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Stop Oil Drilling In Hermosa Beach!
As a lifelong South Bay resident and a new homeowner in Hermosa Beach, the issue of oil drilling in Hermosa Beach is a very disturbing prospect to me. Since Hermosa Beach will be the place where my husband and I are planning to start our family, I want to do everything within my power to ensure that our beaches, our air, and our community remains free from the harmful effects that would come from oil drilling. The health risks, the environmental risks, and all of the potential problems that come with oil drilling are just not worth it. Let's keep Hermosa the beautiful, green city it has always been!
Health, noise, disruption, accidents, trucks. There's too much oil and gas in my life already. Time to cut back.
For the future of my kids.
I do not want heavy industry located in Hermosa Beach. Respect our neighbors and all of our beach community that will be adversely effected by this inane and poorly placed project for 35 years in our wonderful town. We and our oceans deserve better.
My wife and I live a little more than a block from the proposed oil site. Most oil drilling towns have setbacks. In Dallas it is 1500 feet. Here it would be ZERO feet. We are in the kill zone. If there is a gas leak or explosion, I (or one of my neighbors) could be injured or worse. E&B and its constituents have a poor history of being a good neighbor. It is just not worth the risk. Our bedroom overlooks the drilling site. As many in Hermosa Beach, we have no air conditioning. The oil company wants to “mitigate” noise, smells, and light by telling us to close our windows and put in black out curtains. Most of us moved to Hermosa to live near the ocean, to smell the fresh air and feel the cool breeze. That simple pleasure will be gone. It just doesn’t make sense. Maintain the ban.
I moved to Hermosa to live in a serene beach community, not an oil town. I live 500 feet away from the proposed drilling site, and am pregnant with my first baby. While E&B will try to convince us that we need oil money and that our city’s future is in jeopardy without it, that is absolutely false based on the city’s financial data. Hermosa DOES NOT NEED oil money. I am unwilling to put my baby’s health at risk for money, especially money the City doesn’t need.
The potential for a spill, fire or explosion. One spill would destroy our beautiful beach. Increased pollution. Noise. Super ugly drill yard. Big truck traffic. Property values would go down.
E&B go away!!!
We will sell our house and move if those rats get their way.
I do not think it would be a healthful thing for our very small town. It would be in an area of homes not appropriate.
Not safe, not worth the risk, don't mess with paradise. Keep life in perspective. Be a progressive community by being a World leader in doing it another way, not by being conned by an oil company.
I really don't understand why anyone would allow drilling 30 oil wells and 4 waste water re-injection wells in a small area in a densely populated small town. The possibility of things that could go wrong is endless. The oil company promises us riches, but given that most of the oil is presumed to be located under the tidelands, most of that money won't go into the city general fund. And especially as oil prices continue to plummet, this will never be a good deal for Hermosa. But that is a moot point. I would never sell our neighbors out. The health and safety of our neighbors is invaluable and you can't put a price on that.
I was born and raised in the South Bay - I grew up surfing, swimming, paddling, etc. at our local beaches, and it breaks my heart that some of us are willing to jeopardize our ocean for potential oil profits.
I have over 19,000 reasons...one for every resident
Why in the world would we, the citizens of Hermosa Beach, want to enter into a contract that will extend for 35 years? Is there any other business in Hermosa Beach that has such a guarantee? I’m not sure but I don’t think so. You may be for or against Oil Drilling for very logical reasons and I respect everyone’s opinion. But once you consider that this agreement will not be easily changed for over 3 ½ decades, it starts to sound a bit more risky. Most mortgages and marriages don’t last that long… and we have the power to change them if they don’t work out.
35 years ago, Richard Nixon was the President of the United States( we all know how that turned out), YMCA was “#1” on the charts (OK, who doesn’t like YMCA, but 35 years of it) and Billy Martin was named the manager of the Oakland A’s (eventually he was fired in 82 after one of their worst seasons ever). Although these all seemed like logical decisions at the time, would we have wanted any of these arrangements to last for 35 years?
If you plan to be in Hermosa Beach 35 years from now (God willing I want to be), think seriously about how you vote on this subject. If you don’t plan to be here for the next 35 years, please don’t mess it up for the rest of us. Thanks.
- Fresh air is priceless, and the pervasive smell of oil and potentially sulfur (rotten eggs) cannot be eliminated
- HB has a business asset in the proposed site that will only INCREASE in value over time
- Oil revenues may come at expense of cannibalized property tax revenues
- Strong financing options available for settlement obligations if citizens elect NOT to move forward with drilling
- Industry experts express concern over the safety/efficacy of drilling in a dense residential area like HB
Texas does not allow drilling within 1,500 feet of homes, parks, schools or businesses. This potential oil drilling project is grandfathered in from a 1931 law that has ZERO setback restrictions. According to the Environmental Impact Report our homes are 160 feet away, the greenbelt is 55 feet away, sidewalks are 20 feet away that kids walk to school on and businesses are steps away. It is not a safe project. No money can buy my, my family, or my neighbors health and safety.
permanent change to the earth.
bleeding a turnip.
