ToDaZeD CA *facepalm smack*

special Privlege edition

Gov. Jerry Brown last year directed state oil and gas regulators to research, map and report back on any mining and oil drilling potential and history at the Brown family’s private land in Northern California. [west of Williams in Colusa Co. - JB_Ranch]

California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources… said the work was a legal and proper use of public resources — and no more than the general public would getoil industry experts said they could not recall a similar example of anyone getting that kind of state work done for private property.

…”Anyone calling in for help is not going to get that,” [Roland Bain, a petroleum geologist based in Northern California] said. “The division of oil and gas has never been in a position to give you detailed geological mapping.”

…Typically, landowners find out their land has unrealized oil and gas potential only if oil industry agents scout out the property and approach the owners, said Sacramento-based oil and gas attorney James Day.

Alternatively, individuals can hire an independent petroleum geologist at $200 to $400 an hour…

…While spearheading ambitious programs to curb the use of climate-changing fossil fuels,Brown also has sought to spur oil production in California, the country’s No. 3 oil-producing state.

The state research done on the ranch was first disclosed in a lawsuit by attorney Patricia Oliver on behalf of a group of Kern County farmers who allege the Brown administration worked with the oil industry to circumvent laws meant to protect groundwater from contamination.

The up-side?

Ultimately, the regulators told the governor, prospects were “very low” for any commercial drilling or mining at the 2,700-acre property, which has been in Brown’s family for more than a century.

8 Comments!

  1. Fawkes News (#HipHopHijrah)
    Posted November 6, 2015 at 10:40 am |

    Environmental regulations are for thee, not for me.

    Oh, and I’m Governor, so whatever, I do what I want.

  2. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted November 6, 2015 at 11:14 am |

    Sooo,
    no harm, no foul, right?

  3. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted November 6, 2015 at 1:20 pm |

    California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources. That agency said the work was a legal and proper use of public resources — and no more than the general public would get.

    I heard this story on Mark Levin last night, and a woman who was a scout and did exactly this kind of work for oil companies called in to comment.
    She said there was no way a private citizen could ever get that level of service, with seismic work, satellite work, GIS, surveys, etc. from the state, and if they could, it would cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    Levin suggested all of his California listeners call the state of California’s Oil and Gas Resource Office and demand the same service for their back yards.

    I wonder if Moonbeam can spell smell “hypocrite”?

  4. Buzz
    Posted November 6, 2015 at 5:28 pm |

    The leftists continuing to use government and crony capitalism to (try to) show that capitalism doesn’t work.

    I’m annoyed that the general public won’t use the proper term, fascism, for corrupt and over-reaching government interfering in private business.

    Moonbeam’s (ab)use of government resources is in the same vein as Obama using the IRS and (in)Justice department for political means.

  5. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted November 6, 2015 at 5:56 pm |

    dick ^3
    I think they should send Moonbeam a bill.

  6. Paul
    Posted November 6, 2015 at 7:51 pm |

    Typical Democrat corruptness. Jerry ‘Moonbeam’ Brown may act like he is morally above everyone else but in reality he is no better than a two-bit common thief.

  7. Ironic in Denver
    Posted November 7, 2015 at 1:21 pm |

    Doug 5 + Dick 3:

    Good plans, please proceed.

  8. mojo
    Posted November 8, 2015 at 6:41 am |

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure Dad woulda checked.