Gallery: Kevin Costner Cleaning up the Gulf with His Oil Separating Tec...


No, we are not kidding. Neither is Kevin Costner. When the Exxon Valdez catastrophe happened in 1989, the actor, fisherman and environmentalist was horrified. So he went searching for an answer to cleaning up oil spills and found one – enormous vacuums that separate oil from water. Costner bought the technology from the government 15 years ago and invested $24 million dollars of his personal fortune to develop it. His company is called Ocean Therapy Solutions and they have 24 machines at the ready capable of separating up to 210,000 gallons of oil from the water a day which BP has agreed to test in the gulf. Video of the technology after the jump.

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  1. Kevin Costner Announces... June 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    […] 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 […]

  2. casey stieferman May 28, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Hey Kevin, This is Casey Stieferman I fixed you Breakfast and lunch at the Seabiscuit Cafe in Isle of Palms SC. Thank you for signing my Biscuit Shirt. I think it is great that you have this technology and are doing everthing you can to help in the gulf disaster. I know i am only one person but how can i help. I feel helpless.

  3. Crosius May 22, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Unfortunately, 210,000 gallons is only 6774 barrels (US) of oil. The estimated daily output of the leak may be as high as 84,000 barrels a _day_.

    Even if BP uses all of Costner’s machines, they’ll have to be part of a much larger strategy to deal with all the material the well is spewing.

  4. bloodfiredeath May 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    it is pretty awesome that someone is actually doing something about this. funny it has to be a movie star and not a genius like joel4039, where’s your giant vacuum?

  5. perfectcirclecarpenter May 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    It’s pretty awesome that someone stood up and said lets stop talking about it and do something!

  6. joel4039 May 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Sorry, this technology isn’t new or revolutionary. What he has is an annular centrifugal contactor.

    I a few days practice one can likely separate any two liquids…

  7. Sheldon May 20, 2010 at 11:23 am

    …done in exactly the same way that a Dyson vacuum works (higher density material kept to the outside of a spinning vortex allowing lower density material to be removed from the centre – be that air from dirt or oil from water).

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