California soon will have the largest oil drilling setbacks in the US. Experts say other states can learn from this move.
In a 12-0 vote, the Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance that will immediately ban new oil extraction and shut down existing operations within 20 years. The historic decision comes after years of complaints by residents about how pollution from nearby drilling has caused them health issues.
A multidisciplinary team of UCLA scientists and health care practitioners will conduct the health study, which will consist of five components—a health and health care use assessment, exposure assessment, community engagement, data management and statistical analysis, and overall program administration.

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