Over 80% of the petroleum products we use are used for fuel.
A very small amount of oil is used to make plastics. In the U.S. plastics are not made directly from crude oil, but from Natural Gas Liquids, Liquid Petroleum Gas, and natural gas.
As we move to renewables for energy production, hybrid and electric vehicles, the military exploring seawater for jet fuel, etc., the demand for oil will continue to soften. So there are plenty of other sources in places far from homes, like in North Dakota, that can supply the oil used for “stuff”.
Click image for source article from the U.S. Energy Information Association
With the recent press releases and ads that have become more and more outrageous and false, let’s meet the man and PR firm behind it all.
Eric W. Rose is a partner at Englander Knabe & Allen PR firm. It’s his name we see quoted in the press.
One case study on the PR firm’s website highlights the City of Whittier and how they influenced the city council to vote for oil drilling. Here are some quotes from Englander Knabe & Allen on their Whittier strategy:
- Wrote signs that said “Our Family Supports Whittier’s Future”. — Comment: Sounds like E&B’s “Protect Hermosa’s Future” signs/citizen’s group.
- “Through our program we were able to find local spokespeople who agreed to sign letters to the editor and who also agreed to comment at the public hearings of the Planning Commission and the City Council.” — Comment: Hmmm…. Wonder if E&B’s supporters are writing their own letters and ad statements or just signing what E&B wrote.
- “Our program not only increased citizen awareness of the project, but it provided the appointed and elected officials with the “political cover” they needed to make the right decision.” — Comment: Interesting statement on the “political cover”. The Whittier city council voted 5-0 in favor of the oil project.
Unfortunately for the oil company, later the LA County Board of Supervisors rejected the project, and it’s now on hold. “The supervisors voted unanimously to deny the city the change in use from habitat preserve to oil and gas drilling operation on land bought by county taxpayers.”
As of January, 2015, the city of Whittier plans to defy the county and drill anyway, says the Wittier Hills Oil Watch Group.
Not only do we need to vote “No on O”, but we need to also support our city officials who are also “No on O”.
— Comment: Wonder if E&B was really behind that ballot argument lawsuit. It seems highly unlikely a resident, who is not a specialist in election law, could have raised the argument and paid the lawyers and court costs.
For those people who are thinking…”maybe this oil project isn’t so bad”. Ask yourself. “Who has the most to gain from this project?” Is that door-to-door canvasser paid by the oil company or a volunteer? Is that ad paid for by the oil company, who has deep pockets, or by concerned citizens making donations? Is that oil supporter a large mineral rights owner or someone who was paid by the oil company in some way (e.g. maybe their organization receives donations?). There has not been one open meeting by the oil company. E&B is courting mineral rights owners in closed, invite-only meetings, playing down safety concerns, inflating revenues to schools and the city, donating to local organizations and events, and placing ads that are misleading or even have false information.
E&B Thanks Supporters with a Country Club Dinner Party (Click image for full view)
All the money E&B is spending on their campaign to win votes is just a business expense. The people and businesses supporting the ban on oil drilling are just concerned citizens volunteering time. None of these people have anything to gain monetarily from “keeping the ban” on oil. They just want what is best for their families, friends and neighbors.
Not all journalism is unbiased. This article in the Daily Breeze is filled with misinformation, such as playing down community concerns. When you see paid advertisements supporting oil right next to an analysis of the Hermosa oil project, read with caution.
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Hermosa Beach vs Huntington Beach Oil Drilling Locations (Click on image for full view)
E&B and their supporters compare the proposed Hermosa Beach oil drilling and production project to E&B’s Huntington Beach site.
Hermosa is NOT like Huntington.
Huntington Beach is on more land, is easier for vehicles to access, is further from schools and parks, and is much further from the beach.
- E&B’s Huntington location is at 1901 California St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. It covers 2 city blocks for a total 3.2 acres. They operate 28 oil wells.
- The proposed Hermosa location would be on 1.3 acres and shares a city block with many businesses, homes and apartments. It would have 30 oil wells and 4 wastewater injection wells.
- In case of an emergency, Huntington can be accessed from roads on all 4 sides on both properties.
- In Hermosa, residents and businesses block access to the site on 2 sides; therefore, emergency access would be impaired. This also forces the additional truck/car traffic needed to support the construction and operations onto fewer streets.
- The Hermosa location is also central to activities that bring in people from all over the city and even surrounding cities. This is due to it being sandwiched between 2 parks, the green belt, businesses and being along a walking route to Hermosa Valley school.
- The Huntington location is over 4 times further from the beach than the Hermosa location.
History & Operations
- E&B bought Angus Petroleum, the previous operator of the Huntington Beach location, in 2012. Angus had declared bankruptcy. Therefore, the construction and preparation of the site and the original drilling was not done by E&B. This means the E&B has no experience constructing and drilling in a residential, beach community.
- The Huntingtion operation produces 160 barrels of oil per day (bopd). Hermosa’s peak production could be 50 times higher at a proposed 8,000 bopd in a much smaller area.
- Residents have complained about odors, both before and after E&B’s acquisition of this operation per AQMD. Air quality/odors is one of the 9 significant and unavoidable impacts stated in the EIR.
The ballot language and development agreement for the proposed Hermosa Beach Oil Drilling and Production project is now final.
E&B refused to accept the following FACTS that were requested for the ballot language:
- “Potential Benefits” will now be “Benefits” — There is a go/no-go option for E&B after test drilling. If E&B determines this is not a viable project for them, they can decide to not proceed with the project. This means there could be $0 and no benefits.
- “9 Significant Unavoidable Impacts” will now be “Unavoidable Impacts” — Even though the independent Environmental Impact report specifically states that there will be “9 Significant Unavoidable Impacts“.
E&B is only for E&B. When 2 city council members requested that E&B increase their insurance coverage in case a blowout (explosion) occurred, E&B refused. Risk of upset/blowout is 1 of the 9 Significant Unavoidable Impacts. An explosion at 6th & Valley would be devastating, since it’s so close to homes, businesses, parks and pedestrians.
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