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Oil FAIL: Puff, the magic microbes...

Samantha Joye, still causing trouble:

"Magic microbes consumed maybe 10 percent of the total discharge, the rest of it we don't know," [marine scientist Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia] said, later adding: "there's a lot of it out there."

Move along, people, move along! There's no story here...


Submitted by jawbone on

From the link:

In five different expeditions, the last one in December, Joye and colleagues took 250 cores of the sea floor and travelled across 2,600 square miles. Some of the locations she had been studying before the oil spill on April 20 and said there was a noticeable change. Much of the oil she found on the sea floor — and in the water column — was chemically fingerprinted, proving it comes from the BP spill. Joye is still waiting for results to show other oil samples she tested are from BP's Macondo well.

She also showed pictures of oil-choked bottom-dwelling creatures. They included dead crabs and brittle stars — starfish like critters that are normally bright orange and tightly wrapped around coral. These brittle stars were pale, loose and dead. She also saw tube worms so full of oil they suffocated.

"This is Macondo oil on the bottom," Joye said as she showed slides. "This is dead organisms because of oil being deposited on their heads."

Joye said her research shows that the burning of oil left soot on the sea floor, which still had petroleum products. And even more troublesome was the tremendous amount of methane from the BP well that mixed into the Gulf and was mostly ignored by other researchers. (My emphasis)

Submitted by hipparchia on

i am sooooo going to steal this one; it's priceless.

we do actually have indigenous oil-eating microbes in the gulf, because we have some [apparently naturally-occuring] oil seeps, but expecting them to be able to "clean up" a catastrophic spill is ludicrous.

Submitted by lambert on

They might evolve. Hudson River fish evolved PCB resistance. In 50 years.