posted on Nov, 19 2010 @ 03:24 AM
reply to post by Nonchalant
That's interesting, but there's not enough evidence yet to suggest it's actually happening anywhere other than that particular oil field. Might
just happen to be a particularly deep reservoir or adjacent supply. I've seen some websites saying that this is happenening 'all over the world',
which is complete and utter nonsense.
Although the abiogenic hypothesis was accepted by some geologists in the former Soviet Union, most geologists now consider the abiogenic formation of
petroleum scientifically unsupported. Although evidence exists for abiogenic formation of methane and hydrocarbon gases within the Earth, studies
indicate they are not produced in commercially significant quantities.
The abiogenic origin of petroleum has also recently been reviewed in detail by Geoffrey Glasby, who raises a number of objections, including that
there is no direct evidence to date of abiogenic petroleum (liquid crude oil and long-chain hydrocarbon compounds).
From Ugo Bardi and Dale Pfeiffer :
The Earth does produce abiotic methane. It can be found in minute quantities along the world's mid-ocean ridges, venting from some volcanoes, and in
some mine shafts. The amount of methane generated in these situations is minor, especially when compared to commercial natural gas reserves. There is
more methane produced annually from cow farts than from abiotic sources. No scientist has ever denied the existence of abiotic methane. We have said
that there is no evidence that it is produced in useful quantities, and we have stated that abiotic generation of simple hydrocarbons such as methane
does not indicate abiotic production of the complex hydrocarbons we refer to as crude oil.
For the last century, all the evidence suggests that Oil is biological in origin and not created as result of processes within the Earth, numerous
biomarkers being the main selling point. Oil fields continue to deplete all over the world and any 'refilling' is extremely rare. What does that
tell you? If Abiotic oil is real, where is it? Abiotic oil regeneration is at best far fetched but possibly happening in very, very small amounts, and
at worst it's not happening it all.
By the way, I'd appreciate if people would stop calling me a fearmonger, that's not what this thread is about. Peak oil isn't a theory. This is a
serious problem and it's happening in the World today, whether you want to believe it or not.