Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hollywood Coming to the Rescue.....???

Will members of Hollywood's elite be the ones to save BP's ass for this oil tragedy that is well over 50 days  old now?  Pop Shop visitor Ashley brought this to my attention this morning....I had seen reports of this on the news, but then didn't hear anything else so I figured it died down....in any case...James Cameron, director of the two highest grossing films in history, Titanic and Avatar, offered to have a "listenening session" with BP regarding new ways to remove the oil from the sea and get this thing cleaned up.  Cameron may have a point as he's used to using submersible film equipment at depths of one mile or more below sea level.  He's done this for several of his films so he's offered insight on equipment that may help this case.  You can read more about his visit with BP here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/jun/02/james-cameron-underwater-oil-spill.  Now, all he's really doing is offering advice and suggestions regarding equipment and types of materials that can sustain activity miles below the ocean's surface.  Kevin Costner on the other hand is actually offering real equipment through a company he personally backs.  According to MSNBC, "BP has ordered 32 centrifuges from Costner's company Ocean Therapy Solutions.  Each of these centrifuges suck in oil and water and spin them at high speeds, thereby seperating the oil from the water, keeping the oil and releasing the clean water back into the ocean.  Inspired by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, he and his scientist brother teamed up with a former Department of Energy employee and joined forces with Ocean Therapy Solutions, a California-based company with a hub in Louisiana, and created their first machines about a decade ago." Costner personally put in $20 million to the project.  This to me sounds very credible.  He's got the technology and the money to actually help with this thing and the fact that BP has already bought these centrifuges is saying alot.  Hollywood may just come to the rescue in this case....at least they're helping and making an effort, which is what people down on the coast seem to be desperate for.  If you want to read more about what Kevin Costner is doing, go to http://fieldnotes.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/06/15/4511802-ocean-of-dreams-kevin-costner-helps-out-with-oil-cleanup?Gt1=43001.  Its pretty interesting.  And that my friends concludes my serious post for the day.  Thank you Ashley!

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