OIL-EATING MICROBE! Could it be the answer?

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posted on May, 30 2010 @ 02:39 PM
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This video is kind of cheesy, but after I watched it I looked up 'oil-eating microbes'. It seems to be a very possible solution to the spill! It's eco-friendly, inexpensive, and FAST. I bet there are hundreds of ways to fix it, but they don't seem to be doing anything about it! It makes me pretty upset that they can just watch all this damage happen, to their own environment. I hope the word will get out about this, and they'll clean up the water!




Oh, and this 'technology' has been around since the 70's..
www.time.com...

So hopefully they figure something out soon. It looks like we're going to have to do it ourselves!




posted on May, 30 2010 @ 02:44 PM
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One word......

Revelations



posted on May, 30 2010 @ 02:45 PM
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Yeah, that's exactly what we need...The government to make another genetically modified virus/disease and sick it on the population...




posted on May, 30 2010 @ 02:47 PM
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Unfortunately, it is only "eco-friendly" if you don't consider the fact that these microbes are aerobic, i.e., they use oxygen to metabolize the oil, resulting in oxygen-depleted waters that suffocate fish and other ocean life.

Using them in a big way will trade one problem for another: oil may be gone, but the process leaves a dead zone due to anoxia.

The only way to make it work is to use a lot of aerators deep in the waters.



posted on May, 30 2010 @ 02:49 PM
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the bacteria could possibly be a tool, if used correctly. not knowing what effects the bacteria would have on the ecosystem is dangerous. what feeds on the bacteria?



posted on May, 30 2010 @ 02:50 PM
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These microbes are eaten by aquatic life. Do your homework before you reply and disregard this method. It might be worth looking into! I might not be an expert, but I've done some reading on this, and there are companies who sell this type of microbe for that purpose! web.me.com... It seems to be the real deal!

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posted on May, 30 2010 @ 02:53 PM
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There aren't any side effects or damage. The microbes are eaten by shrimp and probably other sea life. Otherwise they die off, because they don't have anything to eat themselves.

Did anyone actually watch the video? They've had great success with this method on marshes, ponds, and massive oil spills.



posted on May, 30 2010 @ 02:59 PM
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The microbs in question are natural, and do not need to be created or modified, they have more than likely been here longer than us..."human"

www.isa.org.../ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=76955

They are already at work.....just not in the media...



posted on May, 30 2010 @ 03:03 PM
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But in the end of the video the guy stated, all current marine life that were on life died, only plants survived.



posted on May, 30 2010 @ 03:04 PM
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Yeah well if it harms sea life then it wasn't worth it...
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Nevermind they don't....lol



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posted on May, 30 2010 @ 03:12 PM
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Doesn't matter if the microbes are eaten by other things: the fact is they deplete the oxygen in the water in the process of eating the oil.

In the waters near the plumes, researchers aboard the RV Pelican reported the oxygen levels being depleted by 30% some two weeks ago, more likely due to the microbes eating the oil. The deeper the water the harder it is to re-oxygenate. There is a huge dead zone of anoxic water already in this area due to fertilizer runoff from the Mississippi.

Using deep-sea aerators as I previously suggested would both speed the process and keep the fish alive.



posted on May, 30 2010 @ 03:12 PM
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There already are microbes eating everything in our world-even your winshield on your car. about the time you inject a large influx of these microbes, mother nature will come along with a microbe eating bug. ITS CALLED BALANCE- We have knocked the crap out of mother natures balance and will pay, just like the gulf will pay for alowing oil drilling off their coasts. This oil well will not be stopped, and others disasters one after the other will come till mother nature beats us into submission just like she does will all species.
I have noticed t-boone pickens does not charm the people for natural gas cars- or his favor for the wind energy he was so fond of when they were running out of big oil finds--After they found this field they stoped all other energy seeking avenues, Its a judjement from god if you ask me on their company for giveing up and selling out after their find of this field. God will not let them have this field, instead he will give it to us, his way to show that turning away from clean energy has dire consquences--prais god in his wisdom, natural laws are learned harshly, but learned all the same, like it or not.



posted on May, 30 2010 @ 03:19 PM
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WTF!!!!!!! Why hasn't this been implemented immediately??? Here it is folks here is the answer right here and we have had it for decades. This is Proof the government is incompetent or working against us. If they refuse to implement this proven safe clean up at a fraction of the cost then to me we should start a revolution! What more proof do we need?

This needs to get into the media and go viral on the net and if they don't implement it then we know they have sinister intentions!

This thread needs to be bumped or even stickied!

(If you haven't watched the video don;t bother responding to this post negatively)

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posted on May, 30 2010 @ 03:22 PM
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Hi all!
I think oil tankers should park in the oil spill and hang pumps in the water and pump up the oil into a tanker. When the mixture separates, release the water back into the ocean. It would be time consuming and expensive but it would get the oil into tankers. Any submersible pump should work.
Here in SC people pump lake water into a sprinkler system on their lake front properties and water their yard for free. Electric bill only for running the pumps.



posted on May, 30 2010 @ 03:30 PM
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This reminds me of a book I read once.
www.curledup.com...
It could be just the thing unless it goes wrong and it seems most things do.



posted on May, 30 2010 @ 03:32 PM
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could their gene traits pass to other microbes?

Would this have hte possiblity of getting brought inland to ponds and lakes??? I would hate to have the rain be both acid and plastic devoring.... my car would cry.



posted on May, 30 2010 @ 03:42 PM
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you say there are no side effects. but any increase in any part of the food chain creates an imbalance, not to mention what apacheman says about depletion of oxygen. artificially dumping micro organisms into an environment, at the amount that would be needed to clean the oil spill could have major side effects.



posted on May, 30 2010 @ 03:42 PM
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I don't know if the hydrocarbon-eating microbes have changed markedly in the 20+ years since I dealth with these things. I will tell you what I know as applied to back then. [insert wavy lines] back....... back......

These microbes require[d] somewhat precise environmental conditions to survive, let alone to do their job. For instance, when I was managing contaiminated soil cleanup, we had to run plastic pipe through piles of hydrocarbon-soaked soil, and maintain a fair amount of heat within the piles. We'd often cover the piles with black plastic, and they had to be aerated -- turned over -- fairly frequently to keep the air/oxygen content high.

Here in the tropics, the heat is plenty to cause ambient microbes to eat hydrocarbons. I've found that if I have a plastic fuel container and it is completely filled, all the way to the brim, no air, then it will keep for a very long time, even without fuel stabilizer. That reinforces to me the need for air/oxygen as part of the process for the microbes to work.

I think it's possible that microbes might survive for a period on top of an oil patch/slick, but I don't think conditions would be met well for them to reproduce and consume the slick. I further think that BP has shot the whole area in the foot several times over by applying underwater and the tthousands of gallons of dispersants above water. I believe that is producing a 'mousse" of oil/water that is very thick, often submerges, and absolutely resists mitigation. I think BP did so to reduce the perception of oil, rather than cleaning it up. Likewise, the resultant goo from the dispersants now probably resists skimmers also, as those machines work on surface oil.

I don't think microbes are the answer. I think it's possible that they might work to some degree in slow or stagnant water with floating oil, but one thing is certain......... they surely can't hurt anything, as long as somebody doesn't invent a Monsanto-like franken-microbe.



posted on May, 30 2010 @ 03:43 PM
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Folks if you haven't watched the video please don't comment in ignorance! It's PROVEN, it's safe, and restores the environment!




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posted on May, 30 2010 @ 04:54 PM
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What happens if the microbes don't die? What effects would they have on the other life in the ocean? Can they cause disease?





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