[Guest post by DRJ]
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports on creative ways people have found to clean up the oil. In addition to the 16 barges carrying vacuum trucks deployed by the Louisiana National Guard (discussed here yesterday), Louisianans have come up with other simple yet effective solutions:
“[Plaquemines Parish President Billy] Nungesser is ready to try just about anything. He recently gave the go ahead for parish workers to test shop vacuums to remove crude trapped between marshes and containment boom. He was pleased to learn that two of the devices sucked up almost 150 gallons in a matter of minutes.”
A Hollywood celebrity has joined in, too — Kevin Costner and his oil-separating centrifuges. As discussed in this article, Costner and his brother got interested in oil cleanup methods after the Exxon Valdez. Costner invested over $24M to buy and improve a centrifuge project that separated oil from water, but the centrifuges sat unused for almost 10 years until this spill.