Even with precautions, oil and gas drilling is unsafe and hazardous. It carries substantial risks to human life including oil spills, fires, equipment failures, leaks, explosions, falling objects, and vehicle accidents. Spills from oil and gas drilling are surprisingly common. Between 2007 and 2012, E&B reported 16 oil- and gas-related leaks in California alone.
Even a small leak can wreak enormous havoc. In 1997, a pipeline spilled 10,000 to 20,000 gallons of crude oil near Lompoc, California. This accident drenched 17 miles of coastline in oil and endangered wildlife. To put it in some perspective, a similar spill in Hermosa Beach would cause oil to spread to Pacific Palisades, 17 miles away, thereby covering most of Los Angeles’ beaches and damaging tourism, fishing, commerce, and our economy.
An alarming number of serious accidents have occurred recently in nearby communities such as Hawthorne, Signal Hill, Long Beach, and Huntington Beach. In October 2013, a 60- to 70-foot service rig fell over in Huntington Beach causing a temporary power outage and forcing residents to evacuate their homes. If such a rig were to fall in Hermosa Beach, it would likely injure residents and cause major property damage.
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