Bacteria to the Rescue


Don't slander NOAA.
Bacteria eat the oil, but they use oxygen to do so. The result is a massive anoxic dead zone full of suffocated fish.
Perhaps you would like to include the very next paragraph in your out-of-context post:

"But concerns remain about the spill's unseen effects."

This is the head of NOAA speaking, not some BP flak. And she is by no means minimizing the situation or suggesting that because the oil isn't visible on the surface that it isn't a problem.
There's nothing left to kill there, anyway. Time to destroy another large body of water somewhere else.
#2 has it down pat. Plenty of bacteria have evolved to eat long-chain hydrocarbons, but they usually need oxygen to do so.