One of the weirdest parts of the BP oil spill is the work that actor Kevin Costner is doing to help clean up the spill. Except that it's really not that weird at all. We just weren't that aware of the work Costner has been doing on oil cleanup work with his Costner Industries company and Ocean Therapy Solutions since his interest was piqued after the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. After all this time developing and promiting his oil separation devices, OTS now has some good news to report: BP is "excited" about the potential for Costner's centrifuges to help get some of BP's mess out of the Gulf water. The excitement was realized with BP's order of 32 of the machines, some of which can clean 200 gallons a minute and extract 2,000 barrels of oil per day.
According to OTS and ABC News, Costner spent $20 million of his own money to develop the separators which apparently leave the "water 99 percent clean of crude." Seems like a better idea than buying a million Priuses a day.

There a video of Costner talking about the device after the jump.

[Source: ABC News]

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