LA County planners to rethink rules around Inglewood Oil Field

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Los Angeles County planners will consider tightening rules at the Inglewood Oil field to address neighbors' concerns about the effects of drilling nearby. KPCC's Molly Peterson has the story.

The standards LA County supervisors approved last year were meant to minimize and to monitor the noise and air pollution related to drilling near the South Los Angeles neighborhood of Baldwin Hills.

The area's former supervisor, Yvonne Burke, guided those rules. She'd sought consensus with the company operating in the oil field, Plains Exploration.

Still, some homeowners sought legal challenges and argued that the rules happened without enough public comment.

Burke's successor, supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, sponsored this new effort to rethink the rules. The measure as passed directs LA County to re-open the planning process.

Planners and consultants will reconsider eight topics, including the number of new wells allowed each year, controls on abandoned wells, and how best to study health effects of drilling-related pollution.