Lake Charles man suggests pipe "pinching" to stop oil spill

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Lake Charles man claims that his idea of pinching the pipes in the Gulf will slow the oil flow and eventually stop the spill altogether.

Bill Campbell has been building gas stations and truck stops for years, and after stopping many gas leaks in the ground he's convinced BP can use the same principle.

Campbell's process for fixing a simple gas leak is gradually pinching the pipe with a sledgehammer until the ends of the pipe close.

The gas pump installer said it is the same principle with the oil spill in the Gulf, but just a different size pipe.

Campbell thinks that if hydraulics were used for pinching, then it's guaranteed to stop the spill.

"Once it's pinched shut, there may be a little bit of a leak there, but it's so minute," said Campbell. "A little bit of dribbling oil is much better than thousands of barrels a day coming out like it is now."

Campbell said the actual size of a pipe down in the Gulf is at least 8 to 10 inches in diameter, and for it to work the pipes would have to be a schedule of 80 to 120 so that the pipes would not shatter.

Campbell hopes that BP will at least consider his idea.

"A lot of people are losing their livelihood right now and this would be an easy fix," said Campbell.

If you have different ideas or suggestions on how to stop the oil leak, click on the link to the right to give BP your suggestions.

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