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March 19, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The oil-rich city of Carson has imposed an emergency moratorium on all new drilling, halting efforts by a petroleum company to bore more than 200 wells near homes and a state university. The drilling ban, which runs for 45 days but could be extended up to two years, was driven by a fear that Occidental Petroleum would employ hydraulic fracturing to coax oil from one of the city's vast oil fields. Occidental has repeatedly denied it will use fracking, an extraction technique that involves blasting a mix of water, chemicals and sand deep into the ground to fracture rock formations and free trapped oil. Critics contend the practice can contaminate groundwater or even trigger earthquakes when water is injected underground.
February 24, 1988
As executive director of the Pacific Palisades Land Owners Assn., I serve to protect the interests of our membership, which includes 7,000 of my neighbors. The inland Palisades project is totally aligned with the association's purpose. Occidental will install, at its own expense, a dewatering system in the Palisades bluffs before oil drilling begins. This system will stabilize the bluffs and make the proposed drill site area safer than it currently is, according to the Los Angeles City engineer.
February 4, 2001
How shortsighted are President Bush and his Interior secretary, Gale Norton? They want to destroy a protected habitat for one year's worth of oil. In one year we will be forced to come up with a long-term solution. Why don't we do it now and spare the pristine Alaskan wildlife refuge? Once we go in there to extract the oil, we will be doing irreparable damage. How can the American public not see that Bush just wants to take care of his oil-drilling buddies? PILAR ESTABROOK Torrance
January 28, 1988
I have recently taken interest in the 20-year war between Occidental Petroleum and drilling foe activists in the Pacific Palisades. At minimum, the issues involved are murky and complicated, but what does emerge rather simply from the controversy is Occidental's disregard for the concern of a substantial number of Los Angeles citizens. As a great philanthropist and international do-gooder, Hammer is doing much now to earn the enmity of his own fellow residents in Los Angeles.
April 4, 1986 | LEO C. WOLINSKY, Times Staff Writer
A delegation of local officials from coastal communities met Thursday with Gov. George Deukmejian to voice concerns over federal offshore oil drilling, but several others charged that Deukmejian tried to "stack the deck" by excluding some of the most vocal opponents of drilling.
February 11, 1985
When I first saw Mayor Tom Bradley's article (Editorial Pages, Jan. 25), listing his reasons for signing the ordinances allowing oil drilling in Pacific Palisades, I expected at least some rationale for his bewildering flip-flop on the Occidental Petroleum issue. But alas, after reading the mayor's explanation, which was replete with inaccurate, inconsistent and irrelevant observations, I was more mystified than ever. Tom Bradley has yet to give a cogent, acceptable justification for his most shocking about-face in recent memory.
July 19, 1995
In your July 10 article about oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, drilling proponents advocate spending large sums of money to permanently alter a pristine wilderness, resulting in at best 30 years of oil or at worst the "world's most expensive dry hole." In either case this country eventually ends up just as dependent on foreign oil as we are today. The resources required to open up ANWR to oil drilling would be far better spent on the development of practical, affordable electric vehicles.
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