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Peak Oil or Nonsense - Are Wells Refilling or Running Dry?
A Finite Resource?
Do you remember back in school when you were taught about oil? You were taught how it was made, where it can from, what it was used for, and how important it was to the world economy. Of all the so called facts, the most impressive lesson was that it was finite resource.
Put A Dinosaur In Your Tank
We were all taught that millions of years ago the earth was a warm paradise filled with large roaming cold blooded dinosaurs lush green vegetation. As each generation of plant and animal life died off the material would lay, rot, and be covered with sediment. Over time as layers were created, the top layers would create immense pressure and heat on the lower layers slowly preserving and turning dead trees and animals into a thick gooey substance we call oil.
It Just Never Sank In
Thinking it out rationally the dots just never connected. They were no good answers to rational questions.
- First there seems to be a numbers problem. For the billions of barrels of oil that we know to exist, there had to be trillions upon trillions of dinosaurs and who knows how many forests arranged in neat piles to create all the oil wells that are being tapped today. Not to mention the wells yet to be discovered.
- Then we have the scavenger problem. Like today, most of the carcasses were probably an easy meal. It is likely that dinosaurs played a very small part in the process.
- How did the dinosaurs and trees collect in these pits upon death? Were they driven to the nearest future oil reserve by instinct when death was imminent? Most likely not. Where they dropped they died.
- Given much of the earth was covered with life and forests then would not make sense the most of the earth would have a thin layer of oil throughout?
Does scientific theory have to make sense? My best guess is - not.
Mystery in the Gulf
In 1973 oil was discovered in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 80 miles south of Louisiana known as Eugene Island 330. Producing 15,000 barrels per day, it was thought the well had seen better days when in 1989 its output dropped to 4,000 barrels per day. In 1990 the production of the well increased to about 13,000 barrels daily and has held steady. Although its output has slightly dropped it still refuses to run dry.
Want a Refill - Is That Possible?
Scientist working at the site discovered two important changes in the oil properties. Its age was more recent than in previous years and its temperature was hotter. Using 3-D seismic technology scientist found a deep fault at the bottom of the well. What they saw startled, intrigued, and forced them to rethink the origins of oil. What they clearly saw was a deep fault gushing oil and refilling the well. There was no debate about it.
Mystery in the Mideast and Elsewhere
It's been said that the Mideast oil was a finite resource and could last 40 or 50 years at best. Yet over the past 25 years, reserves have more than doubled. With no new wells geologist have been hard pressed to explain why and it appears there is no end in sight. These fields have been methodically exploited since the first gusher was discovered. Today, OPEC is pumping over 30 million barrels of oil per day.
Cook Island in the Gulf of Mexico and oil fields in Uzbekistan are other examples of wells that refuse to dry out. Many wells around the world are refilling.
What's the deal?
Hydrocarbons are the deal. A hydrocarbon is a compound, organic in source, containing only hydrogen and carbon. While there are many types of hydrocarbons the simplest is Methane. It is one type that many scientists believe may be in great quantities deep within the earth.
Methane is released and bubbles up from the ocean floor constantly in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Methane gas is poisonous but you won’t find environmentalists crying foul over this one! Perhaps they have a different agenda?
Hydrocarbons deep within the earth and under intense pressure create a thick syrup. As it moves upward toward the mantle, sedimentation and bacteria give it a biological footprint.
So Why The Big Secret?
The are some out there who believe that the discovery of oil was the biggest disaster in human history. They believe (so they say) the burning of fuel causes Global Warming, and releases to much CO2 into the atmosphere. However, these same people heat their homes, drive their cars, and cook their food using fuels made from oil. Just like we all do.
Going green is fashionable and profitable. History has shown there are billions to be made from fear, panic, government subsidies, and failed technologies.
Some scientists refuse to accept change or common sense. They resist any notion to uncover the truth due to their own bias be it from political pressure or their own belief system. They believe the refilling of wells is simply oil that was always there is being forced upward. Yet there is no explanation of why the oil would defy gravity or why the replacement oil's dated age would be newer.
It would seem that if oil is continuously manufactured and has nowhere to go, then it would have to be forced up though any crack or crevice it can find. But that's not scientific proof. Common sense isn't considered scientific. It just doesn't fit the agenda.
It should be noted that the first oil discovered was not by drilling. Oil has been used for thousands of years and was found in seeps in many areas. While records may show drilling may have begun around 375 AD, oil was recovered from ground level and used by many early civilizations.
The demand for oil is at an all time high and is growing especially with the industrialization of India and China. But the worlds reserves are also growing and not just because of new discoveries. Past shortages have been due to production as will future shortages.
Oil is a renewable resource and the only question is how fast. Instead of politics, efforts should be put into finding oil reserves that refill themselves and understanding just how this process works.
It is unfortunate that our political leaders cater to the mislead agenda presented by environmentalists groups for the sake of control, power, and funding. So long as this continues, the cost of energy will be more than we can truly afford.