Gallery: Kevin Costner Announces That BP Will Use His Oil-Cleanup Machi...


At a cameo appearance at a congressional hearing on the Gulf oil spill, actor Kevin Costner announced that 32 of the half-million-dollar centrifuge machines he’s been proposing for use in Gulf cleanup operations have now been ordered by BP. His business partner says they hope to have the machines, which separate oil from water, out on the water by the end of August.

Although Costner used his charm to soften the blow — assuring the hearing that he wasn’t there because he’d “heard a voice in a cornfield” — he indicated that the pumps could have been manufactured and deployed much sooner if the industry weren’t loath to invest in cleanup technology. He also said that regulators trapped his company, Ocean Therapy Solutions, in a “Catch-22″ situation, forbidding unapproved machinery to be used on actual oil spills while requiring testing in real spills before granting approval.

In terms of how much of the spill the machines could actually filter, Ocean Therapy Solutions says that 32 of them could clean six million gallons of water a day. Costner has invested more than $20 million of his personal fortune in the technology.

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  1. elledesign December 26, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    since the spill Enviro Voraxial Technology EVTNhas sold or leased many separators – the latest to the biofuel market. Here is their latest newsletter:

    with links to other sales within it such as:
    # 11-17 Sales to North and South American Oil Interests
    # 10-14 Italy, Multi-Order
    # 9-08 EVTN-Files Patents
    # 7-25 BP Trials
    # 7-21 P.O. Sublimax

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  3. susan ballarini June 16, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Thank God BP is accepting others ideas at last. Thank God Mr. Costner is such a caring man. May he be reincarnated as a god.

  4. par June 16, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Its amazing the big oil companies do not have a clue on how to fix a problem and goverenment let them deregulate and now look what happens, hats off to the Costners. Who cares what the cost BP has to pick up the tab and I am sure we will be paying for it to at the pump. But maybe now americans will see that there is only greed by big oil and not a shortage like they say. At $80.00 a barrell look what has gone into the gulf, you do the math.

  5. fredsays June 15, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    i think they should try costner\’s device,test it and if it works biuld a bigger one. a much bigger one.

  6. varun June 15, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I’ve got a simple solution to separate oil and water using a separator tube attached to any boat or ship. have a look at for a schematic. The oil and water mixture collects in a tube and the oil floats above the water. The weight of the oil on the water pushes water back into the ocean.

  7. Vanessa Wong June 14, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Hm, I hope these machines work but I’m a bit skeptical. I guess anything that might work should be tried to clean up the spill. I will stress again tho that Jean-Paul Gagnon’s,_Jean-Paul.html (and many others) works should be taken into account when considering the importance of accountability, transparency, and representation for democracy. From what I gather, many in the US want BP and other companies responsible to be criminally prosecuted, so let’s talk about it and enhance democracy by nailing those accountable in a transparent manner!

  8. elledesign June 12, 2010 at 11:47 am

    MCGIRV, I think Costner received attention first because of his status as a public figure. Whether a movie star, politician or someone recognizable for frequently being in the news – that person draws the most energy – the press loves it because celebrity attracts viewers and he did. Enviro Voraxial Technology is also up for the very same testing and possible purchase by BP. According to their website ( )the figures show the voraxial separator is faster, lighter, scalable and the cleaned, to EPA standards, water can be returned back into the ocean. The separator has been used by the Navy and the State of Alaska etc. with success – some of their letters here–

    There is room and a need for all the help the gulf waters can use. Congratulations to Kevin Costner for speaking at capital hill and for giving the cleanup process a momentum boost. He’s paved the way for advanced but lesser known technologies.

  9. Lstephens June 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Way to go (KEVIN), This is great ideal!! You know I would have thought that some of these other country’s would have at least offered to help sinces we have done so much for them when they’ve have had major disasters, and since this will affect them in the future OH WELL WAY TO GO KEVIN AND CREW!!!

  10. JimmyJam June 11, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    GOOD ON YOU, Mr. Costner, for your compassion and perseverence in getting something GOOD done for Gulf people and God’s beloved creatures and places. A very AMERICAN thing you’ve done.
    Best Fishes and God bless,
    Jim, an Angler,
    Galveston, Texas

  11. roncraig02 June 11, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    A couple days after the explosion and release of the oil into the ocean, I shared with my wife that what needed to be done was to fit super large ships with the biggest ( gpm ) centrifuges available to start cleaning up the oil. Today, 6/11/2010 I read that Mr. Costner came up with the same idea. Wish I had his money and power, perhaps someone would have listened to me….Ayhow, I am glad that it will be done to clean up this mess………Ron Craig….an old power plant man…

  12. MCGIRV June 11, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    We all hope that this leak of millions of gallons of oil will stop soon. Then the clean up will be what matters. What ever machines work better need to get the contracts to do the job! Why would BP or our governement want to use the less efficient system to do the cleanup job?

  13. jw June 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Let’s be honest here. These are NOT Kevin Costner’s machines.

    The are the invention of his brother, Dan Costner. Kevin is only doing what Kevin does. Promoting and marketing.

  14. intrepid June 11, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Costner says they will have the machines at the end of August…
    The oil will be across the Atlantic by then and they will be
    cleaning up the European shores.

    EVTN can have machines ready a lot sooner and could start probably this month.

    This is already day 50…and we have to wait
    for day 125….sad…

  15. intrepid June 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    If I am not mistaken EVTN said they could clean up the spill
    with ten (10) machines. They have already been used in oil
    spills in Trinidad and in Canada. They are PROVEN.

    I also think that they could be ready much sooner than the
    end of August, like maybe even this month.

  16. elledesign June 11, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Here’s a more direct link to the article you are referring to.
    Lot of people made comments in favor of using both EVTN’s technology (superior in my opinion as well) and Costner’s.
    CNBC had a power lunch interview with COO John DiBella (ALberto DiBella the CEO was instrumental in work on the Hubble Space Telescope and other space related projects – I personally think the man is a genius, but not a movie star) The CNBC interview is here

  17. bobcat7677 June 11, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    This is great. It will only take 100,000,000,000 days (AKA about 27Million years) to filter the estimated 600,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water in the gulf.

  18. lmw264 June 11, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    let’s be honest.. the only reason why Costner was moved to the top of the list was because of his fame and money. Not because of his machines. Costner has enough influence to create more negative press for PB. Costner was able to go all the way to Capitol Hill. If that didn’t scare BP…More negative press is the last thing that PB wants now.

    Many more companies will be reviewed by BP. EVTN will rise to the top. The Gulf is a large place and Costner has a slow machine. Enviro Voraxial ‘s (EVTN) oil/water separator is much faster than Costner’s machine.

    EVTN has already been interviewed on CNBC.

    See Article: Compares EVTN to Costner’s machine

    EVTN’s mid size machine can clean 500 gallons per minute (they also have a larger model that can clean 3,500 gallons per minute) vs. Costner’s machine that can clean ONLY 200 gallons per minute.

    They have been contacted by BP to be review.

    EVTN is already used and recommended by the US Navy, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and many others.

    Take a look at web site: ….I PROMISE… you will be impressed on what you see.


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