High Gas Prices? You aint seen nothing yet.

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  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    If you think $100 per barrel oil is costly, consider $180 per barrel oil.

    The former is here, while the latter may be in our not-too-distant future, according to two well-known oil industry analysts.

    While energy prices retreated during the second week of January amid continued signs of a slowing economy and forecasts for mild weather in the Northeast, crude oil prices are still hovering about 70 percent higher than year-ago levels.

    The litany of reasons for this rapid run-up in prices has been well publicized, but the key question is where oil prices will go from here.

    Oil industry guru Matthew R. Simmons says he has no clue and little concern about what will happen to oil prices in the short term.

    “At some point, high prices will make an impact. But oil prices have risen 10-fold in the last nine years, and it hasn’t hurt the economy. I don’t know where oil is going in the short term. It’s a very volatile market. A year ago, oil prices broke $50 a barrel,” Simmons told Petroleum News in a Jan. 8 interview.

    In the long term, Simmons expects oil prices to continue to rise.

    “Prices going up another $20 to $30 are no big deal. But all the so-called experts are insisting that prices will go down,” he said. “We should be extremely cautious about what to expect. What surprises me is how cheap oil prices are.”

    $100 per barrel oil is cheap

    At $100 per barrel, oil costs about 15 cents a cup, says Simmons. A cup of oil converted to transportation fuel such as gasoline will carry a vehicle loaded with six people about 1.5 miles.

    That’s a real bargain when you consider that after an hour of haggling, you might be able to get the driver of a rickshaw or horse and buggy to carry you that distance for $5 or $6, he said.

    “$100 (a barrel) oil won’t kill any significant economy,” he said. “As energy prices rise, which they will, if the phenomenal wellhead revenues generated are reinvested into rebuilding a very rusty global energy infrastructure, they will create the world’s largest construction project and create a global shortage of blue-collar jobs and a boom for engineers and many sectors of the manufacturing industry.”

    Recession could depress oil prices

    Oil industry analyst and congressional lobbyist Roger Herrera told Petroleum News that people should hope Simmons is correct in his expectation that $100 per barrel oil won’t hurt the economy.

    “One-hundred-dollar oil is, by far, the lesser of the two evils,” he said. “But for a degree of greed and silliness in the subprime housing market, we would probably be looking at oil some way above $100 and not minding it one bit,” he said.

    Herrera said the perennial question is whether high oil prices will send the U.S. economy spiraling into recession.

    “If it does, there is little doubt that our oil usage will be significantly reduced perhaps by more than a million barrels a day. No doubt the Chinese and Indian economies can easily absorb an extra million barrels each day. In fact, they might relish such a windfall. If their economies continue to grow at the rates of the recent past, then there is little obvious reason for the price of oil to be reduced,” Herrera said.

    “On the other hand, a recession in the States will sooner or later have a slowing effect on China’s economy. If that happens, there will be a slight lessening of world demand that could quickly translate into a price reduction of perhaps $20 or more.”Herrera said

    “A delay of a year or two in world growth only pushes us closer and closer to the peaking of world oil output (assuming we haven’t already reached it), so a recession with a possible reduction in oil price will have no good attributes,” he said. “We would be better off facing up to the inevitability of more expensive oil and doing something about it.”

    $180-a-barrel oil would hurt

    Simmons has calculated that oil will have to climb above $180 per barrel before price pressures force voluntary conservation.
    Evidence from Britain tends to prove Simmons right.

    “A U.S. gallon of diesel costs $7 in the United Kingdom (most of it due to taxes),” Herrera said. “That is equivalent to about $180 per barrel for oil. There is clear evidence that UK truckers are beginning to revolt at these costs by blocking refineries and other protests. So, Simmons is absolutely right when he says that $100 oil is cheap.”

    A bigger worry for us than oil prices should be oil supply, according to Simmons.

    “Sadly, the United States of America, the world’s most advanced economy, has no fuel gauge of any sort to indicate when our useable spare supply of crude oil and (refined) products is nearing empty. And the stock data of the USA is the best published oil data of any country,” Simmons said.

