October 27, 2013A missive to the old days
As a Roadrunner subscriber for over 23 years, I am very disappointed in the downfall in quality and content of this newspaper since the new ownership has taken over. The paper is skinnier than ever with just a fraction of content it used to have, and the departure of Editor David Ross after so many years has left a huge hole in content. Nobody knows this town and its people like David. Love him or not, he IS Valley Center. Then to make matters even worse the "new" editor quits after just two weeks. That tells me everything I want to know.
This new owner has even ditched the hardline phone number, so I cannot reach an actual human being, and to top it off, "Processed in China" is just too much for me to stomach. Please cancel my subscription, and send me a refund for the remaining balance. I don't want this new owner to receive a penny of my money.
P.S. There is an alternative source for local news. Go to www.valleycenterpress.com.
A note on fracking
Paul Evan's recent letter on fracking certainly shows that it will raise production in older anw new oil fields. I worked on the offshore Santa Barbra oil lease sale for Shell Oil some time ago. The formation that is believed to be the source of oil in the channel is the Monterey shale of Upper Miocene age. Immediately below the Monterey is a thick series of basic lava beds which form the Santa Monica Mountains. The lava beds apparently released a lot of silica into the ocean water and promoted the growth of siliceous diatoms. The diatoms are structured with silica and are full of oil precursors. Other silica sources include Mexican outbursts. When the Monterey shale was loaded under younger deposits, cracks were formed. These cracks are producing oil to this day, but the cracks are relatively tight so this production has been declining. Fracking would open up these cracks and produce more, this rejuvenating the wells. It would also upgrade undeveloped prospects in California's offshore basins, such as the Santa Maria basin.
There are also formations in the San Joaquin Valley which might produce more, if fracked. Another rway you can get oil from the Monterey formation is simply to heat the shale to a high temperature, thus driving out the oil. This can be tested easily by putting ground up Monterey shale in a small test tube and heating it to a relatively high temperature. This resulted in the test tube being full of tarry oil. You can see that another source of Monterey oil would be to mine onshore outcrops and run the material through a high temperature furnace. The Green River shale in Utah are being tested by mining and subsurface heating.
It would be profitable for the economics of California to allow further new methods of production.
Arthur R. Weller