ummm... am I only supposed to ask questions of the panel? Sorry about posting answers. But since I already started, I may as well continue.
At about minute 15 into the video, Mr. Williams tells a story about an island 2-2.5 miles off the coast, Gull Island, and the discovery of the largest oil pool in North America. He claims an employee of Arco asked him to come watch a well test because;"I'd like you to see what we think we have struck today."
They sit on the West Dock of Prudue Bay when suddenly there is a big plume of black smoke. According to him, back then it was still allowed to "burn it off." After the test, he and the Arco employee rushed back "to see what was coming in from out at the well site".
So, what are the falsehoods in this part of the video?
1. You can't watch a well test from 2 miles away. The test is basically a few men inside a trailer looking at read-outs and possibly test tubes.
2. Oil doesn't burn easily and you don't "burn it off" when it is released because; it flows.
3. Even in 1976 they had Blow Out Preventors (BOP). I guarantee, unless it was some kind of practical joke, had there been a "plume of black smoke" it would have been because the BOP had failed, and they would have been rushing back to report an emergency, not to look at test results.
FWI = When drilling a well, it is common to hit pockets of gas and for the gas to flow up the hole. Again, the BOP is designed to handle this gas and then divert it to a vent line. Basically, a vent line is a long pipe that runs away from the drilling rig where it vents any gas. Oh, and the venting gas is ignited. i.e. the gas is "burned off."
As for his comment regarding “back then they still allowed them to "burn it off”?
They are still allow them to burn it off… after all its much safer to burn it off then let gas float around ready to ignite.
The story continues with Mr. Williams telling how he was included in a board meeting of the most powerful oil executive in the world who excitedly told him how fabulous the discovery was. The next day he was warned never to tell what he had seen. According to him, the discovery was never to be released, but was to remain secret. He also tells of an Arco executive (responsible for the development of the Purdue Bay oil fields & the cracking plant for all the oil up and down the line), getting fired when Williams book came out.
1. The most productive oil field in the world is the Ghawar Field in Saudi Arabia. The producing structure of the Ghawar field is 150 miles long and about 25 miles wide. Therefore, if the Gull Island field is real, it would logically be approximately similar in size.
2. Wells must be spaced apart from each other so they don't deplete the oil from other wells and not adversly affect the preasure needed to produce the oil. Spacing requirements can be as big as 640 acres, or as small as 20 acres. An acre is 210' x 210'. Under 20 acre spacing requirements, the next well would need to be at least 4,200 feet away. (5,280' = 1 mile) Therefore, too keep from pumping any oil from the supposed, Gull Island field, there couldn't be any wells within 4/5th of a mile.
4. I fFound a geologist to question regarding the best placement for an exploratory well. His short answer was "the high point in the structure of the field" ...which he then followed up with the exections to the rule. However, the exceptions aren't reliavant to this part of my argument. Basically, the Gull Island field structure would easily continue to the shore.
5. I also learned from the geologist that oil fields come in all shapes. So, while the Ghawar Field is long and narrow, fields can be round or even shaped like a stubby spider (legs extending from a center point)
So....if the Gull Island field is real, and there is a conspiracy to keep it secret; then simply by looking at a map, we should see a large gap void of wells someplace near the coast line. Please see link below. There isn't a large gap void of wells.
Another strange part of Mr. Williams story is; it is very unlikely a person experienced in developing an oil field woud also be qualified in Cracking Plants. One would require a petroleum engineer, the other a chemical engineer. (okay... I asked an engineer about this, he agreed it would be very unlikely, but it is possible.)
...and why in the world would the most powerful men in the oil industry allow a small town preacher to attend a board meeting?http://www.d.umn.edu/~cstroupe/archive/5230/glocal/prudhoe/www.d.umn.edu/~hoef0049/prudhoe.html