Los Angeles

Outline

Key Indicators

Rating

CCC-

Ranking

78

Outlook

Negative

Commentary

Despite being located in the US, State politics are a significant headwind. While there are sporadic pockets of exploration, there is unlikely to be a renaissance in wholesale exploration, nor is there sufficient prospectivity currently to justify an exploration programme. This is further compounded by concern at the Federal level, and to what extent the Biden Administration will use Federal powers to override State legislation to prevent oil & gas development.

Updated

June 11, 2021

Outline

Region

Americas - North

Position

Onshore & Offshore

Hydrocarbon

Oil

Location

Los Angeles

Description

Located in coastal southern California, the LAB's key feature is a Neogene basin whose foundations were controlled by Cretaceous subduction and Late Cretaceous Paleogene terrane accretion. Neogene structural development consisted of mid-Miocene to early Pliocene extension, strike-slip faulting and problematic block rotation, and late Pliocene to present north-south compression. The province is bounded on the north by the Malibu-Santa Monica-Hollywood-Raymond Hill-Duarte Fault System, and on the east and southeast by the onlap of marine rocks on the Southern California Batholith and Santa Ana Mountains and San Joaquin Hills Uplifts.

Summary

The most recent significant discoveries occurred during the early to mid-1960's. While exploration drilling has been hampered by urbanization and drilling bans, meaning that drilling has averaged <2wells per year, the LAB is considered widely explored.

Source: ESRI, BGS, USGS & OGA data

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