Kevin Costner Offers BP Gulf Clean-up Solution, But Fails At Coffee Spill
He's not saying, if he builds it, they will come. He's not saying, he can walk on water. But what he is saying is that he has machines that can separate oil from water and that's what BP needs to turn the situation around in the Gulf.
While "Field of Dreams" was the hit movie, it's the multi-million dollar movie "Waterworld," panned by critics that might be responsible for the BP's clean-up.
On Capitol Hill Wednesday, the Oscar-winning actor testified before lawmakers about his ideas for helping clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Costner and his brother, who is a scientist, have spent years developing a device they say can separate oil from water.
"I know there must be question why I am here, I want to assure every one in the room that it's not because I heard a voice in the cornfield," Kevin Costner joked, referring to his role in the film "The Field of Dreams," in which he played a farmer who heard voices telling him to build a ballpark in his corn field.
Costner, star of the post-apocalyptic classic "Waterworld," said he was deeply affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and that convinced him to use personal resources to develop technologies to help people and the environment.
"I envisioned the machine as a safety device, compact and portable enough that it could be deployed on a small craft and rugged enough to operate reliably in rough seas."
The machine, named Ocean Therapy, sucks in large quantities of polluted water, pulls out the oil then spits clean water back into the sea. Costner said oil giant BP, struggling with the worst ever US oil spill, was interested in the technology.
"Our machine is the right machine for the moment," said Costner. After successful tests, "BP is now moving to place initial orders (of) these machines and they acknowledged they do the job."
The contraption is best described as a portable, vacuum-like metal unit that spins the oil out of the water. They have five different models, the largest of which can separate 210,000 gallons of water and oil per day. The company says it leaves the water 99 percent clean. BP has run several tests on the technology since the leak began, and approved it for use last month. Since then, BP has placed an order for 32 machines, the company reports, and ten machines are already out working in the Gulf.
The right solutions sometimes come from the most unexpected sources. Let's hope Mr. Costner's Oil Solution has come at the right time and that the President, Congress and BP exhaust this option to the fullest.
Update: June 10- The Upright Citizens' Brigade took the spill to a heightened satirical level, where even Kevin Costner could not assist with the clean-up..
Update - June 19- MSN report - Costner's company, Ocean Therapy Solutions, signed a contract with BP to provide 32 units expected to work in the next 60 days. BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles would not disclose financial details.Costner said each machine, called a V20, can separate 210,000 gallons of oily water a day.