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Bacteria Behind Mystery of Disappearing Oil in the Gulf of Mexico, Scientists Claim

Environment  (tags: Bacteria, oil spill, Gulf, Mexico, oil eating bugs, Swarms )

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Scientists claim they have solved the mystery of the missing oil from the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.Swarms of oil-eating bugs have already done the toughest part of BP's clean-up job, they said.

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Daffy McGee (276)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 11:41 pm
Noted. Thank You.

Tekla Drakfrende (82)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 12:12 am
waht happens after the oil has been eaten? What comes out of the bacteria?

JustaHuman Here (53)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 3:33 am
Sounds like the solution of disneyland to me. Of course all thes billions and masses of bacteria were just waiting in time for a big oilspill. Believe everything you hear, don't think.

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 3:39 am
Ha!ha! I like what Tekla has said here!!!! Noted and thanks.

gail dair (0)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 3:58 am
Thanks Anna

Debbie G (306)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 7:44 am
It sounds too good to be true. I guess I'm a true skeptic, I've heard too many lies.

MmAway M (505)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 11:56 am
Thank you dear Anna --

Personally, this is a NO WIN situation for all involved!

BTW, how are BP stockowners loving all of this press??? Gotta check to see what the #'s are!

Can't speak about what in my humble opinion will come out of this...medical problems for people, devistation for our creatures, and on, and on, and on....

nadine F (41)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 1:12 pm
Hmmm.... Convenient.....

Robert Champagne (10)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 1:44 pm
Sorry to seem skeptical however, is this information coming from BP or independent scientist. If this is true, why is this the first time we have heard of this. Why does OSHA consider one drop of oil spilled a recordable if the bacteria is eager to eat it. As they say, if sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't. I will withhold my conclusion until additional information is discovered or disclosed.

Dorothy Ferguson (32)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 1:50 pm
I agree with everyone here. It sounds too good to be true; almost lie a BP media piece. Wish it were true. But did not the missing oil become "found" somewhere in a a rectangular mass between the bottom and the top of the water in the gulf, just hovering there for now. What about this.

Ian N (13)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 1:52 pm
What man destroys, God's tiniest creatures placed on this earth manage to save - AMAZING!

Alissa Coker (0)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 2:54 pm
This is just another perfect example of the earth fixing our wrongdoings

Fran F (118)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 3:16 pm
If it's in the Daily Mail, it's doubtful. And what about all the Corexit?

Lin Penrose (92)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 4:13 pm
Noted & thanks. Important to regard is where it (petroleum, chemicals to disperse, bacteria) go and who eats or aborbs , all components stay in the linkage of life & death. Changed perhaps, but for better or for worse -what is at the end of this linkage? This article is another cover-up by BP, govn'ts, and associated suspects, for anyone trying to ask that most important questions of all.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 5:39 pm
somehow, I'm having trouble believing this. If "oil eating bacteria" was the solution all the time, why didn't we hear about it sooner?

John Pierce (228)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 6:41 pm
What's the going rate for "scientists" these days? When you are a rich, and above the law, you can buy virtually anything.

Freya H (357)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 6:43 pm
OM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM! Bacteria say: Oil delicious! :D

Donn M (56)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 7:49 pm
I would love to believe this is true, but just can't get over my doubts that much oil could be eaten up that fast.

Lynn Marie M (22)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 7:51 pm
Why don't I buy a word of this? If these "bugs" were so incredibly numerous and standing it wait to eat the oil why did they bother pouring millions of gallons of chemicals into the gulf? If this was actually true, surely they would have experienced the oil eating bacteria in past spills and wouldn't have had such a dire necessity for dispersants.

Mary Coleman (148)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 7:53 pm
What sort of wine does one serve with black oil? i'm guessing a dark red---but then again, they are colourless bacteria, so they may want white!

This was a cool story to read, although a part of me wishes these nifty little buggers hadn't made it so easy for BP----what is the going hourly rate for hiring bacteria?? Or are they considered illegal immigrants??

