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{{{ Oil-Eating Bacteria }}}

 
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This seems a viable solution for Long Range Cleanup in the Gulf.
[link to www.heraldtribune.com]

Local company volunteers oil-eating bacteria

A locally based grower of industrial-strength bacteria says it is willing to turn over its entire production line to producing its patented oil-eating bugs to help mitigate future environmental damage from the oil leak threatening Florida's coastline.

But executives at Osprey Biotechnics are still trying to find the right governmental people to consider their plan for abating the damage.

“We are prepared to divert all our production to this specific culture,” said Lauren Danielson, executive vice president, after a day of back-to-back meetings with the production staff and key corporate clients.

Osprey's bacteria, brand-named Munox, can be mixed with a dispersant and are viable in salt water, executives told the Herald Tribune.

“They would apply our bacteria directly on the water,” said company president Vincent Scuilla. “The bacteria attaches to the oil, which is its food, and the things start colonizing.”

“And now these hungry bacteria are literally consuming the oil, digesting it, and breaking it down to harmless end products like CO2 and water.”

Most of the company's products are sold on a wholesale basis to others, who package them into brand-name products for use in waste management, restaurants and industrial clean-up.

“Where we are at now, is trying to get to the appropriate parties that are deciding on which type of technologies to use,” Scuilla said.

The company envisions filling tanker aircraft with a concentrate consisting of the bacteria in water, and spraying the solution over wide expanses of crude-oil polluted water.

Osprey's team has calculated that one 55-gallon drum of the liquid would treat a 365-square mile oil slick that is one centimeter thick.

“It is not going to solve the problem in the gulf, but it may mitigate it,” Danielson said.

The Munox critters can even be used combination with the chemical dispersants that the U.S. Coast Guard is now using to break up the floating crude oil spills into smaller particles, Scuilla said.

Osprey Biotechnics has been calling its larger customers, many of whom have been buying and rebranding freeze-dried bacteria from Osprey since 1990, to check their supply levels on other products, such as freeze-dried bacteria that eat sewage.

“We began calling some of our larger customers to see, if push came to shove, if we could put them on back order,” Danielson said.

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Here is another:

[link to en.wikipedia.org]

This was used in the Exon Valdez spill.

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Sounds like a good idea, but what does the bacteria do once the oil is gone?

I worry about the bacteria mutating into a dangerous invasive species that would run amuck.
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Sounds like a good idea, but what does the bacteria do once the oil is gone?

I worry about the bacteria mutating into a dangerous invasive species that would run amuck.
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Yes, yes. It's that run amuck part that is a bit distressing.
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Sounds like a good idea, but what does the bacteria do once the oil is gone?

I worry about the bacteria mutating into a dangerous invasive species that would run amuck.
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One was already used on Exon Valdez spill -

you got reports that I don't know about???

or are just spewing some SHIT!!!

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Nom nom nom!
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those are welcome
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Pseudomonas putida....pretty sure there is some already present in the GOM...not sure if any significant amount is around the spill zone...they actually feed on all of polutants...tolulene, Pheonols, a bunch of different oils...thing is that it eats reeeeealy slow...when they say "treat" a 1cm thick spill...I notice they ommit a time frame.....and this spill is maybe 4,000+ sq miles....and in some places....over 40 feet thick....last I read around anyway....I don't think it would hurt...but I don't think it would do a whole lot....pour some on..why not?...do everything possible...and as far as I've read from other application of this bacteria?...there is about zero downside to it...soooo it won't be making a mutant bacteria slick that turns into the BLOB or anything...lol..!
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I read a book many years ago called "Ill Wind" IIRC. In int there was a massive oil spill of one of the coasts and the /.gov/oil company/flying troll king tried using an oil eating bacteria. The strain mutated, became airborne and then proceeded to digest damn near everything that was petrol-based. Good read, one of the books that lead me to the path which puts me here posting this.
It'll be interesting to see how they handle the aftermath.
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05/05/2010 09:57 PM
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Exxon, BP, Mobil, Shell, all these are oil eating organisms.
They can eat all your oil in an instant!
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05/29/2010 04:23 PM
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some bacteria can mutate in a way that will eat our cars ;)
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some bacteria can mutate in a way that will eat our cars ;)
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A spill in the 60's was cleaned with hay that produced oister mushrooms which ate the oil and turned it into valuable nutrients for regrowth.
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