BP Agrees to Purchase 32 of Actor Kevin Costner's Centrifugal Oil and Water Separating Machines

Actor Kevin Costner's oil-spill device has all the approval it needs to scoop the goop from the Gulf of Mexico, but is waiting for money from BP, according to the actor and his business partner.

BP has issued a letter of intent to buy 32 centrifugal oil-and-water separators, Costner said Thursday. His company, Ocean Therapy Solutions, was ramping up its operations to ship more than two dozen of the massive stainless steel machines to the Gulf of Mexico, he said.

It's Kevin Costner to the rescue in the Gulf: BP has agreed to test a contraption funded by the actor to suck oil out of the water. "It's like a big vaccum cleaner," said Costner's business partner in Ocean Therapy Solutions. Costner got interested in the subject around the time of the Exxon Valdez disaster, reports the Daily News. "It's prepared to go out and solve problems," he said of the machine, "not talk about them." The man did star in Waterworld, after all.