SoilandWater.com Bugs!™ Oil Gluttons
Bioremediation of Oil Spills and Drilling Muds
The above diagram demonstrates a comparison of the microbial growth rate on
noninhibitory (conventional wastes) and inhibitory wastes (toxic or hazardous
SoilandWater.com Bugs!™ Oil Gluttons bacteria are a great
alternative to conventional oil spill cleanup methods.
Heavy hydrocarbon concentrations such as those resulting from an oil spill, or urban
storm water runoff, are toxic to aquatic life, contaminate soils and inhibit real estate
transactions due to the existence of environmental liabilities.
In addition, traditional means of remediation for oil contaminated soil and water are
very expensive with the use of excavation and/or vacuum equipment, trucking, and off
site treatment or disposal.
If remediation is not performed, petroleum wastes will invariably reach fresh ground
water supplies, aquifers, or surface waters.
Mechanical methods applied with manual labor have traditionally been employed to
remove oil contaminated soil and water. Some firms tried to stabilize drilling mud with
estearic acid and calcium oxide before depositing it in approved landfills, but such
space is getting scarce. This is no longer necessary with SoilandWater.com Bugs!™
Product Technical Bulletin
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