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Photo Friday: California’s Signal Hill Oil Field (1930)

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This photo is of the Signal Hill Oil Field at Atlantic and 28th Streets in Long Beach, California, USA around 1930. It is one of a large group of energy photos maintained by the California Department of Conservation.

Photo Credit: Photo of the Signal Hill oil field at Atlantic and 28th Streets, circa 1930. Courtesy of the Long Beach Public Library Collection. Found using Creative Commons.

Melissa C. Lott About the Author: An engineer and researcher who works at the intersection of energy, environment, technology, and policy. Follow on Twitter @mclott.

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  1. 1. Jayne230 9:07 pm 01/4/2014

    upto I saw the draft which said $8132, I be certain that my sister woz like they say trully bringing in money part-time on their apple laptop.. there brothers friend has done this 4 less than 21 months and recently cleard the dept on their appartment and bourt a gorgeous Lotus Elise. look at here now….. ℂash2.us

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  2. 2. photojack53 1:35 pm 01/6/2014

    It would be interesting to see what is there today and know if any environmental cleanup was necessary and if that land is safe today. With the nationwide fracking controversy, it would be useful to know if energy production sites like Signal Hill can ever be made safe.
    Like Chernobyl and Fukushima, oil production has its consequences also.

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