Arch-Microbes May Hold the Solution to the Steady Approach of the Oil on the Gulf Coasts

Last Updated: May 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm


The EPA demands that BP find a “less toxic” dispersal agent for oil in the Gulf. Amira EET has scientists in place along the Gulf Coast. They are preparing to supply BP with a special strain of naturally-occuring oxygen-producing microbes that can quickly break down oil. They do not introduce toxins in the water, rather, they produce only food chain nutrients. This is a relief to all the environmentalists out there as the other dispersants were pretty toxic themselves so it is nice to see that there are other non-toxic dispersants as well.


Booms Showing the Approaching Oil, © BP p.l.c.

The product is called Arch-Microbes. It has already been proven as a viable alternative to toxic dispersants. With them spills can be cleaned up without destroying the environment. It is significantly more active than other microbial products on the market. It provides fast and large-scale clean up for oil, toxins and dispersants alike.

Authorities are taking time to consider how they can deploy technologies like this to the oil onslaught in the wetlands and ocean. Meanwhile, Amira EET is offering quantities of its product for free to the wildlife clean up efforts in Louisiana. The mixture is made up of naturally-occurring microbes found in deep ocean vents is not genetically engineered and has been selected from billions of microbes for this exact situation.

Arch-Microbes put more oxygen into the water as petroleum and other pollutants are consumed, repairing dead zones and sustaining wildlife. Once the oil is gone the microbes die off and enter the food chain.

“Arch-Microbes are proven to be effective in these situations,” said retired General Wesley Clark, an advisory board member of Amira EET, “We have had to be defensive until we caught up with this disaster. Now that we have gained momentum its time to get on the offensive, destroy the oil where it is, and get ahead of it to prevent further damage. Arch-Microbes digest oil without the physical destruction of the environment. It’s a win-win.”

Coastal areas are preparing for the oil from the Deepwater Horizon to come ashore. Arch-Microbes might be the solution for cleaning up the areas near the shore.

They have proven over 99.97% effectiveness in removal of crude oil and other contaminants in Louisiana. Arch-Microbes were used successfully on a large scale in the 1990 Mega Borg oil tanker spill under the product name Alpha BioSea. Since then they have advanced still more in effectiveness.

This gives the hope that there is something that can be done about the ominous approach of the oil.

As well as consuming oil on the surface, Arch-Microbes work underwater. Officials have warned that deep sea plumes of oil must be cleaned up or ocean dead zones will develop. Oxygen-producing Arch-Microbes work in deep sea environments and actually generate oxygen to help sustain and rejuvenate aquatic life and agriculture.

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