Warning Sign

Warning SignWarning Sign – Las Virgenes Open Space, Calabasas, California, USA

This warning sign seemed ominous to me.  Pile driven into a hillside awash with yellow spring wildflowers and surrounded by thorny scrub, I read more into it. It was a grim reminder that when parkland is purchased by the government, they are buying the land rights (surface rights), not the mineral rights (subsurface rights). Petroleum, in this case natural gas, falls under those mineral rights. Upper Las Virgenes Open Space is a mere preserve, but the same holds true for local, state, and national parks. Led by Halliburton, the push is on for more natural gas exploration. Proponents claim it to be cleaner than oil, but that may not be the case due to the extraction method of hydraulic fracturing sometimes called fracking. Have a happy Earth Day!  🙂

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Nikon D3 DSLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure: f/16.0, 1/100 sec., exposure index: none, ISO 200, Exposure Program: Aperture Priority,  capture date: 4/15/2012, 11:20 am,  Nikon MC-20 remote cable, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head,


28 thoughts on “Warning Sign


    This is so distressing, how long has that sign been there?
    Why is parkland or any land being sold for this in the first place?
    All over North America this is being done.

    We should all be driving electric!

    We are so dependent on the oil if we got away from it our planet has a better chance of staying green, and the cost of driving would go down and we would not be funding the oil nations with our hard earned money!


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    • The sign looks fairly new, but you can’t miss the pipeline winding its way through Upper Las Virgenes Open Space.

      The problem is the land is bought from private interests by local, state, or federal government to create a park, but they are only getting the surface rights with the deal. The subsurface rights have already been sold or leased and remain in place even though it is now a park.

      You are right. We must wean ourselves off of petroleum. We must begin to develop greener energy sources.


    • Electric is not the answer either. Electricity doesn’t magically appear, even though we see it as “clean” coming through out A/C outlets. No, it is created through processes dependent upon (guess what?) fossil fuel. Increasingly, natural gas is becoming the solution — considered by environmentalists to be cleaner than coal or oil — hence, the push for more natural gas. Wind and solar? Fringe only. And also dependent upon fossil fuel.

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      • But gas is so combustible and volatile prefer wind and solar all natural and provided by…… NATURE!

        But how to harness this for cars since they are needed in this day and age.

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      • Hi Shannon. Thanks for commenting on my post,”Warning Sign”.

        I totally agree with you as far as electric not being the answer to our energy problem. Most of our electric is generated by coal and oil. I don’t care how many clean coal commercials they run on television, “clean coal” is still an oxymoron. How many more mountain tops must we lose in Appalachia before we get the picture? And the slag from mining operations finds its way into our rivers and lakes. We all realize the dangers of oil.

        Natural gas sounded great at first, but the method of extraction now in use may make it the dirtiest of all energy sources. Please look into hydraulic fracturing.

        Wind and solar will always be fringe unless we make an effort to develop it further…or maybe the answer will be something new, but we must continue to look elsewhere.


      • And thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts. You’ve been to my blog so you know it is not one of public opinion. And Nature’s Child — please forgive me for trampling on your comment.

        I should have prefaced my previous one: I am with you on fracking, stripping and mining, and I’ll add fission to that list. Trading one evil for another is clearly not the answer, but being on the downhill side of our petroleum age, what’s next? It was a great ride while it lasted.

        On wind and solar, I struggle to see either as “green” solutions. Even with further development, the laws of physics do not side with their usefulness. Currently, the energy input of the system (i.e. infrastructure, energy storage, maintenance for its working life) is still heaviliy reliant on petroleum AND larger than the energy output. That is hardly getting us out of our mess. And I haven’t even mentioned the enormous consumption of natural resources needed to get there.

        I think tomorrow’s energy solution has yet to be discovered. At the moment, our officials and businesses are grasping at straws for quick fixes and counting on us for their support. For me anyway, conservation is at the heart the matter. I can only trust myself to do the right thing, so that’s where my energy goes.

        I am confident in my human species. Things may look dire, but I assure you, great minds are out there and they ARE working on it. I’m doubtful any of them reside in political offices or with energy corporations.


