The award-winning Hollywood star and environmental activists Kevin Costner debuted Friday in his integral and very critical role as a Gulf oil-spill fighter. Costner, lead actor of the film “Waterworld” and “Dances with Wolves”, has been trying to employ the technology designed by his company for the 17 years. Costner stated that he has invested more than $20 million of his personal savings in the research and development of the machine.
Costner showed up this past week in Port Fourchon, Louisiana to participate in the battle to clean up the devastating oils pills in the gulf. Ocean Therapy Solutions, co-founded by Costner, inked a contract with BP to provide 32 units that is expected to work in the next 60 days.
The oil sucking “dream” machine, the V20, has the capability of separating 210,000 gallons of grimy oily water a day. BP began deploying 32 V2o machines in the Gulf and hoping that these devices will provide positive results to end the miserable ocean tragedy.
“At its core, my dream, this machine, was designed … to give us a fighting chance to fight back the oil that’s got us by the throat.” “When you are in a fight, anybody knows you go to confront it right where it is. You don’t wait for it to come to your door” the actor said.
The technology was designed and developed by a researcher at the Idaho National Laboratory by scientist David Meikrantz 20 years ago. The original purpose of the machine was to separate the nuclear materials into their component parts.