LA Bans New Oil Well, Phases Out Existing Ones

The Los Angeles City Council has voted unanimously to immediately ban new oil and gas extraction and requires all such existing operations to halt production within 20 years, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Council President Paul Krekorian described the ordinance as a “monumental step” in the history of the city and its relationship with oil, stating that it “may be the most important step towards environmental justice that this council has taken in recent memory.” 

Los Angeles, which was built by a once-booming petroleum industry, currently has 26 oil and gas fields with more than 5,000 wells, some of which are idle, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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