Kevin Costner’s Oil Clean up Machine Provides Hope for the Gulf

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Could Kevin Costner Save the Gulf?

Kevin Costner, he of liberal Hollywood elite status, may be riding to the rescue of the deliberately careless drilling in the Gulf that lead to Deepwater Horizon’s tragic oil spill. Costner co-founded Ocean Therapy Solutions, which is now partnering with BP to deploy the machine that separates oil from water, known as CINC, in the Gulf. CINC uses centrifuge technology to clean up oil spills.

Costner testified about the device before a House Committee on Science and Technology Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Costner, another “Hollywood environmental greenie wacko” (thank you drill baby drill peeps, your self-serving opinions are perhaps best left to the sidelines for now), testifying before the House about a seeming Water Worldesque machine is tempting fodder for Field of Dream jokes, but BP has ordered 32 of Costner’s machines.

According to the Ocean Therapy Solutions’

Website, OTS’s Liquid-Liquid Centrifugal Separators spins two fluids of different densities within a rotating container so that the lighter fluid is forced toward the center of the rotor.

The House on Science and Technology provided Costner’s testimony:

Costner testified:

“Our separator was designed for use in oil and chemical spill cleanup, oil production, remediation, nuclear waste and environmental cleanup, or any application that requires the separation of two liquids with a variety of viscosities…. CINC does not use chemical or biologic agents in its cleanup process. And separation is excellent: both oil and water outputs are greater than 99% pure, as opposed to skimming, which at best is 20% oil, 80% water and has additional storage and onshore treatment concerns….”

Costner noted, “If CINC is deployed in the Gulf it will surely encounter new mixtures, emulsifications and viscosities, which will require engineering attention and fine-tuning. These challenges can and will be met.” Costner likened the CINC machines to fire extinguishers for the oil industry, to be kept close at hand wherever oil and water have the opportunity to come into contact.

Costner continued, “Our President has made clear that he does not want to put Americans out of work, but the moratorium on oil drilling is now moving supply rigs overseas to foreign territories. Our President’s main concern, as I understand it, is to keep Americans out of harm’s way, by not allowing them to work in unsafe environments. CINC machines stand ready to be deployed for immediate clean up, but they also provide the unintended benefit of putting people back to work.”

It’s troubling to note from Costner’s testimony that he has been trying to get various governmental agencies to meet with his company since 1994, putting in particular personal effort in 2001 to meet with heads of the EPA and Dept of Transportation. He even hosted successful demonstrations of the equipment in April of 2001 for J. Lisle Reid, Regional Director of the Mineral Management Service.

Costner takes pains to point out that the government agencies should not be singled out:

“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.”

Costner’s company is moving toward leasing 16 more CINC machines to Plaquemines Parish officials directly. “They say if BP won’t pay for that, they may sell the oil local officials pull from the water and fund the machines that way.”

In other words, Costner may soon be in the business of selling oil to fund environmental cleanup. Somehow this just feels right. At a time when despair is the prevailing emotion regarding the devastation in the Gulf, Costner’s closing statement was a deeply moving commitment to a positive environmental legacy for the Gulf. Let’s all cross our fingers and hope for a miracle from the most unlikely of sources.

9 Replies to “Kevin Costner’s Oil Clean up Machine Provides Hope for the Gulf”

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  2. Kevin Costner and James Cameron, like many others, are trying to make a difference in this situation. Dr. Riki Ott has been on location since the spill explaining how toxic the crude oil is. Why isn’t BP or President Obama recognizing their efforts?

    The crude oil is toxic!! Workers cleaning the oily Gulf beaches need to know the danger. Don’t become BP’s Collateral Damaged, like Exxon’s Collateral Damaged.

    My name is Merle Savage, a female general foreman during the Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS) beach cleanup in 1989. I am one of the 11,000+ cleanup workers from the Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS), who is suffering from health issues from that toxic cleanup, without compensation from Exxon.

    Dr. Riki Ott visited me in 2007 to explain about the toxic spraying on the beaches. She also informed me that Exxon’s medical records and the reports that surfaced in litigation by sick workers in 1994, had been sealed from the public, making it impossible to hold Exxon responsible for their actions.

    Exxon developed the toxic spraying; OSHA, the Coast Guard, and the state of Alaska authorized the procedure. Beach crews breathed in crude oil that splashed off the rocks and into the air — the toxic exposure turned into chronic breathing conditions and central nervous system problems, neurological impairment, chronic respiratory disease, leukemia, lymphoma, brain tumors, liver damage, and blood disease.

    My web site is devoted to searching for EVOS cleanup workers who were exposed to the toxic spraying, and are suffering from the same illnesses that I have. There is an on going Longshoreman’s claim for workers with medical problems from the oil cleanup. Our summer employment turned into a death sentence for many — and a life of unending medical conditions for the rest of Exxon’s Collateral Damaged.

  3. He saved Water World, he gave hope to the Post-apocalyptic America dressed as a postman, now in the real world Kevin is save the earth once again you go Kevin

  4. This is for ‘erle so sorry for all youmve been through. I guess when certain people shreik about how we need to take advantage of our natural resources they mean people.


    let’s be honest.. the only reason why Costner was moved to the top of the list was because of his fame and money.

    Many more companies will be reviewed by BP.
    EVTN will rise to the top.
    The Gulf is a large place and Costner has a slow machine.

    See Article: Compares EVTN to Costner’s machine

    EVTN has been contacted by BP to be reviewed.

    As of December 31, 2009, EVTN has completed multiple projects with their Voraxial Separators, including units to Transocean, ConocoPhillips, Repsol, OMV, Uranium One, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the United States Navy and Cameco.

    Take a look at web site: ….I PROMISE… you will be impressed on what you see.

  6. There is currently a rumor – unsubstantiated but being investigated by @Greendig. I’m putting it here (from Crooks and Liars) .. and frankly it scares me even more than the Oil spill itself:

    I am earnestly attempting to confirm what I was told, and I will be tweeting about my findings on @greendig. If true, it would explain WHY the government won’t let even the New York Times fly over the original site of Deepwater Horizon. And it would also explain why Obama has done a 180 on his policy of government transparency, risking his entire political career by deceiving the American people.

    And from C&L: Now Karl is a pretty level-headed blogger. He doesn’t routinely don a tinfoil hat and start writing about undisclosed text messages that appear to be harbingers of doom, or worse. So I’m inclined to take him seriously, and am watching to see if he receives confirmation of what he suspects.

    All I can say is this: I hope whatever it is that has him so concerned isn’t related to that munitions dump due west of the Deepwater Horizon. Because it would explain a lot, if it does.

  7. With all the damage to the environment and impending eco disaster (much large than already) maybe it’s time to use bio remediation and eat the oil – result no oil with byproduct of Oxygen and CO2, no more oil and bug dies .

  8. @lmw264, No qualms there. Costner definitely got some attention due to his fame. His technology works pretty well though. I’ve used it in nuclear waste, pharma, and waste management applications and they produce decent results. Hope EVTN will get a shot at the contract. Wouldn’t hurt for the oil companies to use each of the technologies to do a side by side comparison.

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