SAY NO TO A GAS FLARE IN RANCHO PARK AND YES TO MODERN SAFETY EQUIPMENT #NOGASFLAREINRP
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Hillcrest Beverly Oil (“HBO”) is asking the City of LA to allow them to burn natural gas in their Rancho Park Drill Site (the “Site”). HBO calls it an “emissions control device” but it’s actually a 24 foot high chimney with an internal gas flare. Calling a gas flare an “emissions control device” is as misleading as calling a filtered cigarette an emissions control device: with either device, if you don’t light it on fire, there are no emissions to control. The LA City Zoning Administrator held a public hearing last Thursday morning (4/26/18) to accept testimony and written submissions from stakeholders, but only a small handful of residents (those within 500 feet of Rancho Park) received notice of the hearing and so it wasn’t well attended and those who spoke weren’t properly informed as to what is at stake.
HELP US SAY NO TO A GAS FLARE IN RANCHO PARK
HBO turned on this gas flare just months after the City Zoning Administrator rejected an oil company request for a smaller version of the exact same gas flare equipment at the Murphy Drill Site in the West Adams section of Los Angeles. This was written up in the LA Times, so HBO must have known about it (http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-gas-flare-20150817-story.html & http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-oil-gas-burner-20160705-snap-story.html The Zoning Administrator decided that even the smaller version of this gas flare would only be appropriate in an Industrial Zone. That precedent should be followed now in this case, in Rancho Park.
HELP US SAY YES TO MODERN SAFETY EQUIPMENT
Started in 1958, the Rancho Park Drill Site is the City’s oldest existing Controlled Drill Site. LA Times articles in 1957 show the great concerns that neighbors had about the opening of the Rancho Park Drill Site and the sibling site on the grounds of the Hillcrest Country Club. The Mayor and the Zoning Administrator publicly promised that the City would maintain strict controls in order to protect public safety. To keep those promises, the City should now require the following safety measures at the Rancho Park Drill Site (and at all other Drill Sites, too):
(i) 24/7 emissions monitoring using up-to-date laser-based detection systems that record data, trigger operator alarms at specified release levels, and pinpoint the source of leaks;
(ii) annual compliance reviews by the City’s Zoning Administrator and Petroleum Administrator;
(iii) periodic Reviews of Conditions by the Zoning Administrator on a 5-year cycle to ensure conditions of use are modernized with improving science and technology to protect public health and safety;
(iv) creation and implementation of an emergency/accident reporting plan that requires the operating oil company to report emergencies/accidents immediately to LAFD, LAPD, the Petroleum Administrator, and the Council Office for the affected community(s).
WHAT YOU CAN DO
We urge you to electronically sign the Petition where indicated ASAP! Any questions please feel free to email Scott Silver, Rancho Park Drill Site Neighbors, at firstname.lastname@example.org. #NOGASFLAREINRP
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