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“I Am Me: Artists’ Self-Portraits” | Opens at the Santa Paula Art Museum February 2

“I Am Me: Artists’ Self-Portraits” | Opens at the Santa Paula Art Museum February 2

Premiere Party: Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Admission to the premiere is $10.00 for museum members and $15.00 for non-members. “I Am Me: Artists’ Self-Portraits” will be on view February 2, 2019 through May 12, 2019. SANTA PAULA, CA – Who are you? That’s the question that artists were asked to consider […]

US Oil and Gas Reserves Reached Record Highs in 2017

US Oil and Gas Reserves Reached Record Highs in 2017

Jason Hopkins | Energy Investigator U.S. crude oil and natural gas reserves reached record highs in 2017, blowing past levels not seen in nearly half a century. Proved reserves of U.S. crude oil reached 39.2 billion barrels at the end of 2017, surpassing the previous record of 39 billion barrels set in 1970, according to data released […]

Hydraulic Fractuing | Still Misunderstood

Hydraulic Fractuing | Still Misunderstood

  By Jay Lehr and Tom Harris Just over a decade ago, America’s energy outlook was revolutionized by technological advances in hydraulic fracturing, commonly called ‘fracking.’ While fracking, the injection of high-pressure water, sand and chemicals into rock to force natural gas and oil to be released, has been used in vertical wells since 1947, new techniques […]

US Surpasses Saudi Arabia as the World’s Top Oil Producer

US Surpasses Saudi Arabia as the World’s Top Oil Producer

 By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Energy Editor . The U.S. surpassed Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest producer of crude oil, according to preliminary estimates from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). “U.S. crude oil production exceeded that of Saudi Arabia for the first time in more than two decades,” EIA reported Wednesday. “In June and August, […]

Trails, Schools, and Conservation Lands Could be Opened for Oil Drilling, Fracking in Ventura County

Trails, Schools, and Conservation Lands Could be Opened for Oil Drilling, Fracking in Ventura County

Ventura County, Calif. – The Trump Administration is seeking to open nearly 28,000 acres of federal land and mineral estate in the county to fracking and oil drilling, according to an analysis of official GIS data performed by the local nonprofit watchdog organization Los Padres ForestWatch. The areas slated for drilling are part of a regional […]

‘GREEN’ California is More Reliant on Foreign Oil Than Ever Before

‘GREEN’ California is More Reliant on Foreign Oil Than Ever Before

 By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Contributor . California’s biggest source of crude oil imports is now Saudi Arabia with more than 98 million barrels in 2017. Environmentalists want Gov. Jerry Brown to stop issuing new oil and gas leases. However, that will only make California more reliant on foreign countries. There’s a growing call for California […]

Finally! Some fuel economy common sense

Finally! Some fuel economy common sense

    By Paul Driessen Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards were devised back in 1975, amid anxiety over the OPEC oil embargo and supposedly imminent depletion of the world’s oil supplies.  But recall, barely 15 years after Edwin Drake drilled the first successful oil well in 1859, a Pennsylvania geologist was saying the United […]

Trump Administration Begins Process to Reopen 1.6 Million Acres in California to Oil Drilling and Fracking

Trump Administration Begins Process to Reopen 1.6 Million Acres in California to Oil Drilling and Fracking

Bakersfield, Calif. – The Trump Administration today launched a 30-day public comment period on the environmental and public health impacts of hydraulic fracking in central California. The move is the first step in a process that will decide whether to allow the controversial oil extraction technique across 1.6 million acres of federal public land and […]

Recovering Gaviota: A Generational Perspective on Oil Pollution and the Environment

Recovering Gaviota: A Generational Perspective on Oil Pollution and the Environment

    Words and Photos, by David Pu’u                                                                                                      “People protect what they love” Jacques Yves Cousteau “How can people protect something which they do not know?” Jean Michel Cousteau, 2013 These words are emblazoned in my consciousness permanently. I saw the related concepts illustrated dramatically within the context of the recent Gaviota oil spill. […]

New Study:  Ventura County Oil and Gas Industry Provides Enormous Value to Local Economy

New Study:  Ventura County Oil and Gas Industry Provides Enormous Value to Local Economy

Ventura, CA – A recent study by Capital Matrix Consulting reveals that oil and gas production in Ventura County contributes to the county’s economic and fiscal health due to abundant tax revenue, high-wage employment and consistent high production. Ventura County faces budget pressures due to unfunded pension liabilities, state mandates, and added costs related to […]

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