From the City Manger’s bi-weekly email:
South Coast Air Quality Management Board Hearing (SCAQMD) on Reporting Requirements for Oil and Gas Wells and Chemical Suppliers – On April 5, 2013, Council Member Meghan Sahli-Wells made a statement before the SCAQMD Board in support of adoption of SCAQMD Rule 1148.2 “Notification and Reporting Requirements for Oil and Gas Wells and Chemical Suppliers”. The Rule establishes reporting requirements for owners and operators of onshore oil and gas wells, when conducting oil well drilling and production stimulation activities, such as hydraulic fracturing, gravel packing and/or acidizing. Emissions and chemical reporting requirements are also included. Council Member Sahli- Wells stated that the City is greatly concerned about impacts which may occur as a result of oil operations and hydraulic fracturing in the Inglewood Oil Field located within and adjacent to Culver City and surrounding communities. She supported the Rule as a first step towards collecting vital emissions and chemical information to better understand potential related air quality and health impacts, while urging the Board to make certain there are adequate financial resources to enforce the reporting and monitoring. In addition, the Council Member asked that the Board take the next step following collection of this information, which will be to impose stringent air quality regulations on oil operations, in order to protect the public health.
We who live in the Crest are among the most vulnerable to illnesses from PXP’s emissions, even more so now that PXP is owned by a notoriously reckless international mining company.
I for one have found it a useless exercise to call SCAQMD/the State Air Quality Inspectors to report odors & then have a someone come from Diamond Bar about 2 hours later (when the noxious smells are gone) to report he could not detect any odor as he sniffed around.
Let’s send Council Member Sahli-Wells our expression of gratitude for speaking on behalf of more stringent & truly enforceable Air Qualtiy Regulations!
—– Suzanne De Benedittis