2010 Mar 12

LA proposed offshore oil drilling earthquake threat

Los Angeles and the whole coast of California are at risk of new offshore oil drilling. Environment California and Surfrider Foundation are hosting a community meeting on March 17 in Santa Monica to discuss the oil drilling threats, and what the public can do to protect its beaches - thus possibly preventing another monumental earthquake.

Oil drilling triggers earthquakes

Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen reported last week on the link between oil drilling and Earth's recent monumental earthquakes.

"If oil drilling is proven as the cause, the people of the Indian Ocean, Haiti, and Chile can deliver a huge bill to the oil companies."

Haiti, one of the poorest nation's on Earth is "sitting on 1.5 trillion barrels of Black Gold." (See Glenroy Blanchette, Oil Drilling And Haiti's Earthquake, March 2, 2010)
"A New York Times’ report confirmed oil drilling sets off earthquakes and showed how oil drilling projects near San Francisco, USA, and Switzerland were shut down amid concerns they triggered damaging earthquakes. In both instances, the drilling for oil involved the fracturing of hard rocks more than two miles deep." (Blanchette)
Glenroy Blanchette writes, "According to a scientific study reported in the French magazine Science et vie, around 200 earthquakes have been triggered by human activity. Of those 200, 10 were earthquakes above the magnitude of 5.0

"Wired Science, corroborated these findings when it stated that human action can trigger much larger quakes along natural fault lines. The pressures exerted along fault lines can shift the pattern of stresses in the earth’s crust."

USA Today reported, "Saltwater pumped deep into the earth in a natural gas mining operation offers a 'plausible,' though not definitive, explanation for small earthquakes in Texas in 2008 and 2009, scientists say.'"

"We are only saying a link to the well is 'plausible,' not definitive," says Brian Stump of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, senior author on a Leading Edge journal study. "Still, he notes, the quakes have ceased since the saltwater reinjection was stopped at the site after a third set of tremblors in June." (USA Today - emphasis added)

Dan Jacobson, Environment California Legislative Director stated today, "Since 1969, the coast of California has been protected from new oil rigs. But former-President Bush undid those protections in his last months as president, and we must now act to prevent new oil rigs."

Last year, Environment California helped stop drilling proposals coming out of Sacramento, but this year, plans to drill are back.

"The truth is, drilling just doesn't make sense. Oil drilling puts our beaches and ocean wildlife at risk. And with solutions like solar and wind energy, we don't need to start drilling all across our coast."

Sustainable Fuel Alternatives

Aside from solar, wind and water alternative fuel solutions, California land is also ideal for second generation biofuel, all of which are documented in Josh Tickell's award-winning and empowering movie, FUEL. (See FUEL trailer below)

Present biomass initiatives are based on a fast-growth tree, Paulownia and an oilseed, Camelina. These crops grow on marginal land unsuitable for food crops, can remediate soil, and provide opportunities in nearly any climate in the world for biofuel feedstock production. Dedicated energy crops, with integrated conversion technologies, allow security in feedstock supply and pricing, and can provide very good economics for landowners and end-product users.

John King, Managing Director of Genesis Energy Technologies, LLC (“Genesis”) works with energy crop developers, landowners, technology providers, off-take partners, and funding entities to develop sustainable, win-win commercial-scale business solutions. Opportunities exist for interested parties to participate in such project development in California and elsewhere.

Geoengineering factor

There has also been heightened concern in California about what Blanchette describes as "induced seismicity involving new Engineered Geothermal Systems (EGS) technology involving deliberate fracturing of deep reservoir rock to create a permeable geothermal reservoir so that the Earth’s heat can be recovered more easily. Deep fracturing has been a routine practice in the oil and gas industry for many years."

On February 20th, Angelino activists and those from other California cities and other states protested the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference session entitled "Can Geoengineering save us from Global Warming?"

"Geoengineering, the artificial modification of the earth's climate systems, is an environment modification (ENMOD) science for the "deliberate manipulation of natural processes - the dynamics, composition or structure of the Earth, including its biota, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere, or of outer space that can be applied as a weapon of mass destruction."

Jacobson and Gina Goodhill, Environment California Oceans Advocate are urging residents to participate in the opportunity to attend their community forum about offshore oil drilling.

Mother Earth cannot continue to be violently abused for corporate interests without continued disastrous humanitarian suffering. Prevention is a key to Californians' well-being and safety.


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