Costner to BP: If You Pay Up, I Will Clean Up

Actor's set to deploy centrifugal separators, hasn't seen a check yet
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Guvner
Posted Jun 13, 2010 7:38 AM CDT
Costner to BP: If You Pay Up, I Will Clean Up
Kevin Costner is all set to deploy his giant oil vacuums to the Gulf, says the actor. But he has yet to see a check from BP.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Kevin Costner's ready to send his oil-vacuuming version of the cavalry to the Gulf, but he wants BP to show him the money first, reports the LA Times. BP has said it wants to buy 32 of Costner's centrifugal oil-and-water separators—which float on the ocean, sucking up oily water and separating it into pure oil and 99%-pure water—but has yet to actually buy them, according to the actor.

“Kevin has spent 15 years and $24 million of his own money on this technology, and we have spent over $1 million more on adjusting the machines and preparing them for testing,” says Costner’s business partner at Ocean Therapy Solutions. “We haven’t gotten a check yet from BP. The sooner it comes, the sooner we can act.”
(More Kevin Costner stories.)

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