The health and safety risks of an industrial oil and gas drilling operation in the middle of our town, and out into the Santa Monica Bay, aren't worth the speculative benefits. Let's protect our beautiful town- Keep Hermosa Hermosa.
In our densely populated city, our health and safety would be jeopardized by oil drilling. There is not enough money in the world that would convince me to place any child and their families in danger. There are other alternatives to bring income to Hermosa Beach that do not endanger our citizens.
We are too small and fragile for a project of this size. This will not bring money to save school jobs or help fill our empty store windows.
Do NOT delay this vote! It is already contentious and hurting this city!
If it gets delayed to vote during a presidential election we will have less informed people voting as well as renters who may buy into "all the money that's going to save our city" fiction. We want informed citizens to vote!
- This will negatively impact the physical and emotional health, and the property values of the surrounding neighbors for generations.
- Throwing those neighbors under the bus is morally WRONG.
- The amount of money to come in is actually not that much, especially when spread out over so much time.
- Your children will NOT see the financial benefits if they're already 10 years older by the time money starts coming in.
- The city is NOT in a financial position dire enough to justify the above.
- Disaster COULD strike, E&B would claim bankruptcy, dissolve and Hermosa would be stuck holding the bag.
Oil extraction from shale in close proximity to homes is risky and causes environmental and health problems. The underground probes with undisclosed toxic chemicals extends beyond Hermosa endangering non-residents. A 35 year project would delay clean, sustainable energy production, trigger earthquakes, contribute to global warming, and use excessive water during droughts.
The risks are much greater than the rewards.
The question of whether this community wanted to become an oil town was decided by our forefathers in1932 when the original ban on oil drilling was put in place in order to make Hermosa Beautiful. This collective organization emerged to honor and carry on that legacy; to keep the air, sand and sea clean for future generations of Hermosans and visitors alike; for all of us to behold, use and enjoy our greatest natural resources; the beach and the ocean. Together we will carry on the wisdom of Keeping Hermosa Beautiful for all...
Carcinogens, stink, noise day and night, 24/7', threat of H2S release and death, threat of explosion, fire and destruction. Enough? Absurd siting at the bottom of the green belt swale to transmit the toxic stink throughout Hermosa and beyond. No setback for high density, expensive residential, rendering it a cheap slum, robbing residents of their life savings. More than enough?
All types of industrial toxins will be released into the air we breath, into the soil and water, threatening our Beach and Ocean.
We would lose Hermosa's unique lifestyle. We would lose our great small town feel and become an Oil Town.
I thinks it's very important that people all over town understand how much this project will effect them and their homes value in the future.
It's not safe, it's not health and it's a bad deal for the city. The health and safety of our friends, neighbors and family are not for sale at any price.
Hermosa Beach is perfect just the way she is. We are a community of creative and brilliant people, a population that has come together to move this city forward. Turning over the keys of our future to an oil and gas drilling company is not the vision of how Hermosa Beach leads the way for the next generation. The proposed oil and gas drilling project is nothing more than a cash and land grab driven by outside interests that have no real concern about Hermosa Beach, or her residents. The proposed project is clearly not safe, not healthy, and a bad deal for Hermosa Beach.
If I wanted to live in an Oil Town, I'd move to West Texas
1) The setback from the oil drilling site is unacceptably close to homes, businesses, the greenbelt, and park.
2) The transportation of toxic and explosive chemicals/oil in residential areas.
3) Decrease in homeowners’ wealth due to lower property values.
4) Risk of subsidence, increased seismic activity and oil polluting the Santa Monica Bay.
5) Hermosa Beach carbon neutrality would be a joke.
I am well aware of the risks associated with oil drilling and do not want to have to suffer any of the consequences that would result from an accident, or chemicals leeching into the water supply, or the noxious odors present around drilling sites or any of the other possibilities that exist. There is no amount of money that E$B can promise that will go back to the residents and the city that will change my mind. None. Period. Keep Hermosa Hermosa.
I was drawn to Hermosa for it's small town, local atmosphere. There's no question oil drilling will turn our town more industrial, and put our health at risk.
