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Costner's Oil Machines To Start Sucking This Weekend

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It’s game time for Kevin Costner’s centrifuges.

After more than 58 days of discussions, testing, tweaking, and other red tape nightmares, three of the actor’s Ocean Therapy devices were loaded onto a barge today. As soon as tomorrow, they’ll be put to work in the Gulf, separating oil from water at the rate of some 600,000 gallons/day.

At a Senate hearing Thursday, Costner said that he envisions his devices being used as a first line of defense — and stationed in “key harbors, bays, ports, oil transport and shipping boats, and on oil rigs – in other terms, anywhere where oil can come into contact with water – oceans, lakes and rivers.”

He also lamented the indifference given his technology by Big Oil saying, “Between 1994 and 2004 we contacted every major oil company in the US in an attempt to gain their awareness and support for a technology that could both protect them and the environment in the event of a spill. The most apt word to characterize these interactions was apathy.”

Needless to say, he’s got their attention now. BP hopes to have 29 additional centrifuges from Costner’s company in place and in action by August 1st.

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