One Planet: The health hazards of neighborhood oil & gas drilling in California
On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we discuss oil drilling in California neighborhoods. More than seven million Californians live within a mile of oil and gas drilling operations and 84 percent of wells are located in places categorized by the federal government as medically underserved areas or populations, according to a Grist analysis based on data from CalGEM, the California Department of Education, and the California Health and Human Services department.
Living in proximity to oil wells has been linked to a range of health issues, including nosebleeds, migraines, rashes, respiratory problems, and long-term impacts.
We'll also find out why refinery trade unions in California are fighting to protect the fossil fuel industry and why California State Senator Bob Hertzberg, a Democrat who represents a section of the eastern San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, helped tank key California climate bills.
Alexandria Herr, award-winning environmental journalist
Aaron Miguel Cantú, investigative reporter
Grist: California’s dirty little secret: Oil wells in the backyard
The Los Angeles Times: The toxic legacy of old oil wells: California’s multibillion-dollar problem