Oil drilling has been banned in Hermosa Beach, Calif., for more than 80 years. According to The Sacramento Bee, the practice was originally outlawed in 1932 then later permitted and banned again. Now, it could be making yet another comeback in the beach town.
The city plans to hold an election this spring to decide whether to allow oil drilling. This will be the fourth discussion of its kind in Hermosa's history, according to The Los Angeles Times. The issue has already caused divides within the area, since some residents look forward to the energy benefits of drilling and others worry about its potential impact on the environment.
"I know what oil smells like, I know what it looks like, what it sounds like," Mike Collins, a resident of Hermosa Beach, told The Los Angeles Times. "I don't want that in my backyard."
The proposed project would involve as many as 30 wells and could bring $500 million in revenue to Hermosa Beach, The Sacramento Bee reported. E&B Natural Resources, an oil and gas company based in Bakersfield, would manage the project, and experts estimate it could produce 45 million barrels of oil.