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:
“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.