On this page the City will post the latest information, schedules, meetings, public notices, documents, related links and other information concerning the Inglewood Oil Field (IOF).
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April 1, 2019 Incident at Leash Lane
On Monday, April 1, 2019, there was an oil-water leak at the Inglewood Oil Field along Leash Lane in the City of Culver City, in the vicinity of The Bone Yard (Dog Park). The oil-water leak occurred at the northwest portion of the Inglewood Oil Field near the Dog Park, and uphill from the intersection of Duquesne Avenue and Leash Lane, originating from the “Block 31” oil well, which is located within a fenced area atop a knoll within the City Park and along the east edge of Leash Lane. The oil-water leak traveled down the north hillside slope and traveled along the curb/gutter to a storm drain inlet. Once redirected from the storm drain, the flow traveled toward, but was fully contained just short of, the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Duquesne Avenue. The spill did not extend to La Ballona Creek.
The leak was discovered around 8:31 AM and Sentinel Peak Resources (the operator of the oil field) commenced notifications to the appropriate agencies. At 9:10 AM, Culver City Fire Department (CCFD) Engine 41 was notified of the oil-water leak by the oil field operator and CCFD responded to the location to stop the spill from flowing into the storm drain system and assist with containment and oversight of the clean-up process. In addition, CCFD Truck 43 deployed a boom at Overland and the creek as a precautionary measure. The flow rate was characterized as “low”. While the total volume of the spill is not yet known, it is estimated that less than one barrel of oil entered the storm drain, while the remainder of the flow was contained prior to entering the storm drain. The oil-water mixture did not discharge into Ballona Creek.
Sentinel Peak Resources mobilized its emergency spill response plan, which included deployment of spill clean-up contractors, KVS and Patriot Environmental, along with Sentinel Peak Resources personnel to cleanup of residual oil along the sloped area and curb/gutter. The “oily solids and debris,” which includes all oil, oil-saturated soil and oily water and residue, was collected from the oil field, streets, gutters and storm drains, and deposited into a container bin, which was labeled and moved to operator’s site. The KVS and Patriot Environmental crews followed up by pressure washing the affected storm drain area and capturing the resulting wash water containing residual oil with a vacuum truck. The cleanup was verified by a CCFD Hazmat Inspector along with the Los Angeles County Health Hazmat team. All cleanup was completed by late afternoon. Sentinel Peak Resources advises that all proper notifications were made and an incident report is being prepared. Agencies and/or key personnel that responded to the scene included: Culver City Fire Department; CCFD Hazardous Materials Inspector; Culver City Public Works; Culver City Police Parking Enforcement; LA County Health Hazardous Materials; LA County Public Health; LA City Watershed; LA County Public Works Flood Control Supervisor; Sentinel Peak Resources personnel; Patriot Environmental; and KVS.
Preliminary reconnaissance indicates that the leak came from a ruptured pipe in the vicinity of the Block 31 oil well. The pipe has since been patched and the oil well connected to the pipe has been disconnected and capped. The Los Angeles County Health Hazmat will provide an official report within 30 days. In addition, the County’s Environmental Compliance Coordinator (for the Inglewood Oil Field) will follow up on the cause of the rupture and subsequent spill to prepare more detailed findings. Once the analysis is completed, Culver City and the County will coordinate with Sentinel Peak Resources to explore recommendations for future prevention.
An update of the Leash Lane incident will be discussed at the Baldwin Hills CSD Community Advisory Panel (CAP) meeting scheduled for April 25, 2019. Information about the CSD and CAP can be found here.
Inglewood Oil Field Selected as One of Four Communities to Host Air Monitoring Units as Part of the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) Study of Neighborhood Air Near Petroleum Sources (SNAPS) Program
As a result of the efforts of the City Council and various members of Los Angeles County's Baldwin Hills Community Advisory Panel, the Inglewood Oil Field was selected as one of four communities to host air monitoring units in the first round of the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Study of Neighborhood Air near Petroleum Sources (SNAPS) to evaluate air quality in communities near oil and gas extraction and related facilities. Monitoring of neighborhoods near the Inglewood Oil Field are anticipated in 2019. The City will continue to be actively involved in this process, including participation in CARB's fall 2018 community meeting to discuss monitoring strategies. For further information, please see the City's press release.
City Council Places IOF Specific Plan Project and EIR on Hold and Authorizes Preparation of Amortization Study
The City Council held a Special Community Meeting on June 20, 2018 to receive an update and review the status of the Inglewood Oil Field (IOF) Specific Plan Project and the related Environmental Impact Report (EIR). After receiving public comment and discussing the status and options for moving forward with the Project, the City Council authorized the following direction:
- Place completion of the 2017 IOF Specific Plan and EIR, including preparation of responses to comments received on the Draft EIR, on hold.
- Retain a qualified expert to prepare a study and recommendation for the potential amortization of oil-related activities within the IOF.
