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Federal study confirms microbes have eaten most of the Gulf Oil Spill
Examiner.com ^ | January 10th, 2011 2:30 pm ET | John Ryden

Posted on 01/10/2011 9:09:44 PM PST by brityank

Federal study confirms microbes have eaten most of the Gulf Oil Spill

A study by researchers from Texas A&M and University of California in Santa Barbara have found that all of the methane gas released from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been consumed by tiny microbes. Methane gas amounts 100,000 times higher than normal at the time of their release have completely disappeared after only 120 days. Some scientists had raised concerns that dissolved methane and other oil residue would continue to plague the Gulf for years or even decades. This is turning out not to be the case.

Confirming that the methane gas has been consumed was a corresponding drop in dissolved oxygen content in the water consistent with the oxygen required to convert the methane into water and carbon dioxide by the microbes. High levels of methane eating bacteria were also found in the water where the methane gas had previously been measured.

Microbes are also cleaning up the spilled oil. In a report last month, federal officials said there was no longer any significant oil from the spill left offshore. What should be clear is that natural processes can clean up oil spills over time.


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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bacteria; bp; cleanup; deepwater; gulf; gulfofmexico; methane; microbes; oil; oilspill; spill
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"What should be clear is that natural processes can clean up oil spills over time."

So much for the "eons of damage" that the faux Greenazi 'scientists' were pushing.

CHU - DID YOU READ THAT?

(Yes, I know there's still lots on the seafloor, but that will get covered by the deposition of the outflow from the continental shelf. The damage to the Gulf by the government is ten times worse than the Deepwater blowout.)

1 posted on 01/10/2011 9:09:55 PM PST by brityank
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To: brityank
"Federal study confirms microbes have eaten most of the Gulf Oil Spill."

What a waste of potential gasoline.

2 posted on 01/10/2011 9:12:51 PM PST by StormEye
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To: brityank
Nonsense,I would like to see a major science community respond to this insane statement.
3 posted on 01/10/2011 9:13:57 PM PST by taxtruth (Don't end the fed,jail the fed!)
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To: brityank

The microbes’ reply was: “OM NOM NOM...”


5 posted on 01/10/2011 9:15:05 PM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: brityank
Interesting. Apparently, microbes only eat oil when Democrats are POTUS. Exxon Valdes microbes must have been Republicans! The Media is BS!
6 posted on 01/10/2011 9:15:35 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: April Lexington

the water in the Gulf Of Mexico is warmer so there are more microbes to eat it up.


7 posted on 01/10/2011 9:17:46 PM PST by calljack (Sometimes your worst nightmare is just a start.)
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To: brityank
"Some scientists had raised concerns that dissolved methane and other oil residue would continue to plague the Gulf for years or even decades. This is turning out not to be the case."

Pull their PhD's and strip them of tenure.

9 posted on 01/10/2011 9:19:27 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: brityank

But, but, but, the oil is what’s stopping the jet stream flow and making it soooo cold!


10 posted on 01/10/2011 9:19:40 PM PST by Free Vulcan (The cult of Islam must be eradicated by any means necessary.)
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To: brityank

The earth can take care of itself. The Marsh Arabs, who had lived in the marshes of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers for several millenia until Saddam Hussein had them drained, simply breached the levies and the marsh healed itself very quickly.


11 posted on 01/10/2011 9:20:48 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: brityank

During WWII, many thousands of ships were sunk, most fired by fuel oil and many were tankers hauling fuel.

There was no Greenpeace or EPA, and yet, the worl survived.


12 posted on 01/10/2011 9:25:53 PM PST by umgud
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To: umgud

True,but were they near a major food source like the Gulf?


13 posted on 01/10/2011 9:27:35 PM PST by taxtruth (Don't end the fed,jail the fed!)
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To: taxtruth

And your qualifications are ... ?

I don’t have any, but I do question - especially when there’s boatloads of money involved.


14 posted on 01/10/2011 9:30:55 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !! )
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To: Paladin2

I agree.


15 posted on 01/10/2011 9:31:29 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !! )
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To: brityank
This from the end of the article:

The economics of global warming and climate change imply that we should take steps to mitigate the release of carbon dioxide and the resulting increase in temperatures. We do not need to make drastic, immediate changes in our energy production from fossil fuels, but we should start to replace some of our fossil fuel consumption with renewable energy.

16 posted on 01/10/2011 9:33:09 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

And remember the dire warnings that his torching the oil wells would cause irreparable damage. Another falsehood from the scientific cognoscenti.