Linda G (187)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 8:35 pm
Hmmmmm, I would hope that those little bacteria really have gobbled up all the oil. However, plumes have been sighted recently so I am very skeptical. I wonder why all that corexit didn't destroy the bacteria? And I wonder if the bacteria use up the oxygen in the water so that marine life suffers. I really, really hate being a skeptic but BP's track record is not real reliable for truth telling. And who are the scientists? Who commissioned them? I really would like more information. Thanks for the article. Noted.

Mike T (65)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 8:41 pm
Of course they admit it after they have spent BILLIONS of taxpayers and your fuel cost money to PAY OFF
their buddy's for the clean up costs...when our little friends were willing to do it for FREE! When are you guys going to get this???
You know it...Just wake up...and admit it is REAL!

Linda G (187)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 8:44 pm
Here is an article posted on 8/17 that claims 70 to 80% of the oil is still in the gulf. Who do we believe?

Susan L (150)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 9:48 pm
Wow! This is exactly what BP 'wanted' to hear! Somehow, it happened, just like that! ........
However, another expert claimed that the plumes may have diluted or moved.


Past Member (0)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 10:47 pm
Hmmmmm I want to believe this article but..... how come there hasn't been mention of oil-eating bacteria ever before AND why aren't they in the Niger Delta???! If EVER there was a place in need of oil-eating bacteria it's the Niger Delta!

Care For All (46)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 11:23 pm
The article is pure propaganda!

Please SEE: OIL SPILL CORRUPTION - Study Claiming Bacteria Is Rapidly Degrading Oil Is FUNDED By BP and FEDS

Quoted from the article: "The research was supported by an existing grant with the Energy Biosciences Institute, a partnership led by the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Illinois that is FUNDED BY A $500 MILLION, 10-YEAR GRANT FROM BP. Other support came from the U.S. Department of Energy and the University of Oklahoma Research Foundation"

The original article is here:

When you see articles on this topic in the press, please comment and share the truth.

voicen lin (0)
Friday August 27, 2010, 12:12 am
i don't believe there would be oil-eating bacteria.

mr Crowley (23)
Friday August 27, 2010, 1:06 am
thanks for the comment, care for a.!

Claire D (5)
Friday August 27, 2010, 2:43 am
Would like to know who the experts were who found the oil eating bug that managed to chomp all the oil away. Call me sceptical but it does make you wonder. If it's true then we should be glad that something can minimise the damage, however small.

Mari 's (1356)
Friday August 27, 2010, 4:28 am


Kerrie G (116)
Friday August 27, 2010, 5:30 am
Noted, thanks.

Mike T (65)
Friday August 27, 2010, 5:30 am
The same oil eating bacteria they found in Alaske after the Valdez...Not only are there bacteria that eat hydrocarbons ,there are some that eat styrofoam,plastics! everything has a bacteria or microorganism that will help make you one with the environment.Everything that comes from this planet toxic or not will go back...

Mike M (40)
Friday August 27, 2010, 5:58 am
sounds like a lot of BS in those statements

Theo Roropoulos (19)
Friday August 27, 2010, 6:01 am
i feel for those bacteria having to consume all that oil!! in a more serious note,! i just pray this is only God's plan to clean man's mess, and we won't be witnesses of some explosive reaction/side-effect of those bacterias in the near future..

Valerie S (70)
Friday August 27, 2010, 6:04 am
Noted, incredible attempt by BP and Feds to fool us all!
Yes, the miracle bacteria solved all their problems...let's just keep drilling the bacteria will come save us if ever another leak, spill, explosion......what a load of bull!!

Past Member (0)
Friday August 27, 2010, 10:02 am
Noted/thank you.

kasaija n. (0)
Friday August 27, 2010, 10:08 am
well it looks like a passport for more spills. too bad!! no wonder thats why i prefer being isolated from such corrupt oil hungry leaders.
can't they be human for once?

donald Baumgartner (6)
Friday August 27, 2010, 12:55 pm

Phillip I (67)
Friday August 27, 2010, 1:04 pm
Sorry. Call me a skeptic, but I'm going to need more than a vague "they said"... This is just too convenient. How does that old saying go again....: "If something seems too good to be true, then the government is telling us that there's nothing to worry about....?"

