1 out of 3 people in Los Angeles lives within a mile of an oil well

Forget those iconic palm trees. Oil rigs have become just as much a part of the Los Angeles landscape as the towering trees that line the city’s sun-drenched boulevards. Los Angeles County is home to 6,065 oil and gas wells, and one in three Angelenos lives within a mile of a drilling rig, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council released Wednesday.

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(Photo: Long Beach oil well at Alamitos Bay, posted to Flickr by BSYC LongBeach)

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