Los Angeles has decided to phase out and ban gas and oil production.
Home of the stars and one of America’s largest urban oil fields, Los Angeles has come down on the side of the environmetalists in the time of climate change.
The energy companies are predictably not happy that their polluting and profit generating spigot is being turned off. Good riddance. Los Angeles will be the better for it.
Excerpted from The Gleaner – Jamaica 9.29.2021
Supervisors of California’s Los Angeles County voted unanimously recently to phase out oil and gas drilling and ban new drill sites in the unincorporated areas of the nation’s most populous county.
Over 1,600 active and idle oil and gas wells in the county could be shuttered after the 5-0 vote by the board of supervisors. A timetable for the phaseout will be decided after the county determines the fastest way to legally shut down the wells.
Among the sites is the Inglewood Oil Field, one of the largest US urban oil fields. The sprawling, 1,000-acre (405-hectare) site, owned and operated by Sentinel Peak Resources, contains over half the oil and gas wells in the county’s unincorporated areas. The field produced 2.5 million to 3.1 million barrels of oil a year over the past decade, according to the company.
“The goal is to provide direction to county departments to begin addressing the variety of issues, environmental and climate impacts created by these active and inactive oil and gas wells,” said Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, who represents the district where most of the Inglewood Oil Field is located.
Mitchell, along with Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, made the motion to phase out drilling in the county’s unincorporated areas.
The California Independent Petroleum Association, representing nearly 400 oil and gas industry entities, opposed the measure. In a letter to the board, CEO Rock Zierman said a phaseout of oil and gas production would threaten hundreds of jobs, raise gas prices and make California more dependent on oil from foreign countries.