Geologic Hazards Associated with Exploration in Deep Water and Around Salt Structures in the Gulf of Mexico
With the recent leasing activity in the deep water offshore Mexico, it is expected that prospects will be generated in areas where massive oil slicks
and sea bottom oil seeps have been detected. The presence of these hydrocarbons at the sea floor and in the water column of the Gulf of Mexico
testify that leakage features are occurring at the sea floor, and that hydrocarbons have moved through the sea floor surface and to the open ocean.