How Will Oil Drilling Affect Hermosa Beach Residents?
Increased Air Pollution
The oil and natural gas project will push Hermosa Beach air pollution well over local and federal air quality standards. Higher levels of air pollution are linked to an increase in heart and lung diseases.
Lower Quality of Life
More hospitalizations, sleep disorders and cognitive decline are associated with the environmental impacts caused by the oil project. Environmental stress will accelerate the effects of aging and will lower the quality of life for seniors.
Seniors and Children Will Be Most at Risk
According to the official Health Impact Assessment, seniors and children will be at increased risk from air quality impacts. This means 25% of Hermosa’s population will be more vulnerable to cardiopulmonary diseases and cancer including childhood leukemia.
Numerous Side Effects
Headaches, nasal congestion, eye, nose and throat irritation, hoarseness, sore throat, cough, chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing, heart tremors (palpitations), nausea, drowsiness, depression and higher stress levels are the most commonly reported symptoms associated with the environmental impacts that can be caused by oil and gas drilling in Hermosa Beach.