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U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3120, v. 1.1

Remaining Recoverable Petroleum in Ten Giant Oil Fields of the Los Angeles Basin, Southern California

By Donald L. Gautier, Marilyn E. Tennyson, Troy A. Cook, Ronald R. Charpentier, and Timothy R. Klett

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Using a probabilistic geology-based methodology, a team of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists recently assessed the remaining recoverable oil in 10 oil fields of the Los Angeles Basin in southern California. The results of the assessment suggest that between 1.4 and 5.6 billion barrels of additional oil could be recovered from those fields with existing technology.

Last modified February 28, 2013
First posted October 4, 2012

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Gautier, D.L., Tennyson, M.E., Cook, T.A., Charpentier, R.R., and Klett, T.R., 2012, revised 2013, Remaining recoverable petroleum in ten giant oil fields of the Los Angeles Basin, southern California: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3120, v. 1.1, 2 p. (Available at

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