Hermosa Beach vs Huntington Beach Oil Drilling Locations (Click on image for full view)
E&B and their supporters compare the proposed Hermosa Beach oil drilling and production project to E&B’s Huntington Beach site.
Hermosa is NOT like Huntington.
Huntington Beach is on more land, is easier for vehicles to access, is further from schools and parks, and is much further from the beach.
- E&B’s Huntington location is at 1901 California St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. It covers 2 city blocks for a total 3.2 acres. They operate 28 oil wells.
- The proposed Hermosa location would be on 1.3 acres and shares a city block with many businesses, homes and apartments. It would have 30 oil wells and 4 wastewater injection wells.
- In case of an emergency, Huntington can be accessed from roads on all 4 sides on both properties.
- In Hermosa, residents and businesses block access to the site on 2 sides; therefore, emergency access would be impaired. This also forces the additional truck/car traffic needed to support the construction and operations onto fewer streets.
- The Hermosa location is also central to activities that bring in people from all over the city and even surrounding cities. This is due to it being sandwiched between 2 parks, the green belt, businesses and being along a walking route to Hermosa Valley school.
- The Huntington location is over 4 times further from the beach than the Hermosa location.
History & Operations
- E&B bought Angus Petroleum, the previous operator of the Huntington Beach location, in 2012. Angus had declared bankruptcy. Therefore, the construction and preparation of the site and the original drilling was not done by E&B. This means the E&B has no experience constructing and drilling in a residential, beach community.
- The Huntingtion operation produces 160 barrels of oil per day (bopd). Hermosa’s peak production could be 50 times higher at a proposed 8,000 bopd in a much smaller area.
- Residents have complained about odors, both before and after E&B’s acquisition of this operation per AQMD. Air quality/odors is one of the 9 significant and unavoidable impacts stated in the EIR.
The ballot language and development agreement for the proposed Hermosa Beach Oil Drilling and Production project is now final.
E&B refused to accept the following FACTS that were requested for the ballot language:
- “Potential Benefits” will now be “Benefits” — There is a go/no-go option for E&B after test drilling. If E&B determines this is not a viable project for them, they can decide to not proceed with the project. This means there could be $0 and no benefits.
- “9 Significant Unavoidable Impacts” will now be “Unavoidable Impacts” — Even though the independent Environmental Impact report specifically states that there will be “9 Significant Unavoidable Impacts“.
E&B is only for E&B. When 2 city council members requested that E&B increase their insurance coverage in case a blowout (explosion) occurred, E&B refused. Risk of upset/blowout is 1 of the 9 Significant Unavoidable Impacts. An explosion at 6th & Valley would be devastating, since it’s so close to homes, businesses, parks and pedestrians.
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POTENTIAL HEALTH OUTCOMES for the Hermosa Beach Oil Drilling Project (Click Image for Larger View)
According to the Final Health Impact Assessment, there are many substantial risks to our health, if the proposed Hermosa Beach oil drilling and production project proceeds.
Sadly, the summary statements, conclusions and recommendations written by Instrinsik, downplay these impacts to the point of belittling this community. Watch Intrinsik downplay fatalities in a city council meeting.
This is not the first time Instrinsik as downplayed public health. See 2012 report on Intrinsik and toxic gas leak in Canada. And in 2014 they continue to downplay odor impacts and toxicity.
While we don’t know their motivations in “spinning” a conclusion that downplays health issues and impacts to Hermosa Beach, they do highlight the following:
- A well blowout could have fatalities
- Children, elderly, and individuals with pre-existing conditions are particularly vulnerable
- Pedestrians and cyclists are at risk to physical injury due to heavy trucks
- If there is any type of toxic breach that reaches the storm drains, beachgoers could be at risk.
Intrinsik tends to minimize the impact of negative health outcomes to Hermosa Beach by using the word “localized”. Since Hermosa Beach is so densely populated, “localized” still covers a lot of people. More than 1,000 people could be seriously injured, and there are homes (and the greenbelt) within the “fatalities” zone. More than 2,000 people could be impacted by odors/toxins and there are many illnesses that can result from toxins from oil drilling.
What does oil drilling have in common with real estate? Location, Location, Location!
The reason why the Hermosa Beach oil drilling and production project is not healthy, safe, and has 9 significant unavoidable impacts is due to its location in a high residential density beach community.
Hermosa Beach Oil Drilling Site Significant Impacts (odor, safety) by Distance (click image for larger view)
Los Angeles neighborhood right next to 30 oil wells.
Click here for article. It’s a huge problem for the residents.
Freeport McMoRan operates 30 oil and gas wells — of which 22 are active — in the Murphy drilling site in West Adams, L.A.Sarah Craig
Hermosa Beach Oil Drilling Setback Comparisons to other Jurisdictions (click image for full view)
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