The PXP Oil Subcommittee was formed in 2006 after the release of noxious gasses by a PXP (Plains Exploration & Production Co.) owned oil well on the adjacent Baldwin Hills Oil Fields. The ensuing evacuations prompted a call to action, both from an investigatory capacity and from the desire to make sure that our quality of life wasn’t being adversely affected.
The EIR was commissioned by Los Angeles County under the helm of County Supervisor Yvonne Burke and her assistant chief-of-staff Mike Bohlke. It was released on July 19th, 2008, after repeated delays (original release date was late Fall 2007!).
Since the release of the noxious gasses (that forced several homeowners to flee), much information has come to light that highlights the power and connectedness of this oil company. We are continually filing freedom-of-information-act requests for documentation that otherwise would remain out of sight — we’ve filed no less than 9 so far as of July, 2008! In the process, we’ve even found documentation that deliberately tried to exclude not just the CCNA but all of Culver City from the proceedings.
- The Culver City News has run many fine articles about this process, including ones about the EIR and the CSD, about PXP and the Baldwin Hills Oil Fields.
- The Community Health Council’s Baldwin Hills Environmental Health Work Group is also a focal point for the neighboring communities to come and work together.
- CEQA (pronounced “see kwah”) is the highest level set of guidelines to which the State must adhere to maintain a high quality environment here in California. They have a good explanation of the EIR process.