This will upset the tree-huggers, but beggars can’t be choosers especially in California

The broken-arsed Californian government will want to drill this regardless of what the tree huggers say:

Secure in this state’s history and mythology, the venerable Midway-Sunset oil field near here keeps producing crude more than a century after Southern California’s oil boom. Many of its bobbing pump jacks are relatively short, a telltale sign of the shallowness of the wells and the ease of extracting their prize.

But away from this forest of pump jacks on a flat, brown landscape, a road snakes up into nearby hills that are largely untouched — save for a handful of exploratory wells pumping oil from depths many times those of Midway-Sunset’s. These wells are tapping crude directly from what is called the Monterey Shale, which could represent the future of California’s oil industry — and a potential arena for conflict between drillers and the state’s powerful environmental interests. 

At one such exploratory site, tall pump jacks stood above two active wells on a small patch of federal land. For now, the operator, Venoco, has been storing the oil in two large tanks. But construction is scheduled to start soon on pipelines, and more wells are planned.

Comprising two-thirds of the United States’s total estimated shale oil reserves and covering 1,750 square miles from Southern to Central California, the Monterey Shale could turn California into the nation’s top oil-producing state and yield the kind of riches that far smaller shale oil deposits have showered on North Dakota and Texas.

For decades, oilmen have been unable to extricate the Monterey Shale’s crude because of its complex geological formation, which makes extraction quite expensive. But as the oil industry’s technological advances succeed in unlocking oil from increasingly difficult locations, there is heady talk that California could be in store for a new oil boom.

Fracking has become an economic god send, but for the green taliban wanting to ban it.

  • cows4me

    The green Taliban can howl all they like. California has the worst environment for business and the highest taxes in the US. Business is leaving California in droves as the liberal way kills off capitalism. It will one day dawn on these clowns that there is no one left to pay for their lifestyles of greed and sloth. Oil production will be their only saviour, keeping them in their lifestyles they have become accustomed to.

  • Patrick

    Stuff the greenies, drill it, mine it. They’re not greenies they are commies.

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