In response to the disaster, Stand Together Against Neighborhood Drilling (STAND-L.A.) released the following statement:
“This disaster is yet another example of the dangers of both on-shore and off-shore oil extraction. While we applaud the urgency of the state and county government response to this catastrophe, low-income Black and Brown communities have been made to wait years for action from state and local officials to address the public health emergency of oil drilling in neighborhoods like South LA and Wilmington. This spill puts in relief what was already clear to frontline communities: the end of the fossil fuel era can’t arrive fast enough. We are encouraged by the bold action of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last month to move to phase out oil drilling in unincorporated areas, and we urge city, state, and federal officials to move as quickly as possible to end oil drilling, full-stop. "