GATOR vs. COMPETITORS
GATOR is a patented remediation product. Currently, there is no other
technology in the remediation industry which compares with OIL GATOR
both in its ease of use and its overall effectiveness with in situ bioremediation.
OIL GATOR uses a 100% natural renewable resource as the base of the
product. In addition, indigenous micro-organisms and essential nutrients
are contained within the structure of the material. The product provides
a superior environment for the micro-organism to biodegrade the hydrocarbon
it has absorbed. Once absorbed, the hydrocarbon will not be released
back into the environment until it is broken down into carbon dioxide
and water. OIL GATOR biologically active absorbent actually benefits
the soils by using indigenous micro-organisms to degrade the contaminants
and maintain the soils ecosystem. When OIL GATOR is through remediating,
the result is a rich soil capable of supporting any plant life form
normally found or introduced to the soil.
THERMAL REMEDIATION TECHNOLOGY-This company uses a portable soil treatment machine to remove contaminants
from soils. The soils have to be excavated and processed through their
machine which thermally removes the contaminants from the soil. The
treatment ranges from 600-1800 degrees F. The end result is an expensive
way to get sterilized soil. Once the soil has been treated it is replaced,
however, nothing will be able to survive in the soil because along with
the contaminants that are removed by the high temperatures, the essential
nutrients for any life form to exist as well as any life form which
previously existed within the soil are also removed. In most cases the
end result of this type of technology is more harmful than the contaminant
itself. In addition, volatile compounds such as benzene, toluene etc.
(VOCS) may be released during this process.
STARLITE ROTARY KILN TECHNOLOGY-This technology is similar to the above technology with the exception
that the soil must be shipped to the kiln site. In addition to the high
cost of heating the soil to temperatures in excess of 1800 degrees F
is the cost of shipping the soil to the site and then the cost of either
shipping the soil back to fill the void left by the excavation or replacing
the soil with soil purchased from a different area. During this process
volatile compounds are released into the environment. The end product
of the process is a sterilized soil unable to support any plant or animal
SPHAG SORB-This company uses a non-renewable resource (peat-moss) found only in
Canada for the absorption of hydrocarbons. Peat-moss will not remediate
unless bacteria are added. Peat-moss has good absorption characteristics
however, it is very dusty and does not perform well when wet. Mining
of the peat-moss is depleting as well as destroying the peat-bogs of
Canada. Reference Dr. David Suzuki, The Nature of Things, Show #23,
GATOR biologically active absorbent is produced from a recycled agricultural
by-product which is replenishable. Our product eliminates a waste stream
produced by agriculture and at the same time provides a superior bioremediation
product which is 100% natural, environmentally safe, and harmless.
LAND FILLING-Land filling is a
practice which is commonly used to remove contaminated soils from one
location and placing them into another. This technology is very ineffective
in that it does not solve the problem of contaminated soil, it simply
transplants the problem to a different geographical area. The costs
involved with this method are excavating, hauling and dumping into a
landfill. In addition, soil has to be replaced to fill the void left
by the excavated soil. If the soil has to be transported any distance
the cost can become very high.
GATOR-eliminates pollution on site, conserving the soil while the hydro-carbon
is degraded, eliminating the costs of transporting and replacing soil.
ORISON CORPORATION-This company manufactures a liquid nutrient complex which is similar
to a liquid fertilizer. The difficulties associated with this type of
technology is the fact that the bacteria are not brought in contact
with the contaminant and the nutrients have no way of remaining in place
for the bacteria to use them due to leaching through the soils. In addition,
the contaminant itself may also leach into the ground water. As a result,
biocells and liners must be used. The cost of this liquid treatment
is high and the construction of biocells c/w liners makes this technology
one step, OIL GATOR encapsulates the hydrocarbon, eliminating the possibility
of leaching into the environment. Once absorbed, OIL GATOR brings the
hydrocarbon in direct contact with the microbes and the nutrients necessary
to degrade the contaminant.
BIO REMEDIATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICE-This company uses
a specific organism (bacteria) for the degradation of a specific hydrocarbon.
Introducing a foreign micro-organism into a soil ecosystem is sometimes
unsuccessful. First, foreign microbes have a difficult time adapting
to a changed environment. The resident microbes have already adapted
to the specific environment and will overcome any foreign organisms
in the competition for an energy or food source. If the foreign organism
manages to survive, nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorous and sulfur
must be added to facilitate the bacteria in the degradation process.
Different organisms are needed for different hydrocarbon contaminants
which could result in added expense.
OIL GATOR utilizes
indigenous micro-organisms and supplies them with all the essential
nutrients required for degradation of almost any hydrocarbon while providing
a perfect environment for the degradation to take place.
is the process whereby contaminated soils are excavated and transported
to an incinerator. The soil is sterilized and volatile compounds are
released. Transportation costs, incineration costs and soil replacement
costs together make this an expensive process. After incineration, the
soil must be placed in a landfill. This results in additional hauling
costs as well as landfill fees.
GATOR is a chemically modified cellulosic fiber containing all the necessary
ingredients (Nitrogen, Sulfur, and Phosphorous) to enhance biodegradation
of hydrocarbons by indigenous microbes. When activated by the addition
of moisture, the microbes have the ideal conditions within which to
reproduce and rapidly utilize the available hydrocarbon as a food source.
The strong wicking action of OIL GATOR acts as a physical emulsifier
by actually extracting hydrocarbons from less absorptive material. It
encapsulates the fine droplets making the hydrocarbons available to
the microbes as a food source.
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