Boca plumber says his design helped shut off oil leak

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - Leslie Goldstein, a plumber of 55 years, talked to us back in June about what he thought was a simple way to shut off the out of control leak in the Gulf, and he was very passionate about it.

After that interview aired last month, the 69-year-old Boca Raton resident got through the governor, senators and even the White House until finally he says BP looked over his design.

It's pretty simple: Cutting the bolts on the flange, which is the segment that connects two pieces of pipe. Then, a new pipe is put in with a series of valves on top of that.

In the end, it's just a big pipe extension that could have the ability to shut off the flow of oil.

He says BP sent him an e-mail July 4 that they had reviewed his design, and they were working on a very similar design already.

At the end of the day, Goldstein says, his design is the same one used to plug the leak.

"I saw the diagram in the newspaper's front page and noticed the flange, the valve was just like mine. I said this is my design," he said.

Goldstein has not heard back from BP since they capped the leak Thursday. His design, however, has gotten plenty of attention from FOX News and national newspapers like the Christian Science Monitor.

"I did this from my heart to give back to America what America gave to me," he said.

At the end of the day, Goldstein says, it's just a pipe, and he knows all about that.

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