Kevin Costner: Hero of the Gulf Oil Spill

Kevin Costner is proving to be the man of the hour, with his oil-water separator, a video of which is at this link.

He didn’t blow his fortune on drugs or strippers. He’s not some frivolous hobbyist like Bill Gates, pouring billions into an attempt to achieve racial alchemy Instead, Costner bought the patent to an oil-water separator and started a company based on it. Now BP is purchasing 32 of the machines from him.

This is an example of a real hero, not some “shootemup” movie tard. Being the man of the hour — fulfilling the need of the world at the moment it needs it, that is what to strive for.


  1. If that oil was clogging up your own gills, you would be eager to find a solution, too. Thank goodness the villainous leader of the Smokers is no longer here to thwart his heroic plans (Dennis Hopper, PBUH).

    Water World and The Postman were great movies, movies with themes that have been almost entirely removed from contemporary movies. Costner is a true Renaissance Man.

  2. The thing does work. If it didn’t, the world would say so. It separates oil/water from 200,000 gallons a day of the oil/water mixture. That’s a drop in the bucket, of course, but they will probably deploy them along the coastline to try and protect it.

    I hope Costner gets filthy rich and finds another killer app/green tech thing. I’m working on the killer app for growing vegetables. I am constantly innovating. I just recently tried transplanting beet seedlings. It may fail, but if it does, that’s fine. i’ll try something different. But if beets can be started in pots and transplanted, that will prove very useful.

  3. Centrifuges are power-hungry, and the chem-engineering principles have been worked out for a hundred years. It’s good that they will use this, but cheaper better and more econ separators are available. In particular, variants of membrane separators are better. But again, it shows at least some adaptability and response by the people in charge of the spill response, a good thing.


  4. From what I’ve read, they are using membrane type oil/water separators in the gulf. I doubt the power requirements are much different between the membrane and the centrifuge type. Most membrane types I’ve seen advertised use two pumps.

    The membrane types would do more than separate oil/water, and would catch & sort other things in their traps not all of which would necessarily be harmful.(salts, minerals, driftwood, etc.)

    I don’t know what to believe about the volume claims—if true the centrifuges could handle much larger volumes.

    I’m a skeptic—and will any of this really make a dent in so huge a spill?

  5. I recently learned that Kostner has like 8 kids. That definitely caused me to reframe a bit.

    Postman is a good movie. You can tell by all the shit non-gentiles spew at it.

  6. Water World and The Postman were great movies, movies with themes that have been almost entirely removed from contemporary movies. Costner is a true Renaissance Man.

    You’re outta your damn mind.

    The hero of the Postman is Ford Lincoln Mercury! The idea was good but the execution was bad.

  7. Re planting beets in pots. You can easily start virtually anything in pots if those pots are made of plantable material, such as coir or pressed peat. I recommend coir, as peat is non-renewable. Starting anything in those tiny little squares is a pain. When you try to transplant them into the garden, you lose a certain amount because of this difficulty.

    Not everything was meant to be started indoors, certainly not beets. Beets germinate fast in the garden prior to stable warm weather, and the only purpose of indoor germination is for long-season vegetables to get an early start so that they’ll ripen before frost. I personally can’t see the benefit of starting beets, radishes or carrots indoors then transplanting. I am curious as to how indoor starting of beets might be useful.

  8. I posted this on another site earlier – but thoughts are still as strong…

    I think Costner received attention first because of his status as a public figure. Whether a movie star, politician or someone recognizable for frequently being in the news – that person draws the most energy – the press loves it because celebrity attracts viewers and he did. Enviro Voraxial Technology is also up for the very same testing and possible purchase by BP.

    According to their website ( )the figures show the voraxial separator is faster, lighter, scalable and the cleaned, to EPA standards, water can be returned back into the ocean. The separator has been used by the Navy and the State of Alaska etc. with success – some of their letters here–

    There is room and a need for all the help the gulf waters can use. Congratulations to Kevin Costner for speaking at capital hill and for giving the cleanup process a momentum boost. He’s paved the way for advanced but lesser known technologies.

  9. I am with everyone who says the gulf should be
    cleaned up with every possible way. It is difficult
    to watch the struggling wildlive and they dont know
    what is happening to them.

    The centriguge type machines are probably the best
    solution to this situation. As an example CNBC feature
    a company that was already mentioned on this thread.

    The EVTN segment of this show may be seen by clicking on the following link:

  10. Reply to Tom Watson:

    Centrifuges have to spin up the entire volume of water& oil. If there only is only, say, one part in 100, then it is spinning up a large 100 g mass to get only 1 gram of the goodie. Thus, 1% of the energy is charged against the value of the goodie, and 99% is charged to the water. It didn’t appear to me that the Cosner invention had any energy recovery for the discharged water.

    Like I say, a centrifuge is an energy hog and there are better solutions. Nevertheless, for situations where you have maybe 10% by weight oil, fine & dandy. I repeat my former comment — let many ideas contend, even ones that maybe arent all that perfect.

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