Scientists say bacteria consumed oil plume in Gulf

08/24/2010 | Reuters

A specific type of microbe has eaten away the cloud of oil that has leaked from BP's damaged Gulf of Mexico well, researchers said. These so-called proteobacteria may have been incited by the oil spill, and they consumed the hydrocarbons so well that the plume has become unnoticeable, said Terry Hazen, a scientist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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