Pine Belt company wants to clean up Gulf oil

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg company said they can clean up the oil in the Gulf with their environmentally friendly solution.

Bio-Solutions is a marketing and manufacturing company that provides technology to safely degrade pollutants. To target the oil spill they isolated specific microbes, or bacteria strains, that go after oil as a food source.

To prove their microbes work, Bio-Solutions tested them on oil contaminated water from Gulf Shores, Alabama.

After several days the water was significantly clearer, and independent tests showed no petroleum hydro-carbons in the treated water samples. Joe Ashley is the CEO of Bio-Solutions.

Ashley said, "I think people will learn that this is the way to go, and do it immediately. We should have been spraying microbes on it from day one instead of these dispersants on there and we'd be way ahead of the game at this point."

To help clean up the Gulf, Bio-Solutions submitted their technology in May to BP for review. The company is currently in stage three of a four stage BP review process.

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