Recently, “oilzapper” was in the news. What is it?
[UPSC Civil Services Exam – 2011 Prelims]
(a) It is an eco-friendly technology for the remediation of oily sludge and oil spills
(b) It is the latest technology developed for under-sea oil exploration
(c) It is genetically engineered high biofuel-yielding maize variety
(d) It is the latest technology to control the accidentally caused flames from oil wells
- Oilzapper is a type of bacteria that consumes hydrocarbon compounds found in crude oil and dangerous hydrocarbon waste produced by oil refineries, also known as Oil Sludge, and transforms them into harmless CO2 and water.
- This process is referred to as “Oil Zapping,” which is a bio-remediation technique that utilizes the Oil Zapping bacteria to eliminate oil spills.