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Mapping All 3,000 of Los Angeles's Active Oil Wells

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Los Angeles is an oil town and it has been for a long time. We know oil flows throughout LA in underground pipelines, that there is oil being extracted from under the Beverly Center right now, and that even pampered Beverly Hills High has a flowery, art-bedecked oil derrick (for now). But somehow the exact numbers are still surprising: there are now 3,000 active oil wells in LA County, says the LA Daily News. Would you like to know where they are? An interactive map created by the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources of the California Department of Conservation allows users to locate all the wells in California, see who maintains each one, and view information about permits on the wells—way more transparent than the Skull-and-Bones-level secrecy surrounding pipelines. (We highly recommend this page about how to work the map.) Go ahead: put in your address and see what's gushing nearby.

· Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources Well Finder [Official Site]
· Meet the Secret Oil Rigs Lurking in Our Malls, Schools, and Nondescript Office Buildings [Curbed LA]
· There's a Web of Thousands of Oil-Filled Pipelines Under LA [Curbed LA]

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