Once it is done it cannot be undone. It is a decision that may be regretted so it should not occur. Hermosa has a utility tax that was implemented to buy the Open Space and Hermosa has been collecting this money long after the open space was purchased. Every resident pays it every month on every utility and it is more than most small towns receive in revenue. It should be plenty to keep up our streets and parks and help our schools and provide a good fire and police force. If it is not enough then it should be raised--but OIL money is unpredictable, unreliable and up to dispute--why would a smart community go for that? Also, the percentages of profit are too small for the amount of revenue. Less than 10% is NO DEAL when we are the property owners and receivers of the impact. ALL AROUND BAD DEAL.
We owe it to our children not to leave them with a poisoned environment. There is nothing positive to be gained from allowing this drilling to happen.
Please save our beautiful beaches! So risky to drill in our backyard!
I do not want noise and pollution that would accompany oil drilling.
Our quality of life!!!!
The proposed project is too close to homes, businesses, streets, & parks. It would be illegal in most oil-producing states — even Dallas requires that wells be 1500' from homes & businesses. E&B plans on drilling 34 wells within 100' of businesses, 160' of homes, 55' of parks, and 20' of sidewalks. Given the potential for fires, explosions, and spills due to human error or equipment failures, this is too close to where people live, work, and play, and it should not be allowed.
I have been a Hermosa Beach resident for 4 years, and before that, grew up in Manhattan Beach. I have a mother and a sister who teach at Hermosa Valley School, and my father coaches a running club in the South Bay. Which is to say I am fairly ingrained in the community.
We are in a pivotal state as a group, as we have grown significantly from a sleepy beach town to one that is attracting tourism, first-rate restaurants, and generations of residents. Oil drilling is absolutely opposite everything Hermosa Beach stands for and I vehemently oppose it.
It's unhealthy for children (and other living things. It's dangerous - every drilling site has experienced accidents. It will not yield the economic benefits promised. It will damage our city and the South Bay.
Oil is not a source of energy for the future.
It would be too close to homes
It is potentially hazardous
Hermosa Beach has the resources and expertise to fund our schools and city infrastructure in a way more aligned with our community values. The long term health and safety risks, as well as ecological risks do not justify whatever financial incentives are being promised.
It simply makes no sense to drill for oil in such a dense, residential area.
Moreover, Hermosa Beach prides itself on its progressive, forward-thinking policies on matters related to health (e.g., public smoking ban) and the environment (e.g., ban on polystyrene food containers).
Voting "NO" will not cause financial ruin for Hermosa Beach. Finally, if the city needs money that badly, I would rather we legalize gambling and allow a casino to open on the site: at least it wouldn't give my children cancer.
Oil drilling is not compatible with Hermosa Beach living.
Plain and simple - our health has no price tag! The thought of having fumes, 18 wheeler trucks passing by while my kids play baseball, 100ft oil derrick as our Eiffel Tower, is not what I aspire for in our little beautiful precious beach town. Not to mention an over 30% change of having an accident occur over the course of the project is not a risk I am willing to take. The money that comes from oil will not change us that much!
- 1 mi x 1 mi beach town doesn't need the extra truck traffic
- We’re too small and too densely populated for this kind of drilling; all mistakes will disturb a disproportionate amount of people
- Hermosa has had trouble with oil companies for years; it's time to start focusing on more important issues (like over-crowding in our schools)
- Let’s not threaten our natural beauty and friendly community
I don't want to allow oil drilling in our hermosa beach community because I do not believe it's safe for our residents or our ocean. Oil drilling will ruin our beautiful view, depreciate our residences, expose ourselves and children to toxic chemicals. There is no guarantee that we will not have a leak which would contaminate our beaches with oil which can never be fully cleaned up. We don't need the money in our community nor do we need the headaches both figuratively and literally that will come with oil drilling in hermosa beach. Keep hermosa hermosa.
I love Hermosa beach and do not want to see our beautiful town crowded with the oil drilling and do not want to see it potentially ruin the city with a spill.
Negatively skewed distribution of returns. Huge downside with limited upside.
Drilling so close to people is not safe.
It's unsafe, unhealthy, and a bad deal for the city. It's just about everything a small, densely populated beach community doesn't need to deal with for the next 35 years.
1. Health and Safety Risks Unreasonably High;
2. Noise, Smell and General Quality of Life Impacts Unreasonable;
3. Population density and proximity to residences and businesses;
4. Direct Financial Costs to city (relocation of public works yard, lost revenue from existing tenant of new public works site, etc., etc.)
5. E&B has already consistently and abundantly displayed that they unequivocally are NOT a viable, trustworthy and ethical partner for the city.
Pollution and carcinogens leaking into the air and water.
Tanker truck traffic on our streets and the risk of our town smelling like E & B's other oil site in Long Beach for the next 35 years is enough reason for me to vote NO!
It's not clean and our planet has had enough.
