Friday, December 18, 2009

A few highlights from today's bus tour of the Urban Oil-Scape of Los Angeles by the Center for Land Use Interpretation. In huge swathes of the LA basin, up to a million barrels per acre await extraction:

The last extant oil well in downtown Los Angeles. It profitably pumps about 4-5 barrels a day:

Two of the 4 man-made "oil islands" off the coast of Long Beach:

The islands have fantasy architectural elements and tropical landscaping to cleverly conceal their actual function as oil derricks: