City of Whittier City Council Unanimous in Support of Matrix Oil Project to Drill in Whittier Hills. Approves Matrix Draft CUP and votes to certify the FEIR

Whittier, CA. Following 7 days of public hearing in Whittier, held from November 7 to November 28, the City of Whittier City Council voted unanimously (5-0) to approve a staff recommended Draft Conditional-Use Permit to allow drilling on the Matrix Whittier Main City Lease and to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report (“FEIR”) which analyzed the Matrix Oil Corporation Project Proposal. During the 7 days the City Council listened to approximately 110 citizens, city staff, environmental consultants, spokespeople from local service groups, and to Matrix Oil Corporation Officers and consultants that included an initial presentation, answers to questions and a final presentation regarding merits of the project. The vote to approve and certify was followed the next day, November 29, by a Notice of Determination (“NOD”) statement filed by City Staff on the results of the 7-day hearing. The NOD is posted on the City of Whittier website under Mineral Extraction Project. The NOD initiates a 30-day clock from November 29 for any challenges to the project to be filed by parties in opposition to the project. City Councilman Joe Viniteri stated, “I believe this project will help continue our generational quality of life. This is one of the most significant things that will impact us in the last 50 years”.