- Coordinate with the Community Development Department to (1) facilitate review and recommendation regarding potential transition of Interim Oil Activity land uses; and (2) incorporate into the General Plan Update process a vision for future land uses based on a potential “end of life” timeframe for the IOF.
- Revise and streamline the 2017 Draft Drilling Regulations (as set forth in Appendix C-1 of the IOF Specific Plan) to reflect a program that is focused on ensuring the community’s health, welfare and well-being through robust requirements for monitoring and reporting to the City those activities that occur within the City IOF, and establish a protocol for sharing this information in a publicly transparent manner.
- Further revise and streamline the 2017 Draft Drilling Regulations to minimize or eliminate the role for potential new or expanded oil drilling, and instead provide a focus and mechanisms for phasing out oil-related uses at a point in the future (to be determined).
- Reassess the appropriate environmental analysis and related environmental document, in accordance with CEQA, that should be required for consideration of a regulatory ordinance encompassing the 2017 Draft Drilling Regulations.
- Reach out to potential partners for coordination toward a broad goal that aligns with the City’s commitment toward clean energy alternatives and fostering sustainability.
- Research opportunities for partnering with other Southern California agencies and/or investigating State funding opportunities that can offset the City’s financial expenses, or supplement the City’s resources, for the actions listed above.
For more information about this meeting, please view the Staff Report and Meeting Webcast. City Council's consideration of a proposed Request for Proposals for a consultant to prepare an amortization study will be scheduled for a future City Council Meeting (date to be determined).
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Releases Report on Public Health and Safety Risks of Oil and Gas Facilities in Los Angeles County
New IOF Specific Plan Project Brochure Available Now!
(Also available in Spanish)
February 21, 2018 Community Meeting Understanding the Draft Regulations, Specific Plan and Environmental Review for the Inglewood Oil Field in Culver City
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Complex, Rotunda Room
4117 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230
City Council Approves 120-Day Extension of Public Review Period for Inglewood Oil Field (IOF) Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR): Comments Now Due March 14, 2018
At its meeting on November 13, 2017, the City Council considered a request by the community for an extension of the public review period for the submission of written comments on the Inglewood Oil Field (IOF) Specific Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). After hearing from the public and discussing the matter, the City Council approved a 120-Day extension to March 14, 2018.
Interested parties have until 5:30 PM on March 14, 2018 to review the Draft EIR and submit written comments for consideration by the City Council.
Written comments should be received by the City on or before March 14, 2018 at 5:30 PM. Written comments should be labeled with “Subject: Inglewood Oil Field Specific Plan Project” and be directed as follows:
- By email: IOFSpecificPlanProject@culvercity.org;
- By fax: (310) 253-5664; or
- By mail: City of Culver City, City Attorney's Office, Attention: Heather Baker, Assistant City Attorney, Subject: Inglewood Oil Field Specific Plan Project, 9770 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
The PowerPoint presentation from the City’s informational meetings, held on October 24 and 30, 2017, regarding the CEQA process, the overall findings of the Draft EIR, and the Specific Plan is available here.
New Community Update Flyer Available Now!
Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Inglewood Oil Field (IOF) Specific Plan Project Released on September 15, 2017
July 11, 2017 – City Council Community Meeting to Discuss Next Steps in Inglewood Oil Field Specific Plan Project
On July 11, 2017, the City Council Oil Drilling Subcommittee (Council Members Clarke and Sahli-Wells) reported back to the City Council regarding the Subcommittee’s discussions with the Inglewood Oil Field (IOF) operator, Sentinel Peak Resources (SPR), over the past 90 days, as had been previously directed by the City Council on April 17, 2017. (Please refer to below meeting summaries and July 11th staff report for more details regarding those discussions.)
At the July 11th community meeting, the Subcommittee reported, and SPR confirmed, that these discussions did not prove to be fruitful and continuing the dialogue would not be productive. After robust public comment from the community, the City Council: (1) directed the Subcommittee to terminate discussions with SPR; (2) authorized the release of the temporary hold on the IOF Specific Plan Project and related Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR); and (3) directed City staff and consultants to complete the Draft Specific Plan and Draft EIR and release the documents as soon as possible. (Staff informed the City Council the documents could be completed within approximately 60 days, with a target release date of September 15, 2017.
In addition, the City Council:
- Authorized the Subcommittee to conduct future meetings in public at their discretion, with the understanding that meetings where confidential attorney-client privileged matters are discussed would not be open to the public. (The Oil Drilling Subcommittee is an ad hoc subcommittee and not subject to Brown Act requirements.)
- Directed the Subcommittee to work with staff to explore the idea of establishing a Health and Safety Commission and hiring a consultant for monitoring and compliance enforcement in the IOF. (These matters will be considered after the completion and release of the Draft Specific Plan and EIR so that Staff is able to meet the target release date for these documents.)
Check back to this page for the July 11th meeting minutes once they have been prepared and approved by the City Council.
