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WAHA Call For Action About Oil

From WAHA President Lore Hilburg…


Ask Councilman Wesson to support our community and publicly oppose FMOG’s (Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas) expansion project.

The case is now under review by the Zoning Administrator and Councilman Wesson has not weighed in as our elected representative nor has he announced a position on the case except to say he wants to help the parties negotiate. To date, no meeting with the oil company has been called. A meeting with the oil company is not enough.

– Please write to our City Councilman, Herb Wesson

– Follow-up your letter/email with phone calls and visit his office

– Ask Council President Wesson (or his staff) to publicly oppose FMOG’s proposal to expand its facility by installing a CEB 800 gas burner into the parkland at 27th and St. Andrews.

Council President Herb Wesson
City Hall
Room 430
220 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Field Office
1819 South Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
E-mail Councilman Wesson and his deputies:
Phone numbers:
City Hall office 213-473-7010
Field Office on Western: (323) 733-8233

The West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA) sent the attached letter to Councilman Wesson calling on him to oppose FMOG’s project. WAHA is also asking its members to write and call Mr. Wesson as individual citizens. Our community should do the same.

Persistence is needed.

It is crucial to lobby Councilman Wesson now and repeatedly until the conclusion of the case. Writing once or attending one meeting is not enough to sway elected officials when there is a multi-billion dollar corporation on the other side. We need to make the political system work the way it is supposed to work, and the only way for citizens to do that is by demonstrating sustained concern and applying sustained pressure.


9 Stories: The FMOG Moving Target

– May 12 Zoning Administrator hearing: FMOG changed its story about the purpose of the proposed CEB project for the 9th time. (see: )

– FMOG told the Zoning Administrator that it is losing its historical exemption from natural gas standards under Southern California Gas’s Rule 30


o Its ability to sell gas will be substantially impaired.

o Freeport’s lawyer claimed this creates a “new urgency” to install the CEB 800 to burn the gas produced at both the Murphy and Jefferson well sites.

o Freeport insists on installing a CEB 800 (and possibly a second CEB 800 in the future) rather than electricity producing microturbines because a CEB 800 can burn so much more gas than a microturbine

(see: )

Burning Natural Gas:

– Drilling for oil brings to the surface, natural gas, brackish water, and oil

– What happens to the Gas?

o FMOG currently sells 90% of the gas to The Gas Co to power natural gas vehicles.

o FMOG uses the remaining 10% of the gas to power microturbines at Murphy in order to generate electricity for the site.

FMOG must do something with the gas it may no longer be able to sell. Options include:

– Use ALL OF THE GAS to generate electricity with microturbines. Put electricity that we can all use back into the grid.

– Put the gas back into the Earth through an injection well

– Use the CEB 800 to burn all of the gas that comes out of the wells and waste its energy producing potential.

What will the CEB 800 burner do?

One CEB 800 can burn almost 1 million cubic feet of gas per day.

o Roughly the amount of gas produced each day at the Murphy and e Jefferson sites combined.

o The plan for a possible second CEB 800 in the future is linked to FMOG’s plans to drill more wells at each facility, and the ability to burn the gas from new wells.

1 million cubic feet of gas per day is the amount of gas used by 10,000 houses each day.

o It is enough gas to generate electricity for several theyusand houses.

o FMOG wants the CEB capability to burn all of the gas

o Electricity could be generated for the grid

o Instead, it will all be burned at the Murphy site, turned into exhaust, approximately 70 feet from the St. Andrews Apartments.

Wasting gas; polluting the community

o FMOG’s proposal is an affront to our community and to common sense.

o Nothing is produced by burning the gas in the burner except air pollution and it contributes to global warming

o It will not generate electricity or heat. It won’t be used for hot water, cooking or powering cars/buses

WAHA to Wesson FMOG 150617.pdf

West Adams Information Alert – Emergency Community Town Hall Re: Oil Drilling

Rev. Kelvin Sauls, pastor of Holman United Methodist Church is convening a Town Hall to open a discussion regarding the increased activity at the site of an oil well. He and the Holman Church family invite all of us to come, listen, speak, and act as we believe is required.

Please see the attached flyers for more information, but the basics are below:

RE: OIL DRILLING IN OUR COMMUNITY – TOXICS or WHAT – We have a need and right to know!!


TIME: 9:00AM-11:00AM

3320 WEST ADAMS BLVD (Just West of Arlington)

FOR INFO: (323) 731-7285

EmerCommMtgFlyer – 2014jan11.docx

EmerCommMtgFlyerSP – 2014jan11.docx

L.A. City Free Street Tree Program

The City of Los Angeles currently has a federally grant funded program in which free street trees are being planted along the parkway. The onlyrequirements are that participants must agree to water their tree(s) and they must live within the City.

For more information please go to www.environmentla.org or call (213) 485-3954.

Together we can beautify the neighborhood and create a more sustainable City!

English Flyer PDF.pdf

Spanish Flyer PDF.pdf

Mayor Villaraigosa Announces Historic Renewable Energy Achievement

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, joined by environmental leaders and representatives from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), announced today the achievement of a major milestone — providing 20% of the City’s power from renewable energy sources in 2010.

“When I became Mayor, I set a goal to generate 20% of the City’s power from renewable energy sources by 2010 and I am proud to say that we have achieved that goal,” said Mayor Villaraigosa.  “We went from worst to first and quadrupled our renewable energy portfolio in a few short years while also keeping our rates lower than other major utilities. Today’s announcement illustrates that the DWP is a national leader in cost-effective, environmentally responsible and reliable energy.”

Continue reading Mayor Villaraigosa Announces Historic Renewable Energy Achievement

Strawberries, Thyme Approved For L.A.’s Residential Parkways


Environmental news from California and beyond

October 27, 2010 |  9:13 am


L.A.’s Board of Public Works approved new rules for residential parkways Monday. The city’s Residential Parkway Landscape Guidelines allow homeowners to plant drought-tolerant, turf-substitute ground-cover plants in their parkways without obtaining a permit. Previously, the only permit-free plantings allowed in parkways were street trees and grass.

“A lot of people look at the parkways as an extension of their frontyard, and it really has a different purpose and therefore has to be held to a different standard,” said Lance Oishi, senior landscape architect for L.A.’s Bureau of Street Services.

Technically, parkways are part of the street, Oishi said. They are not private property, even though homeowners are required to maintain them. 

“People have to be able to get across the parkway, and sometimes they’re too shrubby or bushy, so those generate complaints for us. The guidelines were developed to address those situations,” said Oishi, noting that the last time the city issued parkway guidelines was in 1974.

Under the new guidelines, homeowners can select among 20 drought-tolerant turf species, including buffalo and bermuda grasses, sedge, yarrow, chamomile, dymondia, thyme, even certain types of strawberries.

Permits are required for all other non-standard plant materials or landscape improvements other than grass and drought-tolerant substitutes, including pavement, irrigation and storm-water capture systems. 

— Susan Carpenter

Photo: Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services



City Council Approves New Water Rationing Schedule

Under the new ordinance, odd-numbered addresses will irrigate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and even-numbered addresses on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. to minimize evaporation.

Street addresses ending in 1/2 or any fraction would follow the schedule for the last whole number in the address.

Residents will be able to turn on “non-conserving nozzles,” such as spray head sprinklers and bubblers, for up to eight minutes a day, or 24 minutes a week.

“Conserving nozzles,” such as standard rotors and multi-stream rotary heads, may be turned on twice a day for up to 15 minutes each time, for a total of 90 minutes a week.

Watering with garden hoses that have shut-off nozzles is permissible any day of the week, but only before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m.