The California Air Resources Board announced the first four communities selected to launch the new Study of Neighborhood Air near Petroleum Sources, and Culver City is on the list. CARB developed SNAPS to study air quality in communities near oil and gas operations, particularly production facilities near disadvantaged neighborhoods. The proximity to the Inglewood Oil Field, the largest urban oil operation in the United States, puts the city’s air quality in category of the data being sought.
In a statement from CARB, Petroleum Administrator Uduak-Joe Ntuk offered “This announcement is a significant step in moving forward with the Study of Neighborhood Air near Petroleum Sources that will allow City of Los Angeles to expand upon the limited information that currently exists on the air quality impacts of oil and gas operations in our nearby communities. My office requested Los Angeles to be one of the first communities selected and we applaud the selection of the two Los Angeles sites. We look forward to receiving data that will help us better understand urban oil and gas production related air emissions and make necessary regulator improvements. As the Petroleum Administrator, my job is to protect Angelenos’ public health and minimize safety risks in our most vulnerable communities. The study developed by the California Air Resources Board aligns with our mission and will result in valuable information that will shape future recommendations and policy.”
As part of SNAPS, stationary and mobile trailers equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring technologies will be placed within selected communities in Los Angeles to determine air quality and measure toxic air contaminants, volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, heavy metals, and criteria pollutants. Two of the statewide sites selected to participate in the program are located in the Los Angeles area: Baldwin Hills/Inglewood Oil Field and South Los Angeles/Las Cienegas Oil Field, including the Jefferson, Murphy, AllenCo, and 4th Avenue drill sites.