Midland Inventor Claims To Have Gulf Oil Spill Fix 6-11-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Midland Inventor Claims To Have Gulf Oil Spill Fix 6-11-2010

Oil continues to gush out of the ruptured BP well and into the Gulf of Mexico and the latest estimates show up to 1.7 million gallons of oil are leaking per day.
Now a local inventor says he has a solution that could get that oil out of the water safely.
Dick Hall, of Midland, said his frustrations are growing and he just has to get BP to listen to his plan before it's too late. “I've been frustrated for a long time and I can't tell you otherwise,” said Hall.
Hall is a former Dow Chemical employee and an inventor. He said he has a mission to clean up oil spills using small granules called Imbiber Beads.
“We showed they work on spills, we ran all kids of tests,” said Hall.
When the beads come into contact with oil, they absorb it. After a few minutes the results are clearly visible. The oil is now a semi-solid material.
Hall said the technology isn’t new as he invented it himself in the late 1960s and they’re sold around the world.
The country of Japan even has a stockpile of the beads on hand in case of an emergency.
The president of Imbibitive Technologies, the maker of Imbiber Beads has contacted the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Response Team and BP.
“We have to start thinking outside the box that the spill response industry seems to be locked in to,” said John Brinkman, president of Imbibitive Technologies.
The company is ramping up production and Hall hopes he’ll see the beads put to use in his lifetime.
Hall is fighting cancer and fighting to get the word out about the beads. “I’ve got prostate cancer, but I’m working on it,” said Hall.
Hall will tell anyone who will listen that the beads are the answer the disaster in the Gulf.
“They don’t have an answer now,” said Hall. “Look at the shoreline. Is that an answer? No.”
Hall would like to see his life’s work help the lives of so many in the Gulf region. “I’d love to see it, it’s been a lifetime,” said Hall. "I hadn’t planned on this as a lifetime work, it’s just the way it came out.”
If used, the beads would be dropped into the water by plane.
At this time, the company doesn’t have enough to clean up the entire spill, but they’re willing to give what they do have to the disaster relief effort.
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