The article "Oil War II," by Paul Ciotti (Oct. 18), states: "California's outer continental shelf holds an estimated 2 million to 5 million barrels." A conservative estimate is 1,000 times that much--2 billion to 5 billion barrels. The entire industry could not afford to spend the billions we do to recover a few million barrels. What is at risk here is an enormous amount of energy--something like a year's supply of oil for the entire United States.
Owen F. Murphy, Regional Vice President, Chevron USA Inc.
Los Angeles The wrong figure was introduced as the result of an editing error. --The Editors