STAND-LA is pleased that city officials have formally recognized that Angelenos' health is negatively impacted by oil and gas development near our homes, schools, parks and places of work. Approved today by the City Council, the 'pLAn for a Healthy LA' acknowledges that the risks associated with energy extraction are a serious health and community safety concern that must be addressed. Numerous studies have proven that oil and gas development can contribute to negative health effects such as respiratory illnesses, nausea, headaches, nosebleeds, adverse developmental and reproductive effects, and a possible increase in cancer risk.
While we are encouraged that the City Council and the Planning Department have acknowledged these threats to the health of our communities, we urge them to follow through with their promise to reevaluate the City’s zoning code and other relevant policy in order to ensure our communities are not endangered by oil and gas extraction.
Stand Together Against Neighborhood Drilling Los Angeles is an alliance of grassroots community organizations dedicated to safeguarding the well-being, health and safety of Angelenos living and working in close proximity to oil drilling sites. For more information, please visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.