The State of California requires operators to maintain production facilities in good working condition and in a manner that prevents leaks and corrosion to preserve public health for nearby residents and on-site personnel. As such there should be explicit language included in the ordinance allowing for maintenance as required by state regulations, including mechanical integrity testing.
Transitioning to a cleaner energy economy is important for everyone, but it needs to be done in a proper way that carefully considers both the end goal and the process. Angelenos deserve sound, well thought out policies that reflect the nuances of the landscape.
Take action now and email the LA City Council to include clarifying language for the purpose of ensuring the safety and wellness for communities neighboring oil and gas drill sites.