In somewhat unorthodox news, actor/director and occasional collaborator in engineering projects Kevin Costner has offered to help in the cleanup of the BP Oil Spill From Hell. Turns out he and his brother Dan have been developing Ocean Therapy, a barge-platform device built like a cleaning machine that targets oil spills.
They started tossing the idea around after the Exxon Valdez spill, right around the time Kevin started his skyrocket ride to fame, and millions.
At least 210,000 gallons of oil per day is gushing into the sea from the ocean floor where the BP rig exploded April 20. The oil company has tried several novel solutions, but none has worked so far to plug the leak.
“The machines are basically sophisticated centrifuge devices that can handle a huge volume of water,”
Placed on a barge, it sucks in large quantities of polluted water, separates out the oil and spits back 97% clean water.
The fact that all of the money that went into this project, and that the Costners are donating six fully functional units to BP (who said yes), confirms my fondness for one of the acting world’s best citizens. Hats off, Sunkmanitu Tanka Ob Waci.
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