In 2022, councilor Krekorian’s landmark proposal to make oil and gas production a “non-compliant” land use throughout the city and ban all new oil and gas drilling is expected to be taken up by the council as a whole.
Today, there are more than 5,000 active or vacant oil wells in Los Angeles City. Atmospheric emissions and soil pollution from these facilities have long posed a serious health hazard to the surrounding neighborhoods. Color communities suffer disproportionately much from these injuries, including higher incidence of asthma, emphysema and other heart and lung diseases.
In the city’s recent budget, councilor Krekorian assured that the city would have staff to oversee the production of fossil fuel producers and ensure the closure of existing wells. The municipality is also participating in a task force with the county to assist displaced workers in the transition to good jobs in other industries.
Last year, following Krekorian’s proposal, the County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously 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.