Cyclic steam injection isn't a whistling teakettle. What the industry calls "surface expressions" are really "sinkholes, small bubbling pools of scalding water and geysers that on occasion spewed 40-foot plumes of oil, water and rocks." These conditions are the result of extreme extraction techniques. Regulations to protect workers are tragically inadequate and loaded with loopholes. It took 17 hours to retrieve David Taylor's body. What didn't happen next is shocking.
What happened to California regulators' vows to make steam injections safer?
Read the L.A. Times story at the link.