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Re: Is petroleum classified as organic or inorganic?

Date: Thu Sep 6 12:06:51 2001
Posted By: Leslie Allen, Staff, Laboratory Chemist, Valero Refining Company
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 999129495.Ch


I visited http://minerals.usgs.go v/minerals/pubs/commodity/ but didn't see any reference to crude oil or petroleum as a commodity. Crude oil is definitely an organic compound. One of my favorite sites is the American Petroleum Institute, which is full of interesting and historical facts related to the oil industry, a must read web site.

There are certainly theories behind the sedimentation process, but that is not the only theory. Please search for yourself to learn more.

Good luck.

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