they were going to cut the riser and weld a new valve on top of the failed one. Another said that they will cut it and place a funnel type device on it, allowing them to keep piping the oil up, if it even works. That sounds like greedy money saving bullshit to me, I would insist on getting a valve on it first.
Wait a minute, Chris ... you think Marcus Epstein could get a job at washing machine factory? At this point? Or work as a sys admin? Or drive a moving van? I';m guessing he couldn';t, but I could be wrong.