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Raleigh company hopes to help Gulf Coast

Posted July 7, 2010

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— A Raleigh man is hoping his company can help fix the oil spill covering the Gulf of Mexico.

Jason Caplan said his company, EnSolve BioSystems, has been using a process on ships around the world for years that makes oily water from vessels safe in ocean water.

Caplan said the technology uses a naturally occurring process.

“It has oil degrading microbes, which convert the oil into carbon dioxide and water,” he said.

Microbes and nutrients are placed on booms about 20 feet long. Those bags are then placed on beaches.

Caplan said the oil breakdown happens in a matter of hours. He said the devices, which are prototypes, would be safe for animals and people along the Gulf Coast.

“We have never seen people get injured or sick,” he said.

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Caplan believes his clean-up method would be cheaper than some of the ones used now in the Gulf.

A blast at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, led to the massive leak on April 20.

Caplan said he is in talks with clean-up contractors in the Gulf.

“We are hoping to really do some good down there,” he said.

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  • tarheel4life Jul 8, 2010

    "BP should have had these guys on the payroll years ago."

    Really? Do you know that their technology is really that good? Does it even work? I hope you're basing that comment on more than this article.

    "Is it possible that our government does not want this oil mess cleaned up. Think about it, this one factor has taken all the focus away from what our elected are doing, less talk about the debt, job loses, unsecured borders, China holding our IOU and so on"

    Hahahaha I can only hope that was a joke. If so, job succeeded. If not, take off the tin foil hat and SEEK HELP.

  • sumpinlikedat Jul 8, 2010

    "Is it possible that our government does not want this oil mess cleaned up. Think about it, this one factor has taken all the focus away from what our elected are doing, less talk about the debt, job loses, unsecured borders, China holding our IOU and so on"

    Gotta love conspiracy theories.

  • mikecohen Jul 8, 2010

    At least the readers on here know what is up:
    Obama did claim responsibility for 100% of the cleanup
    Our laws are a mess.

  • OSX Jul 8, 2010

    You must not have read the memo from Washington. "No Brilliant ideas allowed in the Gulf".

  • pappybigtuna1 Jul 8, 2010

    Is it possible that our government does not want this oil mess cleaned up. Think about it, this one factor has taken all the focus away from what our elected are doing, less talk about the debt, job loses, unsecured borders, China holding our IOU and so on

  • Sarge Jul 8, 2010

    "BP should have had these guys on the payroll years ago."

    already had washington, not enough to go around ...

  • dogluv3r Jul 8, 2010

    I hope they let him help, but considering there is a whale skimmer sitting in VA that skims 500,000 gallons of oil PER DAY (the EPA hasn't decided if it meets their standards yet), I am not going to hold my breath. Way to go government!

  • u stand corrected Jul 8, 2010

    Great but why now? Why didn't you do this after it started? Or is there something I don't understand? Either way, I hope it works!

  • bgreen2 Jul 8, 2010

    This is good stuff. We need more home-grown companies like EnSolve with good science, good ideas, and good people to clean up this spill and this country. BP should have had these guys on the payroll years ago.