06/09/2010 AT 2:20 PM ET
Fifty days into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and with no successful attempts to stop it just yet, Kevin Costner visited Washington on Wednesday to offer up what he called a “partial solution to the tragedy unfolding in the Gulf.”
“We are all at fault here. It’s just too easy to blame BP,” the actor said at a Congressional hearing. “What we need to do now is come together.”
Telling the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee he was testifying as a “discouraged U.S. citizen and entrepreneur,” Costner, 55, said his business venture, Ocean Therapy Solutions, had developed a machine which could help with the cleanup.
The device, he said, has purifiers that filter oil from water by using centrifugal forces to separate the dirty particles.