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BP Oil Spill: Discovery of Oil-Eating Microbes (2011)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-05-27

Duration: 00:05:56

Subjects: BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010 | Hazen, Terry C. | Microorganisms | Environment | Science | Gulf Of Mexico


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Alford, Jeremy Producer
  • Justice, Todd Editor
  • Hazen, Terry Interviewee


This segment from the May 27, 2011, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Jeremy Alford’s report on one of the unintended consequences of the 2010 BP Oil Spill, the discovery of an oil-eating microbe in the Gulf of Mexico. Alford interviews Dr. Terry Hazen, a microbial ecologist at the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory in California, about his discovery of the microbe and its implications for the Gulf’s ecosystem. This report also includes footage of an exclusive lecture given by Dr. Hazen about the microbe at Tulane University in New Orleans. Host: Shauna Sanford