A decade ago, Los Angeles city planners gave an energy company permission to drill up to 540 wells and produce up to 5,000 barrels of oil a day on a Wilmington site next door to a youth baseball field and blocks of homes.
The next few years were, in the words of one neighbor, "a living hell." People living nearby complained of foul odors, gas flaring, oily dust, round-the-clock noise, diesel truck traffic and foundation-damaging vibrations. They said the fumes made them nauseous, gave them headaches and itchy eyes.
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Wilmington oil field: A photo caption in the Feb. 21 California section with an article about a...