Los Angeles to ban oil and gas drilling
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Los Angele County has backed a ban on new gas and oil well drilling installations and the shutdown of active rigs. About 1,600 wells are to be phased out under the ruling, but officials have yet to indicate the date when it is to take effect.

    The California independent Petroleum Association opposed the measure, saying that the ruling by the county’s Board of Supervisors would lead to hundreds of job losses, higher petrol prices and increased dependence for California on imported oil.

   The state now imports about 70 % of its oil. Itis the largest U.S. consumer of aviation fuel and petrol with shares respectively of 17 and 11 % according to pre-Covid figures from 2019. As of the beginning of last year, the state was home to one-third of the country’s oil refining capacity.

    “The goal is to provide direction to county departments to begin addressing the variety of issues environmental and climate impacts created by these active and inactive oil and gas wells,” said Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, who represents the district where most of the Inglewood Oil Field is located.

    The oilfield is one of the largest in the United States to be located in a city district, occupying an area of more than 400 hectares and producing from 2.5 to 3.1 million barrels of oil per year. A leak of about 6,000 tonnes occurred here in a pipeline last April.

    Oil has been produced in Los Angeles since the late 1890s.

   California has now become one of the most committed states to decarbonisation. From 2035, sales of petrol cars will be banned and from 2023 all new houses are to be equipped with solar panels. The state has declared its intention to transition entirely to renewables.

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