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Inglewood Oil Field neighbors get more protections, fewer wells with settlement

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A new legal agreement has settled a long-simmering fight among community groups, Los Angeles County and an oil company over exploration at the Inglewood Oil Field.

L.A. County officials passed a set of rules four years ago to govern environmental and other neighborhood concerns over Plains Exploration's drilling.

The county insisted that the rules were strict enough, but people in Culver City, Windsor Hills and Baldwin Hills weren't convinced. They sued to challenge the rules more than two-and-a-half years ago.

The new deal between public officials, community groups and Plains Exploration reduces the number of wells Plains can operate from 600 to 500. It includes more air quality monitoring, tighter noise limits and better landscaping around the fenceline.

County officials, with the help of the company and the community groups, will also scrutinize health and environmental justice issues around the site on a recurring basis.

L.A. County supervisors have approved the settlement. It takes effect immediately.