FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. - Collier County has requested 103,000 feet of boom to protect it's shores from the Gulf oil spill. One Southwest Florida man says it won't be necessary, he has a green product that can do the job.
Mark Wayne, a local carpenter, says he found a product that cleans up oil pretty easily. He stumbled upon it when he had his own crisis one day.
"I was pumping oil out of a 55 gallon drum, I wasn't paying attention and next thing you know I have a spill." Wayne says he tried all sorts of things to clean up the mess, but unsuccessfully.
"I just had another product around there and I said let me try that, and it solved the problem right off the bat. Bam!"
Wayne claims the substance is natural and comes from the earth. He says it's been cleaning up oil for him for the last 12 years.
In a demonstration, he sprinkled the powder over motor oil in a bowl of water. The powder slowly sunk to the bottom leaving a relatively oil-free surface. Wayne added some Dawn detergent to help clear the top.
What's left is a hard rock-like compound that clumps at the bottom. Wayne says the clumps could be scooped from the sea floor and then reused.
"I took it and I burned it. This stuff you burn it. It's no different than burning coal," Wayne claims
He didn't want to reveal exactly what the powder is because he's trying get in talks with BP. Wayne says the product is in abundance and is not a chemical that could harm people using it.