May 14, 2010 at 10:06am
This is unbelievable that they can't stop up a pipe in this day and age. They have plenty people out there with great ideas but the problem is no one will listen. Think of surgery, a pair of hemostats shuts off blood from a vein. This pipe is nothing more than a large vein out the heart of the earth. I think a large hydraulic scissor with radius surfaces would close the pipe immediately. Think of this, if you put a piece of conduit in a vice and tighten down its gonna flatten and as long as you leave the pressure there it can't open up. A hydraulic finger with radius edges to keep from shearing the pipe with a predetermined closure amount to allow it to squeeze completely then stop before shearing the pipe and a shut off valve in the hydraulic lines to hold it at that rate of pressure until they get new well drilled. Wouldn't be very hard to build such a device and the parts to build this are available at any hydraulic supply and ship yard and can be made ASAP. Anyone know anyone worth calling to pass this on please do.