Transition Culver City is combining forces with other local democracy & environmental activists and West Los Angeles College to present an action-oriented seminar about fracking and the democratic process.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Registration: 9:30 am
Seminar: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
West Los Angeles College
9000 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230
Fine Arts Auditorium (FA 100)
Seeking ways to squeeze a yield from depleted oil fields, producers of natural gas and oil across the nation are using a controversial extraction method called hydraulic fracturing (aka “FRACKING”) which forces a mixture of water and various chemicals underground under very high pressure to access hidden pockets of oil and gas. Despite sketchy regulations, ambiguous safety reports and public outrage, corporate interests continue to drive the current fracking and drilling boom.
What does this have to do with Southern California?
The Inglewood Oil Fields which hunker on the hills above WLA College is the largest contiguous urban oil field in America and is bi-sected by the active Newport-Inglewood fault line. Despite protests from concerned citizens about various health and safety issues—from air quality & noise pollution to cracks in their foundations—the 2012 Baldwin Hills Fracking Study reveals that the field has already been fracked, and that the sentous shale deep underground is a good candidate for more of the same unless the people unite to find their voice. The LA Times ran this article about the study >>
Come learn about your community rights and how to successfully mobilize.
- Fracking & Democratic Process: Risks, Costs, Benefits
- • Learn about local oil/gas extraction and fracking (hydraulic fracturing) and who benefits.
- • Understand the health impacts and risks associated with fracking: are you at risk or paying the costs?
- • Understand your options and how to exercise your democratic muscle…use it or lose it! How to take effective action on important issues.
- • Create an action plan: sign up for direct action that will make a difference
Speakers & Agenda:
9:30 am — Coffee & Registration
10:00 am — Introductory Remarks
President Abu-Ghazaleh, plus WLAC faculty and student body representatives
The History and Terminology of Hydraulic Fracturing
C. Tom Williams, Ph.D., oil field specialist, Sierra Club CalFrac representative
— Urban Hazards of Oil Production in the L.A. Basin
Paul Ferrazzi, Executive Director, Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community
California: Don’t Be Pennsylvania!
Lance Simmens, Former Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs to Ed Rendell, Former Governor of Pennsylvania
The Health Hazards of Fracking Chemicals
James Dahlgren, M.D., Envirotoxocology and Internal Medicine, UCLA Dept of Medicine
Culver City: Fracking City
Culver City Council Member Meghan Sahili-Wells
Proposal for a Ballot Initiative and Charter Amendment
Culver City Mayor Emeritus Gary Silbiger
12:15 pm — Q & A, Legislative Options
Stephen Murray, Baldwin Hills Oil Watch
12:30 pm — Closing Remarks
Prof. Olga Shewfelt, WLAC Professor of International Relations
12:45 pm — Adjourn for Action Planning Information
Transition Culver City teams up with Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community, Baldwin Hills Oil Watch, Make Culver City Safe, and our hosts at WLA College and their Work Environment Committee for this important awareness-raising forum and opportunity to learn about the democratic process.
Here’s the schedule with speakers all in one place: