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Posted on July 11 at 9:39 a.m.

Vineyards are not passive enterprises. Converting rangeland into mono-culture vineyards is commercial development.

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Posted on August 22 at 2:37 p.m.

I arrived in Santa Barbara 30 yrs. ago to work on the oil boats. I landed a berth on a Halliburton boat that claimed to be the first "fracking" boat in the Channel. I was a seaman and did not work on the oil servicing side so I don't know all the details. The main component they used at that time was liquid nitrogen, which is inert. The boat carried large tanks of the stuff and we would pump into both production and exploratory offshore wells. As it was explained to me, when pumped into the well the nitrogen would warm and expand to create the pressure for fracking. My memory, which is vague, was that this was done to increase production. I believe that prior to that boat arriving in the area (and after) , the supply boats would haul smaller nitrogen tanks out to the rigs and they pumped the nitrogen in themselves.

I didn't care for that industry and left that job after a few months. The boat stayed working in the Channel until the slowdown several years later.

On What Is Offshore Fracking?

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