Oil and gas operators use millions of barrels of water to drill, complete, and produce wells all around the world. In the United States, there are strict regulations that determine how water that is returned to the surface, produced water, is disposed. Produced water is contaminated with several compounds ranging from metals, salts, and hydrocarbons. Specifically, produced water contains the components of BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene). BTEXterminator, a co-culture of two strains of Psuedomonas putida, is capable of naturally degrading all of the components of BTEX. Each strain ...
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