BP Purchases 32 of Kevin Costner's Oil-Water Separation Machines

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Laugh you may have when you heard that Kevin Costner was stepping into BP's oil spill disaster with a potential solution, but BP has now snapped up 32 of the centrifuge machines to help separate the oil from the water.

The technology was created by Costner's brother, with the actor pumping in $20m over 15 years. While 40,000 barrels worth of oil is leaking into the gulf of Mexico each day, the V20 machine can clean up 200 gallons of water a minute.


Horrendous the spill disaster may be, but it's terrific well-known personalities such as Costner and James Cameron are leaping forward with possible solutions to clean up the gulf. [ABC via The Guardian]

Video from last month which shows off Ocean Therapy Solutions' technology:

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Brian Richards

So one v20 can clean 200 gpm. That's 288,000 gallons a day vs 40,000 gallons leaking per day. Maybe they should have done this before it spread all over everywhere... Seems to me like if these thigns existed, there should be some questions asked why the oil companies and coast guard didn't have them at the ready as an obvious precaution. Sort of like having a fire, then 60 days into it you buy some hoses.