… then this message is for you.
August 2 is D-day!
This is the day on which we decide to go to the beach, or show up at noon at West L.A. College’s Theatre to speak to L.A. County Regional Planning Commissioners to let them know that we do not want PXP Oil Company to turn Culver City into a Cancer Zone. We must show that we are a force to be heard and to not just let PXP bowl over the County with its proposed plan.
PXP, the oil company operating in the Baldwin Hills oil fields, is proposing to drill an additional 1000 wells and continue to operation the current 436, plus reactivate a good portion of the 600 dormant wells on their property. Do you want 2,000 wells pumping 24/7 in our “backyards”?
The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and regulations PXP is proposing would make it legal to drill with 500 feet from your home, hospital, health or educational facility. It contends that it is okay to drill within 50 feet of an active earthquake fault zone. If there is an escape of toxic fumes (which has occurred in the past), it could encompass most if not all of Culver City. PXP’s current operating standards are for the most part antiquated yet there has been little or no testing of many of their practices. They are too numerous to list here but we are challenging them all. Please visit our website at www.culvercrest.org for more information on this issue.
More startling, if this EIR is approved by the County, it sets PXP’s operating standards for the next 20 years. We would be powerless to make any adjustments short of a disaster, at which time it would be too late.
Is this what you want to expose yourself, your children and family to? If not, it is urgent that all of us attend the noon on Saturday, August 2nd meeting at WLAC and bring all of your concerned neighbors!
We must speak up now!
There will be signs directing you to the auditorium once you’re on campus.
Thanking you in advance for your participation.
The Board of the Culver Crest Neighborhood Association.
An EIR is a study and doesn’t make anything legal but is supposed to properly examine impact of a proposed project on a piece of land to determine if the proposed project should be legal. But, the EIR that has been circulated is examining a CSD (set of proposed regulations)written by PXP. And the lead EIR consultant was also chosen by PXP. But we still don’t know if these proposed regulations (or ANY regulations) are safe for this particular field because the field itself is not being tested and examined. It is akin to doing a study on the rules of ice hockey and working to make the rules of the game safer without examining the ice rink. So, you have safer rules for two teams to play by but what if the ice is not safe to skate on? This is the problem I have with this EIR/CSD. PXP wants the CSD – Why? Because it makes it easier for them, not harder. DOGGR now has to permit each well. With a CSD, this wouldn’t be needed. So, what is the rush to give PXP a CSD of any kind? Make DOGGR do their job, call PXP on their phony bluff (they can’t do whatever they want without a CSD in place – nonsense) and get the study done on the land to determine of even the best regulated oil operation is safe for this particular field and in this urban setting.