- About 80 miles off of the coast of Louisiana lies a mostly
submerged mountain, the top of which is known as Eugene Island. The portion
underwater is an eerie-looking, sloping tower jutting up from the depths
of the Gulf of Mexico, with deep fissures and perpendicular faults which
spontaneously spew natural gas. A significant reservoir of crude oil was
discovered nearby in the late '60s, and by 1970, a platform named Eugene
330 was busily producing about 15,000 barrels a day of high-quality crude
- By the late '80s, the platform's production had slipped
to less than 4,000 barrels per day, and was considered pumped out. Done.
Suddenly, in 1990, production soared back to 15,000 barrels a day, and
the reserves which had been estimated at 60 million barrels in the '70s,
were recalculated at 400 million barrels. Interestingly, the measured geological
age of the new oil was quantifiably different than the oil pumped in the
- Analysis of seismic recordings revealed the presence
of a "deep fault" at the base of the Eugene Island reservoir
which was gushing up a river of oil from some deeper and previously unknown
- Similar results were seen at other Gulf of Mexico oil
wells. Similar results were found in the Cook Inlet oil fields in Alaska.
Similar results were found in oil fields in Uzbekistan. Similarly in the
Middle East, where oil exploration and extraction have been underway for
at least the last 20 years, known reserves have doubled. Currently there
are somewhere in the neighborhood of 680 billion barrels of Middle East
- Creating that much oil would take a big pile of dead
dinosaurs and fermenting prehistoric plants. Could there be another source
for crude oil?
- An intriguing theory now permeating oil company research
staffs suggests that crude oil may actually be a natural inorganic product,
not a stepchild of unfathomable time and organic degradation. The theory
suggests there may be huge, yet-to-be-discovered reserves of oil at depths
that dwarf current world estimates.
- The theory is simple: Crude oil forms as a natural inorganic
process which occurs between the mantle and the crust, somewhere between
5 and 20 miles deep. The proposed mechanism is as follows:
- Methane (CH4) is a common molecule found in quantity
throughout our solar system - huge concentrations exist at great depth
in the Earth.
- At the mantle-crust interface, roughly 20,000 feet beneath
the surface, rapidly rising streams of compressed methane-based gasses
hit pockets of high temperature causing the condensation of heavier hydrocarbons.
The product of this condensation is commonly known as crude oil.
- Some compressed methane-based gasses migrate into pockets
and reservoirs we extract as "natural gas."
- In the geologically "cooler," more tectonically
stable regions around the globe, the crude oil pools into reservoirs.
- In the "hotter," more volcanic and tectonically
active areas, the oil and natural gas continue to condense and eventually
to oxidize, producing carbon dioxide and steam, which exits from active
- Periodically, depending on variations of geology and
Earth movement, oil seeps to the surface in quantity, creating the vast
oil-sand deposits of Canada and Venezuela, or the continual seeps found
beneath the Gulf of Mexico and Uzbekistan.
- Periodically, depending on variations of geology, the
vast, deep pools of oil break free and replenish existing known reserves
- There are a number of observations across the oil-producing
regions of the globe that support this theory, and the list of proponents
begins with Mendelev (who created the periodic table of elements) and includes
Dr.Thomas Gold (founding director of Cornell University Center for Radiophysics
and Space Research) and Dr. J.F. Kenney of Gas Resources Corporations,
- In his 1999 book, "The Deep Hot Biosphere,"
Dr. Gold presents compelling evidence for inorganic oil formation. He notes
that geologic structures where oil is found all correspond to "deep
earth" formations, not the haphazard depositions we find with sedimentary
rock, associated fossils or even current surface life.
- He also notes that oil extracted from varying depths
from the same oil field have the same chemistry - oil chemistry does not
vary as fossils vary with increasing depth. Also interesting is the fact
that oil is found in huge quantities among geographic formations where
assays of prehistoric life are not sufficient to produce the existing reservoirs
of oil. Where then did it come from?
- Another interesting fact is that every oil field throughout
the world has outgassing helium. Helium is so often present in oil fields
that helium detectors are used as oil-prospecting tools. Helium is an inert
gas known to be a fundamental product of the radiological decay or uranium
and thorium, identified in quantity at great depths below the surface of
the earth, 200 and more miles below. It is not found in meaningful quantities
in areas that are not producing methane, oil or natural gas. It is not
a member of the dozen or so common elements associated with life. It is
found throughout the solar system as a thoroughly inorganic product.
