Olalde, M., & Menezes, R. (2020, February 6). Idle oil wells are California’s toxic multibillion-dollar problem. Los Angeles Times. https://www.latimes.com/projects/california-oil-well-drilling-idle-cleanup/
This report according to a months-long data analysis and investigation by the Los Angeles Times and the Center for Public Integrity recounts LA’s oil production history and its practices. Across much of California, fossil fuel companies are leaving thousands of oil and gas wells unplugged and idle, potentially threatening the health of people living nearby and handing taxpayers a multibillion-dollar bill for the environmental cleanup.This articles covers the toxins released by oils and their effect of the population and effects on climate and asks a key question if whether California’s oil industry — once a top-three U.S. producer — has the resources and staying power to pay for future cleanups.
Liberty Hill. (2015). DRILLING DOWN: The Community Consequences of Expanded Oil Development in Los Angeles. https://libertyhill-assets.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/media/documents/Drilling_Down_Report_-_Full.pdf
This report shares stories of residents who are living very close to oil drilling and production operations where toxic chemicals and potentially hazardous well stimulation technologies are used to extract oil from the ground.
California Council on Science & Technology (CCST). (2019, March 5). Well Stimulation in California (SB4). https://ccst.us/reports/well-stimulation-in-california/
The Los Angeles Basin is unique in its exceptional natural concentration of oil directly beneath a dense urban population. In few other places in the world has simultaneous petroleum development and urbanization occurred to such an extent. Conflicts of oil and city life are not new to Los Angeles, but recent reports suggesting the possibility of additional large-scale oil production enabled by hydraulic fracturing, coupled with the ever increasing encroachment of urbanization on the existing oil fields, lends a particular urgency to the need to understand the public health implications of having millions of people who live, work, play, and learn in close proximity to billions of barrels of crude oil. This report reviews the numbers and demographics of residents, schools, daycare centers and other “sensitive receptors” in proximity to existing active oil and gas development operations