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Odd Reservoir Off Louisiana Prods Oil Experts to Seek a Deeper Meaning
Wall Street Journal ^ | April 16, 1999 | By CHRISTOPHER COOPER Staff Reporter

Posted on 06/13/2010 8:33:12 PM PDT by TwoLegsGood

By CHRISTOPHER COOPER Staff Reporter WALL STREET JOURNAL HOUSTON

Something mysterious is going on at Eugene Island 330.

Production at the oil field, deep in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, was supposed to have declined years ago.

for a while, it behaved like any normal field: Following its 1973 discovery, Eugene Island 330's output peaked at about 15,000 barrels a day. By 1989, production had slowed to 4,000 barrels a day. Then suddenly - some say almost inexplicably - Eugene Island's fortunes reversed.

The field, operated by PennzEnergy, is now producing 13,000 barrels a day, and probable reserves have rocketed to more than 400 million barrels from 60 million. Stranger still, scientists studying the field say the crude coming out of the pipe is of a geological age quite different from the oil that gushed 10 years ago.

Fill 'er Up

All of which has led some scientists to a radical theory: Eugene Island is rapidly refilling itself, perhaps from some continuous source miles below the Earth's surface. That -raises the tantalizing possibility that oil may not be the limited resource it is assumed to be.

Now, she says, "I believe there is a huge system of oil just migrating" deep underground.

Conventional wisdom says the world's supply of oil is finite, and that it was deposited in horizontal reservoirs near the surface in a process that took millions of years.

Since the economies of entire countries ride on the fundamental notion that oil reserves are exhaustible, any contrary evidence "would change the way people see the game, turn the world view upside down," says Yergin, a petroleum futurist and industry consultant in Cambridge, Mass.

"Oil and renewable resource are not words that often appear in the same sentence."

(Excerpt) Read more at interactive.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bp; gulf; oilspill; renewable
from http://www.oralchelation.com/faq/wsj4.htm (above excerpted heavily)
1 posted on 06/13/2010 8:33:13 PM PDT by TwoLegsGood
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To: TwoLegsGood

Jest go to show you, the know it all’s don’t know it all, at all!!


2 posted on 06/13/2010 8:36:19 PM PDT by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: TwoLegsGood

The core of the earth is a power plant like the sun. It is heating rocks all the time creating more oil. God knows how we have a reactor earth core and a reactor sun.


3 posted on 06/13/2010 8:36:26 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: Frantzie

I wish I knew how to use html tags, the whole article at the first link in comments


4 posted on 06/13/2010 8:37:53 PM PDT by TwoLegsGood ("...my sin is ever before me" - King David)
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To: TwoLegsGood

Gonna go order my great big honkin SUV first thing tomorrow morning !!


5 posted on 06/13/2010 8:39:29 PM PDT by onona (dbada)
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To: TwoLegsGood

http://www.oralchelation.com/faq/wsj4.htm


6 posted on 06/13/2010 8:40:54 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: TwoLegsGood

The cited article is from 1999. Anything newer about whats going on? Sounds to me like this one oil well is being replenished by a deeper source. Nothing too mysterious about that.


7 posted on 06/13/2010 8:41:14 PM PDT by Paradox (Socialism - trickle up poverty.)
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To: TwoLegsGood

Russian scientists have promoted for years the theory that oil is “abiotic” ie) comes from geological phenomena, not “dead dinosaurs.”

Given that hydrocarbons are found on Saturn’s moons, and oil is found at levels much deeper than any organic material could ever go would support this.


8 posted on 06/13/2010 8:42:19 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: TwoLegsGood

Ok for all that may stare at this with a puzzled look

check out abiotic oil the Russian headen venture into disproving God by showing oil is an renevable inexaustible resource

However I don’t think any oil so far had not contained algea traces so no smoking gun yet on abiotic origin of oil

Plus this is not the only oil field that is being replenished

Just in closing a funthing would be converting methane onto diesel and running all until time where vodoo clean energy is to anpoint where I can replace this mythical algea fuel

Sorry fir typos etc hard to type win thumbs

partying words by Diesel

quote: “First thing oil industry created was an artificial shortage”


9 posted on 06/13/2010 8:42:24 PM PDT by Flavius
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To: TwoLegsGood

Didn’t a guy named Thomas Gold come up with an idea that oil and other hydrocarbons were generated by geological processes deep in the Earth’s crust, which would explain why old wells suddenly filled up again? Weren’t there people in Sweden drilling through the crust there looking for oil?

Anyone out there know this stuff?


10 posted on 06/13/2010 8:42:27 PM PDT by redpoll
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To: Frantzie

And what happens when we suck all the oil out of the reactor core? We lose the magnetic field, compasses stop working, the earth is pummeled with mini asteroids!

AAAAAAH, we’re all gonna die!!!!


11 posted on 06/13/2010 8:42:30 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: onona

If you read the whole article, I think you might see that this is an volcano that has been cracked open by deep drilling in the Gulf, and the oil and gasses there are not going to “run out” any time soon.


