The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Vast Oil Reserve May Now Be Within Reach, and Battle Heats Up -

But away from this forest of pump jacks on a flat, brown landscape, a road snakes up into nearby hills that are largely untouched — save for a handful of exploratory wells pumping oil from depths many times those of Midway-Sunset’s. These wells are tapping crude directly from what is called the Monterey Shale, which could represent the future of California’s oil industry — and a potential arena for conflict between drillers and the state’s powerful environmental interests.


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