Hermosa Oil Drilling

We live just to the north of the small town of Hermosa Beach. That town is roughly about 4sq. miles of houses, with a thin corridor running both north-south (Pacific Coast Hwy) and Pier Ave. / Aviation Blvd. (running east-west roughly) where there are various commercial establishments. The town is hurting for income, probably mostly due to mismanagement and overpaid city employees like the rest of SoCal. But they have no large sources of revenue in that town, due to the fact there are no very large businesses. In fact, the largest single piece of commercial real estate is owned by Hope Chapel if you can believe that.

But, there’s been a proposal on the table now from a company known as E&B Natural Resources to drill for oil from the city’s yard, located near 6th and Valley Dr. The residents of Hermosa have a long lineage of surfers, hippies and counter-culture types who are mainly liberal (of course) and mostly not interested in supporting this type of project in their community. I submit to you that their unwillingness to have oil drilling in their backyard is irrational. Here’s why.

We’re sitting on top of 80B barrels of oil here in CA too that we can’t get out of the ground because of the environmentalists. Just look at the stink the folks in Hermosa have raised over one silly oil well, that’s going to use directional drilling to drill out under the Continental Shelf. That’s like 5,000% safer than building an offshore drilling platform, and yet they scream their slogan from every other house: “Keep Hermosa hermosa!” Hypocrites.

There’s about 50,000 cars in Hermosa Beach, you can tell, just try finding a parking place, right? And, like Manhattan Beach, many of those are so-called “Clean” cars (hybrids, electrics, etc..). But, you know what? Those cars are even worse on the environment than those that burn gasoline. Production of Li-ion batteries for those cars is one of the most environmentally toxic and unfriendly processes known to man. The Li is mined and smelted in China (mostly) where they do the smelting process (involving lots of toxic acids) right on the surface of the ground in large open pits. They leave these toxic waste dumps out there in the open, because it’s China and nobody cares what happens over there.

Hermosa’s slogan (like all the environmentalists in the United States) should be: “Not in my backyard!” Because all they’ve done is protect their little slice of the earth and moved all the problems some place else. That’s what Sarah Palin meant when she said “Drill baby, drill!” But the average liberal doesn’t think these things through well enough to be able to figure that out.



One thought on “Hermosa Oil Drilling

  1. I posted this article on FB recently. I had a comment on it:

    “Well since you are a swimmer Scott you should have been at the beach last Sunday with the filthiest water containing many particles of tar and large pieces on the beach. You really want drilling offshore?”

    And my answer to that:

    The theory is, that if you drill and take oil out of the substrata out there, that it will take the pressure off, and slow or perhaps even stop the natural seepage. 99.9% of the oil on the beaches, and in the water is from natural sources in the Santa Monica Bay. There’s so much oil out there it literally pops out all over the place! That’s what the La Brea Tar Pits are too. Tar, it’s primarily what we have around here, the kind that’s suitable only as sludge / slurry.

    Nobody knows for sure whether the theory works, whether it will actually reduce the amount of tar globs on our beaches or not. But the city of Hermosa (the good folks in that town) never even gave it a chance. That, in spite of the anecdotal evidence (at least) that there are no tar globs washing up on Orange County beaches, not usually anyhow. We’ve been all over those OC beaches in the past few years and have never seen any. I know that’s not very scientific, but it’s an observation. I always see tar globs on the South Bay beaches when I go down there.

    I’ve only encountered oil in the water once, and it was likely a small spill (very small) from one of the tankers off of El Segundo. It was fresh, and there was a sheen on the water (about 100 yards wide). It wasn’t the globby kind we normally get down there.

    Nobody ever proved “Scientifically that the drilling moratorium in the Santa Monica Bay works. They never proved that NOT drilling would keep oil off the beaches. The liberal elite had enough sway in politics to get them to not drill out there simply because they didn’t want to have to look at drilling rigs. It may also be true that rigs back then weren’t as safe, nor as spill-proof as they are today. The rigs we have today are probably 1,000x safer than the ones from back in the 1950’s (or whenever it was) when they put the drilling moratorium in place.

    And, I would also estimate that the chances of having a drilling disaster take place that caused an oil spill on the beaches, when drilling from the city yards in Hermosa Beach (10 blocks from the beach) are virtually zero.

    But nobody in that town (apparently) thought any of that through. They listened to the “Pseudo-environazis” and believed their children would be born with 2 heads or that everyone would be (somehow) overcome by toxic fumes and thousands would contract (and die of) Cancer. Scare tactics is all. Pure scare tactics, what the liberal left is so good at.

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