L.A. may try to block reopening of oil drilling site blamed for health problems

Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo is pursuing an unusual plan that could thwart the reopening of a South L.A. oil drilling site that suspended operations after a public outcry over nosebleeds and other health problems reported by neighbors.

Cedillo, who represents the area near the Allenco Energy Inc. site, wants the city to use a rarely exercised power under its municipal code to cancel “oil drilling districts” where drilling is allowed.

In a proposal Tuesday, he called on city staffers to identify “inactive” drilling districts in the part of Los Angeles he represents, which stretches from Highland Park to Pico-Union, and report on the steps to terminate them.

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