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May 12, 2015: Oil Hearing Report

GREAT NEWS: The Hearing file will stay open until August 14 which allows us to send comments to the Zoning Administrator (ZA) until that date.  Send your comments!!!!  


New information revealed by FMOG during the Hearing resulted in the following research:

  • FMOG may be planning a significantly different and larger project than previously submitted.
  • The installation of the burner in the park will provide the capacity to burn ALL gas (approx. 1,000,000 cubic feet of gas a day) produced at the Murphy (Gramercy & Adams) and the Jefferson/Budlong Drill Sites.
    1. Previous reports indicated that approximately 10% of the unrefined gas at Murphy is currently burned and the rest is sold to the Gas Company.
    2. Within 2 years FMOG will lose the "historical exemption" under which it sells gas to the Gas Company and thus its ability to sell unrefined gas will be substantially impaired, creating a "new urgnecy" for FMOG to have the burner and burn all natural gas.
    3. The ending of the "historical exemptions" has been known since September 2011.
    4. City rules do not allow FMOG to refine gas at the Murphy site.
  • Plans to burn all gas at Murphy could constitute "piecemealing" the project and require Environmental Review.


About 150 people attended the hearing.

  • Supporting the FMOG application was the company’s attorney and former West Adams resident Amy Forbes (her slides are attached) presented FMOG's position for about 20 minutes.
  • Supporting our community by asking the Zoning Administrator to deny the FMOG request to place the burner in the park and given about 15 minutes each:
    • Laura Meyers: Chair of the UNNC Planning & Zoning Committee
    • Michael Salman: West Adams resident
    • Steven Peckman: Jefferson Park resident & FMOG royalty recipient
  • Approximately 20 people spoke against the FMOG application during public comment including:
    • Damon Nagami: National Resources Defense Council
    • Malcolm Carson: Community Health Councils​


  • Attend the June 4, 2015, UNNC Meeting and ask our Neighborhood Council and Council President Herb Wesson to demand that FMOG submit a new application to Planning describing the entire scope of the project.  Burning up to 1 million cubic feet of gas per day without generating electricity or anything useful is a huge waste.  It contradicts the Mayor's new sustainability plan. We should not accept it and thus need to ask UNNC to oppose it.
  • Inform the community.  
  • Communication: Request that Council President Wesson and the Zoning Administrator demand that FMOG submit a new application providing the full scope of the project.

Send your comments to Zoning Administrator by August 14, 2015:

Mr. Michael Sin Los Angeles City Planning Department Office of Zoning Administration 200 N. Spring Street, Room 763 Los Angeles, CA 90012.             Re: Case #ZA 15227(O)(PA5)


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