12 posted on 06/13/2010 8:42:36 PM PDT by TwoLegsGood ("...my sin is ever before me" - King David)
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To: TwoLegsGood
"I wish I knew how to use html tags, the whole article at the first link in comments."
Here you go:
WSJ
13 posted on 06/13/2010 8:43:47 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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To: TwoLegsGood

The Perdido platform peak production will be 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day in 8000 feet of water

http://www.shell.com/home/content/media/news_and_library/press_releases/2010/perdido_31032010.html


14 posted on 06/13/2010 8:43:52 PM PDT by chicken head
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To: mamelukesabre

Interesting you mention asteroids... is loss of the magnetic field on earth something that attracts meteors? Just fmi


15 posted on 06/13/2010 8:46:17 PM PDT by TwoLegsGood ("...my sin is ever before me" - King David)
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To: kcvl

thank you


16 posted on 06/13/2010 8:47:36 PM PDT by TwoLegsGood ("...my sin is ever before me" - King David)
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To: Paradox

Except if the well is so deep and has caused fissures miles away to come up that you can not contain it outside a nuke set down in the core of the earth.


17 posted on 06/13/2010 8:48:46 PM PDT by TwoLegsGood ("...my sin is ever before me" - King David)
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To: TwoLegsGood

aurora borealis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_borealis

read it.


18 posted on 06/13/2010 8:49:07 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: TwoLegsGood

BUMP to read later while filling up for $2.519


19 posted on 06/13/2010 8:51:03 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: TwoLegsGood

It’s not a Wall Street Journal link?


20 posted on 06/13/2010 8:55:21 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: mamelukesabre
And what happens when we suck all the oil out of the reactor core?

Even with all the oil we suck out of the ground now, there is still oil pouring out of undersea vents, and some places on land where it pools up on the ground.

In 100 years, we haven't apparently made a dent in it.

21 posted on 06/13/2010 8:58:13 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: Lorianne

If you have an account at the Journal, that’s the link, if not see the other one someone posted for me, it was a repost from another site.


22 posted on 06/13/2010 8:58:34 PM PDT by TwoLegsGood ("...my sin is ever before me" - King David)
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To: UCANSEE2

Did you see the post about the oil pressure in the Gulf? No human ability to contain.


23 posted on 06/13/2010 8:59:54 PM PDT by TwoLegsGood ("...my sin is ever before me" - King David)
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To: TwoLegsGood

That whispering is the sound of the EnviroNuts and Lefties getting their panties tied into very tight knots.


24 posted on 06/13/2010 9:04:38 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: Rembrandt
Why? Just because this means green renewables includes oil now? Or because they should be concentrating on conservation, not the global warming lie?

Either way, big Green i$ the Big Lie.

BTW, don't know why I haven't posted it previously, but the word for “Pale” in Greek is “Green”. As in Pale Horse of the Apocalypse.

25 posted on 06/13/2010 9:09:07 PM PDT by TwoLegsGood ("...my sin is ever before me" - King David)
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To: TwoLegsGood
TO ALL:

"If you read the whole article, I think you might see that this is an volcano that has been cracked open by deep drilling in the Gulf, and the oil and gasses there are not going to “run out” any time soon."

perfect!!!

I bet you are not part of "BIG-OIL" or "BIG-ENVIROMENT."

Your point makes sense...

:-)

26 posted on 06/13/2010 9:18:03 PM PDT by drummer10
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To: drummer10

Well, obviously, but thanks for underscoring the problem!


27 posted on 06/13/2010 9:23:20 PM PDT by TwoLegsGood ("...my sin is ever before me" - King David)
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To: TwoLegsGood

sea creature at 8000 feet of water from the shell perdido drilling —from the link i posted above

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1HJiWzZzMI&feature=related


28 posted on 06/13/2010 9:28:00 PM PDT by chicken head
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To: chicken head

It’s just another aquatic dinosaur that lived through the Flood, right?


29 posted on 06/13/2010 9:30:18 PM PDT by TwoLegsGood ("...my sin is ever before me" - King David)
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To: TwoLegsGood

Green is the color of the lefty, Marx loving radicals. AND Islam.


30 posted on 06/13/2010 9:49:01 PM PDT by runninglips (Don't support the Republican party, work to "fundamentally change" it...conservative would be nice)
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To: TwoLegsGood

The biosphere, it is deep and hot.


31 posted on 06/13/2010 9:49:28 PM PDT by El Sordo (The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.)
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To: TwoLegsGood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43WiX_sBOlY&feature=player_embedded


32 posted on 06/13/2010 9:53:16 PM PDT by chicken head
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To: runninglips
Also the traditional theatrical color for ghosts and death.

Sounds like a real Green Triumvirate, huh?

33 posted on 06/13/2010 9:56:19 PM PDT by TwoLegsGood ("...my sin is ever before me" - King David)
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To: TwoLegsGood
is loss of the magnetic field on earth something that attracts meteors?

Nope. Asteroids (and other objects) are attracted to earth by its gravity, not its magnetic field.

34 posted on 06/13/2010 10:05:20 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: TwoLegsGood

Humans drilling for oil may be preventing oil seeps in the environment, now wouldn’t that be ironic?


