In 2022, Council Member Krekorian’s historic motion to make oil and gas production a citywide “non-compliant” land use and ban all new oil and gas drilling is expected to be passed by all. advice.
Today, there are more than 5,000 active or idle oil wells in the city of Los Angeles. Air emissions and soil contamination from these facilities have long posed a serious health hazard to surrounding neighborhoods. Communities of color suffer disproportionately from these harms, including higher rates of asthma, emphysema, and other heart and lung disorders.
In the city’s most recent budget, council member Krekorian assured that the city would have staff to oversee the phasing out of fossil fuel producers and the safe closure of existing wells. The city is also participating in a task force with the county that will help displaced workers transition to good jobs in other industries.
Last year, following Krekorian’s motion, the County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to ban new fossil fuel drilling in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Soon, the Los Angeles City Council will have the opportunity to dramatically accelerate the transition to a cleaner, healthier and more efficient energy economy for our entire region.