Oil Drilling Next to LA School

Is Drilling Next to a School Wrong in Los Angeles?

Oil and natural gas production equipment is seen in a yard on Washington Boulevard across from the Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Studies in the Arlington Heights neighborhood in L.A.

Hoping to force an oil company to plug more than a dozen wells that had been sitting idle next to a Washington Boulevard school, local residents urged the Los Angeles Fire Department to take action. They pointed to a rarely used section of city code that empowered the fire chief to demand that the company either restart or abandon idle wells. The Fire Department then made that demand. But instead of plugging the wells, the oil company says it has reactivated them to satisfy the city demands, restoring the flow of natural gas across the street from an Arlington Heights environmental studies academy named for Rachel Carson and Al Gore.  Read more