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VIDEO: Stanford Engineer On PXP Oil Operations & Damage In Baldwin Hills

posted Jun 8, 2013, 11:28 AM by CC SC   [ updated Aug 17, 2013, 9:07 PM ]

Video rebutting PXP position (14 min)

During 2012 Plains Exploration and Production Company (PXP) released a series of technical studies which purported to demonstrate that their oil recovery operations in Los Angeles Inglewood oil field, including fracking (hydraulic fracturing)  have no or “unknown” adverse effect on the public. Current studies by Stanford engineer Richard L. Meehan conclude that this is not true. The oilfield activities in the Inglewood oilfield have in fact resulted in reactivation of geologic faulting affecting residential property and two elementary schools.  New video by Meehan presents the evidence for ongoing oilfield causation of surface and property damage in this urban setting.  It also demonstrates that hydraulic fracturing for hydrocarbon recovery per se can be hazardous in relatively shallow geologic environments with faults and earthquakes as commonly found in California. Conclusions regarding safety of “fracking”, reached on the basis of deep shale experience elsewhere, whether valid or not, should not be expected to apply in California.