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News: 2013-02-22, Friday

ConocoPhillips Canada Wins Emerald Award for Phytoremediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons

Phytoremediation is a practical and natural way to degrade petroleum hydrocarbons in soil. This novel technology, described in the following video, was developed by Waterloo Environmental Biotechnology, Earthmaster and the University of Waterloo with funding provided by various organizations including ConocoPhillips Canada. At both remote and easily accessible sites, phytoremediation can be the most cost effective method to deal with all hydrocarbon fractions in soil, even the most recalcitrant molecules that are not biodegradable using conventional bioremediation or mechanical treatment methods. As the distance to a landfill increases, even larger savings are realized using phytoremediation as opposed to landfill disposal. Our phytoremediation technology takes advantage of natural biological systems (micro-organisms and plants) and processes to degrade petroleum hydrocarbons and restore land to its original capability. Watch the following video to learn more about this novel and green technology.