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Relive the THUMS Experience

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 22, 2009

As I've discussed on this blog, I recently traveled with a group of bloggers to visit man-made islands where drilling for oil and natural gas occurs in coastal waters--the THUMS Islands in Long Beach, CA.

Watch the video above to relive my experience at THUMS where in 2008, 10.9 million barrels of oil were produced along with 4.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas. And even with all of the energy production occurring here, the location keeps the appearance of a resort community or high-end condominium complex, making it really unique.

For more on my trip, listen to the THUMS episode of Energy Tomorrow Radio and read the following blog posts:


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.