Drilling advances ///

Upon my return from a visit to Elk Hills Field outside Bakersfield, California, a few years ago, I stopped for lunch in LA, seating myself at the bar alongside a well-dressed middle-aged couple. My accent, revealed as I ordered lunch, quickly advised that I was not from Southern California. When I told the couple where I lived and the source of my livelihood, they unleashed a barrage about how “oil drilling rigs” were the bane of the earth and served no useful purpose other than to spew noxious chemicals and destroy the countryside and coastlines.

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