We need to focus on sustainable, renewaable energy. We dont need the added pollution from any oil drilling. Also not safe in our small town. Focus on the future like our nieghbors.
The benefits do not outweigh the risks
I have an IQ above 60.
Oil rigs are unsightly and will severly disrupt the natural landscape of one So Cals most beautiful beach settings.
Too many to enumerate Traffic will be unbearable, Pier Ave is already a mess at Valley/Ardmore for starters. Wear and tear on the roads. Safe passage for kids walking to school. Turning our beach town into a less desirable place to own a home...on and on.
The global climate is becoming more unstable every year. The burning of fossil fuels is a dirty addiction we need to get away from. Drilling is risky business economically and environmentally. We need to be investing in renewables and looking out for our environment. Big oil companies are in it for a buck. Lets think about future generations.
There is no price where oil drilling makes sense in Hermosa. By the way the rest of the World is headed towards renewable energy and the US is falling behind.
The chance of an environmental accident.
Every ounce of my common sense and intuition says this is the worst idea ever! That, combined with the actual reality of the physical, political, environmental and hazardous conditions that will enviably present themselves, I just say NO HOW, NO WAY, E & B JUST GO AWAY!
It warms my heart to see all of the caring, informed smart people that are against this absurd oil project. This simply would be the worst thing to happen to our beach community!!!!!! Huge tanker trucks on our small old streets and a horrible smell and for what?! There is NO up side to this at all! we need to all stand tall and together and get them out!!!!
For 44 of my 62 years I have tried to minimize my carbon footprint and to "kick the oil habit." This has been a lifelong mission for me, and now I find myself living in a place that is considering exasperates the problem that I have been fighting. Oil is not healthy for people and other living things. It is not healthy for people, other living things and the planet for us to continue extracting it, burning it, or otherwise using this carbon that needs to remain in the ground. We have safe, affordable, viable alternatives to oil. Providing more oil only discourages and postpones the vitally necessary transition to these alternatives. This project is unsafe, unhealthy and a bad deal for the community, the state, the nation and the planet.
Technology not perfected in urban areas
The proposed drilling site is too close to homes. I do not want my fellow Hermosans exposed to the potential hazards and inconveniences of oil extraction. The promise of money will not alter my decision. It's important for us to rally our neighbors and to maintain the ban. March 3rd is the day we send our message.
We all live just too close to the drill site. Hermosa is just not big enough to accommodate drilling and residential in such close proximity!
Our health and lifestyle are not to be negotiated with just for money. Drilling too close to densly populated areas will cause many negative effects on the community and the city will suffer as a result. The city of Hermosa Beach does not need oil money to survive.
To keep Hermosa Beach a safe and healthy place for my daughter to grow!
Against all oil drilling on our coast.
Why risk our health and safety to enrich an oil company? There is really no upside for us, and the downside could be an industrial disaster.
I've lived in Hermosa Beach for nearly half of my life. There is no place else in the world I'd rather call home.
It's the perfect little beach town (quaint, but close to the conveniences of the city). Big oil presents safety issues, traffic issues, aesthetic issues, property value issues, and too many other negative potential outcomes to list.
Let's not introduce ANYTHING that can compromise the beauty and safety of our home!
There is no need or place for drilling in our lovely city.
Small picture: It's incompatible with the quality of life Hermosa affords. Big picture: Oil production and use slows the growth of renewable energy (and increases greenhouse gases).
Too many to list. I strongly oppose it. I will never trust what an oil company says or does.
Let's keep Hermosa the beautiful paradise it is for all to enjoy now and in the future.
Register to vote and stand up for Hermosa!
Any risk of oil spills is too big a risk when compared to the financial benefit of oil drilling. Oil spills are catastrophic for the environment.
I don't want Hermosa Beach or any of the South Bay to be exposed to this environmental risk.
Black swans and accidents do happen. The consequences of such events can be devastating. A few come to mind: 3 Mile Island 1979, Exxon Valdez oil spill 1989, Tennessee Coal ash spill 2008, BP rig explosion in Gulf of Mexico 2010.
It is unsafe and unhealthy. It really is that simple.
I think it will damage the community and the environment - harming the air we breathe and the land.
Why would anyone, other than an oil company, want oil drilling in our beach town? That doesn't even make sense.
One does not need HIA to affirm that the drilling site construction is located in the heart of the small city tightly surrounded by quiet neighborhood with narrow streets delivering necessary equipment and materials to build the site and transporting out oil duringthe site operation will create massive traffic of heavy tracks on residential streets of a small quiet city, destroying quality of life and wiping out property values...
The DRILLING must be stopped at ANY PRICE
My niece and nephew live nearby. They deserve better. We must protect our California coast for future generations to enjoy as we have.