35 posted on 06/13/2010 10:29:11 PM PDT by dila813
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To: redpoll
Anyone out there know this stuff? [Thomas Gold]

Yup. I've been wishing Gold were still alive to comment on the blowout. I read his book " Deep Hot Biosphere" and found it credible and well written.

Abiogenic carbon fuels, not fossil fuels.

36 posted on 06/13/2010 10:30:26 PM PDT by Poincare
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To: TwoLegsGood

Side note: The estimates for how much oil is spewing out of the BP well are all over the map. The highest one I’ve seen is 100,000bpd. Near as I can tell is, if true, it would be the most productive well in the world.

I’m sure the estimate is quite on the high side.


37 posted on 06/13/2010 10:44:34 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (I Don't Want Obama to Kick Ass. I WANT HIM TO GET OFF HIS ASS!!!!)
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To: TwoLegsGood

bttt


38 posted on 06/13/2010 10:59:07 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: TwoLegsGood

I grew watching TV ads showing dieing dinosaurs morphing into pools of oil......now I think there must have been a lot of dinosaurs all keeling over in the same place....huh? Gawd, I’ve been lied to.


39 posted on 06/13/2010 11:22:08 PM PDT by Razzz42
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To: VeniVidiVici

It’s not high if they tapped into a mother-load reservoir of oil. World class reservoir.


40 posted on 06/13/2010 11:26:14 PM PDT by Razzz42
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To: gidget7

I knew it all once


41 posted on 06/13/2010 11:33:38 PM PDT by woofie
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To: Flavius
Plus this is not the only oil field that is being replenished

The big factor when a well or reservoir is shut-in is that it is not economical to produce. When the price/bbl of crude goes up to the point they are profitable to produce and are brought online again, its due to the economics.

Oil reserves within the (geological) formation can change as they are produced and after they have been shut in over a period of time. However, to claim a reservoir or an oil field is being replenished is misleading. When the price of crude rose, it spurred a lot of new technologies to recover oil that simply could not be produced before- water flooding & gas injection techniques, CO2 injection, the way wells are drilled, completed and worked over, etc.

There are oil fields being produced now that were not when the price of oil was at $15/bbl, and a lot of fields that were to be shut in are producing all they can.

I don’t think any oil so far had not contained algea traces

In a reservoir, oil comes from 'animal life', meaning ancient fish, shellfish, and other aquatic organisms whereas natural gas comes from plant matter. There may be an oilfield geologist or petrophysicist here who can chime in more on this one, but I think it'd be quite doubtful you'd find any traces of algea in crude.

quote: “First thing oil industry created was an artificial shortage”

Those are created by governments, my FRiend.
42 posted on 06/14/2010 2:36:20 AM PDT by proud_yank (Socialism - An Answer In Search Of A Question For Over 100 Years)
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To: redpoll
Didn’t a guy named Thomas Gold come up with an idea that oil and other hydrocarbons were generated by geological processes deep in the Earth’s crust, which would explain why old wells suddenly filled up again?

See my post #42. Hydrocarbons are created by geological transformations within the earth, namely time, temp. & pressure.

I don't know so much that an old reservoir will fill up, but after one has been produced and shut in for a long time, they can change somewhat during that time. Advances in technology account for improving recoverable oil rates from a reservoir more than anything.

Oil reservoirs are not a big, open hole underneath the ground. An easy analogy would be take the following: porous rock, limestone, packed sand and clay, and saturate them with oil with viscosities ranging from tar to diesel fuel. Then, find the best way to remove as much of the oil as you can from the formation (i.e. porous rock or packed sand) through a straw.
43 posted on 06/14/2010 2:51:03 AM PDT by proud_yank (Socialism - An Answer In Search Of A Question For Over 100 Years)
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To: TwoLegsGood
I wish I knew how to use html tags, the whole article at the first link in comments
HTML can be a trifle intimidating when you first start out.
But you'll pick it up as you get involved and motivated to do specific things.
HTML Information, Links, etc. for FReeper Newbies

44 posted on 06/14/2010 3:46:59 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ( DRAFT PALIN)
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To: proud_yank

. .. and then let it lay fallow like a farmers field for awhile so it can replenish.


45 posted on 06/14/2010 6:21:00 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: Frantzie

God does know


46 posted on 06/14/2010 7:28:30 AM PDT by captbarney
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To: TwoLegsGood

Very good article.

This is why I laugh at the people who believe the “peak oil” theory. It is only a theory. Currently, we have no clue how oil is formed. The Russian who says oil is made in the earth’s crust not from plant or animal matter, may just be right. We don’t know.

This is why I laugh at the oil depletion alarmists. We just don’t know if we are running out of oil or not. Lets keep our powder dry until we learn a little more.


47 posted on 06/14/2010 8:26:30 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (California Bankruptcy in 4... 3... 2...)
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To: Poincare

Google search “abiotic oil”. Methane trapped within the earth’s mantle rises slowly accumulating under the crust. the deeper we drill, the more likely we are to tap in to this source.


48 posted on 06/14/2010 9:50:28 AM PDT by Duke C.
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