PHOTO RELEASE: MAYOR GARCETTI SIGNS DIRECTIVE TO BAN OIL DRILLING IN THE CITY

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LOS ANGELES- Yesterday, Mayor Eric Garcetti was joined by council members, environmental justice activists and community leaders to sign a directive to phase out oil and gas drilling in the city.

“Oil drilling has always been part of our city’s DNA, but today we begin a new chapter: the true beginning of the end of dirty power generation in Los Angeles,” Mayor Eric said. Garcetti. “The climate crisis demands a quick end to our reliance on fossil fuels, and by shutting down our oil wells and lifting workers, we’re putting communities first, helping keep air clean for our families, and bringing us closer to a clean energy future does not depend on dirty oil.

Following the directive passed by City Council last week, the Department of Planning (DCP), with the assistance of the City Attorney, will now draft an ordinance to both prohibit any further mining of oil and gas in the city and to change zoning codes to prohibit ongoing extraction activities. The petroleum administrator will also conduct a wellsite depreciation study, while the city will continue to lead the Just Transition Task Force with LA County to provide a just transition plan for workers.

“This moment is over a decade in the making. Thank you Mayor Garcetti and City Council for working with us and keeping Los Angeles in a leadership position,” the STAND-LA Steering Committee said. “Together, we will end urban oil drilling once and for all and help our communities live in a safe and healthy environment. We look forward to working with various city departments to quickly implement this motion and create the necessary ordinance and programs. »

“I’ve been fighting to end oil drilling in my neighborhood since I was nine years old, and it’s the power of communities like mine that has made this moment possible,” said Nalleli Cobo, co-founder of People Not Pozos. . “I am grateful for the leadership of Mayor Garcetti and the City Council whose action is paving the way for a healthier future for all of Los Angeles.”

Since taking office, Mayor Garcetti has put Los Angeles on a path to shutting down oil and gas production and better managing current production. In 2016, Mayor Garcetti reinstated the Office of Oil and Natural Gas Administration and Safety for the first time in nearly three decades. The mayor also accelerated progress on Operation Clean Up Green Up, advanced a series of air quality monitoring programs and helped improve inspection protocols for industrial facilities.

During his tenure, Mayor Garcetti led the city in pursuing the nation’s most ambitious clean energy program. Since 2013, the share of LA’s electricity from renewable sources has doubled to 40% from just 20% in 2013, exceeding the state’s current goal. The mayor has taken bold steps to reduce the city’s dependence on dirty energy sources, from completely phasing out coal power by 2025 to building the largest public electric vehicle charging network of any the cities of the country. LA has reduced greenhouse gas emissions from its electric grid by 59% between 1990 and 2020 and, during the mayor’s term, has secured its position as the leading solar city in the United States for seven of the past eight years.

Mayor Garcetti also pushed Metro and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to create and accelerate some of the nation’s most ambitious sustainability goals, including a commitment to fully electrify Metro’s bus fleet by 2030 and LADOT’s fleet by 2028. In response to this bold goal, LADOT has placed the largest electric bus order in US history with 155 buses in total, and Metro has now ordered 145 electric buses.

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Jack C. Nugent