Kevin Costner Takes on the Oil Spill in Washington

Kevin Costner found himself facing a different audience than he’s used to on Wednesday—members of the United States Congress.

The Dances With Wolves actor showed up in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to testify at a Congressional hearing and explain his possible “partial solution to the tragedy unfolding in the Gulf.”

Last month Costner offered oil company BP the use of technology he’d developed for the cleanup efforts following the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. And today he discussed the technology, which was developed by his company Ocean Therapy Solutions, before Congress. According to the actor, the machine he developed uses purifiers that filter oil from water through the use of centrifugal forces.

Describing himself as a “discouraged U.S. citizen and entrepreneur,” Costner asserted,

“What I can provide is a technology that is available immediately, a technology that will allow rigs to resume operation and put people back to work.”

Costner added,

“We are all at fault here. It’s just too easy to blame BP. What we need to do now is come together.”

At least he didn’t call BP execs a bunch of “morons.” Unlike some of his show-biz colleagues.