Wally Marks Changemaker Award
Recently, our partners in the STAND-L.A. coalition achieved a milestone victory when the L.A. City Council voted unanimously (12-0) to adopt the final ordinance to prohibit new oil and gas drilling and phase out all existing drilling throughout the entire city!
This monumental victory was 10 years in the making and will bring long overdue relief to environmental justice neighborhoods that now host more than 2,000 active and idle wells. It will also end L.A.’s historic role as a center of oil extraction, setting us on a new path towards renewable clean energy.
The passage of this ordinance represents the culmination of years of community organizing, with the goal of addressing long-standing injustices to frontline communities and communities of color, which have been disproportionately affected by the health impacts of toxic drilling sites.
This is truly a watershed moment and unprecedented policy victory in the largest urban oil field in the country.