Getting What Is Underneath LA

Header credit: Google Maps

AS global population rises exponentially all around the world, more energy is needed badly. And as more people move into dense urban areas, more movie-like solutions are needed in order to extract all the precious resources right out from underneath our feet. A VICE video has shown the debate between corporations and the people over easy profits and safety in Los Angeles is far from being over. At this time, the obvious winner is the profits. How could you say otherwise when there are unmarked oil refineries operating literally feet away from elementary schools, daycares and playgrounds? That’s just a little bit too close for comfort. Tinsel Town, home to about 12 million people, has one of the largest oil reservoirs in the whole US, but unfortunately, it’s all under built-up areas.

Companies have found pretty ingenious ways to continue working in such highly populated areas. Most disturbing are how they put up facades around their rigs, to make them blend in with the surrounding neighborhood buildings. People are living right across the street from an oil rig and they don’t even know it. Most people living there probably do know these days, at least they are slowly starting to find out, but these companies don’t advertise where exactly they operate to the public. The public can only find out the actual addresses and specific information pertaining to the drilling, through thorough investigation or if you were lucky enough to have been sent a link.

I’ve looked up some interesting drilling sites in LA on GoogleMaps.

They are these five stars…


#1 — The Jefferson drill site, the one VICE went to in the video above.




#2 — The AllenCo drill site, VICE talked about this site in the video, too.

Notice that it’s right next door to a high school…





#3 — The Pico Genessee drilling island…





#4 — This drilling site is just down the road from the Pico Genessee drilling island — it’s located at Pico and Oakhurst…

It looks like the site is split into two blocks…





#5 — The weirdest one. A drill site that is literally in the backyard of the Beverly Hills High School…




Welcome to Hollywood!

To top it all off leaks happen all the time. The pipes that transport all this oil are very unreliable and usually overworked. A lot of community groups in LA are getting together to fight against the corporations which operate within city limits covertly, to protect themselves and most importantly — their children. These corporations are possibly too powerful to stop… This video is about oil pipelines in the US and the amount of oil that ends up being spilled from them.

Leaks happen all the time and the pipes that are being used are decades old. This really concerns me, especially as an Albertan because if you look at any pipeline map of North America, you will easily be able to make out Alberta. And if you zoom in further, the city of Edmonton is surrounded by hundreds of active pipelines.

Source: CAPP
(Interactive map of all the pipelines in Alberta, go to About Pipelines Map)


An extensive system of more than 373,000 kilometers of pipelines called the Alberta Hub ships most feedstocks, natural gas and hydrocarbon products. Alberta’s total pipeline takeaway capacity is approximately 2.2 million barrels per day and accounts for about 65% of the value of all exports from the province. The natural gas network within the Alberta Hub is one of the most developed in the world – and can deliver up to 17 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin to domestic and U.S. markets.

Living in an industrial-dependent world comes with its obvious perks. Sometimes though, it is difficult for people to understand exactly why large corporations have to operate in disguise, just to make these profits. If sucking out all of the available resources from the ground, underneath our largest cities is such a good, profitable thing, then why aren’t these facilities in made public? The next time that you walk by an office building — think twice — because things aren’t always what they appear to be.logo

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