Los Angeles, a metropolis studded with hundreds of active oil and gas wells, is supposed to have someone who handles a long list of duties tied to petroleum, according to city codes.
Yet for decades, no one has held the job full time.
That vacuum has troubled some environmental and neighborhood activists, who argue that without an active, involved petroleum administrator, the slew of government agencies involved in regulating oil and gas have failed to coordinate to protect neighbors.
Now the head of the City Council says that has to change and is calling for the city to immediately hire a full-time expert.
“This is something that we don’t have,...