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ZA Hearing on 4th Ave: May 18, 2017

WHAT:  Zoning Administrator Hearing to review and rule on illegal oil well conversions and other violations at the 4th Avenue Drill Site.

DATE:            May 18, 2017

TIME:             9am   

WHERE:        City Hall (200 N. Spring, Room 1020)


The 4th Avenue Drill Site is located on Washington Blvd between 3rd and 4th Avenues, directly across the street from the LAUSD Carson Gore elementary school.

ACTION: Make your voice heard

  • Attend the ZA Hearing
  • Write to the ZA (address on the Hearing Notice, which is attached)
  • Attend UNNC's meetings, especially the May 4 board meeting

The United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council (UNNC) will discuss this case at its meetings on May 3 and May 4.

May 3 (7pm):            UNNC Planning & Zoning Committee

                                    South Seas House (2301 W.24th St at corner of Arlington)

May 4 (7pm):           UNNC Board Meeting

                                    CD10 Field Office (1819 Western/enter on Manhattan Pl.)


This is a test case for the City’s regulatory system.


The 4th Ave Drill Site is permanently idle.

The terms of operation, City code, and State law have been violated.

  • FMOG, the previous operator of the 4th Ave Drill site (now operated by Sentinel Peak Resources (SPR))
    • Violated City ordinances in 2015-16, by converting  all injection wells to production wells without the City approval required by City Code.
    • Voluntarily terminated its State permits for all injection wells in January 2015.
    • Told State regulators on October 30, 2015, that it had “no plans to bring that facility back on line.”
  • The site has produced no oil since September 2010.
  • Without legally permitted injection wells the site is non-functional, meaning that it is incapable of producing any oil legally.
  • April 21, 2016:  City Council President Wesson requested that the Director of Planning open a Nuisance Abatement Review of the 4th Ave Drill site.
  • January 6, 2017: The City Petroleum Administrator reported that the injection wells were converted without the required City approvals and that the former injection wells continued to be idle.
  • January 10, 2017:  Council President Wesson introduced a motion in City Council to direct the Planning Department to initiate a Nuisance Abatement Review.
  • January 20, 2017: The Zoning Administrator notified SPR that Planning would hold a Review of Compliance (lower level review than Nuisance Abatement) and directed SPR to submit a Plan Approval application to initiate the process. SPR openly refused to comply despite a second “Final Notification” from the ZA.

April 28, 2017: The City Council voted unanimously to pass Council President Wesson’s motion directing the Planning Department to initiate a Nuisance Abatement Review.

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