Local Farm May Help With Oil Spill

One Raleigh man has a plan to contain the oil in the Gulf it and a farm in Pitt County is helping.

A crop called Kenaf, being grown at a farm in Fountain, is usually put into waste water treatment plants to help them run more efficiently. But, Walt Brown with R.F. Wastewater says it can be used on the oil spill too. That's because it's the most oil absorbent product in the world.

Brown's plan is to mix the kenaf with microbes, which are bacteria and then dump the product in the gulf's wetlands. Brown says, "Then the microbes go crazy eating all the oil and then every 20 to 40 minutes that population of microbes doubles, so basically eat the kenaf and then move outside to oily marsh to consume oil as it goes through the marsh."

The product is being produced at Eric Pierce's farm in Fountain and is ready to go. All they're waiting for is a thumbs up from the EPA.

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  • by Natalie Kaplan Location: WITN on Jun 5, 2010 at 08:05 AM
    Michelle, I didn't have time to put this in my story but according to Walt once the microbes were finished absorbing the oil they would die on their own. So, we wouldn't need to be worried about the crop/bacteria consuming/destroying anything else. Hope this helps!
  • by marcus Location: grafton, wi on Jun 5, 2010 at 06:14 AM
    Join this Facebook group: "Cotton Waste Can Clean The Oil Spill - SHARE THIS PLEASE" (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=124237440942194) .. and help spread the word about this viable solution to the oil spill!
  • by MIKE Location: WILSON on Jun 5, 2010 at 05:58 AM
    At this point we need to try anything--50 days and this is still going on.I just cant believe BP did not have a plan for this, SHAME ON THEM!! Its time to end this one way or the other!!!
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jun 5, 2010 at 05:31 AM
    What's the delay in trying this stuff??? Checking the contribution records to the anointed one's campaign. No contribution, no approval. Surprise!!!
  • by Michelle Location: eastern nc on Jun 5, 2010 at 04:09 AM
    That is wonderful! The only question that I would have is that once it consumes the oil, would it dissipate and go away or mutate to eat something else and become another issue that we have to get rid of. Bacteria could kill us all - of course if we kill the oceans and life in it, that will lead to our deaths too. I pray that it works with no adverse effects and they can save the Gulf and better yet - the poor animals suffering so and dying.
  • by charles Location: winterville on Jun 4, 2010 at 06:48 PM
    walt is a great guy, i would believe what he says more than any politician
  • by crazyinnc Location: nc on Jun 4, 2010 at 06:16 PM
    Why are they waiting if it works use it man it cant do no more harm than what the oil has done. gee thats our goverment for you. they have something that works and behold we have to check this and that.

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