Bonnie B (103)
Friday August 27, 2010, 2:03 pm
It makes sense to me that there are oil-eating bacteria...crude oil is after all a natural substance. Just as bacteria feed on us after we die, there are probably hosts of bactera for every organic substance. The earth really does know how to take care of itself and has a system! We may overwhelm it for a time, but once we either wipe ourselves off the face of the earth or find a way to live that is sustainable, the earth can heal itself. The scary part will be when the pro big oil people use this as a reason we can drill baby drill. For one thing, as far as I can tell there are no CO2 eating bacteria, so in burning the oil we are still in deep trouble. So I will continue to fight for green energy, conservation and no more drilling.

Chiari L (2)
Friday August 27, 2010, 2:16 pm
how convenient! liars. i call bull shit!

Bill S (0)
Friday August 27, 2010, 2:29 pm
Noted and thanks.

Jennifer Baratta (0)
Friday August 27, 2010, 2:35 pm
Thank you

Jeannette A (137)
Friday August 27, 2010, 2:40 pm
OK... IF this is true, then what happens if the oil eating bacteria morphs into flesh eat bacteria???? Seriously, nothing happens in a vacuum and bacteria of this nature will have an impact on its ecosystem. What that cost will be to the wildlife and the microorganisms that maintain our oceans or what changes it will make down the road to our world's environment is something we can only guess. Working WITHIN our world's natural resources is the only real chance we have to our continuing survival.

Friday August 27, 2010, 3:22 pm
Is it not possible that this information only came to reassure the public?

. (0)
Friday August 27, 2010, 3:40 pm

. (0)
Friday August 27, 2010, 3:56 pm
What eats the bacteria? Sea life & up the food chain? If so, aren't they still being contaminated? I also heard that some of the oil evaporated and that a lot of it settled on the sea floor or is floating mid-level so it can't be seen floating on top. Most times, if left alone, nature can usually fix what we humans screw up. Regardless, I hope what they are saying is true. Thanks!!

Thomas N. (0)
Friday August 27, 2010, 4:06 pm
It's hard to accept anything as truth in this BP disaster, but I would say that the world's natural detoxification of the impurities we have caused is only more proof to show that there is a divine power out there

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday August 27, 2010, 4:17 pm
Thanks for post Anna. Let's see what happens next.

Jenni Lawton (6)
Friday August 27, 2010, 4:36 pm
Do you believe it? Amazing how all the positive comments get through. When I tried to view previous articles which didn't make those involved look so good, they were removed early somehow.

Selma A (44)
Friday August 27, 2010, 5:45 pm
I just want to add my 2 cents, tho many others have already said or touched upon them already:
1-I don't know if this news is true because I don't know that some oil company didn't pay these scientists
2-There were chemical dispersants spread out over the oil to keep so much of it from coming ashore and making it easier for the people and the media to be able to show just how much oil was out there
3-We still don't know what impact these bacteria and the oil will have on the environment in the future.

Carmen M (2)
Friday August 27, 2010, 6:35 pm

Hugh M (75)
Friday August 27, 2010, 7:07 pm
Care for A. The article you linked to is a disconnected series of assertions and is not the kind of journalism I would pay any attention to at all. There is no scholarship or depth to it. And by the way, a lot of good research is done with government and corporate money though we need to be wary of any results that fit a corporate agenda. That article proves nothing whatsoever.
On this article, I don't think we ought to believe any article that contains fairy stories (no ofence to fairies) of things like bacteris working so fast that samples taken had absoultely no oil in them by the time they got back to the lab. That sets off my liar alarm!
I have no doubt that there are natural bacteria that can eat oil and break it down into less harmful substances but I doubt that they would be capable of swarming and reproducing so fast that they could handle a disaster of this size. We have to be prepared to wait decades at least for the toxins to leave the Gulf area.

