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    Victor A. Schmidt, Drilling Engineering Editor

    It is amazing to what lengths this industry will go to bring more oil to the surface. It will even enlist the help of the world’s most populous nation-bacteria-to solve oil production problems and increase oil flow. Last August, this editor presented some information on the US industry’s investigation of biosurfactants, based on a recent DOE/NETL project with the University of Oklahoma and Arrow Holding. Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR), a blending of oilfield and biological technology, is a reality and at work in the US and other regions. This past month, I received a call from Charles Siess, director of sales and marketing with GloriOil, a two-year-old oil service firm located on the southern edge of Houston near Pearland. The company is applying MEOR lessons to oilfield problems in Texas’ Frio trend.

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