    “None of this would be alarming if ‘peak oil’ was decades away. But, this is a fool’s dream.”

    Simmons and Herrera agree that mounting evidence points to “peak oil” having occurred more than two years ago when the Energy Information Administration reported record global crude output of 74.3 million barrels per day in May 2005.

    Peak oil refers to the notion that at some point the world will reach a peak in the rate at which it can pump oil out of the ground.

    Current world crude output averages less than 72.5 million bpd, down about 2 million bpd from 27 months ago, while world oil demand, about 88 million bpd, continues to grow unchecked.

    With global demand projected to grow to 115 million bpd by 2020, Simmons said numerous dangers would accompany a significant depletion of world oil supplies, including social chaos brought on by widespread hoarding as well as geopolitical conflicts that could lead to war.

    “Oil shortages worry me,” he said. “China is extremely conscious of how flimsy oil supply is and is doing everything they can to lock up supply.”

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  2. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    The news reported the other day that we'll be around $4/gal by summer.

    Old news. ~Yawn~ (they should've read MM's thread a while ago ;) )
     
  3. Jonas Parker

    Jonas Parker Hooligan

    Remember, oil is a commodity, much like gold or silver. The price of oil doesn't go up, but rather the purchasing power of the dollar goes down...
     
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    In the case of the US, both the reduced value of the FRN AND the increasing scarcity of crude are active. Peak oil remains real, as the monetization of debt drives the buying power down. Oil supplies are not dropping as fast as the dollar, but surely will increasingly fall away.
     
  5. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    One big difference between oil and PMs would also be the growing demand as more people in third world countries are starting to drive. Oil is like the PMs in that there is a limited amount available but the demand is growing a lot more so it would be riseing in value even against PMs and not just against the dollar.
     
  6. RobertRogers

    RobertRogers Monkey+++

    Just keep wasting oil and gas with McMansions and SUV's. But then don't cry when the limited resource that is being wasted starts drying up and becomes expensive.
     
  7. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    So you're saying I can't use the Cry Option that came with my SUV ? :D
     
  8. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    I am paying $4.50 a gallon for gas over here in the Bahamas and have been for a while. But then agai, milk is $8.00 a gallon, so who's complaining?
     
  9. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    My SUV is both. A Ford Excursion 4x4 with a V-10. Does it burn a lot of fuel, hell yes. But when the day comes and the Prius or Yugo crosses the center line and hits my family head on..........well.........you get the picture.
     
  10. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    I'm with you, EL... He with the most metal, wins.
     
  11. slots

    slots Monkey+++

    I understand where your comming from, but fast forward the SHTF senario a few years and your left with a beast of a vehicle that you can ill-afford to run and probably don't have enough fuel put by to make it worth running.

    IMHO its a "live for today, nevermind tommorrow" attitude.
     
  12. FalconDance

    FalconDance Neighborhood Witch

    Twenty-five or so years ago when I lived in Italy, gas was around $5/gallon. The only people bitching were, predictably, Americans. Everyone else had already learned to get small, fuel efficient cars - IF they had one! - or mopeds. They even *gasp!* carpooled. Most who needed to go very far from home, work included, used an excellent public bus system or train.

    Wow, look how freakin' far behind we are here!
     
  13. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    What makes you think I will be ill-afford to run it? Let me worry about that. In the mean time, my family is pretty damn safe on the road.
     
  14. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Or she.
     
  15. slots

    slots Monkey+++

    Your financial status wasn't really what I was meaning.

    Assuming the peak oil is/will become a reality, then oil will become a limited resource. Rationing and restrictions would seem the likely outcome as the resourse becomes scarcer.

    If your unable to buy all the oil you need, it doesn't really matter how much money you have, you can only buy whats available, and at an exhorbatant price.

    Then the cost of running any gas hungry appliance has to be considered.

    Becoming more fuel efficent I thought would be common sense, given the likely future senarios.

    Bear in mind I am envisioning a senario 10+ years from now, or any date where the oil supply is cut off or severely limited.
     
  16. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Don't worry Slots, I am just tweaking ya. To each their own. I am just not ready to give up safety for fuel economy. Years down the road when a new replacement vehicle is needed, I am sure that we will be re-visiting the issue.
     
