California Steps Up Its Oil Drilling December 21, 2012

People don”t associate California with the oil business nowadays, but anyone who has ever driven through Huntington Beach, Brea, Bakersfield, or a host of other places should know better.  There was a time in the early 20th century when California”s oil industry rivaled that of Texas or Oklahoma, and it was not so much environmentalism that lowered us from our high position as an oil state, as that we eventually consumed more than we produced.  It was the oil spill of January 1969, about 44 years ago, that really got people upset against further undersea drilling, but where there was drilling in 1969, it has continued.  At least one California aristocratic family, the Dohenys, got its fortune from oil; the name Doheny is all around us.

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craigblanchard 12/21/2012

My great grandmother and grandfather had 20 acres of oil wells in Santa Fe Springs, not far from Los Angeles, which Standard Oil leased from them in the late 1920’s through the 1950’s. This area is where the Dohenys and Bells (Bel-Air developers) had major oil strikes.  My family’s were quite small in comparison but still substantial.  I drove through the area about 25 years ago and there were active wells in the middle of some streets.

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