And the oil industry and it's advocates wonder why there is such opposition
to the construction of pipelines throughout the country.
"Historical accounts say **natural oil seepages** occurred in the wash prior
to oil extraction, and 'the combination of old, recent and perhaps natural
seepage makes unraveling the oil deposition history of the area complex,'
the release states."-----------------It is an unfortunate
indication of the sorry state of our education system that so few people are
aware that the Earth leaks oodles of oil, natural gas (there's a reason
it's called "natural" gas) and all sorts of other "nasty"
stuff without any human intervention whatsoever. One of the problems in
determining the extent of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was that there
is ALWAYS oil leaking into the oceans, there and many other places.For many reasons it is very important that the processes we use to extract
oil, gas and other "natural" resources is as efficient, effective and
leak proof as possible. But, I hope we erase the notion that leaking oil/gas is
only the result of our extraction booboos.
The investigation will conclude that no species of plant or animal were
threatened by these spills. There are more that 180 thousand miles of pipelines
carrying petroleum products in the US alone. The environmental and health risks
are extremely rare. Safer than driving or flying by far.