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


Westport Shades said...

In a similar situation, in a different location, they had used hair (as in human hair) for the oil clean up. I think the premise is the same as the straw bale except the material being used was human hair. So most, if not all, the salon in the country (in Asia) donated the cut-off hair. There were customers who had their hair cut-off to join in the efforts of the oil spill clean up.

geotargeted seo said...

it was done in the philippines also, it helped absorb the oil on the water.