On Friday, February 28, the Los Angeles City Council voted to take the first steps toward establishing a moratorium on fracking and unconventional well stimulation in Los Angeles!
PSR-LA was there to support this effort. You can see the recording of the Council vote here—including Council Member Mike Bonin thanking PSR-LA for our work on this important issue. (Click on item 13 to go right to the discussion on this agenda item.)
While this is a very important vote, much more work remains to be done. The Council’s vote was to have the City Attorney and the Planning Department work together to development regulatory controls as well as to:
prepare and present an ordinance to change the zoning code to prohibit all activity associated with well stimulation, including, but not limited to, hydraulic fracturing, gravel packing, and acidizing, or any combination thereof, and the use of waste disposal injection wells in the City of Los Angeles, with such a prohibition to remain effective until measures are met as detailed in [the] Motion. [link to motion]
PSR-LA intends to remain deeply engaged in the work of protecting the health of Angelenos from these oil extraction methods. We urge all health professionals to work with us to advance this important policy; click here to join our Health Ambassadors program.