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.
Costner’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.