posted on Jun, 5 2010 @ 03:25 PM
reply to post by AnAbsoluteCreation
Yes, I don't doubt it has and does happen. It's most probably one of the ways that oil was discovered (without going into the history of it)
But let's consider how we extract oil and the pressures of the earths crust and sea water for a moment.
One technique we use is to pump gas or water into an oil field in order to extract the liquid. This obviously changes the pressure inside the oil
Now imagine what is going on with the oil well in the gulf.
We would be crushed to nothingness if we were to stand at that well, so the ocean and the Earths crust plus the oil field itself must be exerting
massive pressures from all directions.
As the oil is squeezed out under its own pressure, surely sea water must be seeping in considering the pressure. This would effectively make the oil
pump out faster.
There has to come a point where the sea floor must be under immense strain as the pressurised oil field is no longer under the same constant. This
example can be seen more easily on your cars braking system. We use hydraulic 'oil' in our brake lines instead of water.. water just does not
maintain the same pressure.
So why are we not seeing collapsed land (either above the surface or under)? We occasionaly get sink holes collapsing and even mines collapse.
Is drilling for oil actually increasing Earthquake activity? Do we not see these major natural oil leaks because we are drilling for it and we are
releasing some strain? We are still left with the original question though.. and one that might take a while to answer... unless a bright spark comes
along and lights the whole thing up