What’s the Risk to Our Health?

POTENTIAL HEALTH OUTCOMES for the Hermosa Beach Oil Drilling Project (Click Image for Larger View)

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.

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E&B’s Claims Range from Misleading to Downright False

Independent, 3rd party sources contradict E&B’s advertising and website claims. When analyzing the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), the Health Impact Assessment (HIA), and Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA), the devil is in the details. And the details say…”E&B’s pants on are fire”. They are overstating revenue and downplaying risk. Here’s the reality.

E&B is Misleading Us to get Our VOTE. Click on image for larger view.

What’s that stink? Is that why I’m sick?

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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

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Click image for information on the location of the odors