The setting would be on Titan in the 2200s. Because the institute preventing intrusions on new worlds that have possible organisms has very little money, they scan Titan on the surface, they don't see any metazoa, and they open it up to the highest bidder. An industry has recently bought the entirety of Titan because they wanted a monopoly on methane, which Titan has a large amount of. By the way, Earth is running short of natural gas on its own.
They find methane-based, phosphonitrile-based unicellular organisms. These organisms vary, but all of them are one-celled. However, the cells convert acetylene and hydrogen to methane, and the company needs methane to process into "natural gas". Most of the organisms are of one species, and that species reproduces around once every 8.5 days. The surrounding lakes contain several dozen million cubic meters of methane. The planetary solar system has been explored, but not the Oort Cloud. FTL travel has not been discovered, and it is doubtful whether FTL travel will exist at any point in the future. There has never been any definite proof of extraterrestrial life before this.
Once the corporation finds the organisms, what would pros and cons be if the company did these?
Methods of retrieval of methane:
- Builds bioreactors to heat the methane to 112 K (boiling point of methane) to metabolize the reaction nearly a magnitude faster?
- Or just pumped the thalassogen from the natural lakes on Titan?
Methods of waste removal:
- Pumped waste material a couple of hundred feet below the ground?
- Or dumped the waste material on the surface, hundreds of meters away from the pumping stations?
To be clear:
- The methane is part of Titan's ecology and the industry is building on Titan to harness the methane.
- The company's plans are to sell the methane off to the local Saturnian system for it to be cost-effective. Everywhere else it would be too expensive to ship there.
- Titanian life has not been found before the current time by anyone else.