- Too risky (health, environmental, etc.) especially in such a densely-populated community
- In direct conflict with "carbon neutrality"
- Other negative impacts on quality of life including noise, congestion, odor, etc.
- Ties Hermosa Beach to "doing business with" a company (E&B) that is deceitful; can't be trusted
- No guarantee of ANY revenue to Hermosa, in fact, could COST the City millions
- Currently against the law in Hermosa Beach
Harmful to the environment, too much risk for mistakes/errors, dangerous for humans and sea life
It's not safe to drill in such a populated area and unreasonable to add the large trucks needed to carry the oil away to the local traffic down Sepulveda, Pier Avenue and Valley.
Our lives can not be measured with money. The residents of Hermosa Beach are more than that, we are our beach, our parks, the quality of air we breathe and the warmth with which we welcome our visitors.
Prevention of health problems is much better: cheaper, less suffering, than treating diseases after they happen.
It is idiocy to tamper with an already compromised environment. Our small town must not engage in any activity that could potentially compromise the health and well-being of its citizens. We must use our common sense to prevent this from happening.
I believe as a global citizen in practicing pragmatic ecological reciprocity and responsibility, particularly as we witness both natural and anthropogenic forces increasingly destabilize and imperil our shared home on Earth. One way to adhere to this principle as a Hermosan is to do what is in my power to protect the precious coastal habitat of the South Bay for all life that makes these waters and shores its home; and supporting in any way I can the efforts to prevent E&B's drilling project in Hermosa Beach is done so in honor of that agenda.
What kind of legacy are we going to give to our children? One of exploitation of our planet for a dollar, or one of conservation of our beautiful city. Keep Hermosa Hermosa.
Health and environmental concerns, property values
Health, economic, & environmental reasons.
Hermosa Beach is clearly one of the most popular and unique Beaches in the world. A great Family community set in an Arts & Culture Vibe that has become a Haven for international Travelers. Oil drilling would totally destroy the Beauty and Peace that is HERMOSA.
Drilling for oil in the middle of my neighborhood is stupid!!
It is simply not worth the risk to potentially destroy our beautiful community.
I am proud to call Hermosa Beach my hometown and have had the joy of being raised in this "best little beach" city. The house I grew up in is less that 2 blocks from the proposed drilling site. The risk of this project simply is not worth the reward. Hermosans need to stand up to big oil and fight to keep dirty oil drilling out of our pristine beach!
Worried about extensive truck traffic in quiet residential neighborhood and possibility of pollution.
Because it's not worth the risk.
Pollution, Traffic, Property Values...all 3 should be enough to make any local living in our beautiful beach town to vote against any kind of drilling here.
Hermosa Beach is one of the best cities in the United States and it was built by the city leaders and the communities residents to become what it is today. We are being noticed all over the world as one of the top beaches and areas to live in all of the world. Why would we risk doing something that "could" potentially harm our city, beaches, and the residents who live here simply because it will bring the city more money. I've lived my entire life in the beautiful city of Hermosa Beach and I want my daughters to grow up here just like their dad did, their grandfather did and their great grandfather did. My grandfather came to Hermosa Beach in 1940 and said this is the most beautiful city in Los Angeles and this is where i want to raise my family. I know there are potential gains and big money that will come from the Oil project butttttttt...... There is NO way I would support anything that "could" potentially be problematic to our city. We are who we are and the city has become what it is NOT from Oil. If it ain't broke, no need to try and fix it. No on Oil! Keep Hermosa, HERMOSA!!!!!
Hermosa Beach is a beautiful beach city, one my family travels to often to enjoy the beach and its city and it's surrounding beaches and cities. I don't want to see oil rigs drilling when I am enjoying my day in Hermosa. It is not clean, green or safe. Our children do not need to be exposed to oil drilling and its hazards. There is already enough traffic we don't need more. Bottom line WE DON"T WANT OIL DRILLING IN HERMOSA BEACH!
I have two Hermosa Properties located where I live on Bard Steet off of 8th Street. I do not want oil drilling near my homes or the beautiful beach we are now able to enjoy. We have so much natural beauty I do not want it put in danger. Oops afer a disaster stricks is not an option. I vote "NO" on drilling in Hb.
I do not want to see another spill similar to what happened up in Santa Barbara in the mid 70's, That will ruin the beach forever!
This project is unsafe, unhealthy and is a bad deal for the citizens of Hermosa Beach. The only guarantee in the deal is that the oil drilling company will get money from us. Insanity at it's finest.
I don't want the chance of a potential health risk to my family. Residents of Hermosa Beach have enough money to chip in a little to avoid this and save Hermosa.
