Kevin Costner recently appeared before a House Energy and Environment subcommittee in congress and presented a plan where his ‘Centrifuge Technology’ could clean up oil spills. According to the actor and the COO of his company, Ocean Therapy Solutions, the machines they have developed can separate about 97% to 99% of the oil from water. They also state that the oil that is recovered can be commercially reused. If this is, in fact, true, why haven’t these machines been employed in the Gulf to clean up the spill?

A recent article also states:

“I come before you as a discouraged U.S. citizen and an entrepreneur with a partial solution to the tragedy unfolding in the Gulf,” said Costner. “It was hard for me to fathom how we could engineer nuclear power and put a man on the moon but somehow not muster the technology to clean up an oil disaster of our own making.”

We’ve legislated life preservers. We’ve legislated fire extinguishers. We’ve legislated lifeboats and first aid kits,” Costner told congress as he implored the committee for stronger safety standards by oil companies. β€œIt seems logical that as long as the oil industry profits from the sea, they have the legal obligation to protect it. One of these machines should be on every ship transporting oil, they should be on every derrick, they should be in every harbor.”

BP has finally decided to use 32 of the machines to start clean up efforts in the gulf and hopefully will be able to remove millions of gallons of spilled crude.If the machines actually work, we would need to thank the actor for his visionary solution to put his own money in an effort to clean up oil spills.

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