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KEEPING BALDWIN HILLS GREEN AND CLEAN FOR ALL GENERATIONS TO COME

NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2008

The City Project is working with Community Health Councils (CHC), UCLA’s Brian Cole, and the Greater Baldwin Hills Alliance (GBHA) to ensure that the Baldwin Hills are clean and green for all for generations to come by engaging, educating, and empowering the community to regulate the oil fields.

There have been active oil wells in the Baldwin Hills for 84 years without any studies of the impact of the oil drilling on human health and the environment. Now, the oil field operator, Plains Exploration and Production Company (PXP), proposes to expand operations and drill 1,000 new wells in the next twenty years – a new well every week.

The GBHA has published its own draft Community Standards District (zoning) as an alternative to the oil company’s proposal. We also submitted public comments on the draft environmental impact report on August 19, 2008. Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas has called this work “the quintessence of citizen empowerment.” More information is available at www.baldwinhillsoil.org and www.greaterbaldwinhillsalliance.org.

This work has also led to The City Project working with Community Health Councils more broadly on park, school, physical activity, and healthy eating issues. For example, we have provided GIS analyses and mapping support for CHC’s forthcoming policy report.

Download the October 24, 2008 Greater Baldwin Hills Alliance demand letter to the County here.

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