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Entrepreneurs with 35,000 Ideas for BP

John Lauerman
Pat Wechsler

BP has received almost 35,000 ideas in just over a month on how best to clean up the millions of gallons of oil from the biggest spill in U.S. history. So far, only four have made it into testing.

That has left people such as Ken Griffin and James Reindl frustrated. Both run companies that specialize in oil cleanup products they say are more efficient and less toxic than what's in use in the Gulf. They contacted BP through its online suggestion box to offer help. Griffin on May 29 received a form letter saying his product is being considered, a month after he submitted it. Reindl has heard nothing, he said. "We think we have something to contribute," Griffin said. "It's just not at all clear what the chain of command is down there."

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