Persuasive Essay Topics of Today and Yesterday: Southern
California Loves OIL Better than OJ
Persuasive Essay Topics of Today and Yesterday is living
proof that there really is nothing new under the sun. You'll
find a passel of oil greedy Southern Californians ready to do
just about anything for more oil rigs. Barrel price reaches one
dollar a barrel!
The World of the Now
My how times change. Take the world famous oil fields of
Carpinteria... From the carpinteriabluffs.org website sometime
in 2009, we find this excerpt: Many in our little community of
Carpinteria are now outraged that Venoco is attempting to bypass
the City and all remaining public environmental review of their
application to the City of Carpinteria for a permit to construct
a 175 foot high drilling rig on its current onshore site not far
from the Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve and the Viola
Playing Fields. This oil and gas development project could have
serious and signficant environmental impacts upon the Bluffs as
well as, of course, upon the greater Carpinteria community.
In February, 2009, Venoco tried to put a Venoco Oil Drilling
Initiative on the ballot to bypass any further public concerns
about their project. However, the City Attorney for Carpinteria
has challenged the legality of this initiative, a challenge that
we support, as does our legal team at the Environmental Defense
Center. The challenge is set to come before Judge Anderle on
April 7, 2009 at 9:30 AM.
Once upon a time the Carpinteria oil fields were looked on in
a different way. Well, that and the other oil rigs in California
as well. Did you know that the "amount <of money> received from
oil in Southern California is greater than that received from
the entire citrus crop? Or used to be... before California went
green and broke.
The World of the Then
Historical material from the Los Angeles Herald, a newspaper
doomed to extinction in 1911. The material below rewritten,
keeping the essential essence. August 13, 1907.
BIG MONEY IN OIL NOW $1.00 A BARREL NEW COMPANY HAS
WELLS IN VENTURA COUNTY
Area Covers Nearly 5000 Acres — Drilling of Wells Is in
Progress. Asphaltum Beds Found
It is not generally known that the amount received from oil
in Southern California is greater than that received from the
entire citrus crop. In January of the present year oil was
selling at 50 cents a barrel, while the price at the wells today
is $1 a barrel, with every prospect of a slight advance. This
increase is a normal and permanent one and is based solely on
the law of supply and demand. Large quantities of oil have been
and are still being shipped to Japan and other eastern
countries, and this in part accounts for the advance in price.
Every available oil rig in the state is working and the oil
well supply companies will not promise delivery of stuff under
sixty days. All the oil producing companies are operating to the
full extent of the means at their command and are putting as
many rigs to work as the supply people can furnish. The fields
in operation are Santa Maria, Bakersfield, Colinga, Olinda,
Whittier, Santa Paula, Bardsdale, Piru and Newhall, and new
companies are starting business right along and new fields are
New Company Organized
Among the companies that have recently been organized for the
purpose of producing oil is the San Miguelito Ranch Oil company,
whose property is located in the southwestern part of Ventura
county, a county that still holds its own as the greatest oil
producing section in the country. The San Miguelito ranch,
sometimes called the Taylor ranch, covers an area of 4795.94
acres, surrounded by property that has yielded tremendous
quantities of oil during the past few years. The drilling of
wells has already been started and experts estimate that each
well drilled to a depth of 1800 feet on the San Miguelito ranch
should easily produce 6000 barrels of oil a month. These experts
examined the property sometime ago and were unanimous in the
opinion that It was the most valuable section of oil land In the
It is on the same anticlinal and in a direct line with some
of the greatest strikes and developed properties which
are now yielding excellent returns. For instance, the famous.
Carpinteria oil fields are only a little removed from the San
Miguelito ranch, and its same strata has been traced right
through the latter.
Shipping to the Orient
In view of the shortage of oil at the present time and the ever
increasing demand for the product, it is gratifying to know of
the probability of another another strike being made. All signs
indicate that there will be a large flow of high gravity oil,
every gallon of which will be easily marketed.
The demand for oil by the orient is getting greater and
greater all the time, and the Japanese government is equipping
its warships with oil burning engines. They are said to be
accumulating tremendous stocks, and every additional producing
well will be a welcome and extremely profitable thing for the
people of California.
The San Miguelito Ranch Oil company has the advantage that
comes from its property being located at tidewater, thus
permitting a gravity flow of the oil in pipe lines to the wharf.
The expenditure for cartage and pipe lines will therefore be
reduced to a minimum, an advantage which few other companies
Asphaltum beds on this same property will also serve as another
source of large revenue. Immediate steps will be taken to
develop these deposits, as there is always a ready and active
demand for asphaltum. Gas is the third valuable product which
can be secured in large quantities from this virgin section of
land. In fact, gas will be one of the company's strong assets.
There are numerous blowout on the property; it is claimed the
largest in the state is on this section. The simplest tests, it
is reported, prove that gas is there is unlimited quantities,
ready to be tanked and
piped for commercial use.
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