Escalante 'pinhole' oil leak may have spilled more than initially estimated

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  • endoftimes Vernal, UT
    April 11, 2014 11:24 p.m.

    The investigation will conclude that no species of plant or animal were threatened by these spills. There are more that 180 thousand miles of pipelines carrying petroleum products in the US alone. The environmental and health risks are extremely rare. Safer than driving or flying by far.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2014 4:00 p.m.

    "Historical accounts say **natural oil seepages** occurred in the wash prior to oil extraction, and 'the combination of old, recent and perhaps natural seepage makes unraveling the oil deposition history of the area complex,' the release states."

    It is an unfortunate indication of the sorry state of our education system that so few people are aware that the Earth leaks oodles of oil, natural gas (there's a reason it's called "natural" gas) and all sorts of other "nasty" stuff without any human intervention whatsoever. One of the problems in determining the extent of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was that there is ALWAYS oil leaking into the oceans, there and many other places.

    For many reasons it is very important that the processes we use to extract oil, gas and other "natural" resources is as efficient, effective and leak proof as possible. But, I hope we erase the notion that leaking oil/gas is only the result of our extraction booboos.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    April 11, 2014 12:04 p.m.

    And the oil industry and it's advocates wonder why there is such opposition to the construction of pipelines throughout the country.