The movement to increase transparency in the nation’s largest urban oil field gained some more momentum last Thursday night as over 100 community members who live, work, and play near the Baldwin Hills Oil Field packed into a small room to voice their questions and concerns about fracking. The atmosphere was electric and important progress was made. To get a recap of Thursday’s meeting, please read this article by Damon Nagami from the Natural Resources Defense Council: goo.gl/huiPr
As the standing-room-only crowd asked questions of the oil company, the County Government, and representatives from the State Department of Conservation it was very clear just how important and critical this issue is to the community.
To help support the efforts of the Greater Baldwin Hills Alliance and community groups in calling for transparency around matters affecting health, safety, and environmental justice including the Fracking Study, there are two important actions that you can do right now:
1. Email your questions and concerns about the Fracking Study to Rena Kambara ([email protected]) at the Department of Regional Planning by this Thursday March 15th at 5PM. Due to the overwhelming turnout at the meeting last Thursday, the County has agreed to take questions regarding the Fracking Study. They’re listening, are you talking?
a. You can view some of the presentations given at the meeting, including a PowerPoint discussing the Fracking Study at PXP’s website: www.inglewoodoilfield.com
2. Invite your friends, neighbors, and anyone concerned about fracking and/or oil field transparency to learn more about what they can do through the Greater Baldwin Hills Alliance campaign. To sign up for periodic email updates all they have to do is email me: [email protected]. Spread the word about what we’re doing in this campaign to anyone interested by mentioning it in meetings, at community gatherings, or even on Facebook and Twitter! As we’ve seen since our work began in 2008, change is possible, but only with energy and leadership from the community.