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Gulf Of Mexico Oil Leak Is Likely Natural Occurence, Regulators Say

International Business Times -- The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced the source of a 10-square mile oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico was likely a naturally occurring oil seep from the ocean floor, not a spill from an oil rig.  

The bureau said that an underwater vehicle deployed by Shell surveyed the area and found oil seeping naturally from the ocean floor. The BSEE said, however, it is working to confirm the seep as the origin of the 10 square mile oil sheen first reported Thursday.


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Submitted Apr 15, 2012 By: drpepperTX
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geoutpb
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:49:35 PM

Oil and gas leak naturally all the time.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:47:12 PM

good
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Mowerman08
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:47:03 PM

Never heard a word about this on network TV, had it been from an oil rig, it would be getting 24/7 coverage.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:46:49 PM

read
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twinfanMN
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:45:29 PM

Hard to know what to believe
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:44:03 PM

Thats correct bigdipperMS, and from another study:

Turns out that Shell was right. Not their leak, just good old mother nature.

Of course with up to 200,000 tonnes (63 million + gallons) of oil seeping naturally into the Gulf each year, the odds were in their favor. That's 1,500,000 barrels of naturally seeped oil per year.

Seems like if the Gulf is able to clean up on its own 1,500,000 barrels of oil per year that the Gulf is remarkably resilient. Would not you agree?
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bigdipperMS
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:40:39 PM

The Christian Science Monitor in an article states in the 30 year period 1971-2000 only 2% of the volume of oil spilled in US waters was due to offshore accidents. Also, the National Academies of Science in a 2002 report estimated that 160,000 tons of oil was input into North American Maritime waters from natural seepage.
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Hambone61
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:40:02 PM

Maybe we should drill some of that oil topside reducing underground pressure, we could use it in our cars and oil furnaces, this would "save the environment" and help all those little fishies and creeping things underwater.

I wonder if anyone already thought of this...... DO YA THINK?????
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:37:37 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:34:54 PM

maybe. or maybe not.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:33:02 PM

okay
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:28:21 PM

warlord1 and the rest of you "ok" guys .... You're exceedingly boring. In it for the points, eh?
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:23:51 PM

Was the reporter of this oil leak paid by BP?
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:23:40 PM

Gonna have some leaks, its not good, but its going to happen.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:21:50 PM

Some say more drilling less pressure less leaks...
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:19:37 PM

First I've heard of natural seeping. Now the oil companies will have another plausible deniability in their arsenal.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:10:26 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:08:52 PM

Interesting, but could this be true or just another lie??
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:08:06 PM

Natural occurrence.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:07:08 PM

that's good for the oil company's
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:05:59 PM

good news
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:03:05 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:02:21 PM

Why wouldn't this happen especially from an earthquake considering the pressure shown by BP's accident. Who's neck will obummer put his boot on?
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:01:42 PM

Really??
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 8:01:27 PM

That's that giant sucking sound Ross Perot was talking about
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:56:59 PM

I wonder if it is the result of FOREIGN drilling that caused it and the gov't doesn't want to upset the applecart!!!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:54:56 PM

Seep? I guess it is possible. I did see it once on the TV show "Beverly Hillbillys" " Up from the ground come bubbling crude&&"
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:52:35 PM

interesting.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:51:18 PM

I remember oil on the Florida beaches back in the 50's. My grandfather would have to clean our feet before we got in the car.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:49:48 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:47:38 PM

Sounds like the famous "and that's my story and I'm stinkn' to it".
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:43:36 PM

oh well
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:41:06 PM

It happens.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:40:44 PM

interesting
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ok
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:38:12 PM

it does happen
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bull shit
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:36:10 PM

It has been proven that drilling actually helps relieve the pressure to keep natural leaks from happening. Let's get to drilling.
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obama will make it better
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Who are they gonna sue this time?
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Everything has to burp once in a while.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:32:20 PM

Please Lord no more oil leaks. Water is a precious comodity.
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So that means they made a BIG stink about nothing. What a grate government we have. And, no, I did not misspell.
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I'm just not buying that theory!!!!!!!.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:28:04 PM

Happens all the time ...just like the La Brea Tar Pits.
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Anybody Remember The DEEP WATER HORIZON????
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:22:16 PM

"...naturally occurring oil seep from the ocean floor..." sounds like baloney to me.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:20:45 PM

sounds like a cover-up
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Spmaudio is right!
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so will the DOJ now sue God?
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hahahahha. What next?
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