Friday, June 11, 2010

Straw Bale Along the Coast to Slow the Oil

Interesting article by Andrew Morrison about using straw bales for helping slow the oil coming into the Gulf shores.
Read on:

As some of you may know, straw bales are used as erosion control all the time during construction projects. They are used to form silt traps, like the one shown here. The concept is that the water is slowed down, but still flows through the bale. The straw which is netted in a web within the bale, traps the silt and doesn’t allow it to move through. I believe the same system could work for the oil that is floating along the surface of the water. If bales were set all along the coast line, they would act like silt traps or sponges and soak up the oil. If they didn’t actually soak up the oil, they would certainly slow down the water and cause the oil to accumulate at the face of the bales. This would make it thicker and easier to collect, as one of the big issues with this spill is the fact that the oil itself is thin and does not collect easily.

I hope that somebody reading this can get it in front of the right people. The woman who originally asked the question has contacted the National Geographic Society, and as I said earlier, I’ve asked my friend who lives in New Orleans to contact people locally who may be interested in the idea. Please help us get the word out and create a line of defense along our coast lines in the South. Remember, you can still go to certain areas around Valdez, Alaska and find oil 6″ to 12″ down in hand dug holes. That’s a long term disaster I’d like to not see repeated.

About the Author
Andrew Morison is a specialist in straw bale and green construction. He has shown thousands of people how to build their own straw bale projects through his comprehensive series of instructional straw bale, concrete foundation, and plastering DVDs. You can check these out at

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Straw Bale Home for Sale

A friend of mine is selling her straw bale home in Winchester, CA. This is a wonderful home that she put a lot of love and passion into building. Anyone would be lucky to have it. This a very unique opportunity to purchase a completed straw bale home.

Here is the info from the MLS:

Built in 2004, this Wonderfully Unique and Custom Built Straw Bale Home rests on 4.82 Acres. This is a one of a kind opportunity to own an extremely energy efficient, country home with all the conveniences of the city just minutes away (Menifee Marketplace Shopping Center and Loma Linda Hospital). This Santa Fe style home makes use of a solar water heater and a solar wall heater. Two additional Solar panels generate electricity and significantly reduce electric bills. Property includes a permitted 12X32 workshop with a 35 AMP electrical outlet. Horses and/or other livestock are allowed. Live affordably in a house with some real character. See it today!

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