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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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