The damaged Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is a huge environmental disaster that’s said to be gushing anywhere from 5,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil into the ocean per day.
BP has deployed a reported 2.5 million feet of oil booms in an effort to contain the slick, as well as bringing in over 1,100 vessels to skim it and even burning some of it off the water’s surface. One need only watch the news, however, to realize that some other ideas are needed. The Associated Press recently reported that BP has received over 10,000 suggestions for dealing with the disaster, and is looking into approximately 700. Many businesses have also taken this opportunity to promote their oil-spill-clean-up products, in hopes that they will be used in the Gulf. What follows is a look at some – but by no means all – of those products, and what they would supposedly do to the oil.