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In a paper presented at the 2000 Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, and titled Estimates of Total Hydrocarbon Seepage into the Gulf of Mexico Based on Satellite Remote Sensing Images, one researcher estimated that 500,000 barrels of oil seep into the Gulf each year, twice the result of the Exxon Valdez spill. That seepage is not addressed by any government, and mitigation efforts are non-existent.
well that particular oil well was 1 mile deep and 5 miles under the crust.
not much chance of it leaking out barring the kind of upheaval that would leave it as the least of our problems
kinda like asking if plutonium could refine itself in a volcano and then go critical. Well yeah anything could happen. But the odds are really long...
Originally posted by Mr Tranny
That is why the seeps off the coast of California are just slow seeps now. They are in fractured ground (along the San Andreas). They have already bled out all the pressure. I wonder what happened when the fault lines going through those areas first formed. I can guaranty that it wasn’t a slow seep after the first earthquakes.
The Coal Oil Point seep field offshore from Santa Barbara, California is a petroleum seep area of about three square kilometers adjacent to the Ellwood Oil Field, and releases about 40 tons per day of methane and about 19 tons of reactive organic gas (ethane, propane, butane and higher hydrocarbons), about twice the hydrocarbon air pollution released by all the cars and trucks in the county in 1990. The liquid petroleum produces a slick that is many kilometers long and when degraded by evaporation and weathering, produces tar balls which wash up on the beaches for miles around.
On September 10, 2006, the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center reported that a strong earthquake, ranking 6.0 on the Richter scale, occurred about 250 miles (400 km) west-southwest of Anna Maria, Florida, around 10:56 AM EDT. The quake was reportedly felt from Louisiana to Florida in the Southeastern United States.