It has been a while since we've heard anything about the oil separation device backed by actor Kevin Costner and purportedly an improved form of skimming oil escaping into the seas from the BP (NYSE:BP) oil spill.
The new system had to be integrated on a barge to work, and in a relatively short 10-day period has been put together, and the first one was sent out into the Gulf to do its work on Thursday.
Reiterating Costner's claims, Doug Suttles, chief operating officer of BP,
said it is an improvement over other skimmers in that it can operate in harsher weather, being able to withstand waves of up to 10 feet, whereas other skimmers can only operate in four feet, and results aren't that great under those conditions.
Suttles also said they remove more oil, which is obviously better for the environment, as they can eliminate a larger amount which could end up washing along shores or migrating via currents to places further away.
The fact that they work and will be a vast improvement over prior skimmers is great news, and makes you wonder how much better things would have been if they had been available from the beginning.