How to drill and develop an oil field in an urban setting

The drillsite was small, but a big challenge. The site was on Pico Boulevard at Doheny Drive, eight miles west of downtown Los Angeles and just one block south of Beverly Hills. It was originally permitted, built and drilled by Occidental Petroleum in the early 1960s, among some 69 wells that are permitted on the 0.8-acre site comprising five city lots. The production facility is located on a 0.7-acre block adjoining the drillsite to the west. The solutions to the challenges that were acceptable to the city and the community were innovative, to say the least.

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