      • Again, thank you for commenting on this important issue. I am glad a small warning sign hidden in the weeds sparked this conversation.

        We have huge oil reserves still untapped. The question is this: Do we want to destroy what remains of our wildlands to extract it? The answer should be no since it is yesterday’s technology. Projects like the Keystone pipeline are absurd. Scientists predict that if we were to ever consume all the oil from that project, it would be the end of the planet.

        I am taking the same stance against nuclear energy that you are, and I also agree that there are great minds out there. Instead of backing big oil with tax breaks and subsidies when they are already pulling in record breaking profits, our tax payer dollars should be going towards research and developement for the next great energy sourse…whatever that might be.


  2. i have read that renewable energy generators in California include solar, wind, tidal, small-scale hydroelectric, geothermal, biomass, and landfill gas reclamation. These have a significant share in all electricity of CA, which will be increased to 33% by 2020.
    This is good percentage.

    Unfortunately, there is still need for use of conventional fuel,
    and natural gas is environmentally the friendliest one.

    I think EPA has done an important job in studying the Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing of Coalbed Methane Reservoirs and the elimination of diesel fuels for underground injections is quite considerable.

    As i understand, Upper Las Virgenes Open Space is a beautiful place with various trails to admire views and worship the countryside, but the marker post for the existing pipeline, is not something so terrible 🙂

    What we owe to do when constructing big energy projects, is to respect Nature… and for this I would like to thank you for bringing this issue today…

    Happy Earth Day…
    nice and clever photograph… I would like to have it in my office

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    • California is leading the way in renewable energy and hopefully other states will follow. As far as hydroelectric goes, we are in the process of removing hydroelectric dams to bring our rivers back to good health and get the salmon running again. The reason California has the highest gas prices in the nation is due to a renewable energy tax which I think is an excellent idea.

      Yes, the EPA has been studying the impact of hydraulic fracturing, but in my opinion they always do too little, too late. We already have towns with contaminated water supplies.

      Ok, the sign is no big deal. It just kinda creeps me out. 🙂

      I would like to thank you as well. I am glad that someone from the petroleum industry took the time to comment on this important issue facing everyone on the planet. We are all in this together.

      …and thanks for liking my photograph.


  3. First line is good. It gives us hope that we are in the right track. But have in mind, that renewable energy projects must have a careful design, good selection of locations and organised planning.

    EPA might have some weakness in few issues, but its good that in USA there is such an organization, which provides assistance to countries around the world, as well. Studies, modelling and research from EPA are used worldwide in various energy and other projects.

    the sign… consider it a kind of protection 🙂

    You know something? Banks and lenders do not risk their money, for evironmentally “dangerous” projects any more. They want to be sure that the projects will be studied, permitted, constructed and operate on time, that’s why today companies are very careful with environmental and social issues.

    your photograph is good, because it is symbolic, simple but at the same time very strong.
    You strive for perfection which can be attained 🙂

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    • I agree that organized planning is essential. It gets complex. For instance: We built dams on the rivers of Northern California. The dams killed off the once abundant salmon because they could no longer journey upstream to their spawning grounds. Salmon was the sustenance of the Native Americans so they went the same way as the salmon.

      Thank you for enlightening me. I had no idea the EPA was that far reaching. This could only be a good thing.

      I love your optimism as far as banks and lenders go, and I’m truly hoping you are right.

      I’m glad that someone was able to see the symbolism of this image. I really appreciate that.

      Hey, you are an optimist! I promise to always keep striving. 😉


  4. i have seen traditions of centuries disappeared in a moment of destruction…
    It has happened…

    EPA’s models for calculating the dispersion of air or sea pollution are very strong, even as evidence in court cases.

    i am not optimism… I am pragmatist 🙂
    and as John Dewey said:

    “Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.”

    see you in your next post

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    • It has happened many times over which leaves me wondering if these cataclysmic events are accidental or the carefully orchestrated plans of evil and greedy humankind.

      I suppose engineers are pragmatic by nature. 🙂

      That’s a great quote…very true…even in art.

      Until then…


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