An ‘Industrial-Scale Glade Plug-In’ Masks Odors from L.A.’s Urban Oil Fields February 5, 2020


A decade ago, when it was not uncommon for the breeze through Los Angeles’s University Park neighborhood to carry the scent of natural gas, the residents of the area began falling ill. They complained to Martha Dina Argüello, the executive director of the nonprofit Physicians for Social Responsibility, about nausea and nosebleeds; air that burned the eyes and throat, as if they were cooking with chilies; the smell of gas, rotten eggs, and, curiously, overripe guava. They blamed the nearby AllenCo drill site, a collection of 21 oil wells operating on land leased from the Catholic Archdiocese of L.A.

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