ongoing leak of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico has reached epic
proportions and shows no
signs of stopping. All attempts to stop the leak of crude oil
into the Gulf have failed
thus far leaving the only option for the time being to clean the
oil from the waters of the Gulf as quickly as possible.Actor
Kevin Costner came forward not long ago with a machine that his
company -- Ocean Therapy Solutions (OTS) - has developed with bold
claims that the machine could clean up the massive and ever
increasing oil spill floating in the Gulf. The machine is a high-tech
centrifuge that is offered in several different sizes with the
largest of the machines capable of cleaning crude oil from water at a
rate of hundreds of gallons per minute. The centrifuge promises to
leave the water 99% clean of crude oil.BP is reaching for any
lifeline to help stop the growing catastrophe and reportedly took one
of the machines to test. The initial test failed due to dispersal
agents added to the crude oil transforming it into a peanut butter
consistency that the machines could not work with. OTS adjusted the
machines to work with the thickened consistency and they now
reportedly work as described.BP COO Doug Suttles said, "We
were confident the technology would work but we needed to test it at
the extremes. We've done that and are excited by the results. We are
very pleased with the results and today we have placed a significant
order with OTS and will be working with them to rapidly manufacture
and deploy 32 of their machines."Costner says that over
the last 15 years he has invested $20 million of his own money into
the company to develop the centrifuge machines. Costner says that he
was inspired to start the development of the machines after the Exxon
Valdez hit a reef in Alaska in 1989 dumping 11 million gallons of
crude into Prince William Sound. ABC
that depending on the water to oil ratio the centrifuge machines can
extract as much as 2,000 barrels of oil per day from the gulf.OTS
CEO John Houghtaling said, "The machines are basically
sophisticated centrifuge devices that can handle a huge volume of
water and separate at unprecedented rates. They were developed from
older centrifuge technology. Normal centrifuge machines are very slow
and sensitive to different ratios of oil to water mixtures at
intake."Costner acknowledged that BP has ordered
32 of the oil separating machines. He also claims that that
number of machines could mitigate much of the damage done in the
waters of the gulf.He said, "It's not too late … That
oil's going to keep coming towards those people. That well has not
stopped. So we have to be out at the source, sucking it up … I
mean, we have to treat it a little bit like war. We mustered
logistically everything we had to get the beaches of Normandy. We
have to muster everything we can to keep it from hitting our
quote: I wish oil companies and agencies had listened to him and bought these years ago.
quote: BP is in business to make money, not shave the whales.
quote: BP is in business to make money, not shave the whales.
quote: pretty scary that a company with the resources of BP, wouldn't own machines like this already & have them ready to go if there was some sort of spill. I thought these oil companies were the experts but I guess I along with alot of people have learned othewise since this disaster. They are smart enough to get it out of the ground, but........
quote: also it was the Govt that limited BP liability with the $75 million liability cap under Clinton administration with a Republican House and Senate.
quote: I had NO idea of this cap. NO ONE has mentioned it, not even Fox "news".
quote: The worry was that a small oil company could cause a spill which bankrupted it, leaving no entity to pay for cleanup and liability costs.
quote: The problem with line of thinking is that it allows these small companies and larger ones to engage in riskier behavior such as this with out having the proper coverage in case of an accident since they know they will be protected by the cap.
quote: An the insurance fund is a joke since the estimated damages right now are in the 10's of billions of dollars.
quote: I can give you tons of sollutions....the only reason all those countries that we buy oil from hate us is cause we are over their in the first place
quote: Other culprits:
quote: Hundreds of gallons per minute seems like it wouldn't help much. 32 of the machines is supposed to help how much area? Can't be much. More like positive PR. Seems to me like going to fight a war with a 1 pump daisy BB gun.
quote: So 32 of them will process 64,000 barrels a day. That's hardly just a "BB gun" dent in what's out there so far. In a little over 2 weeks time, over 1 million barrels could be processed.
quote: I can not imagine how any machines can have a noticeable effect at all, considering the huge scale of the spill. It is just not possible.
quote: The initial test failed due to dispersal agents added to the crude oil transforming it into a peanut butter consistency that the machines could not work with
quote: 1. The lack of action on Obama's part, its been over a month and not one mention of the Army Corps of Engineers.
quote: 2. This particular rig has a distinguished career, working 2 fields and discovering 2 more.
quote: 3. The well was an exploratory well, not a production well.
quote: 4. Nothing is being mentioned about the rig's owner, Transocean, whom had over 11x as many workers there as BP did.
quote: Now it's "The oil comanpies are writing the rules". This is an outright lie. Until the placement of Sen. Brown, the Democrat party had a strong enough majority in both parts of Congress and the Presidency to pass any law they wanted and to increase the Supreme Court to 22, giving them absolute power.
quote: They've been mentioned early and often. They are also essentially a construction company so the sand berms (which they are actively working on)
quote: The corps where like crackpot idea #3 just after "just blow the well up" and "make a big circle of oil tankers around the spill".
quote: actually lots is being mentioned about transocean. Did you forget they were in front of congress some time ago? But remember transocean may have responsibilities on the rig but they end there. BP is the one responsible for the cleanup.
quote: Please. Take that weak sauce over to foxnews forums and put some capslock on it. BP isn't getting blamed because it's popular they are getting blamed because they are responsible. Many are at fault here but the buck stops somewhere doesn't it?