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Model V20 Centrifuge
Dances With Oil!

The 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 News reports 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 beaches."

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RE: Kudos to Costner
By Obujuwami on 6/17/2010 2:23:27 PM , Rating: 5
BP is in business to make money, not shave the whales. If they wanted to have a great PR event, then they would have bought a number of devices and could have started using them in the oceans. As it stands they are using them to save their hides.

Hopefully this will do 2 things:

1) Serve as an example of what NOT to do.
2) Further the technology of cleaning water without chemicals.

I also agree that kudos for Costner should be given.

RE: Kudos to Costner
By Creig on 6/17/2010 3:18:28 PM , Rating: 5
BP is in business to make money, not shave the whales.

I couldn't agree more. Can you imagine how long it would take to shave just ONE whale, let alone all of them? And then we'd have all that whale hair washing up on beaches, grossing everybody out... YUCK!

RE: Kudos to Costner
By BladeVenom on 6/18/2010 10:04:36 AM , Rating: 5
Shave beavers not whales!

RE: Kudos to Costner
By snakeInTheGrass on 6/18/2010 9:46:36 PM , Rating: 3
Eat a beaver, save a tree!

RE: Kudos to Costner
By Hiawa23 on 6/17/2010 3:31:40 PM , Rating: 5
BP is in business to make money, not shave the whales.

I don't know any bunsiness in business to do anything else but make money. I run one myself so not sure why you would even need to mention that, kind of goes without saying. Tell that to those who are out of jobs or who are affected by the spill or those 11 who died.

I think everyone knows what they are in business for, but that doesn't mean you don't take safety precautions, or have some plans & products available if the worst case scenario happens.

RE: Kudos to Costner
By twhittet on 6/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: Kudos to Costner
By Hiawa23 on 6/17/2010 7:20:09 PM , Rating: 4
I know quite a few businesses in business to not make $ - they are called non-profits.

Come on, you knew what I meant. Of course non profits. Goes without saying..

RE: Kudos to Costner
By tastyratz on 6/20/2010 10:10:02 PM , Rating: 2
Even if it was "non profit" they would still need safety precautions. You don't see companies intentionally neglecting osha in the way of saving money generally... so why wouldn't they be expected to have equipment and procedures in place in case of emergency?

The thing that pisses me off the most is that through government regulation and oversight these sorts of precautions have not been MANDATORY .
If you ask me they should be able to prove they can handle an accident before they even are allowed to start drilling.

RE: Kudos to Costner
By Nik00117 on 6/18/2010 5:35:04 AM , Rating: 4
I run my business as well, and sometimes you have to cut profits for pre-cautions. Now I operate for a profit, as larger of a profit as SAFELY possible.

Being greedy doesn't help.

RE: Kudos to Costner
By knutjb on 6/19/2010 3:03:49 PM , Rating: 3
Capitalism and greed are two different things. The two are use interchangeably by those wanting government to do everything. See how far that got us.

Costner put a lot of his own money into an idea with reasonable foresight that an oil spill would happen again. This is true capitalism that is doing the right thing with a desire for return on investment.

Being a Capitalist does not make you a greedy SOB. Greed is omnipresent in all forms of government. Ssimply look how the Communist block countries ran, there were plenty of have-nots and few haves. If you weren't a Party Member you were a have-not. Few were Party Members.

RE: Kudos to Costner
By mikefarinha on 6/17/2010 4:47:44 PM , Rating: 1
BP is in business to make money, not shave the whales.

I certainly understand that shaving whales would not be a very profitable venture.

Also, could you please enlighten me as to the businesses that don't have the goal of making money? I'd very much like to steer clear of investing in them.

RE: Kudos to Costner
By YashBudini on 6/17/2010 8:56:04 PM , Rating: 2
"BP is in business to make money,"

So was Enron, Al Capone, drug dealers, etc. It's suppose to be a free economy, not a free-for-all economy. It's easy to make a buck by not giving a flying fornication about anything except the money.

By the way you also make money when you manage not to be sued into possible oblivion. Not to worry, the plutarchy won't let that happen.

Not many students here have taken professional ethics classes, have they?

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