Baldwin Hills Oil Field & Community Advisory Panel
Between 2006 – 2008 CHC led efforts to mobilize residents (Greater Baldwins Hills Alliance) surrounding the Baldwin Hills Oil Field to bring attention to the need for a Community Standards District (CSD) to counter the uncontrolled emissions of noxious gases that caused residents to flee their homes. The final plan had a number of welcomed provisions such as the establishment of a Community Advisory Panel (CAP).
Key concerns remained and CHC joined community groups and individuals in one of four lawsuits against Los Angeles County since the Board certified the CSD. In July 2011, an agreement was reached by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors that strengthened health and safety protections for households living near drilling operations.
Today, as a member of the CAP, CHC along with a health workgroup is working with the LA County Department of Public Health to inform the design and implementation of a Health Assessment and Environmental Justice Study as required by the original Settlement Agreement.
For More Information:
- Baldwin Hills CSD Website: http://planning.lacounty.gov/baldwinhills
- CSD summary: http://planning.lacounty.gov/assets/upl/project/bh_csd-summary.pdf
- The Settlement Agreement: http://planning.lacounty.gov/assets/upl/project/bh_settlement-agreement_20110715.pdf