Good News re Los Angeles Permitting, Frackophobia, Community Relations?
by Glenn Swanson
Concurrent with recent disturbing anti-industry developments within local city governments, Brea Canon Oil successfully permitted and drilled two wells in Los Angeles and two wells in Carson in 2013. Analysis of what worked and didn’t work during the process of building local support for regulatory approval will be presented, in part to encourage similar work by others. Latest efforts to control damage of recently approved city-mandated moratoriums on fracturing, acidizing, gravel packing, water disposal, etc., will also be presented.
Brea Canon Oil has operated two waterflood units in the Torrance oilfield since 1990. Drilling plans began 2012 for the first new drills in Torrance since 1985. Although not easy, permitting was achieved by building on local VP Rey Javier’s excellent community relations and his solid record of responsible operations. Key steps from start of permitting process through drilling of four wells and approval of four additional wells will be reviewed.
Very recent moratoriums on routine oilfield practices (marketed as anti-fracking ordinances) passed by city councils of Los Angeles and Carson present new challenges not only for Brea Canon Oil, but indirectly all LA basin operators. Fortunately, pro-industry efforts have resulted in momentum that should encourage us. Examples of successful anti-anti-fracking work will be presented, including a review of the March, 2014, Harbor Alliance Neighborhood Council meeting in Los Angeles.
Glenn Swanson is the Principal Consultant for Sterling Engineering, which he incorporated in 2008 primarily to provide LA basin operators with independent petroleum engineering consulting services.
Since his 1977 oilfield start in Signal Hill, Glenn has been fortunate to work in nearly every LA basin oilfield as a consultant, operator or service hand. Recent work, e.g., Brea Canon Oil’s 2013 Torrance drilling project, has increasingly required communication with the public, politicians and agency bureaucrats. Lessons learned include good news that (most) people want to know more about our industry and appreciate reassurance from real people that we operate responsibly!
Glenn’s resume features a BS in chemical engineering from Princeton, an MS in petroleum engineering from USC and a California PE registration. A proud former Long Beach SPE Forum chairman, he has also served as WRM chairman, WRM program chairman, and has co-authored five SPE papers.