The Los Angeles Metropolis Council on Wednesday took steps supposed to section out oil drilling within the metropolis, transferring to deal with the legacy of of environmental and well being issues attributable to an trade that helped create trendy Southern California.
The council voted unanimously to help a ban on any new oil wells and ordered a research that’s supposed to assist metropolis officers decide how one can section out current wells within the subsequent 20 years.
“Oil drilling in Los Angeles may need made sense within the early a part of the twentieth century, nevertheless it certain doesn’t make quite a lot of sense now that we’ve develop into a megalopolis firstly of the twenty first century,” mentioned Councilman Paul Krekorian, who chairs town’s price range committee.
Underneath the movement authorized Wednesday, town will conduct an amortization research to grasp whether or not oil firms have recouped the worth of their investments at every oil web site.
If firms have recouped these prices, metropolis officers say it’s going to make it simpler for town to close down the websites.
Rock Zierman, chief government of the California Impartial Petroleum Assn., mentioned in a press release that “shutting down home vitality manufacturing not solely places Californians out of labor and reduces taxes that pay for very important companies, nevertheless it makes us extra depending on imported international oil from Saudi Arabia and Iraq that’s tankered into L.A.’s crowded port.”
Crude that’s produced in California complies with state environmental legal guidelines, whereas imports are exempt, Zierman added.
“Additional, taking somebody’s property with out compensation … violates the U.S. Structure’s fifth Modification in opposition to unlawful search and seizure,” Zierman mentioned.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors final 12 months took similar steps to section out oil manufacturing in unincorporated areas.