Ban Urban Oil Drilling in California's Communities

Ban Urban Oil Drilling in California's Communities

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JEFFREY Baum started this petition to Governor Gavin Newsom and

Throughout California's cities there are killers living near by, looming right out in the open. These are drilling operations for fossil fuels in our neighborhoods, next to homes, schools, and parks. They are harming those already suffering great economic plights, as they are predominantly found in low income communities of color. Further, fossil fuel extraction is not congruent with California's position as a leader in the fight against the climate crisis internationally. I propose an immediate suspension of urban drilling operations in the public interest, followed by a responsible clean up, and shift to green energy opportunities. The residents of Los Angeles should no longer be put in harms way by fossil fuel companies for the sake of private profits, we must reclaim our communities.

"Urban drilling is fundamentally incompatible with public health. Nowhere else in the country do we see oil drilling happening in the midst of such a dense population. There are over 1,000 active oil wells in the City of Los Angeles, and 80% of these wells are located within 2,500 feet of a sensitive land use like a home, school, hospital, or church.6 The concentration of toxic emissions is highest at the source of pollution, thus increasing the health risks for residents living in closest proximity to oil drilling. The public health risk of exposure to toxic air contaminants such as benzene are most significant within 1⁄2 mile – or 2,640 feet – of active and oil gas sites.7 A human health and safety buffer is necessary to protect the health of over 325,000 Angelenos8 who currently live within 2,500 feet of an active oil well.

Moreover, a history of disparate and unequal protections has concentrated the health risks posed by these operations in low-income communities of color, where residents are already facing disproportionate burdens from multiple pollution sources. We need bold action from our elected officials to ensure that our vulnerable populations and overburdened communities are kept safe from these industrial operations." Health Professional Statement on the Risks Posed by Urban Oil & Gas Extraction, 250 of health professional colleagues

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Report: The Community Consequences of Expanded Oil Development in Los Angeles

 

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