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Neighbors push back against drilling plan at South L.A. site
Neighbors push back against drilling plan at South L.A. site

Neighbors are pressing for an environmental study of oil drilling at a South Los Angeles location close to homes, arguing that the city should scrutinize fumes, noise and chemical usage before deciding whether to let the company drill wells at the site. The Freeport-McMoRan petroleum company wants to drill a new well and redrill two existing ones at the Jefferson Boulevard site, located west of USC. The site is ringed by a wall, but nearby buildings overlook the drilling operations. The company argues that no study of the project is needed under the California Environmental Quality Act. In a written statement, Freeport-McMoRan spokesman Eric Kinneberg said the project is “minimal...

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