Drilling 34 wells and processing gas and oil over 35 years on a tiny 1.3 acre site near residences, businesses and our parks is not safe, is not healthy and a really bad idea.
Construction traffic alone will destroy the beauty and livability of south Hermosa. The construction of pipelines and supporting infra structures is too odious to contemplate. This entire fiasco has been a sellout from the start by politicians too short sighted to see anything but easy money. The long term effects will be ruinous to the whole community.
Mess, traffic, noise, pollution, danger, fumes, continued reliance on fossil fuel, tactics of E&B Oil Co.
Have always been against ANY oil drilling in our lovely city! Our beach is a treasure, and I would never consider taking a risk of spoiling that.
The health and safety of our community as well as environmental protection are top priorities of mine. Allowing oil drilling in Hermosa greatly impacts both, which is why I’m strongly opposed.
My work has been focused on engaging the community in advocacy and is one of the reasons I’m running for office. The effort to prevent drilling in Hermosa is a great example of how community activism can change policy. I stand with you in your fight to Keep Hermosa Hermosa!
I love visiting Hermosa Beach and cannot imagine the beautiful beaches being polluted and put in danger for oil drilling. Hermosa is a beautiful and wonderful city and a pretty small area to even consider drilling.
I want to keep Hermosa Beach clean. I am for alternative clean energy.
The environmental impacts on our small beach community are real and would drastically change the vibe of Hermosa Beach. The realities of a heavy industrial project in our town would be felt: a 90 foot drilling rig eyesore, increased truck traffic, drilling & oil production odors, and increased noise. Furthermore we do not want the increased risk of safety & health hazards for our families.
The risks vs rewards don't make sense. We will be the ones who will pay for the wear on the streets. We will be the ones who will pay with decreases in property values because of the risk of disasters. We will be the ones who will pay if anything DOES go wrong. Remember the middle school is only a quarter mile away from the proposed drill site...
I am not willing to take a chance on the health and safety of our community.
I don't want to risk the health, safety or beauty of our community. Hermosa Beach is a special place -- we need to protect it.
It is bad for the environment and we need to start putting money into renewable energy sources.
It's been covered already all over this website but add me to the environmental issues crowd. I urge any folks who care what I think to vote against drilling!
Once this is done, there is no turning back. This great little beach town won't ever be the same. Property values will drop, and people with families will start moving out. The clean, quiet community will be gone for good. It's unsafe, dirty, and irresponsible. Too close to residential areas. Our health and safety is not for sale!
The many risks - to health, to the environment, to the beauty of our city, and to property values, are not worth the potential financial benefits, which are likely exaggerated.
I don't trust the oil company and feel the rewards are much too small for the hassle and risk of drilling for oil in a dense urban neighborhood.
The risk is not worth the reward.
As an editor of mainstream college science textbooks for over 30 years, I have learned that the consequences of climate change are already being felt around the world, and that they are accelerating. To keep the planet habitable, we have to get the concentration of carbon dioxide back down below 350 ppm. We can do it if we all work together to make major changes right now, such as leaving all remaining reserves of oil in the ground. Scientific consensus on this is overwhelming.
Drilling for oil is action that should be replaced with creating alternative energy production. It's risky, potentially dangerous, and the sooner we ween our habits from consuming fossil fuels, the quicker our planet will heal from the wounds we have created by oil use and production.
It was drastically change our precious quality of life.
Besides the obvious reasons, health, noise, traffic, smells, danger etc. I do not think we see enough money to make it worthwhile.... the money will not go where E & B claims it will go, almost all of it has to go to the Tideland Fund. I also believe money should be spent looking for alternative greener options. I live at 2nd and Valley and the thought of what they want to do a few blocks away from me makes me shutter.
I have friends who live there who deserve to keep their gorgeous beaches pristine.
As a South Bay resident for the past 10 years and Hermosa Beach homeowner for two years, I was shocked to hear that this project was even under consideration. My wife and I hope to raise a family in Hermosa Beach and the last thing I want to have to worry about is an explosion or spill that will harm my family, neighbors, and community (regardless of any promises that it won't happen here). Also, as a surfer and swimmer, the chance of a oil spill harming our beaches (the primary revenue driver for our city) is a risk that we cannot entertain. #keeptheban
Who wants to have there small one square mike of a community have a view of ugly oil drill machines? Not to even being up all off the potential wildlife that can be harmed due to any number of things!!!!!! I'm not for anything that can hurt the environment! What if there is an oil spill? Do we want our children who do junior lifeguards out in the water after we pay hundreds of dollars for them to be in it? I mean this list can go on and on and on and on.................
