Kevin Costner sells 32 oil spill machines to BP to recycle 6 million gallons of water a day
Wednesday,Kevin Costner presented his oil spill solution to Congress and demonstrated his machine that recycles and separates oil from water with a 99.9% success rate. Actor, Kevin Costner said that he was inspired by the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in 1989 to come up with an idea that would safely separate oil from water , and over the years he has spent over $20 million on the machine and the patent for it.
“There's been some question as to why I'm here,” Costner told the House Energy and Environment subcommittee on Wednesday. “I want to assure everyone here it's not because I heard a voice in a cornfield,” Costner said joking about the Field of Dreams movie he made several years ago.
Costner said that over the years he has had a difficult time getting any interest in buying the machines. He said he performed for the Coast Guard, private companies, and the government, but no one was interested.
“My enthusiasm for the machine was met with apathy,” said Costner.
But in May, BP asked for 6 of Costner’s machines to be flown to the Gulf to be tested. And now BP has ordered 32 of the machines because they have an almost 100% success rate in separating oil from ocean water. The machines, marketed by Ocean Therapy Solutions take in the oily water and recycle the water. 32 machines will process about 6 million gallons of water each day.
Costner said “that as long as the oil industry profits from the sea, they have an obligation to protect it.” He went on to say that the cleaning devices “should be on every ship transporting oil, they should be on every derrick, they should be in every harbor.”
“There's33 platforms that are shut down,” said Costner. “We can put Americans back to work and bring into the 21st century the technology of oil spill recovery.”