Has natural seepage been overhyped in the Gulf? “The oil spill was millions of times more concentrated in time and space than the natural seeps” says expert


Scientist to speak in Sarasota on oil spill and ecosystem's future, Herald Tribune, January 18, 2011:

[Oceanographer Ian] MacDonald spent much of his career studying natural oil seeps...

The difference between that much oil over the period of about three months and a natural oil seep is huge, MacDonald said. Natural seeps occur more slowly and for longer durations.

"The oil spill was millions of times more concentrated in time and space than the natural seeps are. It's that concentration that creates a potential hazard to the ecosystem," MacDonald said.

An example of the hype behind natural seepage:

Gulf oil spill was abated by bacteria that feed on hydrocarbons, report says, Washington Post, January 11, 2011:

These seeps actually prevented the BP spill from being an even worse disaster. The gulf has more natural seeps than any other body of water in or around North America. Because of this constant supply of hydrocarbons, there is always a healthy population of bacteria floating around the gulf looking for more food. When BP's well blew out, these tiny creatures went into a feeding frenzy.

10 comments to Has natural seepage been overhyped in the Gulf? “The oil spill was millions of times more concentrated in time and space than the natural seeps” says expert

  • soozla

    Just by observation... it is evident that the oil in the GOM is not from natural seeps.Have the "natural seeps" out in the GOM ever make the oiled mess now present on the shoreline before?
    Have the natural seeps ever required that dispersants be dumped into the local waterways and the GOM itself? Natural seeps require synthetic algae to control them? Not seeing--- oil--- look for dispersant?
    This mess is not from natural seeps --This is just another lame cover story.

  • WineandCheese

    The media's convenient charade about a miraculous recovery in the Gulf is as ludicrous as it is mendacious. How long does our corporate matrix goverment think they can keep the world from knowing that corporate governance cares not a whit about humanity or the environment?

  • Jack

    Hey Wine-and-Cheese.
    This is the guy finally mature enough at fifty to tell the
    TRUTH to the Feminist: You are way behind in appreciating the
    adult reality of this world, and Creation.
    I love the true seeking question you pose:
    "...How long does our corporate matrix goverment think they can keep the world from knowing that corporate governance cares not a whit about humanity or the environment?"
    The Answer, Cheesy, is that your proud Taliban, your proud men
    of the Mujahedeen, your brave Hezbollah, all the rebels around
    the world, who are only poor peasants, suffering massive
    high-tech genocide by unmanned killer drones, helicopter
    gunships that come in and destroy entire villages in seconds,
    THESE PEOPLE KNOW that "Corporate Governance" is SATANIC.
    YOU Know, don't you, Cheesy?
    ...and What can you do to stop this onslaught of Demonic Hell
    being forced upon us?
    Get Right with Almighty God, who is Yahshua, Jesus.
    This world has multiple Dooms falling on it, and your job is to
    see to it that your Soul finds its HOME in the shelter of Yahshua. You must learn up, and humble yourself, and KNOW
    that Christ is Lord, and this Theatre of Planet Earth is all about
    you Discovering this Truth and being Part of the Body of Christ.

  • WineandCheese

    Praise the Lord for brevity.

  • soozla

    Back to blaming natural seeps--NO WAY-this can be the cause.
    The savior might be coming but some us aren't gonna stand around waiting.

  • WineandCheese:

    Brevity is a stumbling block to understanding more complex issues.

    However, I'll be brief in stating that 80% of the people know that governance is not about 'caring' for the people, particularly now that their present time guidelines will not allow distractions to get in the way of the international bankers -- who are intent on destroying the middle-class, and then America.

  • soozla:

    You're right. That oil volcano was rising from beneath the Earth at 100,000 psi and just to use McDonald's figures, up to 2.5 million barrels per day. This went on for several months as we all recall.

    However, I believe the 'seepage' is continuing and that it originates from the Macondo bore well, and the fractured rock shelve(s), that resulted from the explosive pressure on April 20, 2010.

  • WineandCheese

    Complex issues make for better psychops, don't you know Bitter Biscuit? Get real or get a honey drip, no way this environmental armageddon was intentional. There is no possible upside for any party to deliberately create such massive degradation of the planet. Aside from the karmic aspects of America's belligerence since WW2, the blame for this mess falls squarely on the recklessly corrupt Bush administration(s) and their elimination of corporate oversight in the oil and most other industries-that corporate governance thing.

  • Bitter Biscuit is not my avatar: It is illegal to attempt to change a posters identity online. Afterall, the FBI will become confused. I am *BiscuitandButter* or -- B&B if the typing is troublesome.
    ****** BP's standards were negligent and continues to be: For the sake of profit: profit.

    After a series of "oops" BP received exemptions pertaining to the Macondo well for the years 1981-1986. However, a waiver was granted to BP in April 2009 based on BP's claim that a blowout [likely for particular underwater terrain]
    would not be likely, and if a spill did occur, it would cause minimal damage.

    And then, on April 20, 2010 -- the Macondo well blew -- and the Deepwater Horizon Rig blew and 11 men lost their lives -- and many others injured, and then millions of people living along the coast have lost their livelihoods, and likely, hundreds of thousands possibly left with serious health issues.

    CONGRESS DECIDED:

    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.5499:

    http://thomas.loc.gov.cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.0549:

    SOFT MSM:

    http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/ timestopics/subjects/o/oil_spills/gulf_of_mexico_2010/index.html

    COMMON FOLKS first hand ACCOUNTS:

    http://www.peakoilpetroleumandpreciousmetals.yuky.com/topic/11895/t/Deepwater-Horizon-A-Firsthand-Account.html

    #'s: 6, 7, 8, 9, & 20 may be helpful

  • WineandCheese: I have a comment to you awating "moderation" so in the interim, I decided to send this post, well, a little out of sequence.

    Pres. Reagan: 1981-1989
    Pres. G.H. Bush: 1989-1993
    Pres. clinton: 1993-2001
    Pres. G.W. Bush: 2001-2009
    Pres. Obama: 2009 & ongoing...

    Which one is the guilty party?

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