July 4, 2010 - Bill Dehart talked about the pools of aging oil in the ground under his neighborhood as he swept dried Elm tree leaves recently on the street outside his Carson home.
The beginning of a massive cleanup of the Carousel tract was outlined last week in a tentative government order to polluter Shell Oil.
Like hundreds of other residents in this community north of Lomita Boulevard, between Marbella and Panama avenues, Dehart got the order in the mail from his attorneys in their class-action lawsuit against Shell.
But he still can't imagine how it will be possible to clean gobs of oil-drenched soil and groundwater without first leveling homes, streets and driveways.
"How are they gonna get out all that oil?" Dehart wondered. "I don't particularly trust them."