POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT: AllenCo. Energy, resumption of operations in South Los Angeles?: "Oil field operator settles air quality violations, moves closer to reopening" ....
* Los Angeles Times: "Oil field operator settles air quality violations, moves closer to reopening" - From the LAT:
An oil field linked to chronic respiratory illnesses in South Los Angeles has moved a step closer to resuming operations by paying $144,250 to settle air quality violations. Announcement of the settlement with AllenCo Energy Inc. earlier this week was unwelcome news for University Park residents who had filed hundreds of complaints in 2010 about emissions they believe caused ailments including headaches, chronic fatigue, asthma and nosebleeds in children.
The complaints led to investigations and subsequent citations from state and federal regulatory agencies. But none of them took additional steps, such as going to court, to stop residents from being sickened by repeated releases of noxious compounds.
The settlement with the South Coast Air Quality Management District capped a two-year investigation into AllenCo, which the agency cited for four violations in 2013. Those violations included . . . . . . . .
The company voluntarily halted operation on the two-acre oil field in 2013 at the request of U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), pending completion of investigations by agencies including the air quality district, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources. Since operations ceased, formal complaints of respiratory ailments and nosebleeds in the area have all but stopped.
Among the hurdles AllenCo must clear before resuming operations is a lawsuit filed a year ago by the Los Angeles city attorney's office ...................