This is just like that South Park…


Just because the writers of a show can find humor in everything…doesn’t mean they’re right about everything.

The 32 centrifuge machines, which a Costner-funded team of scientists have spent the past 15 years developing, are to be deployed to help tackle the spill, now believed to be gushing 40,000 barrels a day into the Gulf.

The devices, manufactured by Ocean Therapy Solutions, are carried to the spill area by barges before separating the oil and water. The largest of the machines, the V20, can clean water at a rate of 200 gallons a minute, according to the company’s website.

Once separation has occurred, the oil is stored in tanks. The water is then more than 99% clean of crude.

“This is the key,” Costner told CNN on Tuesday. “It’s certainly a way to fight oil spills in the 21st century.”

The actor has been developing the machinery since the early 1990s with the help of a team including his brother, a scientist.

via BP oil spill: Kevin Costner’s oil-water separation machines help with clean-up | Environment |

Hopefully, this actually works.