Dangerous Hydrogen Sulfide Will Be Released During the oil drilling operation per released documents.
Hermosa Beach will be exposed to hydrogen sulfide,
“People living near oil and gas development sites may be chronically exposed to much lower, but nonetheless dangerous ambient H2S levels, as well as to accidental high- concentration releases”
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The release from a blow out can last for an indefinite period of time.
- Hydrogen sulfide is a mucous membrane and respiratory tract irritant; pulmonary edema, which may be immediate or delayed, can occur after exposure to high concentrations.
- Symptoms of acute exposure include nausea, headaches, delirium, disturbed equilibrium, tremors, convulsions, and skin and eye irritation.
- Inhalation of high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide can produce extremely rapid unconsciousness and death.
- Death from exposure can occur as quickly as 30 min.
- Exposure not resulting in death can result in long term memory loss, paralysis of facial muscles and severe nerve tissue damage
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It is up to the citizens of Hermosa Beach to become aware of this danger and fight to protect our community from exposure because the Oil Lobby is powerful and has created massive loopholes with regard to reporting actual leaks and exposures of this poisonous gas:
“When George Bush, Sr. signed the Clean Air Act in 1990, H2S was not among the 188 chemicals on the final HAPs list to be regulated, despite the calls of public interest groups and government scientists, some even within the EPA, for its inclusion. Hydrogen sulfide had been on the proposed original list of hazardous substances, and was removed from this list as a result of successful efforts by the oil and gas, chemical, and paper industries. For instance, the American Petroleum Institute, representing the interests of the oil and gas industry, argued that H2S emissions are an “accidental-release issue” rather than a routine one, and that H2S therefore should not be regulated as one of the Clean Air Act’s Hazardous Air Pollutants. This lack of an EPA standard has prompted one newspaper to label hydrogen sulfide “the least regulated common poison.”
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