Inglewood Oil Field

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City Council Adopts Resolution Declaring Intent to Evaluate Five-Year Phase-Out Period for Inglewood Oil Field

At its meeting of October 26, 2020, the City Council adopted a Resolution declaring its intent to evaluate the establishment of an approximate five-year phase-out period for the amortization of nonconforming oil and gas uses within the City.  Such action follows the City Council's prior direction at its August 13, 2020 meeting to move forward with further study of the City IOF and authorization to the City Council Oil Drilling Subcommittee (then Vice-Mayor Fisch and former Council Member Sahli-Wells) to work directly with staff as it prepares a proposed Amortization Program that resolves the incompatible oil and gas uses and considers options to phase-out the non-conforming oil and gas activities within the City IOF. 

Based on a preliminary evaluation, the Subcommittee and staff recommended that an approximate five-year amortization period, commencing on the effective date of the Amortization Program and ending five years thereafter, would offer a reasonable time period for the IOF Operator to wind down production activities, schedule appropriate resources for the plug and abandonment of nonconforming oil wells and removal of nonconforming production-related equipment, and secure requisite bonding prior to initiating any decommissioning work. A five-year phase-out period also appears to provide for an adequate time period to facilitate a “just transition” (i.e., training of workers and initiation of clean-energy programs), completion of environmental assessment and remediation studies and opportunity to outreach with oil field stakeholders (e.g. land owners and mineral rights holders).

It is anticipated that an approximate five-year phase-out period would allow for a reasonable timeframe during which the logistics necessary to decommission the City IOF (as noted above) in a safe and secure manner can be coordinated and balanced with the urgent concerns and objectives previously outlined through public Subcommittee and City Council meetings, which include: 

  • Desire to eliminate long-standing nonconforming oil and gas uses;
  • Improve land use consistency and compatibility issues between those activities conducted in the City IOF area and other surrounding community uses;
  • Eliminate growing concern and lack of continuity resulting from a continuous change of oil field operators, as experienced in recent history, that may have limited interest to invest in maximizing compliance and compatibility with Culver City standards and objectives;
  • Desire to replace obsolete industrialized oil-production uses with modern urban uses that are determined by the City to be compatible and more directly beneficial with the current urban context and evolving character of the adjacent community;
  • Acknowledge and affirm the role of the City’s comprehensive General Plan Update, which is currently underway, and seek to accommodate a shift in policy through reevaluation of long-range objectives for the oil field area;
  • Enhance public health, welfare and safety, and protection of the environment by eliminating and safely removing aged and outdated infrastructure that is vulnerable to failure and poses a threat to public safety and damage to the environment;
  • Prioritize the public health, safety and welfare of the community and develop a strategy for end-of-life considerations for the City IOF;
  • Embrace State-wide trends that include plans to transition to clean, renewable energy by 2045 and to reduce reliance on fossil-fuels and vehicles that utilize fossil-fuels by 2035; and
  • Minimize inordinate use of City staff and financial resources spent toward enforcement of regulations applicable to the City IOF, which may be unproductive.

For more information about the October 26th and August 13th meeting meetings and the City Council's discussion and direction, please view the following:

City staff and the Subcommittee will return to City Council with a draft Amortization Ordinance at a future City Council Meeting in Spring 2021 (date to be determined).

If you have any questions or comments regarding this matter, please contact either Heather Baker, Assistant City Attorney at (310) 253-5660 or heather.baker@culvercity.org, or Melanie Doran Traxler, Contract Project Manager at mtraxlerpplus@aol.com or (818) 248-7158.  

Capital Investment Amortization Study for the Culver City Portion of the Inglewood Oil Field and Oil Drilling Subcommittee's Recommendation to City Council

On June 4, 2020, the City Council Oil Drilling Subcommittee (Vice-Mayor Fisch and Council Member Sahli-Wells) met to discuss and consider public input on the following items:

Amortization Study for the Culver City Portion of the Inglewood Oil Field.  City's consultant, Baker & O'Brien, prepared a Capital Investment Amortization Study for the Culver City portion of the Inglewood Oil Field(PDF, 5MB), which was presented to the Subcommittee and the public.  Baker & O'Brien's meeting presentation.(PDF, 1MB)

Potential Amortization Program.  The Subcommittee considered how the financial analysis, findings and conclusions presented in the Amortization Study could be used to inform future decisions related to the Culver City portion of the Inglewood Oil Field, including options for a potential amortization program of oil and gas operations within the City, and made the following recommendations to the City Council:

  1. Recommend the City Council receive and consider the information contained in the Capital Investment Amortization Study.
  2. Recommend the City Council direct staff to study other factors relating to amortization and to develop and return to City Council with a framework that: (1) resolves the incompatibility of this non-conforming use, such as through an amortization program; and (2) identifies an appropriate period to phase out oil and gas activity.  
  3. Recommend the City Council authorize the Oil Drilling Subcommittee to work directly with staff to develop details of this framework and potential amortization program.

The Amortization Study, other pertinent information, and the Subcommittee's recommendations, will be presented to the City Council for discussion and direction at a future meeting this summer, date to be determined.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this matter, please contact either Heather Baker, Assistant City Attorney at (310) 253-5660 or heather.baker@culvercity.org, or Melanie Doran Traxler, Contract Project Manager at mtraxlerpplus@aol.com or (818) 248-7158.