Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to set up a strike team of fire, public health and planning officials to look at the safety of oil and gas fields in unincorporated county areas.
The action was prompted by the recent four-month
The county's unincorporated areas have 1,687 oil and gas wells. More than half are in the Inglewood Oil Field in the Baldwin Hills area, overseen by the Baldwin Hills Community Standards District.
The strike team will focus on the wells outside that district. The sites will be surveyed for potential safety issues and compliance with permitting requirements. The team is to report back twice a year to recommend any regulatory or legal actions the board should take.
The county team also could work with cities that have oil or gas operations within their borders to monitor them -- the supervisors specifically mentioned oil extraction facilities operating in Montebello and proposed in Whittier.
Supervisors said the team might be expanded to look at other industrial facilities, like the now-closed Exide battery plant in Vernon, and at pipelines.
They also asked staff to update zoning codes so that future oil and gas facilities would be required to go through more review before opening.
At the request of Supervisor