The Beacon Newsletter Archive – Grist | Grist

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In a historic victory for Los Angeles communities, the LA City Council voted unanimously on Friday to ban new oil and gas drilling in the city and phase out existing wells over the next two decades.

“The half a million Angelenos who live within a quarter mile of our remaining oil wells suffer greater adverse health effects,” said City Council President Paul Krekorian in a tweet. He said the 12-0 decision, which finalizes an ordinance that’s been in the works since January, “may be the most important step toward environmental justice” that the city council had taken in recent memory.

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