Target: Los Angeles Director of City Planning Vincent Bertoni
Goal: Shut down the oil drilling site in a residential neighborhood that’s spewing fumes into people’s homes.
A Los Angeles community is fighting against a decades-old oil drilling site that was set up in the middle of a residential area in the 50s. For all this time, it’s been spewing fumes and exhaust into the neighborhood, which is primarily black and Latino. It also keeps people up at night with bright spotlights and loud, thundering noise.
Poor communities that are more likely to consist of black, Latino, and other racial minority families have long had to endure what has come to be known as environmental racism. Local governments have allowed or set up landfills, nuclear waste dumps, and other sites that contaminate the air and water in or intolerably close to these neighborhoods while the EPA fails to do anything to help them.
Fortunately, Earthjustice has helped this South Los Angeles community file a petition for abatement of public nuisance with the Director of City Planning. The petition points out that similar drilling sites in the middle of wealthier, whiter communities are fully enclosed to minimize the impact from noise and pollution.
Considering the fact that oil drilling contributes to global climate change and is becoming obsolete, this site and all others should be shut down entirely. Sign our petition to support the action of this community by demanding that the Jefferson Boulevard drill site be scrapped for the health of this mistreated neighborhood and the rest of the world.
Dear Director Bertoni,
For far too long, the Jefferson Boulevard oil drilling site has plagued the community that it was placed right in the middle of with bright lights, thundering noise, and air pollution that creates an awful stench and respiratory disease. This particular neighborhood is primarily populated by black and Latino families, and it’s telling that white neighborhoods right next to similar oil drilling sites are protected from them by walls and enclosures.
This community deserves better. Environmental racism has been revealed to be a huge problem in this country, and we can’t let it go on. Air pollution has been shown to cause not only respiratory problems, but are linked to developmental issues in young children, and the children in this neighborhood are subjected to a dangerous amount of fumes and oil exhaust.
Oil drilling is becoming obsolete anyway as it’s replaced with environmentally friendly, renewable sources. Do the right thing for your community and ensure that this oil drilling site is shut down and scrapped as soon as possible.
[Your Name Here]
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