PETROLEUM- Advantages, Disadvantages and FAQ’s

What Is The Difference Between Crude Oil, Petroleum Products, And Petroleum?
Crude oil is a mixture of hydrocarbons that exists as a liquid in natural underground reservoirs and remains a liquid when brought to the surface. Petroleum products are produced from the processing of crude oil and other liquids at petroleum refineries, from the extraction of liquid hydrocarbons at natural gas processing plants, and from the production of finished petroleum products at blending facilities. Petroleum is a broad category that includes both crude oil and petroleum products.  The terms oil and petroleum are sometimes used interchangeably.


What Are The Products And Uses Of Petroleum?
Petroleum products include transportation fuels, fuel oils for heating and electricity generation, asphalt and road oil, and the feedstocks used to make chemicals, plastics, and synthetic materials found in nearly everything we use today. About 74% of the 6.89 billion barrels of petroleum that we used in 2013 were gasoline, heating oil/diesel fuel, and jet fuel.

Petroleum products and their relative share of total U.S. petroleum consumption in 2013: …Read the list>>


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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Petroleum
OCCUPYTHEORY            on 13 April, 2014

Petroleum has been used as a fuel source for many years and has developed into an industry that supports our economy. There are many controversies surrounding the use and practice of extracting petroleum…Read more>>



Oil And The Environment

How does oil affect the environment?-   Crude oil is used to make petroleum products used to fuel airplanes, cars, and trucks; to heat homes; and to make products like medicines and plastics. Although petroleum products make life easier, finding, producing, and moving crude oil may have negative effects on the environment. Technological advances…Learn more>>

Technology helps reduce the effects of drilling and producing oil- Exploring and drilling for oil may disturb land and marine ecosystems. Seismic techniques used to explore for oil under the ocean floor may harm fish and marine mammals. Drilling an oil well on land often requires clearing an area of vegetation. These impacts are reduced by technologies that greatly increase the efficiency of exploration and drilling activities. Satellites, global positioning systems, remote sensing devices, and 3-D and 4-D…Learn more>>

Hydraulic fracturing- An oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing is used to produce oil from shale and other tight geologic formations. This technique has allowed the United States to increase domestic oil production significantly and reduce the amount of oil that the country imports. There are environmental concerns associated with…Learn more>>

Oil spills- Most oil spills are the result of accidents at oil wells or with the pipelines, ships, trains, and trucks that move oil from wells to refineries. Oil spills contaminate soil and water and may cause devastating explosions and fires. The federal government and industry are involved in…Learn more>>

Restoring old well sites and creating artificial reefs- Oil wells are plugged when they become uneconomic, and the area around the well may be restored. Some old offshore oil rigs are tipped over and left on the sea floor in a Rigs-to-Reefs program. Within a year after a rig is toppled, it is often…Learn more>>


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Back in business… “The artificial reef program has a long and proven track record of enhancing ecological diversity and productivity,” said Brandon Muffley, Administrator of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Marine Fisheries Administration. “Our studies have shown that colonization begins in as little as a couple weeks.”