Kevin Costner’s ‘Ocean Therapy’ machines tackle Gulf spill

24 May 2010
Kevin Costner has given millions of dollars to research into cleaning oceans after oil spills.

Kevin Costner has given millions of dollars to research into cleaning oceans after oil spills.

Machines designed to clean oceans after oil spills are to be tried out by BP in the Gulf of Mexico this week.

The Ocean Therapy machines suck up oil and water from the ocean, separate them by centrifugal force, and then return the clean water to the ocean.

They were designed and financed by movie star Kevin Costner’s partners in Louisiana-based Ocean Therapy Solutions (OTS).

Ever since the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Costner has been concerned with keeping oceans clean.

Costner and OTS are reported to have more than 300 Ocean Therapy machines of various sizes. The largest can clean up to 200 gallons per minute.

Around 30 units have been readied for the Deepwater Horizon clean-up.

Costner is also believed to have teamed up with John Houghtaling, a New Orleans trial lawyer and chief executive of OTS, to finance a documentary about the clean-up operation and to ensure oil companies such as BP are fully held to account for the disaster.

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