Transcript: Costner Inspired by Exxon Valdez to Create Oil-Cleaning Machine

And … I told him, "We're a small company. And … we need you to support this." And he said, "I will support it." And … I choose to believe him at this moment. I looked across at him and he said, "I have just as much vested here as you do."

So I choose to believe Doug when he says, "We're giving an order of 32." We're going to need him to economically, you know, start the engine for my company. The largest oil supplier in the Gulf, Gary Chouest, a company Edison Chouest, and it might be interesting to just make a distinction here a little bit. Sometimes when people think of the Gulf, they think of oil and they think of fishermen as two … separate entities. And they're not.

They're so intertwined, the guys that work on these oil barracks, they're outdoorsmen. They fish. You take the largest supplier of oil, Edison Chouest company. His father, Gary's father and … Laney's father was a shrimper.

And so, you know, one doesn't cancel out the other. And … Gary Chouest has seen … machine and he … believes that those machines, he's willing to put those machines on his service boats, you know, in the Gulf.

And … BP has talked about supporting that particular idea. And I hope that that's the case. They … say they want to work with us and I'm, I'm choosing to believe at this moment they do. But Gary Chouest is a very big player here. Because this is … this isn't Kevin Costner now talking about his machine. This is somebody who has … combined 100 years of experience knowing that this works and this has to be out there as a first line of defense.

CHAMPION: Is it too late for the Gulf if ... by the time BP gets rolling, is … all this going to be washed on shore? And, you know, we've got it in Louisiana and Mississippi and Alabama. Is it too late, or is there still time?

COSTNER: It's not, it's not too late. But you realize we are coming to this fight late. The reality, though, and what environmentalists know and everybody know that this is going to be sitting out there. So this company WestPac and … in joint venture with Oceans Therapy are continuing to … develop ideas for how to work really close in shore.

That oil's going to keep coming towards those people. That well has not stopped. So we have to be out at the source, sucking it up on some major, I mean, we have to treat it a little bit like a war. We mustered logistically everything we had to get the Beaches of Normandy. We have to muster everything we can to keep it from hitting our beaches.

The fact is it's there, we know it's there, people have … we fumbled. We fumbled badly on the world stage. It … and we've … done it before. But we also … there are some good minds out there and … you know, we, the process of cleaning up is going to go forward, and we need to do it with more than rakes and … rubber boots.

And that's what we can be about. So we are coming to it late, but we … can be effectively taking that oil away for a long time because it's going to keep coming. And pretty soon there, the stage picture's going to turn to some other crisis in the world and the people in the Gulf are going to be stuck with their problem that they didn't start.

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