  17. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Don't get me wrong, slots, I'm thoughtful about my drive time and not a fuel waster. Heck, a tank of gas lasts me about a month. My bike and feet are highly used transportation modes, too.

    Of course I live for today, it's the only certain thing I have. Tomorrow is speculative (though something I prepare for). :)
     
  18. BigO01

    BigO01 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Re: High Gas Prices? You ain't seen nothing yet.

    I am amazed at how many intelligent people are buying into this "Peak Oil" BS without questioning it .

    Think for a minute just what all of this would mean if it were true .

    We are looking at mass food shortages , riots , violence of unprecedented levels and God knows what .

    There will be no safe haven for even the filthy rich short of an Island with guards galore to keep them safe and then they too will be susceptible to the food shortages .

    Yet here we are business as usual with nothing but higher prices that make billions more for the oil companies .

    If we were truly faced with this catastrophic event don't you think the Governments of the world would be scrambling to pass laws to begin oil exploration in every conceivable place that has never been explored before ?

    Think of all the cities that existed long before oil became so important and exploration under them has never been thought of .

    New York , Boston , Philadelphia , Pittsburgh , Washington DC just to name a few in America .

    What about all the other cities around the world ?

    Rome , London , Moscow , Berlin , Baghdad , God knows how many billions of miles of land have never been explored .

    Do you honestly think we are facing this disaster as calmly as the politicians are about the whole situation ?

    We're not talking about losing television during the Super Bowl here people we're speaking of global food shortages , mass starvation and the end to life as we know it .

    People aren't going to just sit calmly by and starve to death .
     
  19. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    RUSSIA PROVES "PEAK OIL" IS A SCAM

    Copyright © Joe Vialls, August 25, 2004

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    WHILE MOSCOW INVESTS HEAVILY IN UNLIMITED OIL PRODUCTION FOR THE FUTURE, NEW YORK SQUANDERS AMERICA'S DWINDLING OIL PROFITS ON FAST CARS AND FAST WOMEN

