Most missed the first public discussion. There is no evidence the BP oil spill was the result of a deliberate attempt to drill into an asphault volcano. This seems to be based on information from Henning Kemner· On Air – OrionRadio – MorningBrew – 02-11-13 – Gulf Oil Spill Anno 2010. Have not listened to it.
An asphalt volcano is a rare type of submarine volcano (seamount) first discovered in 2003. Several examples have been found: first, along the coasts of America and Mexico, and, recently, all over the world; a few are still active. Resembling seamounts in structure, they are made entirely of asphalt, and form when natural oil seeps up from the Earth’s crust underwater.
First discovered in 2007, the seven mounds sit about 700 feet (213 meters) beneath the ocean, roughly 10 miles (16 kilometers) offshore from Santa Barbara (see map).
Recent explorations using a submarine robot named Alvin have revealed that the largest dome is about as wide as two football fields laid side by side and is as tall as a six-story building. (Related: “Iceland Volcano Creates 27-Story ‘Mountain.'”)