Posted by | May 15, 2010 15:55 | Filed under: Top Stories

By The River Wanders

When Kevin Costner isn’t busy making movies or fronting his band Modern West, he’s spending $26 million of his own money developing technology designed to save the ocean from oil pollution. No joke.

This isn’t a venture he started last month; Costner has been working on a way to clean up oil spills for over 15 years.  Appalled by the Exxon Valdez disaster, he and his brother Dan invested in a company – Ocean Therapy Solutions – which has created a patented technology to clean up oil slicks. Costner brought a small prototype of the machine to Louisiana and showcased its ability to vacuum and separate crude-laden water into essentially 97-99% clean water in one tank, oil in another.

Barges can deploy 31 of the full-sized centrifuges into the Gulf of Mexico to begin removing British Petroleum’s oil from the water before it hits delicate shorelines.  Theoretically, that is.  Inventor Wayne Bennett is waiting for BP approval but as of Friday, no one from BP had returned Bennett’s numerous phone calls.  Local officials are eager to test Costner’s technology as oil from the uncapped Deepwater Horizon well drifts closer every day.

What could possibly be so important that BP officials don’t have time to return phone calls about remediation technology that’s obviously worth consideration? Managing the flow of information and public relations, perhaps. BP should be containing the unchecked flow of oil before it works on its corporate image.

All at last returns to the sea – to Oceanus, the ocean river, like the ever-flowing streams of time, the beginning and the end ~ Rachel Carson

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By: TheRiverWanders

Independent parent, aspiring author and generally good egg with an occasional foul temper whose deepest curiosities lie in psychology, law, government, history, equal rights, animal rights and child development. Progressive. Allergic to stupid.