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Residents of former Shell Oil tank farm site in Carson live amid backhoes, trenches

Soil excavation began this week at Carson’s Carousel Tract, where much of the neighborhood sits above soil drenched in petroleum from a former oil tank farm that used to inhabit the land. (Chuck Bennett/Staff Photographer)

By Sandy Mazza, Staff Writer 9 November 2012

Sharon and Bill Ogden moved into a brand-new two-bedroom home in Carson in 1968, the same year they were married.

Bill worked as a plumber for Boeing and the couple raised two children in the neatly laid-out neighborhood of 285 single-family houses called the Carousel Tract.

This week, Shell Oil contract workers used backhoes to dig up the Ogdens 20-foot-long front yard in three 10-foot deep trenches that stunk of oil when a breeze passed. Noise-dampening blankets nearly as tall as the house buffered the construction sounds on either side. The water fountain that Sharon Ogden had installed in the front yard was placed in storage. read more

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