Oil drilling, even with today's technology, presents too many risks to the environment and to my quality of life here at the beach. The risks of pipes leaking, the traffic from distribution by trucks, the noise from drilling equipment, the noxious smells are hazards that will change the character of this small beach city.
This oil drilling project will threaten the health and welfare of my family, my neighbors and the entire South Bay. Protect the Santa Monica Bay by voting against this project. On March 3, 2015 I will vote to KEEP THE BAN!
I truly believe that the proposed oil drilling in Hermosa beach will have detrimental effects. I have been a resident of the Southbay for the past 10 years. Hermosa Beach is truly the prized gem of the southbay. This is undeniable when you look at the countless tourist who come from all over the world to visit our wonderful beach. Whatever monetary profits that are gained with drilling will surely be lost to the amount of money we will lose from our tourists who will stop visiting once the drilling consumes Hermosa. What's worse is the amount of congested roads and streets, and atrocious smells that will result in the drilling. Finally, there should be no negotiating when it comes to the health of a community. There is an abundance of evidence which shows the horrific health effects that residents all over the Southbay will suffer as a result of the drilling, that in itself should be enough to stop this prop!
I love Hermosa Beach. I love that we all have differences of opinions. People who know me realize that I simply think oil doesn't belong in such a congested area, where too many people reside far too close to the drilling site.
If we're looking for more money for the schools, how about if the Chamber of Commerce allows the school district to run one of the "Fiesta de los Artes"? They get one, the school district gets the other. That's community working together, without a 35 year commitment.
We can evaluate in 5 years. No harm done.
Let's move our "energy" to opportunities like this.
Let's allow oil to stay where it naturally wants to be.
Let's not drill.
Simple, there is no upside.
Environmental, Health and Quality of Life
We recently moved to this beautiful area and want it to stay beautiful. Oil spill disasters have ruined countless communities and I don't want to see Hermosa Beach become another casualty. There are many solutions, such as Electric Vehicles, available which promise to decrease dependency on oil. The discussion we should be having is how can we embrace clean energy as fast as possible so we can permanently disband oil pumping worldwide.
I am not willing to put the health of my children or the community at risk for the promise of future funding.
There are certainly more creative ways to support the economic future of our small beach town, and I'd like to continue to work alongside my fellow Hermosans to explore these possibilities.
I am thankful that the oil issue has brought many of us closer together to engage in meaningful conversations about a shared vision for our City that is full of hope, purpose and globally-minded solutions for a sustainable future that do not include oil drilling in our backyard.
Let's turn awareness into action and make sure our neighbors are registered to vote in time for the March ballot!
To me, this issue is a very simple one. I try not to get too bogged down with the infighting and data exchanges between the two camps because, like in politics, you never REALLY know what to believe. Here's what I BELIEVE: My children, wife and I COULD be in danger from so many health related risks if we allow drilling; My property value very logically could drop or at the very least (and this is already happening), may not rise as fast as our neighbors to the north in Manhattan Beach; Our city SHOULD have more than enough money to do everything it needs to do from an infrastructure standpoint with the money it already receives through property and business taxes; none of us know how little or how much money the city will actually receive because it's based on SO many political ambiguities, and ACTUAL Oil Recovery....and we don't know how large or how little that will be. And quite frankly, I don't trust bureaucrats from either side of the isle and from any level of government to appropriate that money appropriately!
In my pragmatic view, our wonderful city has NO risk by voting to extend the oil ban! No risk.
Per the health assessment document that was recently released to the City of Hermosa Beach, this oil project WILL introduce sound, light and odor "pollution" into our community and has the potential to negatively impact the health of children, seniors, and those with pre-existing conditions such as asthma and COPD. We have other alternatives to financially support our community.
Who could possibly want, or approve, oil drilling in our city? this company has shown no ethics, trustworthiness or preparation or finances for any adverse impact. The downside is huge. The upside is untrue. They will inhabit our community for 30 years. We will ultimately see very little financial gain no matter what they have said. I only hope our citizens examine this carefully if they are in any way considering allowing this to happen.
The health of our beach and our community is priceless. Sacrificing Hermosa Beach's unique character for money that may or may not materialize is ridiculous. There are far too many risks associated with oil drilling--fumes, spills, explosions, and carcinogens, to name a few. I've grown up in Hermosa Beach swimming, surfing, and paddling in the ocean, and I want my children to experience the same healthy way of life. Oil drilling in Hermosa Beach is not healthy. This is not a safe project. Drilling for oil in a residential area prioritizes money above the safety and health of citizens. Let's focus on sustainable, renewable energy instead. It's simple common sense to vote no on oil drilling in Hermosa Beach.
There is no reason to drill, only reasons not to. They have been amply enumerated here and elsewhere.
