Facts on the Inglewood Oil Field

Hydraulic Fracturing 
at the Inglewood Oil Field 

It takes 97 barrels of water to produce 3 barrels of oil at the Inglewood oil & gas field. In 2010-
2011 the Inglewood field produced 5,346,555 barrels of oil using 247,251,796 barrels of water.

The oil field sits on top of the Newport-Inglewood Fault, an active fault capable of generating an earthquake of 7.4 on the Richter scale. The geology of the subsurface is a complex area of multiple intersecting active fault zones with some surface expressions.

The Inglewood oil field is the largest urban oil field in the country surrounded by one of the most densely populated residential areas in Los Angeles with a population of 300,000.

The use of enhanced recovery (water injection) has been linked with creating seismic events by the USGS. The USGS cites “As for “lubricating” faults with water or some other substance, injecting high pressure fluids deep into the ground is known to be able to trigger earthquakes to occur sooner than would have been the case without the injection. However this would be a dangerous pursuit in any populated area, as one might trigger a damaging earthquake.”

The following air born toxins come off the oil fields operations -1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane, 1,1,2- Trichloroethane {Vinyl trichloride}, 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene, 1,2-Dichloropropane {Propylene dichloride}, 1,3-Dichloropropene, Acetaldehyde, Acrolein, Ammonia, Arsenic and Compounds (inorganic), Benzene, Butadiene [1,3], Cadmium, Carbon tetrachloride, Chloroform, Chlorine, Chromium, hexavalent (and compounds), Copper, Diesel exhaust particulates, Ethyl benzene, Ethylene dibromide {1,2-Dibromoethane}, Ethylene dichloride {1,2-Dichloroethane}, Formaldehyde, Hexane, Hydrochloric acid, Hydrogen selenide, Hydrogen sulfi de, Lead compounds (inorganic), Manganese, Mercury, Methyl ethyl ketone {2-Butanone}, Methanol, Methyl tert-butyl ether, Methylene chloride {Dichloromethane}, Nickel, Phosphorus, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Styrene, Toluene, Vinyl chloride, Xylene.

PXP hydraulically fractured two test wells in 2011 in the formation know as the Nodular Shale at about 8,000 feet deep. These were test mini-fracks of only a 20 foot fracture stage, one fracture used 168,000 gallons of water. PXP has plans to drill four producing wells in the Nodular Shale this year. They will be horizontally drilled and hydraulically fractured, their multiple stage fractures will be 250 feet in length.

In 2005 and again in 2009 PXP put drilling plans forward to horizontally drill under Ballona Creek deep under Culver City residential neighborhoods into the Sentous formation at 10,000 feet deep. This is a formation that PXP calls their deep well drilling program. The plan included that four of the six new wells to be drilled from a single platform inside the surface area of the oil fi eld to the newly discovered reserves found in 2003 stretching to Venice Boulevard. PXP has been successful in using hydraulic fracturing in this geologic zone it is probable they will use it when these wells are re-permitted. Two wells drilled in the Sentous in 2006 led to a large areas adjacent to the oil field including residential homes to be engulfed in toxic oil fi eld gases that were accidentally released
due to drilling mud being blown back up the well by a pressurized gas pocket.

The Los Angeles community has seen realized risks from urban oil and gas production hazards as disasters in the Baldwin Hills Dam Collapse on December 14, 1963 the led to the loss of five lives, 277 residential homes and $12,000,000.00 worth of property damage, the Ross-Dress for Less Store Explosion in the Fairfax area on March 24, 1985 with 23 people injured and street sideflames that burned into the next day, the accidental toxic gas release at Inglewood in 2006 that hung over the Culver Crest neighborhood for 36 hours, the leaking abandoned well in Culver City at the Dog Park and a well leaking millions of cubic feet of methane into the atomosphere at the University City Syndicate well in the man made lagoon in Playa Vista. Oil and gas exploration and production along with hydraulic fracturing is full of risks that no community should be made to accept, it is only common sense.

Please join with thousands of Californians and sign the petitions asking the Governor to ban hydraulic
fracturing until all the scientific facts are in regarding its dangers to our groundwater, its ability to initiate earthquakes, health effects from air born exposures to toxins from operations and property damage from uplift and subsidence.

Oil and Gas Production and Exploration Regulatory Exemptions Include:

The Clean Air Act
The Safe Drinking Water Act
The Solid Waste Disposal Act
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act
National Environmental Policy Act

Sep 9, 2012, 9:26 PM