Culver City releases study that supports its authority to phase out neighborhood oil drilling

by Gabby Brown, Sierra Club


Highlights

  • Culver City’s city council released a new report today indicating that the city would have the authority to phase out oil drilling within the next year 
  • Local communities have voiced concern about the negative health impacts of neighborhood drilling, which exposes nearby residents to toxic chemicals and puts them at risk of respiratory illnesses, cancer, nervous system damage, and other health effects
  • The study could be used by the city as the legal basis for phasing out oil wells by January 2021
  • The Inglewood Oil Field surface boundary covers approximately 1,000 acres of land in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles County and represents one of the largest contiguous urban oil fields in the United States and has been in operation since 1925

As we transition to a clean energy economy in California and globally, we must ensure that it is a just transition and that workers and communities dependent on fossil fuel industries are included in a new clean energy economy. 


Read more: https://www.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2020/05/culver-city-releases-study-supports-its-authority-phase-out-neighborhood-oil

Nina Turner
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