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Yesterday, more than 100 residents from across South Los Angeles attended a City Hall hearing to argue that an environmental impact report is necessary before the city decides whether or not to allow oil and gas company Freeport-McMoRan to drill three oil wells at its Jefferson site. Community members who oppose the drilling contend that noxious fumes, loud noises, heavy truck traffic and the corrosive acids from the project would harm the surrounding community. (Los Angeles Times, My News LA)
Neighbors push back against drilling plan at South L.A. site
Los Angeles Times
Neighbors are pressing for an environmental study of oil drilling at a South Los Angeles location close to homes, arguing that the city should scrutinize fumes, noise and chemical usage before deciding whether to let the company drill wells at the site.
Public Weighs In On West Adams Oil-Drilling Site
City officials listened to the pros and cons of oil drilling in the West Adams District of South Los Angeles at City Hall on Tuesday. The site’s current owner, oil company Freeport-McMoRan, is seeking zoning approval to drill one new well and re-drill two old wells to extract crude oil from a field at Jefferson Boulevard and Budlong Avenue, first operated in the 1960s.
Zoning officer puts off decision on urban oil field in South Los Angeles
My News LA
A city zoning officer put off a decision on allowing a South Los Angeles oil drilling project after hearing more than two hours of testimony from dozens of residents calling for a formal environmental review of the plan.
San Benito County Supervisor Rivas: Courts will uphold Measure J
San Benito County voters passed Measure J and the November election is over, but “Yes On J” supporters are not done campaigning.
San Jose council member urges rejection of Central California refinery’s crude-by-rail project
San Jose Mercury News
As the deadline arrived for comments to an environmental report on a Central California crude-by-rail project, a San Jose City councilman got the early jump, announcing his opposition in a news release Monday afternoon.
Residents Plan to Oppose Expanded Drilling at Jefferson-Budlong Site at Zoning Hearing Today
Over the course of a lengthy conversation yesterday, Rizgar Ghazi, head of permitting at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), explained that part of the delay on the decision regarding embattled lead-acid battery recycler Exide’s petition for a formal operating permit was that Exide had to first draft an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
Gov’t Data Sharpens Focus on Crude-Oil Train Routes
The oil boom underway in North Dakota has delivered jobs to local economies and helped bring the United States to the brink of being a net energy exporter for the first time in generations.
O’Malley says he is ready to allow ‘fracking’ in Western Maryland, with strict safeguards
Outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley says he is ready to allow drilling for natural gas in Western Maryland, but only if energy companies adhere to some of the most restrictive public health and environmental safeguards in the country.