Sunday, July 4, 2010

Home-Grown Solution To Oil "Spill" - Microbes

Microbial remediation first proven here in Texas experiments

It's something the corporate media has not mentioned.

In the midst of millions of gallons of crude gushing into
the Gulf, airplanes spray tons upon tons of the highly toxic
chemical dispersant, Corexit, something knowledgeable
sources compare to dousing wet paint with thinner.

The paint doesn't really go anywhere. It just dilutes and
thins until you don't notice it as much, but it's definitely
still there.

More skeptical observers liken setting absorbent booms to
holding up a string in the face of hurricane strength winds
and hoping you can stave off some of the damage the storm
will inevitably cause.

Meanwhile, thousands of unemployed people are risking their
future health cleaning up the mess with shovels and rakes
and plastic bags while they breathe deadly toxic fumes of
crude petroleum, dispersant, and other gaseous compounds
such as benzene, a known carcinogen.

A growing movement is rebelling against this strategy of
chemicals, booms and burning of the crude.

They hark back to a day when State of Texas officials
assisted a microbiologist in his experiments to find an
organic solution to petroleum spills.

As Commissioner of the General Land Office, Gary Mauro
encouraged Dr. Carl Oppenheimer to carry out research into
how his particular brand of petroleum eating microbes could
rid marshes and wetlands, open sea and bays of crude
petroleum pollution within six weeks.

The scheme was simple enough, but the results were

The scientist filled a large tank with water, shrimp embryos
and then poured the crude on top of the microcosmic ecology.

Then he applied his microbial remediation technique - a very
simple application through the use of ordinary fire fighting
equipment - and the microbes ate the oil within a short

The shrimp survived.

When the microbe culture ate all the oil and had no further
food source, it died. That's when the shrimp ate their
remains and the culture continued to thrive.

Where do the microbes come from? It's a proprietary
process, a method of home brewing a biological culture that
is akin to other technologies used in war tactics, medicine
and agriculture.

It was only a few months before the new bioremedial
technololgy got its first test under realtime conditions.

A petroleum tanker exploded and burned in State of Texas
waters offshore that were controlled at the time by Land
Commissioner Mauro and Texas Water Commissioner Buck Wynne,

They called on Dr. Oppenheimer to help and he directed crews
to apply the microbe culture to the area of the spill after
first inoculating the dried microorganisms with seawater.

Within a short time, the oil had been not only dispersed,
but consumed, and the coast was clear with little resulting
permanent damage to the ecosystem.

Not long after that, a barge collision in Galveston Bay
caused a massive petrolueum spill that polluted the grassy
marshes in the back bays of that environmentally sensitive

Since walking or driving machines through marshes causes
permanent damage to the ecosystem, they sprayed the
organisms from offshore, coating the area with a new culture
that did the same job there and delivered just as effective
results inland as it did in the open Gulf.

The application process is one of the most attractive
features of the bioremedial method because it consists only
of ordinary high capacity pumps, hoses and nozzles used in
routine firefighting operations.

Within six weeks, the damage had been contained with no net
ill effect on shrimp and oysters, drinking water quality
inshore, or other marine and bird life.

Now a Golden, Colorado, man named J. Brent Tuttle has formed
a new organization named SpillFighters.

He is calling for all interested parties to contact him at
his webmail address - and visit his
website at

There, you can see video demonstrations and still photos of
how the system works.

Response has been so overwhelming that Mr. Tuttle says he is
forced to respond only through automatic e-mail

Members of the media are encouraged to contact him at a
private e-mail address he will supply once initial contact
has been made.

He has encouraged all to contact him so he can demonstrate
to the bureaucracy, the White House and the petroleum
industry the interest of ordinary people who are willing to
try something different other than a total evacuation of the
Gulf Coast under martial control and the further pollution
of a very valuable resource with even more petroleum based
chemicals such as Corexit.

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