Hollywood actor Kevin Costner has invested $24 million of his own money over the last decade funding a new technology that would clean up seawater after an oil spill. Now BP has agreed to employ 6 of the machines to test their effectiveness in the Gulf of Mexico.
Costner’s company, Ocean Therapy Solutions, run by his brother, has built 300 machines in various sizes, with the largest able to clean water at a rate of 200 gallons per minute, more than the amount of oil BP estimates is gushing currently.
The machine can be transported by barge and is essentially a vacuum cleaner with a high-speed centrifuge device doing the separating. Company research says the oil extractor leaves the water 99 percent free of crude while diverting oil that is reusable.
If BP testing confirms what the company claims, 20 more machines will be cleaning the Gulf beginning next week.
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