As Lawrence Berkeley Labs notes, the research was funded by BP:Unfortunately too many corporations have insinuated themselves and their influence into public institutions via these grants.
Hazen ... conducted this research under an existing grant he holds with the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) to study microbial enhanced hydrocarbon recovery. EBI is a partnership led by the University of California (UC) Berkeley and including Berkeley Lab and the University of Illinois that is funded by a $500 million, 10-year grant from BP.
Also uncovered by this blogger was that the fact that many scientists are skeptical of the results. Such skepticism has been completely omitted by corporate media that wants the issue to go away from the minds of the public.