If you have a suggestion on how to stop the Deepwater Horizon leak or clean up the oil in the Gulf of Mexico, there are two options you can pursue.
The Interagency Alternative Technology Assessment Program workgroup (IATAP), established by the National Incident Commander for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, has established a process for collecting and reviewing oil spill response solutions from scientists and vendors.
To submit a suggestion:
- Go to the FedBizOps Deepwater Horizon Response page.
- Open and read the Original Announcement posted June 4, 2010, as well as both Amendments, the most recent of which was posted June 17, 2010. Note that Amendment #1 contains the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) synopsis.
- Read the BAA synopsis.
- If submitting a BAA white paper, click on the link on page 3 of the BAA synopsis. The link follows the words: “Offerors shall respond to this BAA by electronically submitting a White Paper at ….”
- Fill out the online form and attach BAA white paper as per synopsis.
- Click Submit.
What happens to these suggestions? The IATAP and the RDC will screen and triage submissions based on technical feasibility, efficacy and deployability.
Thousands of people have submitted possible ideas on how to stop or contain the oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
More than 20,000 ideas on how to stop the flow of oil or contain the oil spill have been sent to BP since the Gulf of Mexico incident. These ideas have flooded in from people across the world, ranging from ordinary members of the public to oil industry professionals, and in many languages from Arabic to Russian.
BP has implemented a process to review and evaluate all of these suggestions.
There are two ways to submit a suggestion in this option:
- Call the Houston suggestion line at (281) 366-5511
- Fill out the online suggestion form at http://www.horizonedocs.com/agree.php
Each caller to the Houston suggestion line has their details entered into the Horizon Call Center database. The database then automatically generates and sends the caller a simple form, termed the Alternative Response Technologies form, for them to set out the details of their idea.
Alternatively, the online form is a valuable tool in helping the team to systematically review the technical merits of the idea, as it allows the caller to describe the materials, equipment and skills needed for it to work.
After the caller completes and submits the form, it is sent for triage by a team of 30 technical and operational personnel who will review its technical feasibility and application. Given the quantity of the proposals and the detail in which the team investigates each idea, the technical review can take some time. Each idea is sorted into one of three categories:
- Not possible or not feasible in these conditions;
- Already considered/planned; or
The feasible ideas are then escalated for a more detailed review, potential testing and field application. So far, around 100 ideas are under further review.
Each submitter receives a reply informing them of the outcome. Those whose ideas are considered feasible will be contacted by BP if, and when, their support is needed.
More Information Available
Many government agencies are involved in aspects of the Gulf Coast clean-up. You may wish to visit the following websites for further information or to review plans about the clean-up:
- http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/site/2931 (Joint Information Center)
- http://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon/ (U.S. Department of the Interior)
- http://www.fws.gov/home/dhoilspill/ (Fish and Wildlife Service)
- http://www.mms.gov/DeepwaterHorizon.htm (Minerals Management Service)
- http://www.dhs.gov/index.shtm (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
- http://www.uscg.mil/ (U.S. Coast Guard)
- http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/ (Environmental Protection Agency)
- http://www.noaa.gov/ (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
There’s no doubt that the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are murky.
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