Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Drilling on California's Coastline


This picture is from 1944, and shows drilling rigs on California's coastline. I am not sure what part of California, but maybe someone familiar with the state could speculate from the terrain. I would have to say things have changed a lot since 1944.

8 comments:

  1. WOW!! There are at least 36 derricks in that photo, and could be more hiding behind soem of the closer rigs.
    Now I can understand the North Dakota law stating that there can only be 4 rigs in a square mile of land.
    At the rate of rigs, it wouldn't take very long to pump an area dry.

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  2. I have to say that the topic of this week’s photos, especially the ones from last couple of days, remind me of the iconic 1956 film, GIANT, starring Liz Taylor, Rock Hudson, and the incomparable James Dean. This was the era when Liz was the most beautiful.

    I’ve always loved the scene in which Jett Rink (i.e., Dean) is working on the rig and he suddenly strikes oil on the little piece of land he accidentally inherited from Jordan Benedict’s sister. The scenes with him struggling to make something of himself and his unrequited love for Leslie Benedict (Taylor) are the best in the film.

    If you haven’t seen it, you should.

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  3. The Petroleum Club in Long Beach has a huge wall with logos of dozens of companies that no longer exist - drilling companies, parts companies, oil companies - quite a history.

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  4. I know exactly where this is! This is Gaviota, California - about an hour south of where I live. Although this photo is from 1942. It's the site of a Japanese submarine attack on the coast. The sub surfaced and shelled the oil facility.

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  6. Nate is essentially correct (especially about the Japanese sub attack), although this is actually the Ellwood Beach area of Goleta, California (Gaviota is about 10-12 miles further north). This area is just below the cliff-top Sandpiper Golf Club, where more recent remnants of the derricks and the service road at the base of the cliff can be seen here: http://www.californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi?image=200800542&mode=sequential&flags=0&year=2008.

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  7. bixbyp, thanks for the correction. I meant to write Goleta in my earlier post. I must have had Gaviota on my mind when I was typing. And to get really technical, the shelling was directed at the storage tanks behind these derricks.

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