Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Microbes' role in oil spills investigated

A report by researchers at a California lab has highlighted the critical role microbes played in mitigating the two worst oil spill incidents in U.S. history. Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory studying last year's BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound off the coast of Alaska two decades ago say oil-degrading micro-organisms played a significant role in reducing the overall environmental impact of both spills. More>