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March 19, 2024

Regulations rolled back at neighborhood oil drill site linked to negative health effects
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Jeremy Lindenfeld

Spectrum News 1

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September 28, 2023

Drilling Deception: E&B's False Claims in South LA
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Richard Parks, Op-Ed

City Watch

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January 22, 2023

All is not well: Oil regulation in 
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Richard Parks, Op-Ed

City Watch

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February 10, 2022

LA just banned oil drilling. Now comes the hard part.
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Alissa Walker


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April 20, 2021

LA hasn't launched new inspections for oil sites years after council backed plan
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Emily Alpert Reyes

Los Angeles Times


July 27, 2019

How These Neighbors Took On The Oil Company In Their Backyard And Won

Susan Abram



October 17, 2017

LA cracks down on urban oil drilling near USC

Emily Guerin



August 21, 2017

How one LA community is uniting to transform Jefferson Boulevard
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Alissa Walker

Curbed LA

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January 3, 2024

For years, an oil drill site stood in a South LA neighborhood. Now a park may rise in its place. 
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Bob Smietana

Earthbeat, National Catholic Reporter


March 21, 2023

South LA residents worry about a Catholic archdiocese-owned oil well in their midst

Jeremy Lindenfeld


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January 9, 2023

Will California's new oil and gas laws protect people from toxic pollution?
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Hilary Beaumont

Environmental Health News


November 3, 2021

LA's oil wells can harm human health, not many residents know about them. Will the new state law make a difference?

Benjamin Gottlieb

KCRW Greater LA


March 24, 2021

Los Angeles City Fire Department Sued over idle wells at oil and gas extraction site
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Juliette Fairley

Southern California Record


August 14, 2018

Company plans to end oil production at South LA site

Emily Alpert-Reyes

Los Angeles Times

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May 5, 2017

Covenanters Help Lead Fight Against L.A. Neighborhood Oil Wells

Stan Friedman

Covenant Companion

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February 16, 2016

Community Organization Plants Hope in South Los Angeles

Crystal Goss

USC Annenberg

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December 11, 2023

Nonprofit plans to transform a former oil drilling site in South L.A. into affordable housing
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Dorany Pineda

Los Angeles Times


March 3, 2023

In a largely Black and Latino community, neighbors worry about the oil wells in their midst
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Jeremy Lindenfeld

Capital & Main

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March 3, 2022

The end of oil drilling in LA
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Emily Witt

The New Yorker

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April 22, 2021

How California oil spillers beat the new climate laws
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Aaron Cantu

City Watch

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March 11, 2021

South Los Angeles oil wells worry neighbors, spark lawsuit

Janet Wilson

Desert Sun


May 10, 2018

Fighting for the Right to Breathe

Megan Sweas

Sojourners Magazine


August 18, 2017

Guns, God and Oil
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Bob Smeitana

Christianity Today

Murphy Media Coverage

Murphy LAFD Lawsuit

March 2021

March 11, 2021 - Janet Wilson - Desert Sun

South Los Angeles oil wells worry neighbors, spark lawsuit

March 24, 2021 - Juliette Fairley - Southern California Board

Los Angeles City Fire Department sued over idle wells at oil and gas extraction site

Past Media Coverage

Jefferson Drill Site to Close! 
2019 - present

June 4, 2019 - Heather Adams - Religion News Service

Urban oil well to be shut down, cleaned up after pressure from LA faith activists

Nuisance Abatement Hearings

November 20, 2017 - CBC News

Urban oil drilling takes over Los Angeles

October 19, 2017 - Charlene Muhammad - LA Sentinel

More Regulations For Unsafe Oil Drilling Site in South L.A.More Regulations For Unsafe Oil Drilling Site in South L.A.

October 13, 2017 - Emily Alpert-Reyes - Los Angeles Times

City orders tougher rules for oil drilling site near South L.A. homes

October 23, 2017 - Larry Buhl - Capital & Main

South LA Residents Demand End to Urban Oil Drilling

February 2, 2017 - Sheri Stuart - Los Angeles Wave

Residents demand relief from South L.A. oil drilling

January 26, 2017 - Stephanie Michaud -

Residents complain of health problems, pollution near oil drilling site

August 19, 2016 - Emily Alpert-Reyes - Los Angeles Times

City seeks to examine whether South LA oil drilling site has flouted rules

August 1, 2016 - EFE - El Nuevo Dia

Pozos de petróleo afectan la salud de los pobres y minorías

August 1, 2016 - EFE Fox News Latino

Oil wells in Los Angeles produce crude and complaints

June 9, 2016 - Emily Alpert-Reyes - Los Angeles Times

Community group petitions city to enclose South LA drilling Site

August 17, 2015 - Emily Alpert-Reyes - Los Angeles Times

South L.A. residents resist oil firm's plans to burn gas at drilling site

August 13, 2015 - Karen Foshay - Al Jazeera America 

Is Los Angeles giving oil drilling in neighborhoods a pass?

July 24, 2015 - Haya El Nasser - Al Jazeera America

California communities mount protests against fracking, oil drilling

April 24, 2015 - Los Angeles Wave Newspapers

South L.A. residents protest oil-drilling activities

April 24, 2015 - Sahra Sulaiman - Streets Blog LA

West Adams Neighbors Turn Out to Protest Activities at Drill Site; Studies of Environmental Impact of Unconventional Drilling Techniques Still Underway

April 24, 2015 - Diana Lee - Intersections South LA

South LA residents march to protest neighborhood oil drilling

April 23, 2015 - John Schreiber -

Residents allege oil site brought acid, toxic chemicals to South LA neighborhood

April 23, 2015 - Sid Garcia - ABC7

Exposition Park residents protest oil drilling in neighborhood

April 23, 2015 - Emily Alpert-Reyes - Los Angeles Times

South LA residents protest noise, odors from drilling site near USC

Community Protests 
April 2015 - 2016
The first Jefferson Drill Site Hearing
 November 2014 - January 2015

January 22, 2015 - Molly Peterson - KPCC

South LA oil field scraps effort to expand drilling, but neighbors remain uneasy

January 16, 2015 - Howard Fine - LA Business Journal 

Oil Company Drops Plan to Expand Drilling in South L.A.

January 15, 2015 - Emily Alpert-Reyes - Los Angeles Times

Oil company to yank controversial South L.A. drilling application

November 26, 2014 - Matthew Tinoco - Intersections South LA

Community seeks enviornmental study for South LA oil site

November 26, 2014 - Adrian Kudler - Curbed LA

The Difference Between Being Rich and Poor in LA, in 2 Quotes

November 26, 2014 - Molly Peterson - KPCC

Decision delayed on expanded oil drilling in West Adams

November 25, 2014 - Miriam Hernandez - ABC7

Public Weighs in on West Adams oil-drilling site

November 25, 2014 - Sahra Sulaiman - Streets Blog LA

Residents Plan to Oppose Expanded Drilling at Jefferson-Budlong Site at Zoning Hearing Today

November 25, 2014 - Emily Alpert-Reyes - Los Angeles Times

Neighbors push back against drilling plan at South L.A. site

November 25, 2014 - John Schreiber -

Zoning officer puts off decision on urban oil field in South Los Angeles

November 24, 2014 - John Schreiber -

Project to drill new oil wells in South L.A. seeks enviornmental review exemption

November 24, 2014 - Molly Peterson - KPCC

'Routine' planning hearing raises questions about L.A.'s oversight on oil drilling

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