Kevin Costner Wants to Save Us From the Gulf Oil Leak
The actor has a few tricks up his sleeve.
-Kathryn H. Cusimano
So there’s a massive oil leak clogging up the Gulf of Mexico and threatening to enter the Gulf Stream. Who do you call to help? Kevin Costner, of course!
Costner has spent years working with a team of scientists to develop a machine to remedy such situations. He was apparently inspired (so to speak) by the Exxon-Valdez spill in 1989, and began investing in the development of this product while working on the 1995 “classic” film Waterworld.
“It’s like a big vacuum cleaner,” John Houghtaling, Costner’s business partner, said of the $24 million “Ocean Therapy” machine. The machine takes in the contaminated ocean water, separates the water and oil and returns the cleaned water to the ocean. But there isn’t just one – there are 300 Ocean Therapy machines, and the largest can apparently clean up to 200 gallons of water per minute.
“I’m just really happy that the light of day has come to this,” Costner said. “It’s prepared to go out and solve problems, not talk about them.”
Let’s hope so! No one else has been able to figure out how to stop this disaster yet – why not let an actor give it a shot? (NY Daily News)