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On April 17, 2017, the City Council held a community meeting to discuss and consider a temporary hold on the Inglewood Oil Field (IOF) Specific Plan Project and related Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in order to consider a request from the new IOF operator, Sentinel Peak Resources (SPR), to participate in the Specific Plan process as a project applicant. Such discussion included an evaluation of options related to the processing of the Draft IOF Specific Plan and related Draft EIR.
After hearing from the public and SPR, and thoroughly discussing the matter, the City Council authorized the Oil Drilling Subcommittee (Clarke and Sahli-Wells), in conjunction with City staff and consultants, to enter into discussions with SPR over the next 90 days for the purpose of drafting a proposed working agreement between the City and SPR, which should contain certain mutually agreeable guiding principles, action items and other discussion points, including but not limited to:
- Reimbursement of City’s costs including, but not limited to, costs to date relating to the preparation of the Draft Specific Plan and EIR, or assistance with funding of other City projects with a connection to the oil field;
- A voluntary commitment that SPR will not submit any applications for any new wells during these discussions, and/or at any time a written agreement is in place;
- Agreement that either party may withdraw from the discussions at any time; and
- SPR’s agreement that if the oil field is sold during the term of any written agreement, such purchase agreement would clearly state that the new owner is subject to the terms and conditions of the existing agreement between the City and SPR.
The City Council further directed:
- Prior to the end of the initial 90-day discussion period, the Subcommittee and staff are to return to the full City Council at a community meeting to report on the progress of discussions and make recommendations for a proposed short-term Working Agreement, setting forth such guiding principles, action items and discussion points, for the City Council’s consideration. At such time, the City Council may also consider a process for further time extensions of any approved Working Agreement.
- If at any time there is an inability to arrive at mutually agreeable guiding principles or action items or a failure of SPR to comply with the terms of any approved Working Agreement, the Oil Drilling Subcommittee is to bring the matter forward to the full City Council to consider whether a further extension of such Working Agreement is warranted or whether to instead withdraw from discussions and proceed with the City’s current Specific Plan process, including the release of the Draft EIR.
- These discussions with SPR shall proceed on a dual track with the existing IOF Specific Plan process, in order to ensure that the Draft Specific Plan and related Draft EIR will be ready for release in the event either party withdraws from discussions.