Two great oil spill solutions

Kevin Costner may be a Hollywood actor, but he’s also helped develop technology that may end up helping to clean up the oil spill resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil leak:

BP has purchased 32 of Costner’s machines according to Costner who was interviewed by Sam Champion on Good Morning America on June 14.

Costner’s device has been 15 years in the making and he has spent $20 million of his own money to develop it. Supposedly, it can separate 99% of oil from water and recycle nearly 2,000 barrels per day.

Costner told Sam Champion that after watching the Exxon Valdez crisis unfold in 1989 he was so impacted that he set out to do something about it.

Here’s some video of Costner testifying before Congress about his centrifuge technology:

If Kevin Costner’s centrifuge device can really remove 99% of oil from contaminated water, it would obviously be a great thing to implement on a very large scale in the Gulf of Mexico, and hopefully it will become a standard part of any response to oil spills in the future.

And speaking of great solutions to the Gulf oil spill,Moneterey Mills, a textiles company in Janesville, has a great solution to soak up some of that oil that’s polluting the Gulf:

This is another great solution, and hopefully the folks at BP are paying attention.


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2 thoughts on “Two great oil spill solutions

  1. As crazy as it sounds, one of the reasons the oil companies have given for why they haven’t purchased/used this before is that in it’s 99% effective rate, they were convinced the government wouldn’t approve of it since they still spit out oil back into the water and would be considered polluting.

    1. LOL

      For some reason, I can see the government saying something like that, though I’d hope someone somewhere would have enough common sense to recognize that removing 99% of the oil from contaminated water is still a vast improvement over the alternative.

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