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A study commissioned by Plains Exploration & Production Co. concluded hydraulic fracturing of two test wells at Inglewood oil field in Los Angeles County, Calif., indicated no detectable evidence that it might induce earthquakes or have negative consequences on groundwater quality, a consultant reported.
Carno Entrix of Los Angeles conducted the study, and the California Department of Conservation posted the study on its web site.
California is expected to release a draft of fracing rules soon. Don Drysdale, spokesman with the Department of Conservation, told OGJ that it will be “several weeks” before a draft is issued.
The 1,200-acre Inglewood field is one of the largest contiguous urban oil fields in the US. It’s adjacent to the communities of Baldwin Hills, View Park, Windsor Hills, Blair Hills, Ladera Heights, and Culver City.
The petroleum-producing zones in Inglewood field range from 900-10,000 ft below ground level. A total of 1,475 wells have been drilled during the field’s life with 469 wells in active production and 168 waterflood injection wells actively operating.
The fracing study was part of a 2011 settlement stemming from a lawsuit filed in 2008 against Los Angeles County and Plains Exploration concerning land use. Standard Oil discovered Inglewood field near Culver City in 1924. Plains Exploration has operated the field since December 2002. Both conventional and high-volume fracing have been used at the field since 2003.