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Oil is as much a part of Southern California history as sunshine and citrus groves. Downtown LA is pockmarked with oil wells capped before they ran dry. In Long Beach and Signal Hill, there were forests of derricks and they’re still pumping in Seal Beach, Santa Fe Springs and Beverly Hills. Tonight: is there an oil well coming near you? Photo by David McNew/Getty Images, CULVER CITY, CA: oil rigs extract petroleum as the price of crude oil rises.

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Dan Konecky

Main Topic OiL.A.
The price of crude oil today hit 123.34, an all time record, but applications to drill in California were already jumping. The LA Basin has been a source of oil since the turn of the last century. A lot of people will be surprised to learn how close to oil wells they’re living now — and what the rising price could mean in a lot of neighborhoods.

Guests:
William Deverell, University of Southern California
Greg Brown, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Breitburn Oil Corporation
Mark Salkin, Vice President, Culver Crest Neighborhood Association
Yvone Brathwaite Burke, Los Angeles County Supervisor

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