LOS ANGELES — On Tuesday, The Los Angeles Times revealed that the City of Los Angeles failed to enforce rules critical to protecting communities from the dangers of oil production, which most often occurs in areas already burdened by dirty air and water. The City’s negligence has been going on for decades, exposing residents living near drilling sites vulnerable to public and environmental health risks. Californians Against Fracking issued the following statement:
“Los Angeles’ failure to protect residents in South Los Angeles from the oil extraction is unacceptable. Drilling near schools, homes and parks is dangerous, and should not be allowed in the first place. This is not the first time residents health and safety has been compromised because regulators aren’t doing their jobs and oil companies are cutting corners. It’s time to put an end to drilling and fracking in Californians’ backyards and start focusing on a fossil free future.”
Californians Against Fracking is a coalition of about 200 environmental business, health, agriculture, labor, political and environmental justice organizations working to win a statewide ban on extreme drilling including fracking. Follow @CAagainstFrack on Twitter.