Point of View: THUMS good neighbor policies garner community acceptance

THUMS Long Beach Co. Pres. Frank Komin strode quickly from his desk to the window of his Long Beach, Calif., office. His panoramic view of Long Beach Harbor includes the Queen Mary, a boat marina, downtown Long Beach, beaches-and four man-made “oil islands” that his company operates.Komin’s view reveals an oil operation functioning compatibly and almost invisibly in the ultimate urban fishbowl. THUMS, an agent of Occidental Petroleum Corp. subsidiary Occidental Long Beach, operates the eastern offshore section of California’s 2.4 billion bbl Wilmington oil field, including the huge, mature Long Beach Unit that sits right under Long Beach Harbor.However, its camoufl...

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