Scientists Argue Against Conclusion That Bacteria Consumed Deepwater Horizon Methane

Retrieving Sample Cylinders into Gulf – Multicorer sampling operation aboard the RV Gyre.
Credit – with permission from: Texas A&M-University Corpus Christi, Sandra Arismendez / NOAA


A technical comment published in the May 27 edition of the journal Science casts doubt on a widely publicized study that concluded that a bacterial bloom in the Gulf of Mexico consumed the methane discharged from the Deepwater Horizon well.

The debate has implications for the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem as well as for predictions of the effect of global warming, said marine scientist and lead author Samantha Joye, University of Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Arts and Sciences…

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