Got my email from the Horizon response team today after my submission of an idea to diminish the oil leak:
I wasn't expecting any other thing, really. But one thing about this email caught my eye...Dear Mario Figueiredo,
Thank you for your submission to the Alternative Response Technology (ART) process for the Deepwater Horizon MC252 incident. Your submission has been reviewed for its technical merits.
It has been determined that your idea falls into one of the following ART categories: Already Considered/Planned, Not Feasible, or Not Possible, and therefore will not be advanced for further evaluation. To date, we have received over 80,000 submissions with each submission receiving individual consideration and priority based on merit and need.
BP and Horizon Deepwater Unified Command appreciate your contribution and interest in responding to this incident.
Thank you very much,
Horizon Response Team
If indeed they received 80,000 submissions and we assume (safely I presume) that the submission form has been sent or made known to the top scientists and world specialists, the fact that there is no solution still is to me very worrying:
a) 80,000 answers didn't give a solution
b) The solution probably doesn't exist, which means deepwater oil extraction has one very serious weakness.