I have not been able to find any scholarly resources citing the impact of hydrocarbons in stasis underground.
Hydrocarbons not being used for as a source of energy have very few noted needs for the environment.
Do these “fossil fuels” underground help maintain homeostasis in microbial ecosystem or aid in the growth of flora etc?
Or are these substances: coal, animal remains and natural gas detrimental even if left untouched? Since most methods of break down are no longer an option due to decomposers not being able to reach these substances?