July 14, 2010
Good News for the Gulf

From the McClatchy Newspapers:

WASHINGTON — The number of naturally occurring microbes that eat methane grew surprisingly fast inside a plume spreading from BP’s ruptured oil well, an oceanographer who was one of the first to detect the plumes said Tuesday…

On the other hand…

However, the microbes also use oxygen in the water, and Joye said the repercussions of the resulting oxygen depletion aren’t yet known… They’re also looking to see if the microbes will draw down oxygen to levels that would make the waters unsuitable for life. The Gulf of Mexico already has dead zones created by nutrients from fertilizer carried from the Midwest by the Mississippi River.
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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 14, 2010 11:06 AM
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THE MIDWEST AND METHANE EATING MICROBES: WE DEPLETE YOUR OXYGEN SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO! A partnership between Midwest Farms and BP.

Posted by: Hanz on July 14, 2010 12:34 PM
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