NEW ORLEANS, LA – BP has run out of ideas and is looking for solutions from anywhere and anyone!
BP has come under serious fire for its hand in the biggest oil spill since the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill. Delicate ecosystems are in danger, the fishing industry in the south is being affected and clean up efforts are failing left and right. BP seems to be exhausting both its mental resolve and financial resources, but help has been found in an unlikely source.
“If you build it…” is a tagline from Kevin Costner’s 1989 movie, Field of Dreams. The line is holding true today as BP has approved Costner’s “Ocean Therapy” centrifuge as a cleanup technology yesterday. The centrifuge can reportedly remove 97 percent of the oil from the water.
Costner is best known for his acting credits. What many don’t know, however, is that he is also an active environmental activist and fisherman, and actually had an ace up his sleeve when BP oil spill happened. Costner was disturbed by the effects of the Valdez spill in Alaska, so he bought the oil separation technology from the government in 1995 and put $24 million of his own money into developing it for the private sector.
“Kevin saw the Exxon Valdez spill, and as a fisherman and an environmentalist, it just stuck in his craw, the fact that we didn’t have separation technology,” said John Houghtaling,” Costner’s lawyer and business partner in developing the technology.
On Wednesday, BP’s chief operating officer, Doug Suttles, said that the company had approved six of Ocean Therapy’s 32 machines for testing. All boast centrifuge processing technology – giant vacuum-like machines that suck oil from water, separate oil, store it in a tanker and send the water, 99.9 percent purified, back into the gulf.
“I’m very happy the light of day has come to this,” Costner said at a news conference in New Orleans. He also said he was “very sad” about the spill, “but this is why it’s developed.”
The largest four machines have the capability of separating 210,000 gallons of oil from water a day, 200 gallons a minute.