July 11, 2017 – Sentinel Peak Resources Withdraws Request to Delay Release of City's Inglewood Oil Field Specific Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report
On July 11, 2017, the City received a letter from the Inglewood Oil Field ("IOF") operator, Sentinel Peak Resources ("SPR") withdrawing its request to delay the City's release of its Draft IOF Specific Plan and related Draft Environmental Impact Report ("EIR"). The letter also acknowledges the City's willingness to consider SPR's request, as well as the community's concerns regarding the delay of the release of these documents. A copy of SPR's letter can be accessed here. (Read City's Press Release)
July 6, 2017 - Status of Request for Bottom Hole Location Information
In response to a request by the City in February for the identification of bottom hole locations within the Culver City portion of the Inglewood Oil Field, SPR provided a map depicting some top and bottom well hole locations. On July 6th, the City transmitted to SPR written comments to SPR’s map, as well as a further request for clarification of the data provided.
June 6, 2017 – Oil Drilling Subcommittee Meeting with Sentinel Peak Resources to Discuss Potential Working Agreement
On June 6, 2017, the Oil Drilling Subcommittee (Council Members Clarke and Sahli-Wells), in conjunction with City staff, conducted its second meeting with representatives of Sentinel Peak Resources (SPR), to discuss a potential working agreement between the City and SPR, which is intended to identify mutually agreeable guiding principles for how the City and SPR could work together in proceeding with the Inglewood Oil Field (IOF) Specific Plan Project, in the event the City Council authorizes SPR to participate as a Project applicant (or quasi-applicant).
The objective of this second meeting was to focus on some key issues to determine whether a cooperative effort between the City and SPR could be achieved with regard to the City’s primary goal of establishing adequate regulations of the IOF to protect the public health, safety and welfare, and the environment. The key issues discussed were:
- Options for moving forward the IOF Specific Plan or similar land use process, taking into consideration the interests, rights and concerns of the various stakeholders, including the community, the IOF landowners, the IOF operator, as well as the City’s administrative responsibilities;
- Options for the role of the landowners and the community, and their respective input during any potential application process;
- Ideas about long-term land use during and/or after drilling operations have concluded; and
- Sharing of information with the community during this process, including but not limited to:potential project and technical information that can be prepared and shared by the City; and information sharing by SPR on certain topics in which the community has shown significant interest (i.e. bottom and surface hole locations, mineral rights/royalties, etc.).
In addition, the Subcommittee and SPR discussed the issue of reimbursement of the City’s past, present and future costs relating to the IOF Specific Plan Project.
Based on these preliminary discussions with SPR, the Subcommittee will be presenting a progress report and recommendations to the City Council at a community meeting on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
A copy of the June 6th meeting agenda and list of attendees can be accessed here.
May 9, 2017 – Oil Drilling Subcommittee Meeting with Sentinel Peak Resources to Discuss Potential Working Agreement
As authorized and directed by the City Council at its April 17, 2017 community meeting, the Oil Drilling Subcommittee (Council Members Clarke and Sahli-Wells), in conjunction with City staff, conducted its first meeting with representatives of Sentinel Peak Resources (SPR), on May 9, 2017, to discuss a potential working agreement between the City and SPR, which is intended to identify mutually agreeable guiding principles for how the City and SPR could work together in proceeding with the Inglewood Oil Field (IOF) Specific Plan Project, in the event the City Council authorizes SPR to participate as a Project applicant (or quasi-applicant).
A primary objective of the first meeting was to create a framework for a potential working agreement and guiding principles, including considerations related to schedule, identification of milestones, format of an agreement, content and terms of the agreement, potential future discussion topics (if authorized by the City Council) and other housekeeping and coordination items.
An additional key objective was to discuss provisional “good-faith” terms for incorporation into a potential working agreement, including how those provisions could be implemented throughout a collaborative application process, if authorized by the City Council at a future public meeting. Good-faith items discussed included reimbursement of past, present and future costs the City already has or will incur related to the IOF Specific Plan and related Draft EIR; a commitment from SPR as to what City IOF activities might be curtailed while a written agreement is in place; and potential community-based benefits for future City discussion.
As both a good-faith provision and a reflection of the City’s commitment to retain public transparency throughout the working agreement process, the City and SPR also explored options for sharing of information and opportunities for incorporating both the community and landowner participation into a potential revised application process. In this regard, the City and SPR also decided it is important to publish a summary of each meeting between the Subcommittee and SPR, in order to keep the community and other interested parties informed about these discussions and apprised of the progress of this process.
A follow-up meeting is scheduled in early June for the City and SPR to continue discussion of a potential working agreement that could be presented to the City Council at a community meeting, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
A copy of the May 9th meeting agenda and list of attendees can be accessed here.
April 17, 2017 – City Council Community Meeting to Discuss Next Steps in Inglewood Oil Field Specific Plan Project
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.