    In 1970 the Russians started drilling Kola SG-3, an exploration well which finally reached a staggering world record depth of 40,230 feet. Since then, Russian oil majors including Yukos have quietly drilled more than 310 successful super-deep oil wells, and put them into production. Last Year Russia overtook Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest single oil producer, and is now set to completely dominate global oil production and sales for the next century.
    If the opening paragraph of this report started by claiming that completely unlimited crude oil reserves exist inside planet earth, readers might be tempted to regard the entire text as preposterous ghostwriting for a novelist like Frederick Forsyth. If the report then went on to claim that the Russians have exploited this stunning reality for nearly thirty years, right under the largely unwitting noses of western intelligence, readers could be excused for mistaking the author for a lunatic, or perhaps as a front for spy novelist John le Carré. The problem here is that unlimited oil reserves do exist inside planet earth, and the Russians long ago developed the advanced technology necessary to recover these unlimited oil reserves in an efficient and timely manner.
    Profoundly disturbing hard intelligence like this does not sit well with the frantic cries of western academic shills and lobbyists, determined to convince you all that the end of the oil world is nigh, or, more accurately, that America faces an imminent catastrophe when global production capacity "Peaks", i.e. when world demand for crude oil finally exceeds the rate at which we can physically pump the required product out of the ground. The gist of these false claims are outlined in a speech given at the at the University of Clausthal, by lobbyist Doctor Colin Campbell during December 2000:
    "In summary, these are the main points that we have to grasp: Conventional [Free flowing] oil provides most of the oil produced today, and is responsible for about 95% of all oil that has been produced so far. It will continue to dominate supply for a long time to come. It is what matters most. Its discovery peaked in the 1960s. We now find one barrel for every four we consume. Middle East share of production is set to rise. The rest of the world peaked in 1997, and is therefore in terminal decline. World peak comes within about five years" [circa 12/2005]
    Campbell is just the tip of a giant iceberg of academic Peak Oil "experts" who suddenly appeared en-masse to give you this frightening news, right after President Saddam Hussein suddenly started trading his oil in Euros rather than in US Dollars, a devastating switch with the easy capacity to destroy the US Dollar in less than five years if it was left unchallenged and unchecked.
    So these shills [decoys] were carefully positioned to deflect your attention away from the obvious greed and incompetence of the United States Government and its Wall Street masters, and focus it elsewhere instead. Then, hopefully, a few years later down the track when prices start to bounce through the roof, and America has no Euros to buy crude oil, you will blame gasoline prices of $5.00+ per gallon at the pumps on an "inevitable decline" in world oil production, rather than march furiously on Washington DC with locked and loaded firearms.
    Though attacking Campbell and his ilk is not the purpose of this report, his idiot claims can be debunked readily enough. While it is true that nowadays we only officially find one barrel of oil for every four barrels we consume, this is primarily because we temporarily stopped the incredibly expensive process of looking for crude oil when we had already physically established more than two trillion barrels of reserves in known reservoir locations around the world. When those known reserves drop to [say] one trillion barrels we may be tempted to go and find more, but not until then. And while it is true that the production rate from each individual oil well ever drilled has slowly declined over the years, there is a perfectly valid technical reason for this predictable reduced flow rate, which will be explained later.
    In order to understand how Russia has left the rest of the world standing in its wake, it is essential to know a little bit about where oil is located, and how it is extracted from the ground for refining and commercial use. It is an enormously complex subject, especially when considering the ultra-deep wells, which should really have a separate category all of their own. Many years ago I was personally involved at the sharp end of two ultra-deep drilling operations [one of them in direct liaison with Russian experts from the Moscow Drilling Institute], and will try to keep this drilling lesson as simple as I can. Thankfully perhaps, the underlying principle of how and where oil is recovered from is not difficult to comprehend, as illustrated by the diagram below.
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    The theory underlying how oil is formed at such enormous depths in the mantle of the earth is not central to this report, because the Russians have already proved its point of origin in absolute drilling terms more than 300 times. Those interested in the exact process should research the archives, where there are more than two hundred Russian papers on the subject. Probably a good place to start would be "The Role of Methane in the Formation of Mineral Fuels", written by by A.D. Bondar in 1967. What is central to this report is the massive advantage that Russia's ultra-deep drilling discoveries and technical achievements give it over the western nations.
    The first advantage I intend to explain is nowhere near as important in global terms as the second, because it is the second advantage that finally drove the Zionist Cabal to illegally invade sovereign Iraq, and thereby bring us all to the very brink of thermonuclear war. However, from where I sit, the first advantage is much more important in simple humanitarian terms, although "humanitarian" is not an acceptable trading process on Wall Street.
    As we have already discovered, oil can be produced virtually anywhere on earth, provided the host country can afford the expensive [and sometimes classified] technology, and the massive cost of drilling a well to extreme depth through extremely hard rock formations. But just think what even 20 or 30 deep producing oil wells can mean for the people of a country that has no natural resources of its own, or worse still, for people who have been told by glib western lobbyists that they have no natural resources of their own. Anyone who can prove that the western nations were lying or simply wrong, will become a trusted friend forever. Vietnam is a classic example.
    After more than 60 years of being enslaved, pillaged, and raped by the French and then by the Americans, the poor Vietnamese were told officially by American oil multinationals that their country was barren; that western "cutting edge" technology had failed to find anything to help them recover financially from the mess left behind by American bombs, Agent Orange, and a host of other delightful gifts from Uncle Sam. This of course was exactly where America wanted the Vietnamese to be: desperately poor and unable to take action against their former invaders.
    The Russians had other ideas and a very different approach. After telling the Vietnamese that the Americans had lied to them, oil experts were flown in from Moscow to prove this startling claim in a no-risk joint venture, meaning the Russians would provide all of the equipment and expertise free of charge, and only then take a percentage of the profits if oil was actually found and put into production. Vietnam had absolutely nothing to lose, and swiftly gave Russia the green light.
    The Vietnamese White Tiger oil field was and is a raging success, currently producing high quality crude oil from basalt rock more than 17,000 feet below the surface of the earth, at 6,000 barrels per day per well. Through White Tiger, the Russians have assisted the Vietnamese to regain part of their self respect, while at the same time making them far less dependent on brutal western nations for food-aid handouts.
    All of a sudden in a very small way, Vietnam has joined the exclusive club of oil producing nations, and a stream of cynical U.S. Senators and Congressmen have started making the long pilgrimage to Ho Chi Minh City in order to "mend fences". Predictably perhaps, the Vietnamese are very cool, and try hard to ignore their new American admirers.
    WELCOME TO THE WHITE TIGER OIL FIELD IN VIETNAM. OBSERVE THE TRULY AMAZING OIL FLARES, IN AN AREA THE AMERICANS OFFICIALLY DECLARED "BARREN" OF OIL RESERVES!

