Bacteria Ate Mostly Gas, Not Oil In BP Spill

09/16/2010 07:05 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Los Angeles Times

Bacteria that attacked the plumes of oil and gas from the Deepwater Horizon gusher in the Gulf of Mexico mainly digested natural gas spewing from the wellhead -- propane, ethane and butane -- rather than oil, according to a study published in the journal Science.

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