What is Oil?

Together with natural gas, it makes up petroleum, which is Latin for “rock oil”. Petroleum is basically a mix of naturally occurring organic compounds from within the earth that contain primarily hydrogen, carbon and oxygen. When petroleum comes straight out of the ground as a liquid it is called crude oil if dark and viscous, … More What is Oil?

Thousands of Invisible Oil Spills Are Destroying The Gulf.

Oil leaks have been around longer than humans have been drilling. In Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of California, petroleum naturally seeps up through the seafloor. But natural oil seeps are slow, and old. The oil droplets rising through the water from the seafloor create only the thinnest of slicks on the surface, and the … More Thousands of Invisible Oil Spills Are Destroying The Gulf.