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Posted on August 4 at 9:04 a.m.
Here are some facts to consider about Santa Barbara County oil and gas production.
In 2013 SB County (onshore) production was 4,289,543 bbls of oil and 1,104,543 mcf of natural gas. The economic value of that, using $100 a barrel and $4 per mcf, was $433 million. Since 1977 SB County has produced 209,673,995 barrels of oil and 188.6 Billion cubic feet of natural gas. I can't calculate the value of that but I am sure it is a very large number. The oil and gas industry has long been established in this county and has been here longer than most people realize. The very first offshore wells drilled in the world were off the beach in Summerland in 1896.
If you think $433 million dollars is an insignifcant part of the Santa Barbara economy (and a significant part of that money stays here in the form of royalties and salaries) you are simply naive and uniformed.
For what it is worth, this is public information that I get off the state's website.
On Taxpayers Should Oppose Proposed Fracking Ban
Posted on February 24 at 9:03 a.m.
Since I use both hydrochloric acid and hydrofluoric acid in cleaning my swimming pool I consider myself familiar with these chemicals. Yes they are dangerous if handled improperly, but the reason these things can be used with benign results is that they neutralize quickly once they react with something such as rock, or with other chemicals in a swimming pool. Adding a few gallons of these acids to swimming pools never results in danger to the users of the pool, and adding a few hundred gallons to an oil well does not result in any danger once that acid contacts the rock in the subsurface. If you poured them directly into the ocean the result would be that within a few seconds the acid would become water and salt when it reacts with a base in the ocean water. I find these arguments to be hyperbolic and rhetorical because the people who are most alarmed about this do not have basic understanding of chemical reactions. They do not even realize that these same acids can be purchased at the hardware store or at the grocery store in concentrations much higher than what these oil companies use. If you don't understand chemistry, you should make some effort to educate yourself before you get hysterical about something that you come in contact with every day. Sure, the experts may be out to fool you (why trust government regulators), and no one trusts an oil company, but I don't trust the environmentalists any further than I can throw them these days. And that isn't very far.
On Questions Remain Over Offshore Acidizing
Posted on February 17 at 9:06 a.m.
"one hydrofracked well requires about 3 million to 8 million gallons per day"
What? You do realize they only do this once? It only takes place on one day in the life of the well which could be 40 years. And it still uses less water than southern California golf courses and Caltrans. And no, it is not true that this water cannot be reused. Many companies are recycling the water they use.
On Those Fracking Tunnels
Posted on August 27 at 1:12 p.m.
This story was poorly researched and it full of misinformation. Whoever wrote it, has no clue how to access public records. I found 59 wells have been fracked offshore California, and all of the those have been done with the knowledge and permission of the State of California, and in most cases the Federal government also. Permits were required. Nothing was done without government regulation and consent. The claim that this was done without government supervision is simply evidence of how poorly this article was researched.
Pretending to name dangerous chemicals is another set of misinformation. Methanol is common wood alcohol, often used as windshield wiper fluid, furniture polish, and spray paint. 2-Butoxyethanol is a form of antifreeze (ethylene glycol found in car radiators), and is commonly used as an oil spill dispersant, along with being used to clean white boards and in many home cleaning products found at the grocery store. "Other cancer-causing chemicals" is simply there to create a bogeyman, with no factual information provided to support the claim.
This article, first reported by the AP is not journalism, it is hyperbole. I would not be able to find the records of these 59 fracked wells on the public records if the state and federal regulators did not allow and approve the fracking. Otherwise, the record would not exist, since the only source I have is in government records which are available to all. No Freedom of Information Act request is required to find this information as was originally reported. The ignorance of government regulations and reporting requirements simply demonstrates the lack of understanding of this issue by these reporters. If fracking was a big problem offshore California it would have shown up decades ago when fracking offshore first started. I fail to see how there is any evidence that these agencies have violated CEQA. They have duly reviewed the permits as indicated by their permits as issued and no environmental problems have resulted after decades of this activity. This appears to be a red herring designed to mislead the public by people with a political agenda (and a financial agenda as well) by creating a fallacious crisis.
On California Coastal Commission Urged to Protect Coast from Offshore Fracking