All posts tagged: Oil

Cyberattack forces closure of major US pipeline

A major cyberattack has forced one of America’s largest pipelines to temporarily shut down its pipeline that distributes of gasoline and jet fuel along America’s east coast.

How is your oil supply? Credit: Ranil Amarasurilya/Flickr/Creative Commons

Do you have enough oil?

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.” (Matthew 25:1-2) Women are like oil lamps, when the oil runs dry, you can’t get fire. For years I resigned myself to ‘life by default’ where I went through the motions of dealing with whatever life handed me that day. There was never enough time to just rest, relax or enjoy a good book. Over the years, people-pleasing burned a lot of oil from my personal lamp. And, although it looked nice on the outside, I learned that it really was a way to avoid dealing with unresolved issues in my life. I ignored my emotions and what was going on inside and tried to make myself feel better by giving my attention and energy to things …

Game-changing oil discovery in Israel? Photo: Brennan Browne/Flickr/Creative Commons

Game-changing Promise of God? Oil found in Israel

Israel is a bit out of sorts with the rest of the Middle East. While huge quantities of oil have been found in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iran among others, Israel has not found any and has been forced to import oil. Some Israelis blame Moses for the lack oil, joking if he had turned right instead of left, Israel would be swimming in black gold. But that was not the direction to the Promised Land. However, this may have all changed. This past fall, Afek Oil and Gas (AOG) announced a major oil discovery in the Golan heights found in Israel near the border of Syria. Israel took this land from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War started by the Egyptian President Gamal Nasser who was attempting to unite the Arab world to wipe out Israel. Though this Arab coalition suffered a disastrous defeat, the area is still a bone of contention with Syria. Speaking on behalf of AOG in an interview with Foxnews, geologist Yuval Bartov said: “We are talking about …

Why are oil wells refilling? Oil Platform Manual M. Almeida/Flickr/Creative Commons

Dinosaurs on Mars?

For decades, “fossil” fuel is a term used to describe oil. It leaves the impression that oil is derived from the decay of ancient dinosaurs and fauna, millions of years old. In the minds of many, “fossil” fuels have become evidence of evolution. It also implicitly suggests that there is a limited source of oil and once it is used up, it’s done. A year ago, December 2014, NASA announced that its Curiosity rover plodding around on Mars discovered methane. In August 2012, the rover was exploring the 154 km-wide Gale crater when it picked up methane particles in the atmosphere. And briefly for two months, December 2013 to January 2014, the methane concentrations increased by a dramatic 1000%. Methane is a gas necessary for the creation of oil. As heated methane percolates up through the earth’s crust, certain hydrocarbons cool and condense forming oil. With the discovery of methane on Mars, many were convinced it was evidence of life on the Red Planet. Maybe the H. G. Wells’s War of the Worlds wasn’t wrong. …

Is it really a “fossil” fuel?

The phrase “fossil fuel” implies oil is a product of hundreds of millions of years of vegetation and animal decay. Oil becomes proof of the theory of evolution. It is further argued that since oil is a fossil fuel, there is a limited amount and once it’s gone, it is gone. However, this theory took a major hit on January 14, 2005. That was the day, the Cassini-Huygens satellite scanned Titan, a moon of Saturn, and found massive quantities methane — literally lakes of methane.