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)
Links to setback information:
Headaches, nasal congestion, eye, nose, and throat irritation, hoarseness, sore throat, cough, chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing, heart tremors (palpitations), nausea, drowsiness, depression, respiratory problems, gastrointestinal problems, sleep disturbances, hypertension, irritability, tension, nervousness, anger, frustration, embarrassment, fatigue, confusion and negative moods…. are some of the adverse effects that are commonly experienced with this type of oil and gas project says the Reissued Draft Health Impact Assessment – Proposed E&B Oil Drilling and Production Project City of Hermosa Beach, CA
Click image for information on the location of the odors
Environmental experts in the oil & gas industry have determined there are many negative impacts for this Hermosa Beach oil drilling project. This is due to the location and scale of the proposed operation.
Oil Drilling in Hermosa Beach is a Bad Idea (Click image for larger view)
Hermosa Beach Oil Drilling & Production Project Summarized. Click on image for full view.
Click on each image to learn more about the proposed oil drilling and production project in Hermosa Beach. Residents vote on whether to lift the current ban on oil drilling 3-3-15.
NBC News Explains the Project – 2 minutes
Environmental Impact Report Impacts & Project Description
Project Location – The reason why this project is not safe
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It’s really shocking what Intrinsik says about blowouts, yet their summary of findings implies that there are no significant health concerns.
“Due to the close proximity of the site to neighbors, businesses and the public (within 100 feet of businesses, 160 feet of residences, 55 feet of the Greenbelt and 20 feet of the public sidewalks), numerous scenarios could cause odors off site. These could include various maintenance activities such as line, tank or vessel openings; workovers removing well hole equipment (pumps or tubing), thereby exposing the well equipment to the atmosphere; minor accident scenarios; and drilling activities including muds handling that could cause short-duration, intermittent odors, or pump leaks. Because odor thresholds for certain compounds found in the oil and gas industry are very low, in the parts per billion range, release of these compounds can cause odor impacts offsite. Therefore, due to the close proximity of neighbors, odor impacts could impact surrounding areas and would be a significant impact.”
Quote from the Hermosa Beach E&B Oil Drilling & Production Project Final Environmental Impact Report – Executive Summary, page ES-8.