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Petitioning LA County Board of Supervisors Gloria Molina and 5 others

LA Board of Supervisors: Oppose Oil Drilling in Whittier Hills Wildlife Preserve


The mission of the Whittier Hills Oil Watch (WHOW) is to engage Whittier residents in a discussion on the environmental, social, economic and political issues associated with the proposal by Matrix Oil to renew oil drilling and build a processing facility in our hills. 

 

WHOW is firmly opposed to any oil drilling project that would disturb the ecology of our hills including the current proposal to drill and build their facilities on 17.2 acres of land that is a recovering wilderness. 

 

Please join us in our effort to ensure that our hills are protected and that no drilling is allowed in the Whittier Hills.

Letter to
LA County Board of Supervisors Gloria Molina
LA County Board of Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky
LA County Board of Supervisors Mark Ridley Thomas
and 3 others
LA County Board of Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich
LA County Board of Supervisors Don Knabe
Attorney General Kamala Harris
I strongly urge you to continue to OPPOSE efforts to allow oil drilling in the Whittier Hills Habitat Preserve.

MRCA, the taxpayer funded public agency responsible for protecting Whittier's land, has reached a settlement that would allow oil drilling on land that was purchased by taxpayers to be preserved as open space and award the agency of millions in annual royalties. That settlement, and the +25 year future of Whittier, is subject to this County Board's approval.

Whittier Hills Oil Watch fought for more than three years to stop the City of Whittier from drilling on land that was purchased with taxpayer money to be preserved as open space. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant ruled that the lands for oil drilling by the City of Whittier violated the public trust.

As a supporter of the Whittier Hills Oil Watch (WHOW) and someone committed to conserving wildlife and our open space lands, I strongly urge you to continue to OPPOSE this settlement allow oil drilling in the Whittier Hills Habitat Preserve. Please stand with Chalfant's original ruling.

WHOW fought for more than three years to stop the City of Whittier from drilling on land that was purchased with taxpayer money to be preserved in perpetuity as open space. We were thrilled that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant ruled in favor of MRCA - finding that the use of a portion of those lands for oil drilling by the City of Whittier violated the public trust.

The Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority was purchased, in part, with $9.3 million from Prop. A monies. Judge Chalfant’s ruled that the City of Whittier acted against the wishes of Los Angeles County voters who paid for the land to be preserved as open space. This ruling was a huge victory for Los Angeles County voters who passed Prop. A.

Unfortunately, despite this ruling there is some concern that MRCA might choose to settle with the oil companies and allow oil drilling on land that was purchased by taxpayers to be preserved as open space.

I support open space land, believe in preserving open space land in perpetuity with the primary purpose to protect the biological diversity in the Puente Hills, and urge you to continue to oppose the oil drilling on the Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority. Do not settle for money!

Thank you for considering my comments. I look forward to your reply.