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California could be next oil boom state

CNN Money -- California is sitting on a massive amount of shale oil and could become the next oil boom state. But only if the industry can get the stuff out of the ground without upsetting the state's powerful environmental lobby.
Running from Los Angeles to San Francisco, California's Monterey Shale is thought to contain more oil than North Dakota's Bakken and Texas's Eagle Ford -- both scenes of an oil boom that's created thousands of jobs and boosted U.S. oil production to the highest rate in over a decade.

In fact, the Monterey is thought to hold over 400 billion barrels of oil, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That's nearly half the conventional oil in all of Saudi Arabia.

"Four hundred billion barrels, that doesn't escape anyone in this businesses," said Stephen Trammel, energy r


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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:18:23 PM


Interesting article Bar1035...thanks for posting.
Bonanza
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 5:06:21 AM

It will never happen
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:48:43 AM

Terrific - more earthquakes - people in Nevada are going to have oceanfront property if they start this fracking in Calif
WR-INC
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:25:23 AM

If they defeat bringing it to us, they deserve their higher prices.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:24:34 AM

This is going to be a tough one
jci25946
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:24:29 AM

CA treehuggers won't let that happen!!!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:22:07 AM

Please go easy on it...the California coast needs to be preserved.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:14:34 AM

Not with all the tree huggers out there.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:11:11 AM

Good stuff
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:09:36 AM

If the oil is really there the oil companies will extract it.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:08:13 AM

Good points by RENEGADEGAS.
RENEGADEGAS
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:05:01 AM

This will never happen in California. To many greenie weenies, liberals and Governor Brown. Its no wonder why record numbers of businesses are packing up and moving into Nevada and New Mexico as well as taxpaying citizens. California is on a bad path right now.
TIGERPAW46
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:04:54 AM

Good maybe they Can gain enough tax from the industry to get out of debt.
No? That's right they will probably have to exempt them from taxes to increase alleged jobs & give them state & federal grants to open business in Ca.

[Edited by: TIGERPAW46 at 1/15/2013 4:07:23 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:03:30 AM

We certainly need the infusion of cash to jump start the state to better times after the last decade...
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:02:43 AM

Excellent!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:00:31 AM

Not any time soon!
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:59:35 AM

California could use the extra funding.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:57:28 AM

@prius22 - you are wrong. CA is the *ONLY* state that does not have an oil/gas extraction tax (Alaska is 20%). This is another reason why the state has a huge deficit - republicon giveaways to their corporate masters.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:56:23 AM

It doesn't matter how much oil we have if you continue to export OUR refined gasoline to other countries!
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:52:45 AM

Environmentalists field day- try to touch that oil, even though the freeways are full of gas guzzling cars.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:51:46 AM

They will pay high taxes to do it to.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:42:30 AM

We've gone from oil drought to oil flood yet world prices have increased as if e are running dry.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:36:19 AM

Those pin head liberals will stop this.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:34:33 AM

But the eco terrorists said we would run out of oil by 2020 or 2030 or maybe it was 2050 or perhaps ......
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:33:24 AM

OK...fun to drive, and necessary. But, sometimes we just need to walk. Think of the future of your grandkids. We are using the earth! I walk.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:31:41 AM

Has fracking the Bakken or Eagle Ford deposits dropped oil prices
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:29:19 AM

If we are # 1 producer, then why is gas prices so high.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:28:51 AM

not going to happen, no chance it will go through the EPA...
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:28:16 AM

Makes sense
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:28:09 AM

California the next oil boom state, when pigs fly!
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:24:40 AM

If you want lower prices start drilling.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:23:10 AM

I am afraid California won't let it happen.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:17:41 AM

Are you kidding? California, land of fruits and nuts? There is NO way the EnviroNuts are going to let this happen. None. Nada. Zip.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:12:35 AM

California will go bankrupt before they allow this. They need to get their heads out of the sand!!
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:08:57 AM

could be interesting
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:07:26 AM

this is a clean state. plus, it takes little or no oil extraction taxes, unlike other states. leave it clean!
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:05:30 AM

Let the rape begin.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:04:23 AM

Which way to the refinery dude?
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:55:33 AM

it's about time.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:52:55 AM

taxes will still be too high over there...
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:51:04 AM

The greenie weenies and the governor will never allow it.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:50:02 AM

vulcan96,

"What have we got here, a F#@#ing comedian!"
iFueler
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:49:32 AM

with new technology, RECOVERABLE oil is being found in lots of places.............
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:48:07 AM

good luck
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:45:01 AM

They need it
vulcan96
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:45:01 AM

maby fracking there will cause them to slide into the ocean...
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:44:26 AM

Good luck in California.
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:40:03 AM

Environmental Tax is coming
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:37:41 AM

The oil companies are brazen hussies. I wonder what kinds of seismic activity might be triggered by changing the underground pressure in that part of the state, which the San Andreas fault runs under.

From what the article said about the presence of folded shale, it sounds like there are areas that can be drilled with traditional methods. I think that would be pursued before trying to tackle the environmentalists of California with fracking.

If the third method developed takes hold (using acids to break underground rock), fracking may disappear.
BEngr
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:35:41 AM

It will never happen, California is a state where the environmental groups are in control. They would rather have people pay higher utility bills to use more wind and solar power to produce electricity. Oh did I forget to mention it costs more per kilowatt to produce electricity from these energy sources.
camel1
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:33:54 AM

Why not? Cali must have recoverable reserves like other oil states seem suddenly have.
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