February 9, 2013 |
As part of a great California olive oil boom, now at least a dozen olive oil vendors are selling at local farmers markets, up from only a couple a decade ago. Most offer a good product, but there are few who, like Michael O'Brien of Paso Gold , provide local, fresh, high-quality, certified organic oil, sold by the farmer himself in the agricultural section of the market. The combination of new varieties from Europe, high-density systems and mechanized harvest led to a surge in plantings of olives for oil, from a few hundred acres two decades ago to about 30,000 today, said Paul Vossen , a University of California farm advisor.
September 23, 2012 |
WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - It was the down slope of August, and in the icy winds and freezing rain that masquerade as summer on the Arctic coast, Shell Alaska had to move its community barbecue indoors to the school gym. Billed as the oil company's thank-you to the Iñupiat Eskimo village that is about to become a base for offshore drilling operations, the event featured free hamburgers, beans and something rarely seen up in the Far North - plates heaped...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2006
At 3 a.m., oil began gushing from a derrick on a ranch six miles east of Fullerton, setting off Orange County's second oil boom. The ranch was owned by Charles C. Chapman of Fullerton, a Valencia orange grower. Land prices in the Fullerton area skyrocketed and oil became a key to the city's growth in the early 1920s. Chapman was Fullerton's first mayor and chief benefactor of Chapman College.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1995
During the Placentia oil boom of 1919, residents were urged to rent out extra rooms or beds to the oil workers who swarmed into the city. Each issue of the Anaheim Gazette devoted an entire page to oil news. By 1921, the city's oil production inspired Union Oil Co. to name one of its new tankers La Placentia. The 457-foot ship could carry 80,000 barrels. Source: "Placentia, A Pleasant Place" by Virginia L. Carpenter
November 16, 1990 |
The Mexican government said its 1991 budget, submitted to congress Thursday, reflects its commitment to conservative fiscal management. Despite the windfall from the Persian Gulf crisis, the $70-billion budget is based on oil selling at half the current price. The price of oil, which accounts for one-third of the government's income, has skyrocketed since August. It is now selling for about $34 a barrel on world markets.
September 14, 2012 |
In the early days of California's oil boom, derricks crowded beaches, covered hillsides and dominated cityscapes. If a road was in the way of the oil, the road was moved. Nowadays, after years of falling oil production, the state is seeing a new drilling boom because of high petroleum prices. In July, an average of 53 rotary rigs were exploring for crude and natural gas in California, the most for that month in 22 years, according to industry data. Drillers looking to revive old urban oil fields find themselves surrounded by homes and businesses that weren't there way back when, and the companies are negotiating increasingly complex agreements with neighbors and local officials on rules governing aesthetics, noise, hours of operation and much more.