Oil: San Miguel Island

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Oil: San Miguel Island


In the News~

May 15, 1906 [SBI]: “San Miguel Island to be exploited for oil. Mysterious trip is made by alleged experts of the Standard Oil to the island with apparent satisfaction. If certain facts which have just become known are correct, it is ore than probable that the island of San Miguel will be the scene of extensive oil drilling operations within the next thirty or sixty days… The Independent called on Captain Merry today and questioned him about the trip. He was somewhat reluctant to speak… Captain Waters, who claims a possessory title over the island, is at present attending a G. A. R. encampment…”


October 19, 1921 [LAT]: “Oil development on San Miguel Island, lying some forty miles off the mainland in the Santa Barbara Channel, is forecast by visits made to the island during the last several weeks by geologists, said to be in the government employ. The report that every indication shows that immense oil development on the island is possible, and that the seepage shows a high grade of paraffin-base oil, similar to that being encountered in the Ventura Avenue oil fields. There is heavy oil seepage from the seabed extending from the island to a considerable distance into the channel. Whether the experts are seeking new sources of oil supply for the Navy or are representing one of the big oil companies is not known. They have also looked over Anacapa and San Nicolas islands. A. M. Hamlin, one of the men, says he is from the Columbia University, and John N. Lawton, another, is said to be a New York capitalist. San Miguel, on which the largest oil seepage is found, comprises 14,000 acres.”