Thursday, May 20, 2010


Photo from AOL/WDUS-TV

It is always encouraging but sometime rare to hear where a celebrity really tries to make a difference in the world without shamelessly self-promoting themselves, but Kevin Costner may prove to be exception.

Actor Kevin Costner is best know for his performance in "Dances With Wolves" and one of the most expensive box office bombs of all times "Waterworld", but now he is in the news
for his $24 million dollar investment in purchasing centrifugal oil separators from the government and developing them for use in the private sector.  BP has approved testing six of the machine for the current spill in the gulf. 

The article at AOL reports that Kostner is an avid fisherman and became interested in the technology after the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.   If you have ever seen "Waterworld" there is a picture of the captain of the ill fated Exxon Valdez, Joseph Hazelwood, in one of the scenes and the nemesis ship is the Valdez.

It further quotes one of his business partners for the venture, Ocean Therapy Solutions ""He didn't get investors. He did it all himself,"  and "His single purpose was that if there was ever going to be another massive oil spill, this machine was going to be able to separate the oil from the water."

For the sake of the environment, I certainly hope it is a success.

To read the complete article, click here.

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