A pipeline spilled more than 1,600 gallons of oil this week in the Inglewood oil field near the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area when a valve was left open.
Human error caused the spill, which occurred at 8:10 a.m. Tuesday, according to a report from the state’s Office of Emergency Services.
The report said the spill had been contained and that E&B Natural Resources, the company that operates the pipeline, was doing the cleanup. E&B Natural Resources did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Sentinel Peak Resources, which operates the estate, addressed questions to E&B.
Mario Tresierras, head of the LA County Fire Department’s health hazardous materials division, said his team observed the cleanup and the spill did not warrant an evacuation or notification to residents.
“We would have taken action” if there had been a security risk, he said.
But environmental groups on Wednesday expressed concern over residents who may have been exposed to toxins released into the air and renewed their concern over the Inglewood oil field, the country’s largest urban oil field. It spans approximately 1,000 acres around Culver City, Baldwin Hills and neighboring communities.
“Any spill that occurs near neighborhoods puts people at risk, especially vulnerable populations like children and the elderly and people with respiratory illnesses,” said Hollin Kretzmann, attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity.
Last fall, Culver City approved a resolution to assess the phase-out of oil extraction in its part of the field. LA city council is also considering a motion to study the phase-out of oil drilling throughout the city, said Monica Embrey, associate director of the Sierra Club.