17 posted on 01/10/2011 9:35:28 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !! )
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To: brityank

Corporations and government always promote good news and will cover-up bad news, and the media is their partner.

I do not believe this until it is corroborated by multiple independent scientific institutions that are not connected either with the government or big oil. It also needs substantiated by locals and fishermen in the Gulf.

Remember how the EPA and Bush claimed the air at ground zero was good? Don’t trust them to tell us the truth unless the truth is good news.


18 posted on 01/10/2011 9:36:31 PM PST by apoliticalone
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To: brityank

When a microbes eats oil does it crap grease and pee gasoline??? Just wonder there was any byproducts.


19 posted on 01/10/2011 9:41:24 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
... mitigate the release of carbon dioxide and the resulting increase in temperatures.

CO2 comes out after the temp. increase - it doesn't cause it. I have no problem with renewable energy - just not at the expense of our necessary baseload. Bring on the atomic power plants.

20 posted on 01/10/2011 9:46:38 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !! )
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To: brityank

Will the microbes starve now that all that oil is gone OR, what will they eat next??? “The microbe that ate the Gulf Coast” coming to a theater near you.


21 posted on 01/10/2011 9:52:15 PM PST by Tomato lover (Jesus is Lord of all)
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To: Vendome

A tremendous amount of air born fecal particulates blended with methane.

I would have to suspect that the EPA and feedlot methane just got the green light...


22 posted on 01/10/2011 9:55:12 PM PST by himno hero
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To: Tomato lover

Oil seeps out of the floor of the Gulf at quite a rate naturally. Millions of gallons a year. These microbes were feasting on the oil long before humans arrived on the planet.

There were articles posted about the huge natural oil seeps and the bacteria before the BP spill happened.

The BP spill was just a bigger feast for them.


23 posted on 01/10/2011 9:56:33 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: apoliticalone
Corporations and government always promote good news and will cover-up bad news, and the media is their partner.

Right, just like large corporations and the government promoting the "good news" of global warning and its dire consequences, covered up, of course, by their media partner.

24 posted on 01/10/2011 10:01:57 PM PST by Prokopton
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To: apoliticalone
Don’t trust them to tell us the truth unless the truth is good news.

Well, I believe there was a water quality scientific group from Wood's Hole running checks all around the well area looking for subsurface stranded plumes of oil, but finding very little. I don't recall seeing much on that finding.

25 posted on 01/10/2011 10:02:16 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !! )
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To: brityank

The government already got the money as usual.How many court cases do I see where the government sued on behalf of the people and kept the $$$?


26 posted on 01/10/2011 10:02:35 PM PST by taxtruth (Don't end the fed,jail the fed!)
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To: Tomato lover

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2967632/500000_barrels_of_oil_leak_into_gulf.html


27 posted on 01/10/2011 10:02:59 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: brityank

I didn’t know DemocRats liked the taste of oil.


28 posted on 01/10/2011 10:07:22 PM PST by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: April Lexington; brityank; calljack; taxtruth
Interesting. Apparently, microbes only eat oil when Democrats are POTUS. Exxon Valdes microbes must have been Republicans! The Media is BS!

Biological activity and the speed of chemical reactions increase at higher temperatures. The Gulf of Mexico is much warmer than Prince William Sound.

29 posted on 01/10/2011 10:10:01 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

So... if I move to Alaska I would eat less and weigh less?


30 posted on 01/10/2011 10:14:46 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: brityank

I am sure if this happened under Bush 4 months later all the academics would line up and agree that microbes ate all the oil and there is no cause for worry.


31 posted on 01/10/2011 10:33:49 PM PST by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: brityank

I am sure if this happened under Bush 4 months later all the academics would line up and agree that microbes ate all the oil and there is no cause for worry.


32 posted on 01/10/2011 10:34:00 PM PST by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: brityank

I am sure if this happened under Bush 4 months later all the academics would line up and agree that microbes ate all the oil and there is no cause for worry.


33 posted on 01/10/2011 10:34:05 PM PST by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: brityank

Rush Limbaugh: Right again, six months in advance.


34 posted on 01/10/2011 10:38:27 PM PST by cookcounty (Knives, Guns, Enemies and Axx-Kicks: The Gentle Political Speech of Barack Obama.)
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To: ltc8k6
Interesting slide from your link:

Active Oil Seeps GoM

Map of active oil seeps in Gulf of Mexico
created from analysis of satellite images.


