Drilling will likely start in a month on 24 new oil wells in Baldwin Hills, the first of 600 new wells over three decades.
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to create a Community Standards District for the 84-year-old oil field, giving the county regulatory authority. A final draft of the ordinance will be approved next week.
The decision clears the way for the Plains Exploration & Production Company to drill two dozen wells this year. The plan calls for 600 new wells off La Cienega Boulevard over the next 30 years.