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Hermosa Beach To Consider Renewing Oil Drilling

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(FOX 11 / AP) Residents are debating whether to get back into the oil business, 80 years after this wealthy coastal town first banned drilling.

An environmental review is scheduled to begin Wednesday on a project to drill as many as 30 wells, and an election on the matter could be held next spring, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The city's 1932 oil drilling ban was overturned more than 50 years later after Santa Monica-based Macpherson Oil proposed a project that could have filled city coffers. In 1995, however, voters changed their minds and the city halted the project, declaring it unsafe.

The company filed a $750 million breach of contract lawsuit that dragged on for 14 years. In March, the city announced a settlement.

Under the deal, Bakersfield-based E&B Natural Resources bought Macpherson's stake in the deal for $30 million and limited the city's liability to $17.5 million.

The settlement allowed Bakersfield-based E&B Natural Resources to take over the project, which could produce up to 45 million barrels of oil from wells a few blocks from the beach. The wells would slant both inland and beneath the ocean to reach oil and gas deposits.

Supporters said the city could gain as much as $500 million in oil revenues over 30 years and the school district could receive $11.7 million.

Opponents said derricks aren't welcome in their scenic town. They fear leaks, toxic chemicals, as well as construction traffic and noise.

Mike Collins, who grew up amid the oil fields of Bakersfield, lives four blocks from the shore and 100 yards from a proposed drilling site. He and others have formed a coalition called Stop Hermosa Beach Oil.

"I know what oil smells like, I know what it looks like, what it sounds like," Collins said. "I don't want that in my backyard."

The battle already is heating up.

Wind shop co-owner Kathleen Knoll said she received a dozen angry telephone calls and emails after agreeing to let E&B hold a meet-and-greet public event there. Some customers vowed to boycott the shop and the event was moved.

"We got a glimpse of how passionate people already are and how upset they've become about even the possibility of having oil," Knoll said. "This has gone on for decades, and I think it's going to be very divisive."

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