This map shows the part of the Inglewood oil field that lies within Culver City, close to several neighborhoods. (Baker & O’Brien, Inc.) Please listen to the story HERE. February 22, 2021 By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service – CA CULVER CITY, Calif. — State lawmakers proposed a bill, Senate Bill 467, to ban fracking last week, but one city, Culver […]
The city hosts 10% of the Inglewood oil field, which has been drilling for about 100 years.
Meghan Sahli-Wells, California state director for Elected Officials to Protect America and former mayor of Culver City, said neighbors are troubled by reports of miscarriages and cancer diagnoses in parts of the city.
“Cancer over cancer over cancer in the communities that are closest to the oil field,” Sahli-Wells asserted. “We have a ton of anecdotal stories of people in our community who look at the pollution that’s happening at the oil field site as the culprit.”
At a council meeting, mineral rights owners called the plan an unconstitutional violation of their property rights.
The city council commissioned a study, which showed the current operator will recoup their investment by this year.
Sahli-Wells contended to fight climate change, we must keep fossil fuels in the ground, so the city runs on renewables.
“Not just in our energy but in our transportation and our housing policy, in our waste management,” Sahli-Wells argued. “We’re really trying to model what we would like to see statewide and internationally.”