NEW ORLEANS —
Actor Kevin Costner was in New Orleans on Thursday with a machine that extracts oil from water, New Orleans TV station WDSU reported.
He said he’s ready to go to work to help clean up the Gulf oil spill.
The world-famous actor and environmental activist said he’s not here to talk the talk. He’s here to walk the walk.
"We moved this through a technology that we know works, and it’s prepared to go out and solve problems, not talk about them," Costner said.
At a demonstration surrounded by local parish leaders, Costner and his business partners displayed their oil extractor device for the local media.
The machine works on the principle of centrifugal force. In this case, diesel fuel and water enter the machine together and are jettisoned separately, with water on one side and diesel on the other. The machine will clean the water up to 97 percent, officials with Ocean Therapy Solutions said.
"We’re working on the technology now that will get us the other 3 percent so that you can actually drink out of the machine," OTS official John Houghtaling II said.
"I just am really happy that this has come to the light of day," Costner said. "I’m very sad about why it is, but this is why it was developed, and like anything that we all face as a group, we face it together."
Local parish leaders were excited.
"We will be pushing for this to at least get a demonstration out in the open water to put this to a test," St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro said. "If it shows what it shows here on land, then we may have found ourselves another tool for the tool box."
"With these odds and percentages, it only makes sense," Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nunguesser said. "Let’s give it a try."
The company offers five different machines that work from 5 gallons a minute to 200 gallons a minute.
Fifteen years ago, Costner funded a group of scientists headed by his brother to develop such a device. Local partners have been organized to deploy the machine for BP.
POSTED: 9:20 am CDT May 14, 2010 UPDATED: 3:50 pm CDT May 14, 2010