Kevin Costner dances with oil spills

Posted by Starr Keshet

Kevin Costner may be too old to dance with the wolves, but he is apparently young enough to help clean up a disastrous oil spill off the Louisiana coast.

According to the NY Daily News, the aging Hollywood star has managed to convince British Petroleum (BP) to test his oil-cleaning device in the badly polluted Gulf waters - where thousands of gallons of oil are gushing into the sea from a badly damaged BP rig.

Kevin Costner dances with oil spillsCostner's high-speed centrifuge machine - which is dubbed "Ocean Therapy" - operates on a barge by sucking in large quantities of polluted water, separating the oil and expelling 97% clean water.

"It's like a big vacuum cleaner," Costner's business partner, Louisiana trial lawyer John Houghtaling told the NY Daily News.

"The machines are basically sophisticated centrifuge devices that can handle a huge volume of water."

Costner reportedly has 300 of his Ocean Therapy machines available in various sizes. 

The largest, weighing 21/2 tons, is capable of cleaning water at a rate of 200 gallons a minute - faster than the BP well is leaking.