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    It is truly amazing how quickly good news travels [outside of CNN], and in a very short space of time China was also engaged in a joint super deep venture with Russia. Nor did it end there. As I write this report, intelligence reports that the Russians have already moved three deep-drilling rigs into impoverished North Korea, where they intend to repeat the Vietnamese production cycle by drilling thought solid granite and basalt, with not a single trace of the "decaying marine life" so essential to blinkered western geologists for the "accepted" production of crude oil. It may take a while, but ultimately the North Koreans will be able to go about their sovereign business without the Zionist Cabal in New York being able to blackmail them over a few ship loads of food-aid rice. Yes indeed, Korea will eventually have an oil surplus of its own, allowing it to tell the latest in a long line of terminally insane "New World Orders" to go to hell.
    The White Tiger project was the first outside Russia to openly exploit and showcase this ultra-deep technology and oil production from basalt rock to the world, though the original intent was to do so much earlier in India during 1983. During that year a large drilling rig in the Ganges Delta was scheduled to drill down to below 22,000 feet into basalt, and then dramatically flare "impossible" ultra deep oil. Oil well Bodra #3 was directly supervised by teams of experienced Russian drillers and scientists from the Moscow Institute of Drilling, with the author the only westerner on site, contracted to control one of the critical advanced systems needed to reach target depth smoothly and efficiently.
    If Bodra #3 had been allowed to drill ahead unhindered, there is no doubt the resulting impact would have sent shock waves around the oil world, and gained enormous international prestige for the Russians. Even more importantly perhaps, the desperately poor people of West Bengal would have gained access to their own energy reserves. Unfortunately, Bodra #3 was not allowed to drill ahead unhindered. The Americans were determined to stop the project one way or the other, and played on New Delhi's obvious fear of the Communist State Government in West Bengal. After bribing a handful of corrupt central government officials, US intelligence sent in professional American saboteurs, who managed to wreck the drilling project while the author was away on a visit to Sydney in Australia.
    Before we continue to the second massive advantage derived from ultra deep oil, and thus the primary reason why Wall Street decided to illegally invade Iraq, it is essential to look briefly at the way in which America devours a massive portion of global oil supply. You see, the "Peak Oil" scam is not really about the world running out of oil reserves or being incapable of producing sufficient quantities to provide for its various national users. Instead, Peak Oil was fabricated to disguise America's individual increasing greed for crude oil, and its imminent inability to pay hard cash for the product. Put simply, America is going broke fast, and Wall Street wishes to blame someone else before the angry Militias appear with their locked and loaded weapons.
    This sorry situation is best summarized by Professor Victor Poleo of Venezuela's Central University, who told IPS in April that, "The mechanism by which global oil prices are set is intact, but the normal behaviour of supply and demand is not." According to Poleo, the root of the problem is that the United States "is a terminal victim of its energetic metastasis. It has neither the oil nor the natural gas needed to feed its style of development. With just six percent of the world population, it consumes nearly 25 percent of the oil and gas produced worldwide."
    Professor Poleo went on to explain that there were expectations that demand for gasoline in the United States would stabilize at around 7.2 million barrels a day by the mid-1990s, "but that didn't happen," he said. "The United States' voracity for gasoline rose to nine million barrels by 2003, one of every two liters burnt in the world." And domestic demand for crude oil will continue to grow. The United States imports today six of every 10 barrels of oil and two of every 10 cubic meters of gas that it consumes, and by 2020 it will import eight of every 10 barrels of oil and four of every 10 cubic meters of gas, according to U.S. government reports.
    Despite the fact that American intelligence already knew of Russia's achievements with ultra deep oil production from the mantle of the earth back in the early eighties, it was obvious that this slow and expensive method of adding to national oil reserves could never keep up with America's voracious appetite for gasoline. So ultimately when domestic demand grew too fast, or cash reserves were finally depleted, America would either be obliged to halve its own use of gasoline, or steal it from someone else by force. Halving gasoline usage was out of the question, so instead of building hundreds of ultra-deep drilling rigs, Wall Street squandered the cash building more aircraft carriers, with the desperate objective of attacking and permanently occupying the Middle East.
