How can I help disperse/reclaim/eliminate oil in the Gulf of Mexico?

Myself and a group of my friends were wondering if there is any cheap and simple way to disperse/reclaim/eliminate oil in the Gulf of Mexico.  We are looking for a project which we could possibly implement as a countermeasure to the crisis if the oil reaches Florida/help out the Gulf in general.  While I understand what we may ultimately be able to do will only be a drop in the bucket, any help we can give to our neighbors around the Gulf would be great. Any ideas/projects would be great! Thanks a bunch guys!

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lemonie7 years ago
An article in New Scientist 2761 explains that maybe on 2% of this oil is on the surface w/ref Project Deep Spill.
Essentially this article:


JohnJY7 years ago
 The government is burning most of the oil off. When life gives you lemons(oil), make lemonade(Molotov cocktails). 
Amen to that! :D
Re-design7 years ago
There's a video on youtube of two guys demonstrating how plain old straw or hay will remove all of the oil.  The straw has a large surface area and the oil just clings right to it.

Get a couple thousand tons of surplus straw and get to spreadin.  You'll have that oil cleaned up right fast.

Might be a good school project since it's going to be a big job.
NachoMahma7 years ago
.  Unless you have the protective clothing (PPE), chemicals, absorbent pads, training, &c, needed to do the job, the best thing you can do is stay out of the way.
.  You may be able to contact some environmental organization or government agency and volunteer for their team.