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It is being widely reported that the 'mystery plumber' whose homemade design for a new containment cap may have helped to stop the Gulf oil spill is being identified as Joe Caldart, left, a married, 40-something blue-collar guy with five kids and three dogs living in St. Francis, Kansas. Mr. Caldart has stated publicly that:

"I also felt like people should know that here an average guy submitted something that maybe helped."
Caldart's sketches, routed six weeks ago to BP and the Coast Guard through University of California petroleum engineer Robert Bea, are a near identical match to the design of a new containment cap lowered last week over the renegade Macondo well 50 miles off Venice, Lousiana. The idea was using the top flange on the blowout preventer as an attachment point and then employing an internal seal against that flange surface. (The Christian Science Monitor, 7/27/2010)