    This is the point at which the second massive advantage derived from ultra-deep oil comes into play. Do you remember how puzzled the reservoir engineers were when they discovered that their existing reserves were being "topped up" from below? They later discovered that what they were really observing were naturally occurring ultra-deep oil wells, leaking vast quantities of oil from the mantle of the earth upwards through fractures into what we nowadays refer to as "sedimentary oilfields", located relatively close to the surface. As the production companies draw oil out of these known reservoirs through oil wells, field pressure is slightly reduced, thereby allowing more ultra-deep oil to migrate up from the mantle and restock the reservoir from below.
    Russian studies of their own ultra-deep wells and those in the White Tiger field in Vietnam, indicate in very rough terms that migration from the mantle is probably 20-30% less than production at Middle East wellheads, meaning in turn that if the flow rates of existing Iraqi and Saudi wells are reduced by about 30%, oil supply and production can and will continue forever, constantly replenished by ultra-deep oil from the mantle itself. It goes almost without saying that even with production reduced by 30%, there is more than enough oil in the Middle East to provide for America's increasing usage for at least the next century. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why your sons and daughters have died and will continue to die in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.
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    In direct conflict with the "Peak Oil" myth, the underreamer shown in these photos can restore an oil well's original production rate, using basically the same principle as changing the oil filter in your automobile engine
    Now we come to the completely false [or deliberately misleading] claim by Peak Oil shills that production from existing oil wells is "slowing down", thereby proving that the oil fields are "running dry". This is so wrong that it is almost breathtaking. Think of this slowing down process in the same way you might think of the engine oil in your automobile. The longer you run the engine, the higher the level of contaminates that get into the oil. The higher the level of contaminates, the higher the level of friction. Sooner or later you have something closely akin to glue coating your piston rings, and the performance of your engine declines accordingly. This is an inevitable mechanical process well known to all automobile owners.
    Henry Ford and others managed to slow down the rate of contamination in engine oils by inventing the oil filter, through which the oil has to circulate each time it passes around inside the engine. A high percentage of the contaminates stick to the filter element, thereby allowing extra miles between oil changes, though heaven help the careless motorist who thinks he can get away without ever changing his clogged oil filter when recommended.
    When oil is extracted from a producing formation underground, it flows out through pores in the reservoir rock, and then into the open borehole, from where it is transported to surface by the production tubing string. So by the very nature of the beast, the bottom section of the well is "open hole" which allows the oil to flow out in the first place, but because it is comprised of exposed and sometimes unstable rock, this open hole section is also continually subject to all manner of turbulence and various contaminates. For example, tiny quantities of super fine silt may exit through the pores but not continue to the surface with the oil, tumbling around in the turbulence instead, until the silt very slowly starts to block off the oil-producing pore throats. Yes, of course there are a variety of liners that can be used to slow down the contamination, but there is no such thing as a Henry Ford oil filter 10,000 feet underground.
    The inevitable result of this is that over time, the initial production rate of the well will slowly decline, a hard fact known to every exploration oilman in the business. However, this is certainly not an indication that the oil field itself is becoming depleted, proved thousands of times by offset wells drilled later into the same reservoir. Any new well comes on stream at the original production rate of its older cousins, because it has not yet had time to build up a thin layer of contaminates across the open hole. Though as we shall see it is possible to "do an oil change" on a producing well and bring it back to full production, this is extremely expensive, and rarely used in the west.
