Oil Spill Solutions Come Out of the Woodwork

Private companies are stepping up to offer solutions that have otherwise been ignored by BP, including oxygen-producing microbes and plain old hay.

Oxygen Producing Microbes to Break Down Oil

GALLIANO, La. (PRNewswire) — As 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 preparing to supply BP with a super strain of naturally-occurring oxygen-producing microbes that quickly break down oil, do not introduce toxins into the water, and produce only food chain nutrients.

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

While authorities take time to consider how they can deploy technologies like this to the oil onslaught in the wetlands and ocean, Amira EET is offering quantities of its product for free to the wildlife clean-up efforts in Louisiana. The mixture, 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."

As coastal areas prepare for the oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill to come ashore, Arch-Microbes provide a pro-active solution. The microbes can be introduced into coastal waters in advance of an oil slick to limit its impact on wildlife and the environment. Arch-Microbes have demonstrated a 24-hour removal of crude oil and contaminants in Louisiana with over 99.97% effectiveness. 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.

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.

About Amira EET: Amira EET is a joint venture founded to provide oil clean-up and disaster response services to the oil and gas industry. Amira EET has established a South Louisiana operations center in Lafourche Parish and is ready to assist the disaster relief effort in the Gulf of Mexico.

Floatable Porosive Particulate Matter

SAN DIEGO (PRNewswire) — While lawmakers are working to leverage the BP crisis into billions of dollars more from Big Oil, and BP is testing an invention to clean the ocean (less than 100%), scientists for Safe and Bound have been working around the clock inventing a new environmentally friendly technology to clean and recycle the spilled crude.

"We have tested a breaking technology that has proven to be successful in absorbing the oil; turning it into a buoyant oil cake that could then be harvested from the sea," says CEO Darren Meade. "Once the material is harvested, we can then reverse the process and free the oil."

The technology that has proven successful in laboratory tests using sea water and crude, soon to be tested in the Gulf of Mexico, is called Floatable Porosive Particulate Matter [for Treatment of Oil Spills]. This Floatable Porosive Particulate Matter maintains perpetual buoyancy of crude oil on the surface of water using hydrophobic and porosive materials, which prevents settling to the bottom of the ocean, that allow for control of the oil spill for harvesting.

As an environmentally friendly method of cleaning up the oil spill without damaging the marine eco-system, the reclamation of oil would prove to be a savior of Big Oil in protecting against the loss and additional spending in filtering the would be contaminated crude.

Safe and Bound's Lead Scientist, Dr. Provonost, stated, "As a company that strives to provide natural, environmentally safe methods to solve chemical problems, we also have the ability to alter the composition of the matrix of materials to control the properties of the agglomerated clusters, depending upon the application. In simpler terms, we can apply this technology to open water, and subsurface oil as well as shorelines - something that would have prevented the blackening of the 1500 miles of Alaskan coastline from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill."

Safe and Bound will be holding a press conference at 1:00 P.M. pacific time on June 3rd, 2010 at an address to be announced in San Diego, California to demonstrate the new technology which they are calling SeaClean.

PR Liaison for the company, Joe Perez, added, "I am eager to see the live demonstration on June 3rd as it will be conducted in the same lab where the technology was invented, utilizing crude and sea water, and will be streamed live via UStream - thus allowing for all interested parties to witness the demonstration online."

Hay — That's Right, Plain Old Hay