In September 2016, Mayor Garcetti named Uduak-Joe Ntuk as the City’s new Petroleum Administrator, responsible for enforcing technical and environmental requirements of urban oil and gas operations. No one has held the job since the 1980s, though the City Charter specifically mandates it. Mayor Garcetti and the City Council moved to ll the vacancy in response to last year’s Aliso Canyon methane leak disaster and related concerns around neighborhood drilling.
Ntuk oversees the newly created Office of Petroleum and Natural Gas Administration and Safety, tasked with negotiating and overseeing the City’s pipeline franchise agreements; tracking and reporting on fossil fuel extraction, refining and transportation within the City; and monitoring compliance with City, county, state and federal regulations. Part of the Public Works Department, the petroleum office also coordinates with regional regulators, such as the South Coast Air Quality Management District and County Department of Public Health, to address concerns, nuisances and violations.