Stop Hermosa Beach Oil’s mission is to keep Hermosa clean, green, safe, and beautiful by maintaining the City’s ban on oil drilling originally adopted by the voters in 1932.
Hermosa Beach is a classic California beach town with a rich and colorful history that proudly dubs itself “the best little beach city” in America. In 2011, our 1.3 square mile city formally embarked on a path toward environmental sustainability when we adopted the Green Task Force Sustainability Plan. That bold yet achievable vision for our future stands in stark contrast to our current pressing reality–an oil company proposing to construct 30 oil wells and four injection wells, drilling beneath any land within our City limit and one mile out into the ocean.
Stop Hermosa Beach Oil began as a group of concerned residents, small business owners, professionals, and former council members. What started out as a determination to care for and protect our community, environment and Pacific Ocean, has flourished into a beautiful movement. We are committed to providing our community with plain facts, not spin, to enable the citizens of Hermosa Beach to accurately and fairly judge the environmental, economic, and social impact of the oil company’s proposition. We seek to foster an open and honest dialogue about the near and long-term future of our beautiful beach community.
A few facts: The proposed drill site is located four blocks from the beach on Valley Drive, surrounded by family homes, small businesses, beautiful South Park and our iconic Green Belt. From this site, the oil company seeks to drill, produce, and process up to 8,000 barrels of oil and 2.5 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The company plans to directionally drill in all directions under homes and below the sea floor to the one-mile boundary of tideland that the City holds in trust for the benefit of the People of California. The oil company’s proposition is, essentially, to plant an “offshore” oil rig four blocks inland from the beach.
Our website provides well-researched information, citing source documents, which we view as fundamental to helping our community reach a well-informed and educated decision about the prospect of drilling in Hermosa Beach.
It is our belief that the City’s ban on oil drilling, which voters studied and wisely adopted in 1932, 1958, and once again in 1995, and which the California Court of Appeals unanimously upheld in 2001, remains our best assurance to secure the welfare of our community and avoid the grave risks inherent in any oil drilling operation.
Please join us in taking a stand against the short-sighted and flawed plan that proposes oil drilling in “the best little beach city.” We are capable of so much more! Let’s unite around a future that is green, clean, safe, and beautiful—Together, we will Keep Hermosa Hermosa!
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