NEW ORLEANS, LA (WWL-TV) - A longtime Hollywood star is now in the New Orleans Metro area and in the business of cleaning up oil.
Motivated by the Exxon-Valdez oil spill, Kevin Costner began assembling a team of scientists to construct a machine that could clean up massive spills. A decade and a half later, that technology might now be put to use off the coast of Louisiana.
A massive oil slick creeping to the coast, vulnerable Louisiana wildlife just miles from its path, and Kevin Costner mingling on the lakefront. These are unusual times, and the Hollywood star is introducing his unusual machine -- one designed to separate oil from water.
"It's not anymore about talk," said Costner. "It's about doing the walk, and that phrase was probably invented down here."
With a tub of oil at his side, Costner unveiled what he's been financing for the last 15 years.
"It's like a ... big vacuum cleaner and it brings the water up and oil up and it will actually separate the oil and separate the water," said John Houghtaling, Costner's business partner.
Houghtaling said the biggest machines can handle 200 gallons per minute. That's more than 50 gallons faster than what the leaking oil well is spewing out each day.
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