Living oil

A sustainable source of natural gas, methane, has been unearthed by Luca Technologies LLC in the Monument Butte oilfield located in North Eastern Utah. The company's geologists confirmed the presence of a thriving methane-producing community of microorganisms in samples taken from the 110,000 acre oilfield. The discovery adds another major microbial consortium to Luca's previously discovered "Geobioreactors". The Luca scientists claim that the conversion of hydrocarbon deposits (oil, oil shales, and coal) into methane is an ongoing process in these deposits and could represent an alternative and renewable source of hydrocarbons for sustainable energy production, the company says.