- Even more intriguing is evidence that several oil reservoirs
around the globe are refilling themselves, such as the Eugene Island reservoir
- not from the sides, as would be expected from cocurrent organic reservoirs,
but from the bottom up.
- Dr. Gold strongly believes that oil is a "renewable,
primordial soup continually manufactured by the Earth under ultrahot conditions
and tremendous pressures. As this substance migrates toward the surface,
it is attached by bacteria, making it appear to have an organic origin
dating back to the dinosaurs."
- Smaller oil companies and innovative teams are using
this theory to justify deep oil drilling in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico,
among other locations, with some success. Dr. Kenney is on record predicting
that parts of Siberia contain a deep reservoir of oil equal to or exceeding
that already discovered in the Middle East.
- Could this be true?
- In August 2002, in the "Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences (US)," Dr. Kenney published a paper, which had
a partial title of "The genesis of hydrocarbons and the origin of
petroleum." Dr. Kenney and three Russian coauthors conclude:
- The Hydrogen-Carbon system does not spontaneously evolve
hydrocarbons at pressures less than 30 Kbar, even in the most favorable
environment. The H-C system evolves hydrocarbons under pressures found
in the mantle of the Earth and at temperatures consistent with that environment.
- He was quoted as stating that "competent physicists,
chemists, chemical engineers and men knowledgeable of thermodynamics have
known that natural petroleum does not evolve from biological materials
since the last quarter of the 19th century."
- Deeply entrenched in our culture is the belief that at
some point in the relatively near future we will see the last working pump
on the last functioning oil well screech and rattle, and that will be that.
The end of the Age of Oil. And unless we find another source of cheap energy,
the world will rapidly become a much darker and dangerous place.
- If Dr. Gold and Dr. Kenney are correct, this "the
end of the world as we know it" scenario simply won't happen. Think
about it ... while not inexhaustible, deep Earth reserves of inorganic
crude oil and commercially feasible extraction would provide the world
with generations of low-cost fuel. Dr. Gold has been quoted saying that
current worldwide reserves of crude oil could be off by a factor of over
- A Hedberg Conference, sponsored by the American Association
of Petroleum Geologists, was scheduled to discuss and publicly debate this
issue. Papers were solicited from interested academics and professionals.
The conference was scheduled to begin June 9, 2003, but was canceled at
the last minute. A new date has yet to be set.
- Chris Bennett manages an environmental engineering division
for a West Coast technology firm. He and his wife of 26 years make their
home on the San Francisco Bay.
- © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc.
From Ted Twietmeyer
- Sustainable oil ? Say it isn't so !
- I just can't imagine our government would lie to us and
create an oil shortage to raise prices. No...just can't be so ! They love
us. They have built POW camps for Americans, hundreds of them.
- Even though I've seen one personally, I know it can't
exist because the government hasn't told me about it. It will flash into
existence the moment they tell me about- the same with oil. Therefore,
I know that sustainable oil doesn't exist until uncle sam says so.
- Hasn't the author heard of Houdini, Copperfield and others
? The US government trained them all in the art of prestidigitation. How
else could oil appear, or prices go up and down ?
- Oh GOD, how I love that mental conditioning !
- Give me some more !
- From Viking Concrete
- Sustainable Oil??
- Check this out! Sounds feasable to me, a neverending
(virtual) supply of greenhouse gasses, that, countless more wars can be
fought over, well that is, for as long as we can breathe, or stand the
ever increasing temperatures, or the rising sea levels as the poles melt,
aka "Waterworld", or the superstorms, snap freezes, la,la,la,la,............!!
- Ahhhhhh! But think of the $$$ Trillions, Gazillions even!
that we can make selling massive climate controllers to third world countries,(
that we control) that convert sea water to fresh food and run on oil, (also
sold by us) that keeps the whole process going ad infinitum! or at least
until the Earth implodes!
- Hey! dont worry, we reckon we will be able to get to
Mars by then, what a funky place to live!
- Hey! We could export greenhouse gasses to Mars thereby
changing the climate to what we used to have here before we screwed it
up! All weve got to figure out is who we send the bill to???
- Freakin' Lunatics!