Oil Gator

A Patented Bioremediation Product to eliminate hydrocarbon contamination


Oil Gator® – Premium Oil Absorbent and Bioremediation Product

Oil Gator is produced from recycled, chemically modified cellulosic fibers. It contains all the necessary ingredients (nitrogen, sulphur (sulfur) and phosphorus) to enhance the biodegradation of hydrocarbons by indigenous bacteria.

USA Patented Oil Gator will degrade unwanted hydrocarbons into harmless carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O) insitu. (please see USA patent 5,609,667)

Oil Gator's powerful wicking action actually extracts hydrocarbons from less absorptive material. Oil Gator encapsulates the hydrocarbon making it available to the indigenous bacteria as a food source. Oil Gator is not WHMIS regulated and will not harm humans, plants, animals or aquatic life. It is non-abrasive and will not harm machinery.

Oil Gator absorbs and encapsulates hydrocarbons from the surface of land and water. When applied as per protocol Oil Gator completely encapsulates the hydrocarbon preventing it from leaching into underground aquifers or off-site.

Oil Gator can be incinerated and will contribute 7,000 BTUs per pound with less than 3% ash. Nitrogen and other nutrients are required by the bacteria during the process of degrading any hydrocarbon. Our proprietary manufacturing process enhances the nutrient composition and makes the Oil Gator material less susceptible to fire.

Part No: GS-10

Part No: GS-10


  • Certified by the USDA BioPreferred Program as 100% BioBased
  • Harmless to Plants, Animals and Aquatic life. (Passes 96hLC50 Toxicology Test)
  • Comes in a 30 pound bag (13.5 kilogram bag) for ease of handling and storage.
  • Shipped 60 bags per pallet.
  • Lightweight, which will lower the cost of transportation.
  • Encapsulates oil and oil-based products.
  • Ground cleaning by bioremediation.
  • Stops leaching of contaminants into the soil or groundwater.
  • Noncarcinogenic and non-abrasive.
  • All-natural cellulosic fibers.
  • On-site bioremediation saves transportation and disposal costs.
Gator International
Gator International
Gator International

Oil Gator is a chemically modified cellulosic fiber containing all the necessary ingredients (nitrogen, sulfur and phosphorus) to enhance biodegradation of hydrocarbons by indigenous bacteria. When activated by the addition of moisture the indigenous bacteria have 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.

Application of Oil Gator easy. For small spills Oil Gator is simply applied and blended into the contaminated soil with a steel rake. For larger spills Oil Gator should be rototilled into the site. For even larger spills Oil Gator can be blended with commercial farm equipment. Once the hydrocarbon comes in contact with Oil Gator it will be completely encapsulated (up to the saturation level) and cannot be extracted by naturally occurring contact with water. At this point the Oil Gator and contaminant will pass a Leachate Test.

Even when wet, Oil Gator will actually release water to absorb hydrocarbons. This extraordinary characteristic separates Oil Gator from all other absorbents.

In bioremediation, no two situations are the same, which makes it impossible to formulate recipe-type instructions for every contaminant in every application.

Generally speaking, temperatures below 40°F (5°C) and above 120°F (50°C) for extended periods will slow the bioremediation process. As will extended period of moisture content below 30% or if the site remains underwater after a significant rain event. However, Oil Gator will maintain its encapsulation characteristic, preventing the hydrocarbon from leaching off-site until conditions return to this range and the bacteria become active once again. Oil Gator will not biodegrade itself until all absorbed hydrocarbons have been degraded.

Please contact your local dealer or Gator International for a copy of our "Easy Version" and "Full Version protocols".

Thermal Remediation, Rotary Kiln and Incineration

Companies using thermal remediation techniques must first transport the contaminated soil to their facility or truck their portable equipment to the spill site. The soil must be excavated and processed through their equipment, which thermally removes the contaminants from the soil. This treatment ranges from 600°–1800°F. The end result is an expensive way to get sterilized soil.

Once the soil has been thermally treated it can be replaced. However, nothing will grow in the treated soil because along with the contaminants that have been removed (by the high temperatures) the essential nutrients for any life form to exist within the soil are also destroyed by the extreme temperatures.

In most cases the end result of this type of technology is often more harmful than the contaminant itself. In addition, volatile organic compounds such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene xylene etc. (VOCs) may be released during this process.

When OIL GATOR is utilized for insitu biremediation one simply blends Oil Gator into the contaminated soil. Oil Gator is then left to "do what it does naturally". (see our Easy and Full Version Protocols)

Peat Based Absorbent Products

What is Peat Moss? Peat moss is dead fibrous material that forms when mosses and other living organic material decompose in peat bogs. It takes several millennia for peat moss to form and peat bogs gain less than a millimetre in depth every year. Since the process is so slow, peat moss isn’t considered a renewable resource.

Most of the peat moss used in the United States comes from remote bogs in Canada. There is considerable controversy surrounding the mining of peat moss. Mining is regulated. The International Peat Society points out that the mining process releases massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and the bogs continue to exhale carbon dioxide long after the mining concludes.

These companies use a non-renewable resource (peat moss) for the absorption of hydrocarbons. 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 and other countries. Reference: Dr. David Suzuki, The Nature of Things, Show #23, 1992/1993.

Oil Gator’s biologically active absorbent is produced from an agricultural waste material that used to be sent to landfills. Oil Gator eliminates a waste stream and at the same time provides a superior bioremediation product which is 100% natural, environmentally safe and harmless to the environment. Oil Gator has been Certified as 100% BioBased by USDA BioPreferred Program.


Landfilling, often called remediation, is a practice that is commonly used to remove contaminated soil from one location, transport and dump it in another location. This technology does not solve the problem of the contaminated soil. It simply moves the problem to a different location. (Don't confuse remediation with bioremediation)

The costs involved with this method are numerous. They include but are not limited to the cost of applications and permits, excavation and trucking and hazardous landfill dumping fees. Before site reclamation can be completed, quality replacement soil has to be purchased, trucked to the site and then placed and replanted.

When OIL GATOR is used for insitu bioremediation one simply blends Oil Gator into the hydrocarbon contaminated soil. Oil Gator is then left to "do what it does naturally". (see our Easy and Full Version Protocols) . Oil Gator bioremediates the unwanted hydrocarbon insitu and eliminates all of the above costs. Why burn up more gas and diesel fuels creating more green house gases to simply move unwanted hydrocarbons to a new location!


If a liquid nutrient complex (bacteria and nutrients) is introduced to the contaminated site it will be water based. We all know oil and water do not mix well.

The water based liquid will not stop the hydrocarbon from leaching 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 complete with liners and aeration equipment makes this technology expensive. Usually, the liquid nutrient complex will need to be re-applied several times throughout the bioremediation process.

Dry Oil Gator encapsulates the unwanted hydrocarbon into its cellulose structure eliminating the possibility of the hydrocarbon leaching into the environment or ground water. Once absorbed, Oil Gator brings the hydrocarbon in direct contact with the natural microbes and nutrients necessary to biodegrade the hydrocarbon without the need for biocells and liners.

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