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BALDWIN HILLS OIL COMMUNITY STANDARDS DISTRICT (ZONING ORDINANCE)

NEWSLETTER SPRING 2008

The Greater Baldwin Hills Alliance has released a draft Community Standards District – which is really a proposed zoning ordinance – concerning the Baldwin Hills community and park. The County has issued a draft environmental impact report (DEIR) evaluating the oil company’s own CSD. Ours is better.

The two-square-mile Baldwin Hills Oil Field is the last large-scale undeveloped open space in South and West Los Angeles. The Oil Field has operated since 1924 without community oversight or an EIR to assess its impact on community health and safety. Now, the oil field operator, Plains Exploration and Production Company (PXP), proposes to expand operations and drill 1,000 new wells.

Our recommendations include—

– Eliminate potential health risks and environmental impacts associated with the oil field operation through consolidation
– Contain enforceable environmental and health protections including monitoring sanctions and penalties
– Provide for the clean up and eventual transition of the land to parkland consistent with the Baldwin Hills Park Master Plan
– Support residential living, open space, recreation, schools, critical habitats and improve the current aesthetics of the oil field
– Establish oversight from a multi-sector advisory committee including residents.

Neighborhood groups, homeowners’ associations and community-based organizations compose the Greater Baldwin Hills Alliance, which represents more than 50,000 households. The Alliance was convened by Community Health Councils and The City Project with technical support from the UCLA Department of Public Health to ensure community participation in the EIR/CSD development process. The Alliance is working to guarantee that drilling practices are compatible with the health and well being of its communities and with long-range conservation and environmental goals.

Visit www.greaterbaldwinhillsalliance.org to learn more about our work in the Baldwin Hills.