County supervisor pushes reconsideration of rules near Inglewood Oil Field

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People who live near the Inglewood Oil field in southwest Los Angeles are once again seeking new rules to limit the impacts of drilling on nearby neighborhoods. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

Last year, the LA County supervisors approved community standards for the Baldwin Hills district. Some were meant to help surrounding areas keep tabs on drilling’s noise and air pollution. Others regulate how the oil field land can be used. Even as those standards passed, some residents vowed to sue.

Now supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas has introduced a measure to reconsider them. Baldwin Hills and Culver City residents have objected to the number of new wells allowed.

The measure that goes before the board of supervisors next week will look into lowering the number of new wells. It would direct county planners to reconsider controls on abandoned wells and an end date to drilling.

Ridley Thomas says ongoing community concerns about oil operations in Baldwin Hills make a new study about oil drilling impacts a good idea.