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updated: Dec 06, 2012, 10:10 AM

For years, people who frequent the Carpinteria Bluffs have been wondering what the bubbling oily patch in the grass was near the train tracks along the path toward the seal rookery overlook.

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 COMMENT 350892 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 10:58 AM

Wonder how prolific (if at all) the well might be with today's technology.


 COMMENT 350906P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 11:49 AM

Heaven forbid we should try to turn that messy oil into something useful. Instead we just plug up the hole. Folks wonder why we have to import our oil instead of using our own natural resources.


 COMMENT 350910 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 11:54 AM

Oil imports are expected to drop from 45% of our total oil consumption in 2011 to 34% by the end of the decade based on current production trends. So, yeah. We import oil, but not the majority of it.

Funny how that works.


 COMMENT 350920P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 12:13 PM

"because the United States is not only producing more crude oil but also using less of it. As a result, net oil imports have dropped a third since 2005."

Heaven forbid that it is not known that US exports are expected to continue to grow to rival Saudi Arabia.

"The statistics reflect the growing role of the U.S. as a dominant energy producer. Last month, the International Energy Agency said the U.S. could overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world's largest oil producer by 2020."


 COMMENT 350930P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 12:34 PM

910, 920P - all thanks to fracking. Nice, jeopardize our future for our present.


 COMMENT 350931 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 12:37 PM

910 here, I think fracking is terrible and should be illegal. I was just pointing out the statistic.


 COMMENT 350941P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 12:53 PM

We are still importing Billions of dollars worth of crude because of not being able to exploit our vast domestic resources because of the political vagaries of those currently in office. That is a fact.


 COMMENT 350942P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 12:55 PM

910, thanks for clarifying.


 COMMENT 350952 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 01:09 PM

Did you ever think that maybe,we are saving our petroleum for our country's future and one day the rest of the world will be without? Been told this numerous times over the years.


 COMMENT 350953 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 01:10 PM

I'll bet there's a huge overlap between the anti-fracking crowd and the anti-smart meter crowd.


 COMMENT 350979P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 02:02 PM

952 - Right on!


 COMMENT 350997P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 02:48 PM

Am I the only person bothered by the fact that owners decades after the fact are expected to clean up a mess that preceded them, that they were possibly unaware of? Let's pretend YOU bought the property, not knowing it used to be an oil field, and that YOU had to spend the million dollars to clean up past environmental bad practices. Slippery slope.


 COMMENT 351022P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 03:22 PM

997P, it is possible to force former owners to pay for it, or even relatives or related companies of the original company/company owner. Of course that is MUCH easier said than done, but there *is* legislation in place to help with that - look up CERCLA for instance.


 COMMENT 351027P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 03:29 PM

I don't think its people who simply owned the property, its those who drilled and produced or their successor companies otherwise there is a orphan fund they all chip in to to do clean up administered by a state or federal agency for wells they cannot ascertain ownership of. Thats seems pretty fair to me.


 COMMENT 351086 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 05:19 PM

Glad this is being addressed. I will never forget the child that went into a bush in their yard and fell 300 feet down an old well. The boards over the bore had rotted, and his dad turned to see his kid gone. That was a nasty piece of local news.


 COMMENT 351210P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 10:33 PM

350941P - that is NOT a fact. It is not true. We are importing LESS oil now than under the previous administration. State your source.


 COMMENT 351257P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 07:55 AM

210, from our US government figures: "The U.S. imported approximately 11.4 million barrels per day of petroleum in 2011 from about 80 countries."


 COMMENT 351302P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-07 09:12 AM

I walk or jog by there a few times a week. Kudos to ConocoPhillips for doing a very careful and diligent clean-up job. It is obvious that they are carefully following health and safety laws and not taking any shortcuts. Whomever is watching over the contractors, (State, City, independent inspectors) is not letting anything slide, so I'm very pleased that this will be cleaned up, capped, and restored.


 COMMENT 352122P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-10 07:51 AM

257P - how about figures from 2000-2008. And I said LESS not NONE.


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