Bureau of Economic Geology

Offshore Hydrocarbon Seepage – State of the Science: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and Where the Research is Going

November 8, 2019 9:00 AM

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Jayme McBee
Geomechanical Services Director, TDI-Brooks International


Offshore hydrocarbon seepage is a well-known phenomenon, and the identification of their occurrence has been successfully employed use as an exploration technique for decades. Over the course of this time, various academic and industry-funded exploration research conducted has led to a better understanding of distinctive types of hydrocarbon seepage, the variety of tectonic/structural regimes in which seepage occurs, and the utility of gas and extract analyses for source typing. Many questions remain unanswered, however. Recent research seeks to provide insight into a variety of topics, including the: global distribution of seepage, complex behavior of hydrocarbons in shallow sediments, and characterization of seepage attributed to hydrate dissociation

Jayme McBee

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas

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