Saturday, February 09, 2008

Stop The Drilling?

Looks like they're going to start up an old natural gas well in the Eel River Valley. I guess they started it back in the 60s but the price of natural gas back then didn't make it worthwhile to continue.

I'm wondering what sort of resistance there might be to this plan? After all, there are a number of people around here that, it's safe to say, hate the "extraction industries"- one local blog commenter saying a little while ago that's why he wants to get rid of supervisor Roger Rodoni. To paraphrase: He supports the extraction industries.

Seems to me we already have some natural gas wells up here. I believe there were some down by Salmon Creek(?) that were pointed out to me when I was on a timber cruise back in my forestry class days. I believe I might have seen some marked on a topographic map of the county some years ago, too.

So what will we get any with any protests for natural gas wells; Well sitters instead of tree sitters?

10 Comments:

At 5:06 PM, Anonymous theo therme said...

there are natural gas wells up on graham road, off of tompkins hills road. i doubt much of a protest will occur....

 
At 5:55 PM, Blogger Fred said...

You never know!

I think it was off Tompkins Hill Road where we went on that timber cruise.

I referred to it as Salmon Creek, but I've heard all kinds of places referred to up here as "Salmon Creek" (maybe one of the Ernies could straighten us out on where the REAL Salmon Creek is?).

This could be a deep, dark secret Humboldt holds: We have been mining for natural gas for some time!

 
At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drill baby,drill. We need to produce and use this good source of energy.

 
At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drill baby,drill. We need to produce and use this good source of energy.

 
At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the mid 1960s, there was a gas well on the hill just east of Fernbridge. They used to burn off the excess. I was a kid and it was an exciting thing to see the flames shooting straight up into the air.

That pretty much exhausts my knowledge of the subject.

 
At 10:27 PM, Anonymous theo therme said...

fred,
there are at least two salmon creeks in humboldt county.....one crosses under the highway near the southern tompkins hill road exit.. the other is just northwest of miranda and dumps into the south fork of the eel at salmon creek road. the salmon creek road exit is just north of the miranda/p-ville exit.....

there is also the salmon river, but that is located in siskyiou county....

 
At 8:40 AM, Blogger Greg said...

They have been taking natural gas from this area for a long time. A year or so ago some corporation offered us something like five bucks to sign off on the gas and mineral rights under our house.

 
At 8:46 AM, Blogger Carol said...

Yes, there are many Salmon Creeks in the Pacific Northwest.

Tompkins Hill Road is the ridge above Salmon Creek that empties into Humboldt Bay.

There has been research and testing for wells locally for quite a long time. When I lived up the Mill Creek watershed near Fortuna, there were 2 oil companies that did testing on my property, as well as other properties in the region. That was in the early 1990's.

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger lodgepole said...

Some time ago my wife and I were having dinner at the Rib Room in Eureka. Sitting at a table near us were 3 gentlemen clearly having a dinner/business meeting. They were discussing the opportunities in the Eel River valley for natural gas development. It sounded like they thought there was a small but steady supply, worth the investment.

 
At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's where business was done, all right. I remember hearing two local timber company movers and shakers telling some Japanese businessmen that they (these two movers and shakers) RAN Humboldt County.

Funny. The rest of the meal didn't taste very good.

 

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