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Kevin Costner has just donated six of his Ocean Therapy machines for testing in The Gulf.

The Army Corps of Engineers has given the Ocean Therapy machine a "thumbs up," and BP has agreed to test the machines which can be duplicated.

Costner's $24 million centrifuge machine has a Los Angeles-perfect name, "Ocean Therapy."

Placed on a barge, it sucks in oily water, separates out the oil and spits back clean water.

Costner started paying a team of scientists to develop a solution for oil spills after the Exxon Valdez disaster.  

Costner's has 300 machines in various sizes, with the largest able to clean water at a rate of 200 gallons a minute This appears to be an erroneous factoid from original source.  All the other sources mention the 200,000 figure; however, that is still peanuts when we are talking about The Gulf.  I am assuming that much larger machines could be built?  

The machine/s have a $24 million dollar price tag.

Who knew?  The idea makes as much sense as anything else out there.  Why it took so long to get this approved tells us a lot about the glacial pace of BP and the Administration's effort on this emergency.

Thanks to boneguy for posting this video yesterday.  

I have been feeling that the situation is virtually hopeless, so it is good to see that there are people out there with more than ideas.

Apparently this idea has been around for quite a while but give Costner the credit he deserves for sinking millions into developing the machine.

Costner has been demonstrating this machine in South Louisiana.

Costner and his business partners at Ocean Therapy Solutions have been giving demonstrations of the device in the South Louisiana area. Costner describes the machine as "robust. Works at the speed that someone talked about, 200,000 gallons a minute. But it takes 99 percent of the oil."

Apparently, it took local parish presidents to get the Federal government to look seriously at this machine.  

CBS affiliate reported:

"The machines are basically sophisticated centrifuge devices that can handle a huge volume of water and separate at unprecedented rates," Ocean Therapy Solutions CEO John Houghtaling told WWL

New Video:

Industrial machines look like this.  

Note: I am making no claims for this machine.  I have no idea if it can even help; however, why would the Corps agree to testing?  Out of desperation?

Originally posted to BlueDragon on Wed May 19, 2010 at 03:46 PM PDT.

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