Lowndes Co. Man Says His Device Could Prove Useful in Oil Spills

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

- Lowndes Co., Ga. - April 17, 2012 -

This week marks the anniversary of the Gulf Oil Crisis and a Lowndes County man has built a device he says could cut down the time it takes to react to an oil spill.

Donnie Tucker demonstrates using high pressure water hoses. He calls his device "Emergency Pipe Connections."

Now these are just working show models, the real thing will be 20 times bigger and weigh thousands of pounds.

He says when the blowout preventer failed in the gulf, they could have attached one of these to seal off the leak.

"Once it's locked on and it has sealed it self to the well, the oil company then has control of the well again, and greatly reduces the time it takes to connect to the well," said Donnie Tucker.

Tucker says this device might prove useful in any emergency situation in a location that's difficult to reach.


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  • by Theresa Location: Tucson, AZ on Apr 18, 2012 at 07:35 PM
    Where is the video? How come it didn't make national news? The anniversary of the oil spill is this week!
  • by lgriffis Location: nashville, ga on Apr 18, 2012 at 04:22 PM
    Would love to be able to see the video.
  • by Jean miley on Apr 18, 2012 at 08:53 AM
    It's good to see people who care about our enviroment, People should suport this man and listen to him.America better start helping america.
  • by know for A FACT on Apr 18, 2012 at 07:17 AM
    There is a product out there that would have cleaned up the spill. It's name "MYCELX" it was sold in Thomasville GA at Centek Industries. Made in Gainesville GA. It will clean up 99.9 percent of all oils, gas, pesticides and anything else that leaks in water. It can also be used as a filter for rain water runoff to catch andthing before it gets into our rivers and streams. Why the governments don't use this is beyond me. Guess it is to easy.
  • by Theresa Tucker Location: Valdosta, GA on Apr 17, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    Would like to hear more!
  • by Theresa Tucker Location: Valdosta, GA on Apr 17, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    Would like to hear more!
  • by Duane Location: Valdosta on Apr 17, 2012 at 07:22 PM
    I was there and witnessed the demonstration as my brother Donnie showed how his device can stop an oil disaster involving a broken pipe like the one that spewed hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf for months. As you will see in the video he was increasing the pressure of the oil being pumped into his device and was hoping to reach 15,000 PSI when somewhere around 10,000 PSI the pressure gauge blew under the tremendous pressure. The device itself never lost a drop of oil. The brand new pressure gauge that was built to withstand 15,000 PSI couldn't handle the load and the demonstration had to be stopped at that point. If the oil companies and our politicians are serious about preventing these types of environmental disasters in the future they should be calling Donnie Tucker today! The future of our oceans, beaches & wildlife depend on it...
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