City of Carson changes mind on new oil drilling ban

City of Carson changes mind on new oil drilling ban

Los Angeles Times | May 01, 2014 | by Christine Mai-Duc

The move captured the attention of environmentalists and labor unions statewide, and even that of Gov. Jerry Brown, who called the city’s mayor to discuss the moratorium at length before the vote to let the moratorium expire. During a meeting this week, supporters of the drilling project — many of them union members with T-shirts and signs that read “Jobs for Carson” and “Oppose the Ban” — turned out in force, arguing that jobs were on the line. “My daughter went to Carson High … and I want her to have the opportunity to have a job,” said David McHugh, who works as a safety officer on drilling rigs. “I’ve raised kids, I bought a house … and I did it with the money that I earned in the oil business.” A 2011 report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. estimated that the Occidental drilling project could bring in as much as $8 million in state and local tax revenues and produce over the life of the project more than 330 jobs. A spokesman for the company said at least half of those jobs would be based in the Los Angeles region. A Carson economic development manager said that in addition, the city could negotiate a fee that could bring millions more dollars during the life of the project.

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