WAUSAU (WAOW) -- One local man says he's invented a simple solution to the oil spill in the gulf. Dan Nieman of Rudolph designed a cap he says will fit around the underwater pipe and hydraulically seal the leak. He has a background in construction and demolition.
Nieman says the device weighs more than 6,000 pounds and could withstand 4,000 pounds of pressure under water.
"Rather than trying to fix the problem halfway, let's just fix the problem permanently and have them seal it," he explained.
Nieman says engineers with Merrill Iron and Steel helped draw up these plans, and they'd be willing to build the cap if BP is interested. He says he's been trying to contact officials with BP, national news organizations, and the government, but has not yet gotten a response.