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Costner's Oil Spill Weapon To Get First Open Water Test

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Looks like Kevin Costner’s investment in oil-cleaning technology is on the verge of paying off nicely.

BP recently approved open water testing of the actor’s centrifuges — capable of separating 97% of oil from water at a rate of nearly 2,000 barrels a day per machine. After several delays, BP is expected to test six of the massive devices in open water later this week. If successful, their implementation could mean big things for the Costner’s company, Ocean Therapy Solutions. He said some 26 units are ready to be deployed, should the tests prove successful. From the LA Times,

Details of any contractual relationship with BP were not disclosed. Asked if the actor would charge for use of the machines, Pat Smith, a spokesman for Costner, said, “We don’t know yet. We haven’t had that discussion yet. This is only a test trial.”

We should no more by the end of the week on Costner’s tech. With all the failings BP is having in capping the well, it would be great to have some good news, however small, that something is working.

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