Monterey County could be facing the most important hour of its long history. The Monterey Shale Formation, right here under our fields and pastures, towns and villages, could contain one of the biggest oil and gas reserves in the United States.
A few facts: there are 34 states now engaged in oil and gas extraction through fracking. The biggest operations are in Texas, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Montana, Louisiana, and Wyoming. Among the biggest oil shale deposits are the Eagle Ford Gas Shale Formation in Texas, the Jonah Field in Wyoming and the Baaken Shale in North Dakota. These are immense operations covering hundreds of square miles with tens of thousands of wells and drilling rigs.
The Baaken Field is one of the most active and busiest oil patches in the world. The Baaken, an area about the size of West Virginia, draws 660,000 barrels of oil per day and sends it out by truck and pipelines, which crisscross the countryside. They may soon be building an oil refinery near what used to be the little prairie town of Willston, North Dakota.
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