredents. We’ve called BP, we’ve called the EPA, we’ve called the Coast Guard. We’ve called the Oil Spill Response Team. We’ve called the company that is suppling the Euorpian banned cleaning product to BP. We’ve called the College in New England that tests for the Goverment which products to use in the oceans. Several times for several weeks… you think anyone called us back? No, not one of them.

  54. SoCal says: Jun 14, 2010 11:38 PM

    Put your money where your mouth is. Start cleaning it up. The free advertisement the company would get along with a solid reputation for putting the environment first would probably pay for itself with increased sales and revenue in due time.

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