- Posted August 7, 2010 by
Warren, Rhode Island
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Track the oil disaster
Miracle or wishful thinking?
An estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil have spilled into the Gulf. Officials claim that only 26% of the pollution remains. And the rest? Upon more careful examination of the data, 50% of the 4.9 million barrels of oil are still lingering in the gulf. Not to mention massive amounts of the chemical dispersant, Corexit, used to disperse roughly 8% of the spill. Natural dispersion accounted for 16%. 25% is claimed to have evaporated or dissolved.
The government went on to caution that natural or chemically dispersed oil, even in dilute amounts, could be toxic to vulnerable species. It will take decades for natural microorganisms and Mother Nature to degrade the remaining oil.
Pro-Act Biotech of Warren, Rhode Island and EcoSoultions LLC, of Westford Vermont are experts in Eco-safe, natural microbial remediation and restoration systems. The companies have been collaborating for more than five years and have recently developed a specialized treatment system called OilClean™.
The OilClean system creates an ideal environment to help indigenous and augmented microbes speed-up the biodegradation and restoration process. Based on laboratory testing, results occur within days and weeks — with no toxic or chemical side effects and no clean-up waste products.
It may be wishful thinking to believe the remaining oil is not a threat or nonexistent. But rest assured, if we continue to deny the facts, it will take more than decades to restore the Gulf — it might just take a miracle.