Leakage Rates

The Palos Verde fault in Santa Monica Bay, California seeps oil at the rate of 10-15 bbl/day.  How fast is that?  That's 5 BILLION BARRELS in only one million years!

The Coal Point seep, over a fault swarm in the Santa Barbara Channel, California, is leaking at 50-70 bbl/day or more than 25 BILLION BARRELS in a million years.

Some faults seal.  Some faults leak.  Can you tell the difference?

We can.



This is a sample 

Seep rates are from Wilkinson, E.R., 1971, California offshore oil and gas seeps: California Oil Fields-Summary Operations, vol. 57(1), p. 5-28










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