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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.



  • William Deverell - Author and professor of History, 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


Warren Olney