Corporations: You See an Opportunity . . .

Reaching gracefully into the Los Angeles skyline, handsome in its vertically fluted steel and blue-grey enamel over coating, the structure looked like a new office building. Yet it contained not a single office — or, indeed, any room of any sort. The structure was simply a shell, set up for the specific purpose of shielding from sight and insulating from sound a drilling rig on Pico Boulevard.

The Occidental Petroleum Corp. was about to start putting down an oil well along the busy commercial thoroughfare not far from downtown Los Angeles.

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