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“OIL AND GAS SEEPAGE FROM OCEAN FLOOR REDUCED BY OIL PRODUCTION”
albanysinsanity ^ | July 20, 2008 | Rus Thompson

Posted on 08/04/2008 6:59:05 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar

UCSB Press Release: “OIL AND GAS SEEPAGE FROM OCEAN FLOOR REDUCED BY OIL PRODUCTION”

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) Next time you step on a glob of tar on a beach in Santa Barbara County, you can thank the oil companies that it isn’t a bigger glob.

The same is true around the world, on other beaches where off-shore oil drilling occurs, say scientists, although Santa Barbara’s oil seeps are thought to be among the leakiest.

Natural seepage of hydrocarbons from the ocean floor in the northern Santa Barbara Channel has been significantly reduced by oil production, according to two recently published peer-reviewed articles, one in November’s Geology Magazine, the other in the Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans.

The Santa Barbara Channel provides an excellent natural laboratory, as it is among the areas with the highest levels of seepage in the world, said co-author Bruce P. Luyendyk, professor and chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The studies were not funded by oil companies, but rather by the University of California Energy Institute and the U.S. Minerals Management Service, states Luyendyk, responding to the fact that the results favor off-shore oil production and are opposed by some environmentalists.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: 110th; coastalenvironment; drillheredrillnow; energy; energyfacts; environment; geology; globalwarming; offshoredrilling; oil; santabarbara; seepage; ucsb
http://www.ia.ucsb.edu/pa/display.aspx?pkey=412
1 posted on 08/04/2008 6:59:05 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

http://www.ia.ucsb.edu/pa/display.aspx?pkey=412


2 posted on 08/04/2008 6:59:23 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Obama: The presumptuous democratic nominee)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Here are some interesting facts on oil spills in out oceans.

http://www.mms.gov/stats/PDFs/2002_OilSpillFacts.pdf

One can argue that not drilling for oil is environmentally irresponsible.

3 posted on 08/04/2008 7:02:18 PM PDT by chaos_5 (Some one needs to tell the "Mad Cow" to call the House back into session!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

I wonder how fast Greenpeace can create a spin to trash this.


4 posted on 08/04/2008 7:07:51 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Jet Jaguar

IOW, Atlantic offshore drilling in Florida could actually IMPROVE the East Coast Central Florida beach conditions, where beachside residents must stock mineral spirits to clean their feet after a walk on the beach. How about them apples!!!


5 posted on 08/04/2008 7:08:03 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (College kid: "Do you have a minute for Obama?" NVA: "Not now or ever.")
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To: Jet Jaguar

Grosly understated!

In the 40s when there wasn’t any off shore drilling or tanker movement of oil there wasn’t a beach from the Channel Islands to the Mexican border that wasn’t covered with tar.

I’m a personal witness due to more trips than I can count to the washtub and a scrubing with kerosene for tar removal before I was allowed in the house.


6 posted on 08/04/2008 7:09:21 PM PDT by dalereed (both)
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To: Jet Jaguar

So... Stop ‘Global Warming’ by Drilling? I love it! LOL.

http://www.ia.ucsb.edu/pa/display.aspx?pkey=412

Most of the seepage is methane, a potent greenhouse gas which escapes into the atmosphere, said Luyendyk. About 10 percent of the seepage is composed of “higher hydrocarbons,” or reactive organic gases which interact with tailpipe emissions and sunlight, creating air pollution.

The researchers state that the production rate of these naturally-occurring reactive organic gases is equal to twice the emission rate from all the on-road vehicle traffic in Santa Barbara County in 1990.


7 posted on 08/04/2008 7:09:25 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: Jet Jaguar
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Seriously, I thought this methane generator was the source of the seepage and globs of tar washing up on the West Coast beaches.

8 posted on 08/04/2008 7:27:12 PM PDT by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: RoadKingSE

BS generator? Sure.

But, please! - do NOT associate her with gobs of tar.

(It gives the tar gobs a bad name.)


9 posted on 08/04/2008 7:37:35 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: antiRepublicrat

They’ll have to spin it,

because the issue isn’t truly about the environment,

it’s about curbing America’s use of energy, and thereby curbing America and Americans’ freedom.


10 posted on 08/04/2008 7:40:35 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Jet Jaguar

So more drilling means more fish and less fouled beaches. Time to drill for the Earth.
If you like $4/gal, Thank Nazi Nancy.

Pray for W and Our Troops


11 posted on 08/04/2008 8:22:49 PM PDT by bray (Drill Congress!!)
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To: Jet Jaguar; All
Oil in the Seas
12 posted on 08/05/2008 2:01:34 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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To: Beowulf; CygnusXI

ping


13 posted on 08/05/2008 10:56:34 AM PDT by steelyourfaith
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