What Lies Beneath, National Wildlife Foundation, October 4, 2010:
[E]xperts say [recently discovered degraded oil deep in the water column of the Gulf of Mexico] still has the potential to cause “sub-lethal” effects that could impact the microbial ecosystem...
[Ajit Subramaniam, an Associate Research Professor from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University] expressed concern about the natural gas and methane that is potentially being consumed by such microbes.
“I would like to see over time if there has been a fundamental shift in the microbial ecosystem and if the bacteria populations in the Gulf of Mexico have shifted. We’re going to have to watch this,” he said.