Gallery: Study Shows Bacteria Gobbled 200,000 Tons Of BP Oil in the Gul...

Oil Sheen

Have you seen those BP commercials that talk about how the Gulf Coast is “open for business”? These ads are little more than BP-sponsored propaganda to assuage people’s fears about swimming in water contaminated by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. (Spoiler: there’s still plenty of oil washing up on Gulf Coast beaches). BP seems to think that their controversial dispersants did the trick, breaking down the oil until it was no longer visible on the ocean’s surface. But a recent study of the Gulf Coast shows that naturally occurring bacteria – not the Corexit BP dumped by the airplane full – are responsible for cleaning up the majority of the spill.

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