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Andrew Craig-Bennett
07-31-2010, 11:28 AM
have been eaten by the bacteria that have always been present, consuming the natural seeps that occur in the Gulf of Mexico...

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/gulf-oil-spill-oil-plumes-eaten-bacteria-tests/story?id=11292159

varadero
07-31-2010, 02:34 PM
Be carefull Andrew, there are many here that do not welcome good news. The US and international press are also reporting the same. I believe they are worried this might just affect the settlment payments. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1299074/So-great-BP-environmental-disaster-Gulf-Mexico-hyped.html ;)

paladin
07-31-2010, 03:51 PM
Howard George was a cool dude.....

delecta
07-31-2010, 04:03 PM
Oh my gosh!!

Rush Limbaugh was right!

This is going to be painful for some of you. LOL

C. Ross
07-31-2010, 04:04 PM
So if bacteria have consumed - what a million barrels of oil? - shouldn't scientists be able to detect much higher levels of carbon dioxide from the digestion? Its hard to prove a negative - is there confirmatory evidence other than our inability to find oil?

paladin
07-31-2010, 04:10 PM
keep an eye out for a plant bloom.......

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
07-31-2010, 04:13 PM
I thought you got mercury from Hg Wells.

C. Ross
07-31-2010, 04:38 PM
keep an eye out for a plant bloom.......

Maybe later, after the dead zone. Fertilizer nutrients from the Mississippi River create an annual dead zone in the Gulf where microbes consume all the oxygen when they digest the crud. Maybe some of the un-oiled fish and turtles are dying from the same cause?

Mrleft8
07-31-2010, 04:54 PM
Those bacterii are having a hard time climbing aboard the birds, fish, mammals, and amphibians, not to mention the plant life.

stevebaby
07-31-2010, 04:56 PM
I thought you got mercury from Hg Wells.Get yer coat... :D

paladin
07-31-2010, 07:49 PM
Youse get Mercury from Hg Mines.

Osborne Russell
08-01-2010, 10:03 AM
have been eaten by the bacteria that have always been present, consuming the natural seeps that occur in the Gulf of Mexico...

The key word is "natural".

peb
08-01-2010, 10:08 AM
I listened to an expert on the radio about a month or so ago and he was predicting that the effects of the spill were being grossly overexagerated and went into quite a bit of detail as to why. He was not well received by callers or the host of the show he was on. But he made a lot of sense. Seems he was likely correct. We will shortly be hearing a lot of attempted debunking of these good reports. BP was attacked again last couple of days for even discussing a decrease in the clean up efforts.

paladin
08-01-2010, 10:10 AM
if the oil goes away the free money stops.

John E Hardiman
08-01-2010, 10:14 AM
The key word is "natural".

LOL...as if the bacteria read the packaging lable....I only eat "natural" food, it is all made out of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, iron, and some trace atoms...

Osborne Russell
08-01-2010, 10:16 AM
Natural as in quantity.

willmarsh3
08-01-2010, 10:16 AM
An interesting discussion of natural oil seeps vs a man made oil spill here.
http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/blogs/j/d/jdf15/2010/05/back-when-this-all-first.php

It seems the Gulf can absorb small amounts of oil everywhere continuously without harm but one large spill overwhelms the ecosystem for a time.