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Oil Bosses Testing Costner's Gadget
KEVIN COSTNER's dreams of saving the Louisiana coastline from a mass oil spillage have moved a step closer - BP bosses have agreed to test out his water-oil separation device.
The Bodyguard star jetted into the region last week (13May10) with his scientist brother Dan after an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico ruptured, sending a huge slick drifting towards the state's shores.
Kevin Costner in BP Oil Spill Spotlight
Kevin Costner is suddenly playing a starring role in the effort to contain the BP(BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
On Wednesday, in what will almost assuredly be described as the longest of long shots, BP gave the 55-year-old star of such films as the post-apocalyptic "Water World" approval to test six devices developed two decades earlier, after the Exxon Mobil(XOM) Valdez oil spill, by a company funded largely by Costner.
The centrifuge devices work by sucking in contaminated water and separating the oil from the clean sea water. The Army Corps of Engineers has given its stamp of approval for the method.
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The actor has invested 15 years and $24 million in a cleanup system involving centrifugal oil separators. BP and the Coast Guard plan to test six of the machines on the spill next week.
The " Kevin Costner solution" to the worsening oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may actually work, and none too soon for the president of Plaquemines Parish.
Costner has invested 15 years and about $24 million in a novel way of sifting oil spills that he began working on while making his own maritime film, "Waterworld," released in 1995.
Two decades later, BP and the U.S. Coast Guard plan to test six of his massive, stainless steel centrifugal oil separators next week. Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser welcomed the effort, even as he and Louisiana officials blasted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for delays in approving an emergency plan to build sand "islands" to protect the bayous of his parish.
If all goes according to plan, he said, "We could have as many as 26 machines dispatched throughout the gulf. Our largest machine is 112 inches high, weighs 2 ½ tons and cleans 210,000 gallons a day of oily water. We are hoping to have 10 machines that size out there — meaning we could potentially clean 2 million gallons of oil water a day."
Kevin Costner's clean-up operation
Giant “vacuum cleaners” built by Kevin Costner, star of Waterworld and other ecologically-minded movies, are to be tested by BP in the Gulf of Mexico this week.
The drum-shaped machines, which suck up 200,000 gallons of oil and water a day and seperate it by centrifugal force, have been designed by Costner’s partners in Louisiana-based Ocean Therapy Solutions (OTS).
This weekend six machines are being assembled on barges moored off Louisiana. They could cast off as soon as dawn tomorrow.
Costner has also teamed up with John Houghtaling, a New Orleans trial lawyer and chief executive of OTS, to finance a documentary about the disaster to keep BP “honest” in the clean-up operation.