You can’t turn on your computer or television these days without hearing some mention of Kevin Costner’s oil filtration dream machine – a sorely-needed $24 million centrifuge system that is capable of removing oil from 200 gallons of tainted ocean water every minute (the equivalent of 288,000 gallons daily per device), yielding a final product that is restored to a purportedly 99.9% pure state.
This little engine that could has endured many bureaucratic hurdles throughout the weeks and now finally all systems are a go for the repurposed Ella G – a T-Rex oil skimmer (now referred to as a ‘vessel of opportunity’) that is capable of removing oil from water levels of up to 10 feet deep thanks to the turbo-power of its four new onboard centrifuge devices.
The BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, a monumentally ongoing oil spill that has been playing out in the Gulf of Mexico since April 20th, is responsible for tainting the ocean with a vast amount of oil. According to PBS, current estimates of exactly how much has been spilled in the past 2 ½ months hover around the 86,585,800 gallon ballpark, with the daily figure at between 1,470,000 – 4,200,000 gallons per day (depending on who you ask: the Department of Energy, BP or experts).
Any oil removed from sea water courtesy of Costner’s device will be funneled into storage tanks located on a bright yellow skimmer craft floating right next to the Ella G, with the remaining successfully filtered water deposited right back into the ocean.
At the present time, BP’s chief operating officer claims that the company is skimming 28+ million gallons of tainted water via 560 skimmers, with plans to bump that figure up to nearly 1,000 by the end of July.
It’s pretty safe to say that Costner has officially achieved his white horse moment, wouldn’t you agree? Let’s all cross our fingers that his gizmo has the power to reverse the hands of time…even just a little bit.