From The City of Culver City:
This is a courtesy notification that the California State Department of Conservation will host a workshop to discuss the practice of hydraulic fracturing for production stimulation, commonly called fracking, in the Culver City City Council Chambers (9770 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232) from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. This workshop is one of several being conducted as part of a comprehensive information-gathering process aimed at the development of regulations governing hydraulic fracturing.
The workshop will begin with an overview of oil and gas production in California, including discussion of California’s geologic formations where oil and natural gas are found. Existing well construction requirements and what those regulations protect against will follow. The overview presentation will also focus on technical, non-policy aspects of hydraulic fracturing. Following this overview, the Department will welcome public comment.
These workshops are intended as an information gathering exercise to advise the Department about specific public concerns regulations could address.
More information can be found at:
Save the Date: Tuesday June 12, 2012, City Hall, Culver City
The State of California, Department of Conservation, of which the Division of Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) is a branch, will be conducting a listening tour in seven cities throughout the state. They are being “conducted as part of a comprehensive information gathering process aimed at the development of regulations governing hydraulic fracturing.” One of these will be in Culver City on June 12th, 2012, at City Hall.
Each workshop will begin with an overview of oil and gas production in California, including discussion of California’s geologic formations where oil and natural gas are found. Following this overview, the Department will welcome public comment. These workshops are intended as an information gathering exercise to advise the Department about specific public concerns regulations could address. More at Hydraulic Fracturing Workshops
Given that the listening tour may be only two hours, and that if its style replicates the recent CAP meeting on fracking, a good portion of the time will NOT be spent on listening to our concerns. To help prepare eceryone to maximize time for public input at the June 12th, 2012 event, Dr. Suzanne De Benedittis will be hosting a preparatory educational event. Contact her at MakeCCsafe@gmail.com for more information.
Part of the PXP Oil CSD is a provision to improve the landscaping of the oil fields. The Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning recently requested comments on the landscaping plan. The CCNA (of course) sent in some comments, which are in the pdf below.
6-8 Landscape Plan Letter
The County Board of Supervisors has set its agenda for the upcoming meeting next Tuesday, October 21, 2008. We are item #58. This is the meeting at which they will consider (and most likely ratify as-is unless we show up en masse) the currently flawed CSD.
Hearing on amendment to the County Code, Title 22 – Planning and Zoning, to establish the Baldwin Hills Community Standards District (CSD) to establish new development standards and operating procedures for oil and gas production operations in the unincorporated portion of the Inglewood Oil Field (2); and find that the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) has been completed in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and reflects the independent judgment of the Board as to the environmental consequences of the proposed CSD, that the mitigation measures identified in the FEIR are the only feasible mitigation measures and find that the remaining, unavoidable environmental effects associated with potential future oil production operations at the Inglewood Oil Field have been reduced to an acceptable level and are outweighed by specific health and safety, economic, social and environmental benefits of the CSD as stated in the Environmental Findings of Fact and Statement of Overriding Considerations, and approve and adopt the Environmental Findings of Fact and Statement of Overriding Considerations. (Regional Planning) (08-2219)
There is also a supporting document (200+ pages) that goes with this agenda item.
The FINAL public hearing regarding the CSD for oil drilling in the Baldwin Hills is going to be held on Tuesday October 21, 2008, at 9:00am, downtown at the Board of Supervisors Auditorium, 500 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90012.
County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke has indicated that she will put forth the motion to approve the CSD as-is, despite that it is flawed due to being rushed through the system. She would rather have this go into law — a weak CSD that fails to address key provisions — than insist that the CSD + EIR process be done correctly and done well.
Here is the flyer that is being circulated. As well, we have taken out small ads in our two Culver City newspapers. It is critical that you attend this hearing. With your help — but really, mostly with your presence — we can influence the County Board of Supervisors to extend this process and do it right.
With the help of the City of Culver City, we have arranged for park+ride busses to take us downtown so that we do not need to drive ourselves and then deal with parking. Be part of history, make your voice heard!
Despite a huge meeting with the authors of the EIR, none of our comments (“our” here means Culver Crest via the Greater Baldwin Hills Alliance) made it into the CSD. Thus, here is our response to that hastily crafted Revision 2 of the CSD by the L.A. Department of Regional Planning. Attached here are responses by CCNA board advisors Ken Kutcher and John Kuechle. As well, there is a “redline” document, which very clearly shows what our changes are/would be vs. the original.
The Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning released their revised Community Standards District (CSD) document. Public comment is seemingly not solicited, as there is a cover letter that recommends it be adopted by the Planning Commission.