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Oil spill: How Kevin Costner could save the US coast

The ‘Kevin Costner solution’ to the worsening oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may actually work, it has been claimed.

Hollywood star Costner has invested 15 years and about $24 million in a novel way of sifting oil spills that he began working on while making his own maritime film, Waterworld, released in 1995.

Two decades later, BP and the US Coast Guard plan to test six of his massive, stainless steel centrifugal oil separators next week.

Actor Stephen Baldwin, who is producing a documentary about the oil spill and Costner's device, said: “It certainly is an odd thing to see a ‘Kevin Costner' and a ‘centrifugal oil separator' together in a place like the Gulf of Mexico. “But, hey, some of the best ideas sometimes come from the strangest places.”

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