A Farmer’s Fix For the Oil Spill! Must See!

May 6, 2010

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Thanks, threecollie, for the link to this amazing video– guys, you have GOT to see this video. Apparently, a farmer developed an ingenious idea to remove oil from water, especially in light of the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil Removal – It’s As Simple As Hay

Otis Goodson has discovered what could potentially be the saving Grace for the Gulf of Mexico.

And it’s as simple as hay.

Otis was in his barn, thinking about the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill and wondering what he could do to help. Looking around, he began to wonder if the hay in his barn could be used to soak up oil. He had a large vat filled with used oil drained from his farm equipment. He dropped some hay into the vat, stirred the hay around and scooped it back out realizing the hay had absorbed a large amount of oil. He then filled an empty vat with clean water, mixed in several gallons of oil, added hay and stirred it around with a pitchfork. He lifted the hay out of the vat and found that the hay had completely absorbed all of the oil, leaving clean water behind.

Upon discovering hay’s oil absorbing qualities he immediately began contacting the US Coast Guard and BP officials about his discovery. Early Tuesday morning he traveled to the Joint Oil Response Center in Mobile, Alabama and presented his findings to Coast Guard and BP officials. To the amazement of officials present, Otis demonstrated the ability of hay to soak up oil and almost completely remove it from the water. According to Otis, neither the Coast Guard nor BP officials have seen this before.

Tuesday afternoon, Otis was in Okaloosa County waiting outside of the latest public forum to show his discovery to Secretary Michael Sole of the Florida DEP, Senator Don Gaetz, Representative Matt Gaetz, Okaloosa county officials and a BP representative. As of 6:15 pm, according to Otis, there are 4 semi trucks in South Walton county filled with hay and ready to go. As of approximately 8:00 pm, Walton County officials announced an oil recovery plan using hay on Walton County beaches.

Here’s a video of Otis showing how the hay attaches itself to the oil. The water is amazingly clean.

I sure hope the government listens to Farmer Otis. They have a really lousy history of listening to the little guy… they’d better listen now!

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6 Responses to “A Farmer’s Fix For the Oil Spill! Must See!”

  1. Secondary Roads Says:

    What a neat idea. Is there enough hay available to do the job?

  2. TC Says:

    First of all they won’t listen to him and he won’t get any credit…then they will steel his idea…next the DEC will come to pay him a visit and he will be arrested for polluting water, not recycling waste oil and they’ll want to see how he disposed of the oily hay.

    Let’s hope they don’t act like the typical government thugs and do the above scenario…for this is a way better idea then the hair blanket it could be done in a day. Really, they’re gathering hair from beauty salons to make a hair blanket…how many deserted farms are there across America with barns full of old hay…which sounds better…HAIR or HAY???

  3. Cindy @ Fenced in Family Says:

    Amazing! I hope they can get it all cleaned up quickly.

  4. oil billy Says:

    first of all… this farmer didn’t invent this idea. it’s a pretty old one and has been used before.

    second… some say his idea will be stolen. it’s not his and I doubt anyone knows who did it first.

  5. raven Says:

    this idea has been around for last 10yr’s and this should been done weeks ago but bp gov are to stupid to lisen

  6. Heather Says:

    why are you being so negative?? This is a wonderful invention. Just shut up. We are lucky that someone s actually stepping up to the plate and doing something about the oil spill. I donated 7 inches of my hair to the oil spill personally. So before you all go critizing him, why dont you do something?