A mystery plumber has emerged claiming that it was his design that BP (NYSE:BP) used to successfully stop the oil leak. His name is Joe Caldart, he's married has 5 children and is in his 40's.
When asked about why he choose to go public he said, "My wife was like, this is kind of scary, I don't know if you should go public." I said, "Yeah and no, but I also felt that people should know that here an average guy submitted something that maybe helped."
He said he drew three sketches on May 25th and sent them to BP and the Coastguard. They're almost an exact match to the cap that was lowered over the leaking Macondo well last week. BP's response was they weren't working on stopping the leak just containing the oil.
"The idea was using the top flange on the blowout preventer as an attachment point and then employing an internal seal against the flange surface," said Robert Bea, a Coastguard. "You can kind of see how a plumber thinks this way. That's how they have to plumb homes for sewage."
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