Los Angeles: A Derrick by The Beach

A Derrick by The Beach

Ensconced in their aeries overlooking Santa Monica Beach, the residents of Pacific Palisades sit atop 60 million bbl. of oil. Occidental Petroleum had fought for 18 years to get at the oil, while environmentalists battled the company in court, warning of the risk of earthquakes throughout the Malibu area. The no-drilling battle cry was taken up by celebrities such as Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett. Last month, however, the California Supreme Court finally allowed Occidental to begin drilling at the base of a 225-ft. cliff next to the Pacific Coast Highway.

The 155-ft.-high derrick that Occidental plans to build will bear...

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