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LETTER: Can bugs eat coal tar?

Commentary • Jun 30, 2010 at 1:59 AM

To the Editor: I have been following the Sandusky coal tar investigation for some time now. More recently, as most of us have, I"ve also been following the oil catastrophe and debacle in the Gulf of Mexico.

Recently, my son, Brian, sent me an e-mail article regarding the approach the Texas Land Office and Texas Water Commission had taken to deal with several large oil spills that endangered their pristine beaches and marshlands. They used "oil eating" microbes to treat oil that was floating on open water, washing up onto beaches, and invading marshlands. Although microbes are not new technology, advances have been made over the years in both enhancements and delivery mechanisms. Is anyone, who is involved with the coal tar project, looking into the possibility oil eating microbes be part of the solution arsenal in dealing with this contamination? Imagine if these "little buggers" could be poured down the discovery holes drilled by the engineers. Then left to their own devices, they hunt down and consume the toxic coal tar and leave only a biodegradable waste that is non-toxic to humans and marine life. Anyone interested can perform an internet search using "Texas Land Office & Oil Eating Microbes."

Don McGee


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