The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill mirrors another gulf oil spill – from thirty years ago – that took nine months to contain. The present spill is at 25 times the depth….
Our peak oil disaster scenarios talk about the oil industry, having long ago picked all the low hanging fruit of available supplies, needing to go to greater and greater lengths, and greater expense, to locate and extract new supplies of oil – and from fields the industry wouldn’t have even considered a decade or two ago. One angle in all this that is not well discussed, however, is that along with a significantly reduced EROEI is a corresponding increase in attached risk.
The clip below compares two out-of-control gulf oil spills – the present disaster, and one thirty years ago. The spill of 1979 went on for months, and months – nine to be precise – despite the blown out well being only a couple of hundred feet below the surface. The spill today is at 5,000 feet.
We may be hearing about the ongoing drama of this spill for a very, very long time….