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Santa Barbara County: Fracking It Up?



June 27, 2011 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: OIL , UNG , USO

The amount of hydraulic fracturing being used has continually increased. It is being used in a number of areas thought to be non oil or gas producing. However, with this new method, it allows for drilling and possible production in areas that are new to the oil and gas industry. There has been back lash against fracking in numerous communities, will Santa Barbra County allow this to happen? Noaki Schwartz gives us details on what exactly is going on in California. 


"Residents who live along one of the most scenic swaths of California coastline pleaded Tuesday with Santa Barbara County officials to do everything they can to protect the county from a controversial oil drilling technique that has been blamed elsewhere for contaminating groundwater and causing air pollution.

Following the discovery that an oil company is using hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, officials held a hearing to learn more about the practice.

The petroleum industry claims the technique of extracting hard-to-reach gas and oil by pummeling rocks deep underground with high-pressure water, sand and chemicals has been safely used for decades."


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5 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On June 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM, Jbay76 (< 20) wrote:

As someone born and raised in Santa Barbara, I would be absolutely appalled if the local community allowed this to happen.  in 1969 we had a major oil spill (major for the area anyways) that resulted in a ban on continued offshore oil drilling.  Platforms already out there in the channel were allowed to continue, but new drilling rigs were not allowed.  Now this......

I'm confident thst SB will win.  Think about it, how many items do you buy that say something like " This product contains a chemical known by the State of CA to cause cancer" or something like it.  It's just a matter of time before Venoco will have to leave or try some other form of oil extraction.

This goes down as the shocker of the day.  I don't know whether to thank you or not for this one..


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#2) On June 27, 2011 at 7:03 PM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

If Santa Barbara doesn't want to drill for oil and gas, they shouldn't use any either.

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#3) On June 28, 2011 at 11:06 AM, EnvestorFirst (< 20) wrote:

Well, I am sure the SB folks are going to fight hard to prevent drilling to start, but I have a feeling both sides are going to fight pretty hard for what they want. Thought it was an interesting article, and didn't expect SB coming into the picutre, we will see how it all pans out...

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#4) On June 29, 2011 at 2:09 PM, Jbay76 (< 20) wrote:

I didn't expect SB to come into the picture either


That's a really dumb aurgument and indicates extremely poor reading comprehension.  Go back and re-read the post, then think of a more adult aurgument to make, or get someone else to do it if its too perplexing for you

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#5) On September 08, 2011 at 11:45 AM, carbonates (< 20) wrote:

As a former resident of Santa Barbara County I find it hilarious that someone would say this is the "shocker of the day." I looked on state public records and found the first well was fracked in Santa Barbara County in 1944. It was the Goodwin 1 well drilled in Santa Maria Basin. At least 140 wells have been fracked in Santa Barbara County onshore since then. It doesn't seem to be causing a ground water pollution problem so far. 

I find it even more amazing that someone would say " but new drilling rigs were not allowed" in the offshore area. At least 100 NEW wells have been drilled in the Santa Barbara offshore area since 1969. All of this is in public records, but most people are too busy being misinformed to look for facts. 

Santa Barbara offshore drilling recently set a world record for the longest directional well, almost 6 miles long. If Santa Barbara residents would think rationally, they might realize that allowing onshore drilling would open up all of the state waters (3 mile limit) to drilling and create both jobs and wealth. Although the people who oppose this are mostly so rich they don't care. 

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