Deep bacteria Eat Oil

Posted on 08.23.2015

Professor Bruce Fouke and Post-doc Yiran Dong recently were hilighted in a newspaper article for their work on bacteria that are found deep in the experimental well for carbon sequestration experiments. They found evidence strongly suggesting the bacteria are capable of eating hydrocarbons and turning toxic oil byproducts into less harmful substances. "Unconventional heavy oil is the big target," Fouke said. "There's great interest now in being able to harness the power of microbes to find oil and gas, to break down oil and gas in the subsurface and actually being able to refine it, and to be able to use the microbes that live down there to help us extract it." Read the full story.