Thursday, June 10, 2010

Kevin Costner sells 32 oil spill machines to BP to recycle 6 million gallons of water a day

DickD Comment:

Kevin Costner and his brother Dan should be recognized for their out-of-the-box thinking to tackle environmental technology processes that others don't or won't see. It seems the centrifuge technology process works for the Gulf Oil Spill as the Costners said it would. Their process application for fly wheel technology has also been ignored and is worth following in the future.

Even though The Dunbar Resort on Deadwood Hill has not been developed to completion, the Costners pioneered a successful old growth tree transplant process. Their process transplanted over 2,000 old growth ponderosa pine, clump and single bitch, and clump oak trees on the Dunbar Resort land. The main stream press is not interested in these lesser known Costner achievements.

The Costner railroad vision of a train connection from Rapid City to Dunbar Resort and Deadwood was a good economic development idea. The Black Hills flourished in the 125 years of railroad historical contribution. The Costner railroad was stopped by a few owners of the abandoned right of way. Deadwood suffers from the lack of convenient parking space. A railroad connection would have helped with this parking limitation.

The US is beginning to realize that railroads are extremely energy efficient to move goods. Also train rides like the Black Hills Central Railroad~1880 Train in Hill City are a popular reconnection to the nostalgic railroads of the past. The Costner railroad would have added real world transportation connections to destination attractions.

Kevin Costner talks with Dr. Nancy Kinner, from the
Costal Response Research Center on Wednesday

June 10, 10:48 AMSalt Lake City Headlines ExaminerMarci Stone

Wednesday, Kevin Costner presented his oil spill solution to Congress and demonstrated his machine that separates oil from water with a 99.9% success rate. Actor, Kevin Costner said that he was inspired by the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in 1989 to come up with an idea that would safely separate oil from water, and over the years he has spent $20 million on the machine and the patent for it.
“There's been some question as to why I'm here,” Costner told the House Energy and Environment subcommittee on Wednesday. “I want to assure everyone here it's not because I heard a voice in a cornfield,” Costner said joking about the Field of Dreams movie he made several years ago.
Costner said that over the years he has had a difficult time getting any interest in buying the machines. He said he performed for the Coast Guard, private companies, and the government, but no was interested.
“My enthusiasm for the machine was met with apathy,” said Costner.
But in May, BP asked for 6 of Costner's machines to be flown to the Gulf to be tested. And now BP has ordered 32 more of the machines because they have an almost 100% success rate in separating oil from ocean water. The machines, marketed by Ocean Therapy Solutions suck up the oily water and recycle the water. 32 machines will process about 6 million gallons of water each day.
Costner said “that as long as the oil industry profits from the sea, they have an obligation to protect it.” He went on to say that the cleaning devices “should be on every ship transporting oil, they should be on every derrick, they should be in every harbor.”
“There's 33 platforms that are shut down,” said Costner. “We can put Americans back to work and bring into the 21st century the technology of oil spill recovery.”


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