Could Kevin Costner’s Oil Spill Centrifuge Help The Gulf?

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Ironically, the star of Waterworld (which I like…by the way) might be just the guy to help save the water in the Gulf of Mexico.

Check out the nifty gadget he and his brother has been funding the development of (to the tune of $15M) for the past 15 years. Apparently, it can remove between 99 and 97 percent of the oil from the water.

So the demonstration is obviously on a very small scale, but the larger versions can collect 3,000 gallons of oil a day…and there are 31 machines available. So you’re looking at 93K gallons of oil being pulled out of the Gulf by these machines per day, and that’s significant.

And here’s the thing…apparently BP thinks so. Because they’re going to use the devices to help with the cleanup.

More as it develops…

  • Chris

    that’s because BP isn’t interested so much in stopping the leak, as they are in collecting all the oil they can out of the well.