Credit: Department of Energy
Copyright: Department of Energy/public domain

35 posted on 01/10/2011 10:41:31 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !! )
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To: Paleo Conservative

Roflol, what is the difference in the temperature for the two location at the same depth. Say two miles down. I know you are thinking surface temp.


36 posted on 01/10/2011 10:45:46 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: taxtruth
True,but were they near a major food source like the Gulf?

The Gulf experiences periodic massive seeps. Bumper harvests of shrimp and other marine life follow such seeps.

When there's a lot of oil for the microbes to process, you have more microbes. The surplus affects the food chain.

37 posted on 01/10/2011 10:47:43 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: cookcounty

What did Rush say?

I am surprised the recovery is this far along, but it does prove that nature’s mitigation far outstrips whatever paltry actions we humans can bring to bear. Just like globull warming!


38 posted on 01/10/2011 10:51:09 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !! )
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To: Grizzled Bear

Crude oil is all natural and biodegradable.


39 posted on 01/10/2011 10:55:19 PM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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Please note: this is Public Domain - paid for by OUR taxes. This is the replacement for #35.

Interesting slide from your link:

Active Oil Seeps GoMMap of active oil seeps in Gulf of Mexico
created from analysis of satellite images.


Credit: Department of Energy
Copyright: Department of Energy/public domain

40 posted on 01/10/2011 11:02:42 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !! )
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Gee, just like I said in the summer of ‘09. Petroleum is fish food. Microbes eat the oil, plankton eat the microbes, fish eat the plankton.


41 posted on 01/10/2011 11:49:10 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: taxtruth
How about National Geographic?

Gulf Oil Spill a "Dead Zone in the Making"?

After the 1979 Ixtoc oil spill (which was far larger than the Deepwater Horizon spill) in the Gulf of Mexico, the area's infauna were reduced by up to 90 percent, Tunnell said—a potential reason many bird species left the area in the wake of the nine-month-long spill.

However, there may be a bright side: Organisms at the bottom of the food chain reproduce more rapidly than bigger animals, Tunnell pointed out by email. After the Ixtoc spill, infauna returned to pre-spill levels within about a year.


42 posted on 01/10/2011 11:57:56 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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This is the most misleading headline!

The study didn’t say that at all. This doesn’t address the concerns of folks like Samantha Joye. The whole idea that there’s oil on the sea floor is NOT what this study was about.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704447604576007761183035214.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/09/14/national/main6864328.shtml

It will be gone eventually, but to claim that the methanogen pathway research is addressing the deep residuals is disingenuous.


43 posted on 01/11/2011 12:05:02 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Saddam Hussein had them drained, simply breached the levies and the marsh healed itself very quickly..

And he also slaughtered most of the Marsh Arabs. Have you seen the photos of the fantastic reed houses, main halls and other structures? Amazing work. I haven't heard if the once viable fishing industry has recovered, well, at least the fish, I don't think the "industry" exists anymore.

44 posted on 01/11/2011 12:07:55 AM PST by brushcop (CW4 Matthew Lourey CW2 Joshua Scott/ Kiowa pilots KIA Iraq '05. Thank you for our son's life.)
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To: brushcop; Blood of Tyrants
Saddam Hussein had them drained, simply breached the levies and the marsh healed itself very quickly..

And he also slaughtered most of the Marsh Arabs. Have you seen the photos of the fantastic reed houses, main halls and other structures? Amazing work.

Some nice pictures at this link:

http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-mourning-marsh-arab-way-life

45 posted on 01/11/2011 12:23:19 AM PST by thecodont
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To: StormEye
now find a microbe that eats oil and defecates gold..
46 posted on 01/11/2011 2:19:32 AM PST by goat granny
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To: April Lexington
So... if I move to Alaska I would eat less and weigh less?

If your body temperature were the same as Prince William Sound, yes.

47 posted on 01/11/2011 2:33:17 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Our Constitution: the new Inconvenient Truth)
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To: brityank
Federal study confirms microbes have eaten most of the Gulf Oil Spill

Awwww, why can't we have a study that we the people can trust?

48 posted on 01/11/2011 2:37:51 AM PST by FDNYRHEROES (In just His first 3 days, the War on Terror became the War on Free Speech.)
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To: brityank; ex-Texan
A 'Federal (Obamatron) study'.... we should take world for word, and dump directly in the ash can.


49 posted on 01/11/2011 3:40:18 AM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never "free")
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To: brityank
Told 'ya so!

Dispersants and the Piper

50 posted on 01/11/2011 5:59:42 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (You are just jealous because the voices aren't talking to YOU!)
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