The city of Los Angeles is suing to keep an oil production facility near USC closed until the company can guarantee the health and safety of people living nearby.
Oil producer AllenCo voluntarily shut down its oil field in November, after a growing wave of complaints about fumes and health problems attracted the attention of federal, state and local politicians. Environmental Protection Agency officials reported respiratory problems when they visited the site in the fall. Neighbors of the facility have complained of nosebleeds, dizziness and other ailments.
City Atty. Mike Feuer’s complaint, filed Tuesday in Superior Court, aims to keep the facility closed. The city claims AllenCo has failed to maintain fire suppression systems, failed to disclose where it stores hazardous materials on site, and has failed to safeguard water supplies nearby – violating state laws and city rules.
The AllenCo facility is in the largely working-class neighborhood of University Park near Mt. St Mary’s College.
Feuer said that while AllenCo has agreed to shut down, a lawsuit is necessary to protect the public.
A representative of AllenCo did not return a request for comment.