CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - A Port Charlotte man said he contacted BP four weeks ago telling them to cut the pipe in the gulf, but he said capping it won't work.
Frank Cicanese has worked in construction for almost 60 years and believes he knows how the oil can be stopped... but said no one is listening.
A model of what Frank Cicanese invented years ago sits in his kitchen, but the real thing can stop oil leaks above ground in less than 10 minutes.
He also has a drawing of what he thinks can stop oil from gushing in the gulf. He has contacted BP several times.
"I thought they'll listen to me and they did listen but not enough to put this into action, and this could have been completed more than four weeks ago."
His plan starts with cutting the pipe - which BP did.. but he said their next plan to cap the leak is a mistake.
"You have to accept the oil coming out and work with it, but don't try to cap it. You cannot cap it, seal it off. It's impossible because of the pressures."
He thinks a new pipe should be connected to the old one, and it would be long enough to carry the oil to a tanker. To secure the new pipe, 6,000 pounds of steel would support it.
Cicanese said BP's current plan will end in another failure.
"There's going to be a lot of oil that disperses back out. They know that. Why they didn't use this method I don't know."
So, Cicanese wrote BP - but it wasn't to tell them about his idea again.
"You said you claim you have 200 engineers on board? I said, I don't think they're very smart. If they can't come up with a simple fix like this. I don't know what their job is."
Cicanese is not giving up. He has already met with Florida lawmakers and will continue to try to help fix this disaster.