Culver City groups settle suit with oil company, L.A. County

July 7, 2011Media Mention
Los Angeles Times

Inglewood Oil Field in Culver City will have fewer wells and tighter regulations after Culver City environmental and community groups settled a suit against Plains Exploration & Production and Los Angeles County.

The Texas-based oil company will reduce the number of new wells in the field from 600 to 500 through 2028 and has agreed to additional air quality monitoring, noise limits and improved landscaping.

"Those who live near the oil field will see fewer wells, hear less noise from drilling and have in place stronger air quality protection than exist today," said L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, whose district includes the field. The deal came after more than a year of negotiation, said David E. Cranston, an attorney representing Culver City. The accord will benefit the community and PXP, which was not forced to abandon drilling, he said.