The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 15 unanimously approved two motions led by Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, 2nd District, that sets the county on the path to becoming the first in the nation to ban existing oil drilling, while transitioning fossil fuel workers to careers in clean energy and other climate-friendly industries.
Tens of thousands of county residents live in close proximity to an oil well, and nearly 73% of those residents are people of color, according to Mitchell’s office. There are approximately 1,600 active and idle oil wells in L.A. County. More than half of those wells are within the Inglewood Oil Field, making it the largest urban oil field in the nation.
“We have an opportunity and responsibility as the home of the largest urban oil field in the nation to lead by example in creating an equitable path for phasing out oil drilling. Collectively, the motions that passed today center the needs of the communities and workers most impacted by oil drilling and build on L.A. County’s momentum in fighting climate change and sunsetting oil and gas operations,” Mitchell said.
The motion aims to update the Department of Regional Planning’s Draft Oil Well ordinance for unincorporated L.A. County to prohibit all new oil and gas extraction wells in all zones and would designate all existing oil and gas extraction activities as nonconforming uses in all zones. It also requests a report back from DRP in 120 days on the financial cost to phasing out oil operations with actionable steps the county can take.
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