Office of Planning

Contact Information
Office of Planning
Department of Public Health
County of Los Angeles
313 N. Figueroa Street, Suite 708
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Protection of Public Health Near Oil and Gas Development

The Community Prevention and Population Health Task Force prioritized the protection of public health near neighborhood oil drilling sites, as one of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) priority areas.

We are currently working to develop specific strategies related to this priority area for the new CHIP, which will be released in 2020. For more information about this effort, please contact the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Office of Planning at

Reports, including Preliminary Environmental Health Assessments, activities, and correspondence related to protecting public health near oil and gas production facilities are posted on this page. Click any links below to jump directly to that section.


The Public Health and Safety Risks of Oil and Gas Facilities in Los Angeles County (February 2018) provides local policy‐makers with an overview of relevant public health research and investigations. It concludes with guidance measures aimed to reduce the potential health impacts of living, working, and going to school near oil and gas operations.

The Department of Public Health's summary of Oil and Gas Facility Health and Safety Risks provides an overview of potential health impacts and shares resources for individuals living, working, playing, or studying near an oil or gas facility.

Preliminary Environmental Health Assessments

Preliminary Environmental Health Assessment (PEHA) documents an investigation by the Department of Public Health into environmental problems and health concerns due to industrial pollution. Below are links to PEHAs involving oil and gas operations.

Allenco Energy Facility and University Park Community
December 2013

Los Angeles Orphan Wells at 323 and 324 Firmin Street, Los Angeles
August 2016

Previous CHIP Activities

October 17, 2017 Community Meeting: Potential Health Impacts of Neighborhood Oil Drilling

August 10, 2017 DPH Staff Tour Oil Drilling

May 10, 2017 Educational Session for DPH on Neighborhood Oil and Gas Development

February 7, 2017 Research Briefing for DPH on the Health Risks of Oil and Gas in Urban Areas of Los Angeles

Community meeting, LA84 Foundation Oil tour, Kenneth Hahn Park Educational Session, Holman United Methodist Church Research Briefing, The California Endowment


Letter from California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) to Department of Regional Planning, and Responses

May 8, 2018 letter from MRS Environmental, Inc.
April 26, 2018 letter from DPH
April 5, 2018 letter from CIPA

September 25, 2017 letter from the Community Prevention and Population Health Task Force to the Archbishop of Los Angeles regarding the lease of the Allenco Energy Facility

September 7, 2017 letter from DPH to the Archbishop of Los Angeles regarding the lease of the Allenco Energy Facility

Links and Tools

Department of Regional Planning Oil and Gas Strike Team

City of Los Angeles Office of Petroleum and Natural Gas Administration and Safety

State of California Department of Conservation Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources Well Finder

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