AllenCo Energy oil drill site in West Adams’ University Park neighborhod.
Closed since September 2013, the company is asking to resume pumping oil.
Note the immediate proximity of residential housing just over the drill site’s back wall.
Hundreds of people were sickened before the operation shut down.
The AllenCo Energy company, whose 21-well urban oil field at 814 W. 23rd Street in the University Park neighborhood just north of USC sickened hundreds of people from uncontrolled fumes, is now pressing to resume drilling operations, shut down since November 2013. This has brought some serious media attention, revealing a shocking systemic failure of both Los Angeles and California state oversight of such urban oil operations.
The states regulatory agency, the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), under pressure for failing to turn in reports for several years, released an audit of its work on October 8, 2015. This revealed that the agency has not conducted its required annual review of "most oil projects" in the Los Angeles area since 2007. The L.A. Times summarized:
"Seventy-eight percent of the projects in the audit did not undergo a required Area of Review. . . . Only five projects had undergone such an analysis in the last five years.
Read more: Drastic Flaws Revealed in City and State Oversight of Urban Oil Drill Sites