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Sen. Barbara Boxer Wants To Stop Stinky, Possibly Dangerous Oil Drilling Project In L.A.

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Sen. Barbara Boxer stopped by a South Los Angeles neighborhood this afternoon where residents have been complaining that an oil drilling project in their neighborhood is making them sick. During her stop Boxer called on the company in charge of the project to stop production, according to the Associated Press.

Allenco Energy Co. leases land near Mount St. Mary's College in University Park from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It ramped up production at some old oil wells around 2009, and that's about the time residents began complaining about smelly fumes, nosebleeds, headaches, respiratory problems and other health issues. The South Coast Air Quality Management District has cited the company for its project releasing foul orders 15 times but it insists that the fumes are harmless, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Residents in the mostly low-income neighborhood don't believe them, and neither does James Dahlgren, a former professor at UCLA and toxicology expert. He's investigating complaints on behalf of a group that builds affordable housing projects in the area. He told the Times, "If you can smell it, it's not safe. These people are experiencing symptoms."

Allenco hasn't commented in either previous stories for the Times or the AP's story today.