The Los Angeles County Board has implemented its first step towards cutting down oil/petroleum production across unincorporated areas. The un-governed regions include Inglewood Oil Field. The environment-favoring move is seen as a historic step by the environmental justice advocates.
The L.A. County’s Board of Supervisors unanimously voted in favor of banning the new oil well. The board agreed upon evaluating the status of existing wells and, in the meantime changing their zone to nonconforming. L.A. County’s residents have witnessed the adverse implications of excessive oil drilling. The impact of these activities has fallen unreasonably on people of color.
The Inglewood Oil Field is one of the biggest adjoining urban oil fields in the U.S. the field has reported an average of 2.5 to 3.1 million barrels annually for the last decade. The surrounding community consists of 71% Black and 17% Latino.In addition to the equity issue, which is also being addressed, a major challenge that is a mutual concern is oil and gas drilling. Extensive drilling of crude oil and petroleum adversely affects the environment, according to Mitchell.