Sylvie M (46)
Friday August 27, 2010, 8:09 pm
Who do they think we are, to make us beLIEve in this miraculous "oil-eating bacteria" ? Such organisms do exist, of course, but don't tell me their so unexpected, convenient and miraculous presence in the Mexican Gulf, at the right place in the right time, in so huge quantities so as to make most of the spill dissolve, is NORMAL.

Where were those bacteria when the Erika tanker spilled its filth on our Britanny coasts in the winter of 1999? When the Amoco Cadiz and Torrey Canyon polluted our European coasts in the 60s and 70s ?

Oh, maybe those BP-sponsored bacteria have a residence permit ONLY in American waters ?

Fairy tales indeed!!!!!

Teresa K (33)
Friday August 27, 2010, 8:24 pm
More BP, BS! however thank you for the post.

Pam T (6)
Friday August 27, 2010, 8:52 pm
SOUNDS great but there are a lot of questions; is the bacteria not good for the ocean? What does it do to the sea life? Etc.
And I am just suspicous of the reality of these 'bugs.' Maybe the oil moved or sank. Why did this not occur in the Alaska spill? There have been many smaller spills all over the world but only in the worst spill in history these 'bugs' suddenly appear and seem to make it seem that the spill won't be so damaging to the life therein. I'm waiting a few years before I believe anything (including the SEASWARMERS from another article). It's just too politically easy. "No worries! We have robots and bacteria that will solve the entire mess". RIGHT!

Susan L (150)
Friday August 27, 2010, 9:23 pm
Hugh M.- I think you are mistaken in your critique of Care For A's posting. The (last) link she used for her comment IS saying almost exactly what you are. It is an article that states WHY you should NOT believe the article in this story about the 'magical bugs that have saved the Gulf so conveniently for BP' The site "Florida Oil Spill Law" appears to be a legitimate attempt to inform its' readers and the site owner gives his reason for starting the site and even gives a link to contact him. You should check it out in the 'about' section.
Maybe I have mis-understood you, but I don't think I have.

Sharon S (31)
Friday August 27, 2010, 9:23 pm
Noted. Thank You!

Lloyd H (46)
Friday August 27, 2010, 9:30 pm
What pure BP propaganda crap! Yes there are bacteria that eat oil but they do it slowly and the easiest way to know that the bacteria is eating oil is that they always create a 'dead zone' where ever they do. The thing is tha in the process of consuming oil the bacteria strip all the oxegen from the surrounding water and replace it with co2, now the dead zones aresomething that any respectable marine biologist would notice and report. They have lied about the amount of oil that is left to clean up 24% of the spilled oil is left to deal with; their estimate was 25% evaporated- problem is that crude oil does not contain 25% volatile compounds so it could not have lost that much; 25% was dispersed by the toxic dispersants-problem independent figures show that at most the hundreds of thousands of gallons of toxic dispersants effected 8% of the oil;and the other 26% was supposedly skimmed, boom caught or cleand off the beaches- problem the booms were improperly installed and maintained, the skimmers were late in use and sporadically used and as for what came off the beaches that is anyones guess as BP kept outsiders away disposed of the dirty sand in plastic bags sent to landfills and not recorded; the really big problem is that indepentent sources estimate the oil left to be cleaned from the Gulf at 75-80%. Personally with all the secrecy that BP imposed with help, for no good reason, from the Government from no-fly zones, no-boat zones, no-reporter zones has done nothing for the truth and a hell of a lot for their ability to save money by contesting the estimated spill numbers that will be the basis for their fines.

Lynn C (94)
Friday August 27, 2010, 10:08 pm
Good to see a healthy scepticism from my fellow members. Some serious questions need to be asked and answered. My suspicion is it's just be a set up for the bail-out of responsibility. The big coporatons bear an amazing resemblance to politicians. They lie a lot and assume we're too ignorant to catch them at it.

Care For All (46)
Friday August 27, 2010, 10:26 pm
Look VERY CAREFULLY at who is REALLY FUNDING the studies.

SEE: Study claiming bacteria is rapidly degrading oil without depleting oxygen is FUNDED by BP and FEDS

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has extensive ties to both BP and the US government.

