Thursday, June 03, 2010

Naturally Occuring Oil Leaks

While the Deepwater Horizon leak is large, it is surprisingly not that much larger than leaks that naturally occur. From "The Oil Drum"

The Deepwater Horizon site releases 3 to 12 times the oil per day compared to that released by natural seeps across the entire Gulf of Mexico.

Only 3 - 12 times - assuming that there finally is a good estimate of the Deepwater Horizon leak. I'm not trying to minimize the Deepwater catastrophe, as it truely too much oil, arriving too fast and all in one location. And it ain't done leaking yet. But it is still striking that a very large amount of oil is naturally present in the oceans.

1 comment:

Fomblin YL-VAC fluids said...

Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic post.Much thanks again. Really Cool.