23 Apr '11, 2pm

Kevin Costner Says Oil Skimmers Prevent Disasters | Care2 Healthy

Kevin Costner Says Oil Skimmers Prevent Disasters | Care2 Healthy

The actor Kevin Costner has been investing his own money as well as some he has raised from other investors in technology installed on skimmer barges to suck up oil from large spills before it can cause long-term environmental damage. The largest barge is 250 feet long and is said to have a capacity of skimming off one million gallons of oil and water in a single day. Technology on the barges separates spilled oil from salt water and then stores the oil onboard, while releasing the cleaned water back into the ocean. There is also a smaller forty-foot barge that can navigate in smaller spaces and shallow water like the ones found in marsh areas and it can remove thousands of gallons of oil per day from those ecologically sensitive habitats. A series of twenty-three barges have been outfitted as oil skimmers and ocean water cleaners. This information may sound dated, however...

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