By KIKI RYAN
Most actors don’t get immediate results after testifying on Capitol Hill. Not so for Kevin Costner. Just about a month after his visit to Washington, the AP reports, Costner will see the oil-cleaning centrifuge machine that he and his company, Costner Industries Nevada Corp, developed over fifteen years ago be used in the Gulf.
Last week, Costner met with BP operating officer Doug Suttles; shortly after, the oil company announced that its Ella G. vessel has been retrofitted with one of Costner’s cleaning machines. The ship will deploy off the Louisiana coast Thursday to skim the surface of the Gulf.
In early June, when Costner testified in Washington before the House Science and Technology Committee, he said that his company “has conducted two successful tests with BP” and the company “acknowledged that [the machines] do work.” Costner stated that the company had purchased 32 of the machines.