In 2007, the lab received the bulk of a controversial $500 million science grant from BP. The Lawrence Berkeley Lab’s director at the time, Steven Chu, now heads the Department of Energy, which also partially funds the lab.

BP has brought us the following (to name a few):

1) BP has made deals with academic institutions to control alternative energy. Read the following for the details of BP's deal with UC - Berkeley:

BP will effectively be able to choose which technologies are developed for large-scale adoption. And there is no indication of when, if ever, new technologies would pass into the public domain. And shame on UC Berkeley and others for colluding!

2) BP is in the business of buying up scientists. Here’s an example of how BP works with scientists: Blacklash Grows Against BP Efforts to "Buy Up" Gulf scientists –

3) See: BP Accused of 'Buying Academic Silence':

greenplanet e (155)
Friday August 27, 2010, 10:39 pm
"However, another expert claimed that the plumes may have diluted or moved. "


Denise P (65)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 2:32 am
Wow, I'm impressed!(swsot). Where did these wonderbugs suddenly come from? Out of the scientist lab and released? If that is the case why take so long to get them to do, what they should have done, before they put all those chemicals in the water and killed so much marine life.

Barb M (3)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 4:18 am
oh jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez. how stupid do they think we are? my gosh, what did the 'church lady' on snl always say? 'how con-veeen-ient!"

thats what i think too........ this is so sad. whats the worst is that most people will believe it because they want to, they dont want to have to change anything. and collectively we wont........ its like it didnt even happen.......... and thats the point right???????? louisiana looses again. even the mississippi governor is taking swipes at them...... shame on haley barbour.

CollieGirl cg (26)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 4:49 am
The 2 corexit toxins sank the oil. That is where it went. It was already proven BP paid off scientist's earlier. 5 million gallons of oil don't just-so-happen to be gobbled up. By sinking the oil more wildlife has been endangered, since this is a migratory area for sharks, whales, etc. This is a disaster area. It is incomprehensible to me that the government has helped to cover this up.

Edward M (8)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 5:05 am
The same type of bacteria that was strangely missing over the course of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska that is still ongoing.

Mike T (65)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 6:34 am
The chemicals used to clean up the spill, kill + retard the growth of these beneficial bacteria.The population of the bacteria is determined by the amount of oil [food] they have, once the food is gone the bacteria not needed
become food for other beneficial bacteria. These renewable beneficial organisms are no threat to marine life or any thing other than BP ,Mobil ,Exxon etc's bank account.EVERYTHING on this planet is here for a reason...
BP did not create these bacteria! The bacteria that BP would have made would want to get all the other clean up companies...that BP created in their labs.
Don't worry about these beneficial organisms,global warming etc etc.The DIATOM or the structure of all things will deal with everything. And by the way the DIATOM [diatomaceous earth] would have soaked up the oil safely in a fraction of the time spent...and they are good friends with the bacteria too!

Lynn Allen (0)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 6:49 am
I still have a few choice lots left in Atlantis.

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Saturday August 28, 2010, 6:58 am
Do you have your listings with Jgig K,Aoomall Dkf,or Century 21?

Patricia Bucio (0)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 9:56 am
Good article.

Patricia Bucio (0)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 9:57 am
Good article.

Patricia Bucio (0)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 9:58 am
Good article.

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Mary Ann F (2)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 5:49 pm
Hooray for Mother Nature! I have heard that these bacteria like the light crude that is the BP spill and not the heavy stuff from Exxon Valdez.

Cesar Vazquez (0)
Tuesday August 31, 2010, 1:45 pm
And that's the way Earth and it's species save the day. I hope that's true, if that's the case throw more bacteria in there!

. (0)
Wednesday September 1, 2010, 7:30 am
If it looks and sounds to good to true it is!! How sad that the corporate world believes the public is so dumb. They don't need to spend money for clean up etc. man can destroy the earth in any manor we like because nature will restore it as fast as we destroy it. Get real, look around at our earth, it is not to hard to see the damage everywhere you look. How can anyone buy this one. When will our government and corporate world become honest and work for the good of ALL?? GREED GREED GREED seems to always win out. Please help stop them from getting away with this business as usual.
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