The money argument is nonsense. I believe the math doesn't work and the city won't make enough from oil royalties even to cover its costs, but that's irrelevant. No amount is worth making children play in a cloud of toxic dust. No amount is worth degrading the health, safety, and general quality of life in Hermosa Beach.
If you are reading this and vote in Hermosa Beach, PLEASE vote NO on O.
There is a great environmental downside and very little financial benefit to the City and the residents. There are 100's of reasons to vote against oil drilling in Hermosa Beach. KEEP HERMOSA BEAUTIFUL.
It's not environmentally sound in such a populated area.
Because there will be gas flare offs. Because of the chemicals emitted from drilling. Because of the construction time will be over 5 years. Because most of the oil if found will be in the Tidelands and not of much use to residents.
The density of our population surrounding this site - with little to no set backs. There are many reasons why this type of project has not been done before; It's not safe!
The increase of traffic by trucks on walking school routes.
The health of those living with in the area: 50% of Hermosa population reside within .5 miles of the proposed drilling site. Nine significant and unavoidable impacts!
The significant decrease in property value Hermosa Beach properties.
This is not a good deal for the city financially.
Vote no. Keep the ban.
Because our city is so tiny and virtually 100 percent residential, our quality of life would be adversely affected in numerous ways, from the noise and traffic to the inevitable stench to the ever-present potential for spills, fires, and explosions.
Our homes, schools, and parks are far too close to the proposed project for comfort. No amount of "enticement" in the form of monetary "gifts" or equally speculative supposed income to the city or the schools will change the fact that our tiny beach town would never be the same. The health and safety of our residents, especially our children, should be first and foremost. We will be just fine financially without E&B's "help."
We must defeat this attempt to damage, if not destroy, our beloved city.
Please don't sell our beautiful beach environment and our future health to the oil companies!
Oil drilling in Hermosa Beach will have irreversible negative impacts on property values, air quality, roads, beaches, tourism and the overall quality of life in the City. We also need to consider our fellow residents who live near the proposed drilling site - what will their lives be like living next to a 10-story oil rig with 24/7drilling and endless truck traffic? There is simply too much risk and too much to lose.
I am against oil drilling for many reasons, I want the U.S. to find cleaner, safer, healthier energy, I live 3 blocks from the City yard. I do not want the traffic, noise, pollution, smell, danger to our land and ocean, I could go on...
I fear the oil wells will negatively impact our marine life and the potential of an oil spill is too dangerous for the reward. Also, the collection of the oil at the city yard may emit harmful contaminats into the air as well as seep into the soil. The potential increased risks of birth defects and developmental damages in our youth is not worth the tax revenue generated from drilling. Lastly, the construction needed to facilitate the oil transportation and the large trucks needed for oil hauling will negatively impact the image of Hermosa and the flow of traffic.
Two of my business Real Estate of South Bay and Studio 637 as well as our family home are in Hermosa Beach. While I LOVE GAS racing in Performance Rally and ridding my motorcycles I am against ANY oil drilling in such highly populated areas.
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I feel the many negatives outweigh any possible positives. The world should be lessening it's dependence on oil and speed up the transition of utilizing other energy sources. The city of Hermosa Beach and it's citizens should be a part of that transition. A continued ban on oil drilling in such a densely populated area is a no brainer for me.
For my kids and their future! Don't destroy our beautiful small town with greed.
We love living in Hermosa Beach and don't want to move our children out of the school district which they love as well. It would be devastating if Measure O passed. Keep Hermosa Hermosa!
Oil drilling in Hermosa isn’t worth any possible impact to the health and safety of my family and neighbors.
Did not move to hermosa to live next to a oil field.
Oil is poison, keep it in the ground!
Way too much risk, not enough reward.
- We are in a water shortage period and that is of greater concern than money or oil.
- The side affects are not mitigated enough compared to possible risks.
- If the E B people would move their families into the area and submit to noise and traffic, I might reconsider.
- If the city made poor decisions in the past we need to step up and pay for our mistakes.
- Using money from oil to pay for debt and savings.
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As an expert in due diligence, the best decisions are based on sufficient input. There are numerous significant and powerful reasons (previously stated by others) to vote this down. The main promise of supporters is money for the city - which is a minor (and likely inaccurate) and insufficient reason - especially for a city that can and will function quite well without it.
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We have so few places left in the world that can reside within a large metropolis area and maintain their natural beauty. Hermosa Beach serves as fantastic proof that a community can be successful and thriving without sacrificing health, beauty or environmental responsibility. Placing an oil drilling operation in a town investing in electric car charging stations, solar projects and other green energies is not only jeopardizing to the community and its members, it is a symbol of steps in the wrong direction for the world.
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