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Mar 16 / Dave Schumaker

Petroleum Deposits in Afghanistan

Oil WellA new report by the USGS documents undiscovered petroleum deposits in Northern Afghanistan. Specifically, the amount of petroleum beneath the surface may be much greater than originally expected. Compared to previous estimates, the current report shows 18 times more oil resources in Afghanistan than originally thought and 3 times more natural gas resources. It is a rather significant find.

On a similar note, Mexican officials announced the discovery of a new large oilfield earlier this week as well. The discovery rivals what is currently the largest producing oilfield in Mexico.

Of course, given today’s political climate and situations going on around the world, it leads some to raise an eyebrow at these estimates. One reader named Tony emailed me, “Forgive me, but I don’t trust anything the goverment says anymore. Is there some way to tell if this is legit instead of some ‘no global warming’ science?

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