Originally Posted by DeepFrz
Who verified that (mis)?information?
Some believe almost anything and then there are skeptics like me...
The natural oil seeps were how we found the oil down there to start with. Think about it.
You have these huge untapped oil deposits on the ocean floor...And you have an earthquack, or a geological shift...
As to quantity...who knows, if we knew how many, or how much, or where they were, we would have a well on them already.
Decades ago, before the BP disaster, I have found the occasional tar ball on the beach. If you dig anywhere on Texas
coast you will find a black layer under sand.
After the disaster, (a real disaster no doubt), there was a substantial increase in tar balls in the area around the spill, covering several hundred miles, out of several thousand miles of beach, (there is still a huge puddle of oil on the gulf floor).
I have found ancient tar balls, that have flattened and become impacted with sand, and hardened from sunlight, to form various sized disks, like pavement stones.
The real disaster of the BP spill, was not the blowout, (although it appears it could have been prevented with additional care). Or the fact that it was allowed to flow unchecked for months, (due to faulty blowout preventer built for this very purpose).
But the fact that the simplest and most obvious solution, (drop a new valve on top of the broken one), was delayed for almost a year, and was the last thing they tried.
And after spending all that money
, and time, and the incredable damage to the enviroment, ... the well was abandoned. Causing all that to be for nothing.
Even if you wanted revenge, mandating the money
gotten from the well be used for the enviromental cleanup, would have been the most logical choice. We still need the oil, and now a new well will have to be drilled to replace that oil lost
, with the risk of blowout all over again.