    Look at a simple example: Say we have a small oil field in Iraq with ten wells that each started out in life producing 10,000 barrels of oil per day. Fine, for a known investment we are producing 100,000 barrels of oil per day from our small field, at least for a while. Five years later contamination may have slowed our overall production down by ten percent to 90,000 barrels per day. So we are now faced with a choice: either "do an oil change" on all ten existing wells at vast expense and down time, or simply drill one additional well into the same reservoir, thereby restoring our daily production to 100,000 barrels with the minimum of fuss. Take my word for it, ninety-nine percent of onshore producers will simply drill the extra well.
    Naturally there are times and places where this simple process is not an option, for example on a huge and very expensive offshore platform, which may have only 24 drilling "slots", all of which have been used up. To restore your overall production after five years you can either build another giant platform next door for two billion dollars, or "do an oil change" on each of your existing 24 wells, one at a time. Clearly this time you are forced to carry out the time consuming business of restoring the open hole section at the bottom of the well to its old pristine condition, before various contaminates started to slow down your production rate.
    For this task you first pull the production tubing out of the hole, and then run back in with a drill string, to which is attached an underreamer as shown in the pictures above. When the reamer is directly opposite the top of the open hole producing section, the drill string is rotated to the right and the blades fly out under centrifugal force to a distance preset by you before lowering the tool into the hole. The objective is to cut away the contaminated face of the well to a depth you consider will once again expose pristine producing pores. As the spinning underreamer is slowly lowered, it enlarges the size of the hole, with the contaminated debris cut away and flushed back to surface by the drilling fluid. Hey presto, you have a new oil well, and it only cost one or two million dollars to restore…
    Remember I said this process is rarely used in the west, which is true, but it is not true of Russia, where the objective for many years has been to dominate global oil supply by continual investment. With no shareholders holding out their grubby little hands for a wad of pocket money every month, the Russian oil industry managed to surge ahead, underreaming thousands of its older existing onshore wells in less than ten years. Then along came Wall Street asset Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who fraudulently got his hands on Yukos oil for a mere fraction of its value, and was on the point of selling the entire outfit to the American multinationals when Vladimir Putin had him hauled off his private jet somewhere in Siberia. So Wall Street was finally "cheated" of its very own "free" Russian oil, and poor old Mikhail had better get used to the taste of prison food.
    To recap, "Peak Oil" claims that because today we only find one barrel of oil for every four that we use, world oil reserves are running out. Completely misleading propaganda. as the Russians [and the CIA] know perfectly well, reserves of oil in the mantle of the earth are infinite. "Peak Oil" also claims that we will shortly be unable to pump sufficient oil out of the ground to keep up with demand. Completely misleading propaganda again. We could drill more wells, but Wall Street cannot afford to pay for them, and never intended to, at least not while it still believed conquest and eternal occupation of the Middle East was a realistic possibility.
    Professor Poleo makes it quite clear which direction the west needs to go in if it is to survive in the long term, and that is to follow Russia's example by sharply reducing domestic consumption. Back in 1990 America was using around 6 million barrels per day compared to Russia's 8.4 million, but how things have changed since then. Thirteen years later in 2003, American consumption was up to 9 million, while Russian consumption had been reduced to a mere 3.2 million. A few billion folk over there in America might like to walk around their houses and switch off any electrical appliances they don't actually need. Believe me, I can almost hear the oil surging through the pipelines in New York, and I live more than 12,000 miles away in Australia.
    In closing I would like to pass on my greetings and thanks to the cheerful Russian drillers and scientists I had the pleasure of working with at Bodra #3 in West Bengal, without whose expertise we might all be dead today, as a direct consequence of repeated American sabotage attempts on the high pressure well. My thanks also to the Moscow Drilling Institute for the unrestricted flow of information and documents on ultra deep oil production technology, without which I could not have written this report.
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    Sweet, I can continue to burn another hole in the ozone and waste some more oil for my enjoyment and others that ride along. [booze]

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