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Great Oil Fields of Los Angeles County

Oil Field

Year Discovered

Cumulative Production (Mbbl*)

Est. Reserves (Mbbl*) 12/31/08

2008 Production (Mbbl*)

Producing Wells (2008)

Wilmington**

1932

2,687,674

296,682

14,586

1,428

Long Beach

1921

942,727

3,469

1,498

299

Santa Fe Springs

1919

628,264

5,490

647

106

Brea-Olinda

1880

412,116

19,175

1,127

475

Inglewood

1924

396,467

33,081

3,107

449

Dominguez

1923

274,030

60

8

3

Coyote, West***

1909

252,960

0

0

0

Torrance

1922

225,944

5,595

387

110

Seal Beach

1924

214,289

6,649

491

129

Montebello

1917

203,935

5,839

648

106

Beverly Hills

1900

149,082

10,129

884

95

* Thousands of barrels; ** 2nd Largest in California; *** Overlaped into Orange County
Source: California Dept. of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources

 

Edward Doheny dug the first oil well in Los Angeles in 1892.

The Wilmington Oil Field is the third largest oil field in the United States, behind Prudhoe Bay and the
East Texas oil fields. By 2002, about 87 percent of its oil had been recovered, leaving less than an estimated
385 million barrels in reserve.

 

 

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