L.A. is Being Fracked


Gary Gless CCSC

Gary Gless in his Baldwin Hills Neighborhood that sits next to the Inglewood Oil Field.

Gary Gless in his Baldwin Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles. Gary is one of the founders of Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community (CCSC), a volunteer group started in 2008. He lives adjacent to the Inglewood Oil Field the largest contiguous urban oil field in the country. Baldwin Hills, Windsor Hills, Ladera Heights, Inglewood and Culver City are some of the neighborhoods that surround the field. Fracking is already happening here and throughout California. This urban oil field sits on a 7.4 fault line.

On June 12th there is a Ban Fracking Now Protest in front of the Culver City Hall at 5:30 pm followed by the DOGGR Hydraulic Fracturing Workshop and public comment session about “regulating” fracking. CCSC, Food and Water Watch, Grassroots Coalition, Environment Now,Neighborhood Council Empowerment Congress West, and 50 thousand Californians support a ban.

June 12th at 5:30 – 6:30 PM Protest
7-9 PM Workshop/Public Comment
9770 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

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    Sally Hampton June 12, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    Thank you for coming to Los Angeles and featuring our story in Baldwin Hills. I hope we can unite around the country, for people power can win the day!

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      Sabrina June 14, 2012 at 12:58 AM

      Thank you adding your voice to this critical issue from your home adjacent to the oil field. It is your stories and those living with oil and gas in your neighborhoods that need to be heard. This project is here for you!

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      Sabrina July 2, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      Thank you for sharing your story and welcoming me to your neighborhood. Your efforts are raising awareness about the unregulated fracking happening in L.A. and throughout CA that is endangering people’s lives.

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    LA Duckster December 12, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    These Wells and Oil Fields were there when the houses were built and the current owners bought

    The Homeowners are killing the Resale Values NOT Fracking

    Those Pesky Cracks in Gless’ Driveway are caused by 1] Poor Soil Compaction by the Builder – 2] The Several Hundred Earth Tremors we get in LA every year

    Why do you try to make California more of a National Joke than it is already?

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    Ecem October 12, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    I agree that there was a great deal of drilling that was jefitsiud by the high price of natural gas that has brought on new supply. But as I pointed out, the industry data shows massive depletion over the first year. That means that we need continued new drilling activity just to keep the supply from fallingAll production depletes. Shales deplete faste. In some wyas this is good. For a given BCF/well you get your shale gas faster. Anyway, the expected decline curve is priced into the well economics. When we say “this well is economic at $5” we are factiring in the expected production curve. The thing about the shale formations is they are (relatively speaking) “blanket” formations. You can “manufacture” gas from them. You just lay out a grid formation and drill a well every 40 acres. In the old days, you had to locate structures, etc. With shales you don’t get dry holes. Wwhen the price is high enough, it’s like printing money.That means that we need continued new drilling activity just to keep the supply from falling. But the incentive to drill new wells isn’t there at $4.75 gas. While some of the early wells will do fine because their production was sold forward at a high price in the futures market, that option is no longer there for producers. Where you are right: if the price is not high enough production will decline.Whaere you are wrong: This means the price will be high enough. If gas production declines, and shortages ensue people will pay more for gas. Once prices are high enough we can drill the crap out of more shales.Hedging doesn’t make you drill wells. If you have nymex contracts at above market prices are better off cashing them out than drilling sub-economic wells.That is my point. The easy natural gas from CBM is now gone and production is heading south in a hurry.Nope, there is plenty of CBM that is simply not getting drilled right now because shales are better (actually, because prices are lower technically). The exact same CBM wells sitting in the exact same CBM fields as were getting drilled 2 or 3 years ago. They just stopped their programs. Ready to drill.I don’t think that we will have much drilling at $4 even if costs come down to $4. There is too much incentive for producers to keep as much in inventory as possible, particularly when shareholders are finally getting some understanding of the depletion issue.Again, if producers won’t drill at $4, price won’t be $4. Decline will set in, price will go up.I agree. But we already have some data and that is not as positive as the naive optimists believe. Well, I can’t be responsible for what naive optimists believe. I can tell you more or less what I already have. The shales are a huge new plateau on the natural gas supply curve, if I had to guess at around $5 or $6. They will be the marginal source of supply to the market for many years to come.This is an old story. There has always been someone telling us about the abundant amount of oil and gas in the American shale formationsFail to see the relevance of “what someone has always been saying”.I assure you people are out there drilling these wells and gas in coming out of them.The Barnett shale has already made a few billionaires. The Haynesville, Fayetteville and Woodford are well established. The Eagle Ford and Marcellus are growing dramatically as we speak. The Horn River has hit some big wells. Then there are 5 or 6 others getting attention as well. Mancos, Chattanooga, Utica, Antrim.Not even counting the Bakken, which is oil.We don’t know how big this is going to be, but it’s going to be big. The general projections I see are 5+ Bcfd for Haynesville and 5-10 Bcfd for Marcellus. I think Barnett is already doing 5 Bcfd.To put this in perspective, the Alaska gas pipeline (likely postponed indefinitely due to shale growth) is a 2 Bcfd project.

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