Carson Passes "Toughest Regulations in the State" on Oil Extraction
Carson, a city often in headlines for the wrong reasons, has squared off against the oil industry and passed new regs the Daily News is calling the "toughest in the state." In addition to a fracking ban, something the city rejected just last year, the council passed an ordinance that includes larger setbacks and creates a new city position to oversee extraction operations in the city. From the Daily News:
The proposed ordinance makes an about-face from existing policy on oil and gas production that is largely hands-off. It introduces tight regulations on every detail of such operations, from landscaping to safety plans to air-quality monitoring. City staff partnered with Marine Research Specialists to develop the new rules. It establishes a petroleum administrator position to oversee industry operations and ensure their compliance.
Recent plans to expand drilling in the city were dropped earlier this year by CA Resources Corporation, a spinoff of Occidental Petroleum. The company noted at the time the falling price of oil, but Carson has been a target of environmental activists in recent years as it is home to both drilling and refining projects.
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