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MessyNessy: Greetings from California, the Hellish Oil-Pumping State of Yesteryear.

I wasn’t aware of this history, until I travelled to CA for business and was planted in a hotel room near an oil pump (camoflaged, but still smelly as all get-out).

06/30/16 • 06:34 PM • EnvironmentalHistoryPhotography • 1 Comment


Interesting look at the transition.

Of interest to those not familiar: the tower structure is usually only used during actual drilling unless:
You may need to go back in or
Those wooden structures were not reused as today’s steel ones are, so nothing to be gained taking it back down until someone makes you.

Also, oil used to seep from the ground until it had a value and drilling started. Until then it was a noxious nuisance complete with tar balls on the beach like Corpus Christi beaches in Texas.

Posted by Emmett on 07/02/16 at 02:51 PM


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