120-Day Extension Granted by Culver City for IOF Review
The Culver City City Council has granted a 120-day extension of the public review period on the Inglewood Oil Field (IOF) Specific Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). This extension was granted after the Council received numerous requests for more time from Culver City residents. Comments can now be submitted until March 14, 2018.
Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, noted that neither Mayor Jeff Cooper nor Councilmember Jim Clarke would be on the new council when it eventually votes on the issue. Both men will term out in April when city elections will be held.
Right now the new EIR plan allows for 30 additional wells in the IOF. It also allows for fracking underneath the Culver City Real Estate area. Fracking is a slang term for hydraulic fracturing, which is a process of creating fractures in rock formations by injecting fluid into crevices, causing them to widen. Larger cracks then allow more oil and gas to flow out of the formations and be extracted.
Fracking is currently a controversial process in the United States. Some states believe that local fracking has increased the number of minor earthquakes in their communities, even with an absence of known faults in the area. There is also a question of whether or not fracking pollutes or changes ground water.
Anyone who wishes to comment on the EIR plan should write to the City on or before March 14, 2018 at 5:30. Requests should be labeled with “Subject: Inglewood Oil Field Specific Plan Project.” These comments can be sent by email to IOFSpecificPlanProject@culvercity.org, or by fax at (310) 253-5664.
Those with questions can also contact Heather Baker, Assistant City Attorney, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 253-5660 or Inglewood Oil Field Specific Plan Project Manager, Melanie Doran Traxler, at 818) 248-7158. They can also email Melanie at IOFSpecificPlanProject@culvercity.org.
For more information on the EIR visit http://www.culvercity.org/inglewoodoilfield. Martin Feinberg, Realtor, reminds readers they can also revisit previous articles on the IOR Specific Plan and Draft EIR and City Council extension discussions for more information as well.