As the Gulf Oil Spill disaster continues now for 60 days, it is utterly and horribly amazing how the most powerful nation on earth has not taken a more pro-active and involved role in addressing the worst environmental catastrophe in the history of the United States.... EVER. The U.S. appears more interested in playing politics, pointing fingers and reaching into the pockets of BP than demonstrating leadership and pitching in to solve the problem to curtail the damage to the coastal waters, shoreline, marine life, economy and people's lives. It doesn't require a rocket scientist to quickly reach a conclusion that priority number ONE is stopping the leak. The ecological damage becomes worse by the minute.
Technology permeates everyday life, yet we appear blind to not only search for effective solutions.... ANY solutions, and even more so, are reluctant to engage others in dialogue and help to solve a problem. The Gulf of Mexico, although closest to the U.S., is in fact a global resource that should involve and concern everyone. The US government has spent the vast majority of these 60 days posturing, planning and prioritizing when it could have been taking action, seeking AND accepting help from anyone and everyone to solve this problem. Competency, concern and leadership in the face of crisis are obvious subjects of debate.
Case in point; earlier this month much press (read here) was afforded to Kevin Costner and his company Ocean Therapy Solutions, that offers technology to clean up the Gulf by effectively separating crude oil from seawater. Fantastic, yes? Costner's largest machine has the capacitiy to filter 200 gallons per minute. Sounds great right? Well, it is... until you learn that another technologically similar company also already exists, EVTN (Enviro Voraxial Technology), that has its own centrifuge-type product that has the capacity to filter 3,500 gallons per minute... Simple math reveals this to be a more than 17 times larger capacity. Yet, even now, EVTN is a virtually and publicly unknown resource.
EVTN is not a new company. It was founded in 1996 as an acquisition by Florida Precision Aerospace, doing business since the 1980's. In fact, its customer base includes ConocoPhillips, Cameco, Repsol, US Navy and Transocean.
Watch a May 22nd interview wtih John DiBella, COO of EVTN by WPBF, Channel 25:
And, a second interview by CNBC on June 7th:
The real questions are: Why has virtually no-one heard about this company, product and capability? And, why hasn't the U.S. government sought out this technology to help address the Gulf Oil Spill, or if it already has, tell the American people? More politics? How about some Action, Ownership and Leadership? America deserves it.