The BP Brains are running a bit short of imagination so I thought I would post my quick idea. A mile long, eight foot diameter “sock” of canvas or other suitable material should be within the ability of some textile manufacturer. Drop it over the billowing well, let it fill a column all the way to the surface and begin pumping like MAD! Soon the whole column will fill with oil. As the Aquabots secure the sock further and further down the pipe, perhaps even to the rips that “leaked the mud,” we can be capturing more and more. Why do I say “we” when I’m an out of business General of Contracts? The electricity grid for this computer makes me a we.