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Facts relating to Well No. 5, Lease OCS-P 0234, Pitas Point Unit area, and the earthquake of August 13, 1978, Santa Barbara Channel, California

Open-File Report 78-906

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Abstract

A build-up of pressures developed in an exploratory well being drilled in the Santa Barbara Channel during the period August 9 to 15, 1978. Nearly coincidentally, a sharp earthquake occurred 2 miles south of the city of Santa Barbara at 3:55 p.m. PDT on August 13, 1978. A task group was formed by the Director, Geological Survey, on August 14, mainly because of concern over the high down-hole pressures in the well. The charge to the task group was to study the situation fully in order that appropriate and immediate measures could be directed to protect against a fracturing of rock formations in the vicinity of the hole that might permit the escape of gas or oil to the surface. The task group was also asked to look into the possibility of any relationship between the well problems and the earthquake.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Facts relating to Well No. 5, Lease OCS-P 0234, Pitas Point Unit area, and the earthquake of August 13, 1978, Santa Barbara Channel, California
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
78-906
Year Published:
1978
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
vii, 59 p.
Number of Pages:
67
Country:
United States
State:
California
Other Geospatial:
Pitas Point;Santa Barbara Channel