Phasing Out Oil Wells Close To Our California Communities Has Nothing To Do With Gas Prices and Everything To Do With Public Health

  • Posted on 22 June 2023
  • By Firoza Jhabvala, Sierra Club Defense Setback Team
For many years I didn’t know that I lived near so many oil wells in my dense Los Angeles neighborhood. That office building about ¼ mile from me?  It’s a façade for a recently closed oil and gas extraction site. The building that looks like a synagogue? No one goes there to pray. It’s a front for another inactive oil well. 
 

Los Angeles County Phases Out Oil Drilling

  • Posted on 31 January 2023
  • By Nicole Levin, Beyond Dirty Fuels Campaign Organizer

STAND LA Coalition members attend press conference with LA County Supervisor Holly Mitchell's office to celebrate the historic victory

STAND LA Coalition members attend press conference with LA County Supervisor Holly Mitchell's office to celebrate the historic victory

Big Oil wants to be your neighbor, take action to make them a good neighbor

  • Posted on 5 December 2022
  • By Angeles Chapter Communications
Living in Southern California means having oil drilling somewhere nearby. It has been this way for almost 100 years. Just look at historic photos of communities like Huntington Beach and there are forests of oil derricks. Big Oil likes being your neighbor, and as a California resident, you just had to live with this fact until a newly passed law. The law suggests that Oil and Gas interests have been a bad neighbor. Apparently, they have been a bad neighbor to enough Californians to get a law put on the books to kick them out and keep them out starting next month.
 

From the Ground: How Our Volunteers in Culver City Took on Big Oil

  • Posted on 5 December 2022
  • By Nicole Levin, Beyond Dirty Fuels Campaign Organizer
Culver City, a little city with just a little under 40,000 people – has set a historic precedent for the wider Los Angeles area. As of this November, Culver City voted 4-0 to move forward with a settlement framework with Sentinel Peak Resources that would begin the process of phasing out – and cleaning up – existing oil wells by the end of 2029. 
 

Sierra Club Co-Sponsors Earth Day Panel at Pan African Film Festival in Baldwin Hills

  • Posted on 2 May 2022
  • By Angeles Chapter Updates
What were you up to on Earth Day weekend? Sierra Club staff and volunteers kicked off the festivities Friday, co-sponsoring an Earth Day Panel with Natural Resources Defense Council about the Inglewood Oil Field and our work to phase it out at the 30th Annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF).
 
PAFF is the largest Black film festival in the country and is held at the Crenshaw Mall in Baldwin Hills, right next to the Inglewood Oil Field—the largest urban oil field in the country. 
 

LA Passes Motion to Begin Process of Phasing Out Oil Drilling City Wide

  • Posted on 26 January 2022
  • By Angeles Chapter Updates
The Los Angeles City Council voted yesterday (1/26) 14-0 to pass a motion to begin the process of phasing out oil drilling citywide and provide a just transition to impacted workers. There is still work to do to ensure the phase-out and clean-up, but the vote today was historic and came after over a decade of community organizing. 
 
STANDLA, a coalition of frontline communities impacted by oil drilling, led this work, and Sierra Club proudly supported it. 
 

Say it again: No Drilling Where We’re Living!

  • Posted on 21 September 2021
  • By Jonathan Howard

Inglewood Oil Field, one of the largest urban oil fields in the country, with city of Santa Monica and Malibu coastline in the background. By Peter Bennett

Inglewood Oil Field, one of the largest urban oil fields in the country, with city of Santa Monica and Malibu coastline in the background. by Peter Bennett

Culver City is Phasing Out And Cleaning Up Oil Wells -- and That’s a Big Deal

  • Posted on 30 June 2021
  • By Nicole Levin, Campaign Representative, Beyond Dirty Fuels Campaign
Earlier this month, Culver City voted to phase out and clean up oil wells within the city’s borders by July 28, 2026. This vote is historic on multiple levels -- for starters, Culver City is one of the first cities in recent history to phase out existing oil production. The process, which included a study to inform the timeline to phase-out oil drilling, creates a pathway for the city and county of Los Angeles to follow. 
 

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