Round Rock company tapped for oil spill clean up



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Posted on May 14, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Updated Friday, May 14 at 10:16 PM

A Round Rock company will have a stake in helping to clean up the mess caused by thousands of gallons of oil seeping into the Gulf of Mexico every day. 

Micro Bac has been going around the world collecting micro-organisms since 1981. 

The Round Rock company wouldn't disclose which bacteria they use to eat organic material, but one of their scientists tsaid that the organisms eat hydro-carbons by nature and that they don't leave an impact on the environment.

"These are organisms. They produce enzymes that break down crude oil, they digest it, they utilize it as a food source and after they've broken it all down the all die and go away," said Dennis Schneider, a scientist at Micro Bac. "We know how safe it is and how good it is for the environment so we're excited about being able to help that's for sure."

On Friday, a delegation from Louisiana paid Micro Bac a visit because they're interested in buying some of the micro-organisms to help in cleaning up the mess in the Gulf caused by the oil.

Micro Bac says they have no idea how much of their product it will take to clean up the Gulf nor do they know how long it would take because it isn't clear how much oil has been spilled there.

"We've already started moving product into the spill area with other companies and I think we'll have more going out next week.  We're kind of waiting for some more direction from the Louisiana government in terms of what to do, but it looks promising", said Schneider.

British Petroleum has set up a website to offer suggestions on how to clean up the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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