Oil Reservoirs Under Pressure Indicate Young Timeline
Oil and natural gas deposits are found inside the earth trapped inside subsurface layers of porous and permeable rock by hard, impermeable confining layers or "traps." The extraction of oil and natural gas as an economic resource requires the drilling vertically downward into the subsurface and through the hard confining layer in order to reach the deposit. This confining layer is under intense and considerable pressure from the upper overlying rock layers. This pressure is also what causes the oil deposit to rise vertically when drilled through the confining layer. Creationists question how these confining layers could handle so much pressure for the proposed millions of years of existence and hypothesize that these layers could survive no more than ten thousand years of this intense pressure before cracking, loosing pressure, and leaking outward toward the surface. Creationists also believe that natural gas can gradually escape the confining layers or "cap rock" over several thousand years and that within uniformitarian ages of millions of years, all of the natural gas would have escaped from the subsurface. The presence of natural gas inside the subsurface indicates a young earth. The lack of liquid oil reservoirs seeping open and emptiying their contents have simply not been found on earth. The oil reservoirs that have been found on earth have been confined tightly with a cap rock before drilling, indicating the youth of these reservoirs and the lack of millions of years of time for these reservoirs to break open under pressure.