On Thursday, the California Air Resources Board—the state agency charged with bringing clean air to Californians—heard a proposed plan from its staff on how to tackle the pernicious problem of freight pollution in California. The ships, trucks, trains and aircraft that move freight throughout California and into the rest of the country undoubtedly provide economic benefits to Californians.
The La Habra Heights measure to ban fracking was defeated Tuesday, but a community was not. The measure thrust a small town into the center of a debate on high intensity oil extraction and techniques like fracking and acidizing. It fired up the need for accountability and many residents found their voice in the fight.
[Update 2/6/2015: The governing board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) voted 10 -1, with two members absent, to approve the district's air plan. The vote came despite extensive testimony from community members who shared their personal stories of health woes due to particle pollution. The district's plan will now go to the state for approval and finally, EPA.
This week residents in Carson, California, a city in Los Angeles County near the harbor, beat back one of the worst urban oil drilling proposals out there. Occidental Petroleum proposed an unusually dangerous plan to drill more than 200 new wells in extremely close proximity to homes, schools and parks.
This week, residents of La Habra Heights, California, rang in the New Year with a victory that ensures the small town will have a fair chance at banning new oil and gas drilling come election time in March.
La Habra Heights, located in Los Angeles County, is known for its scenic beauty and canyon living. The area is also at the center of major expansion plans for oil and gas operations and the potential proliferation of new, unconventional techniques like fracking and acidization in the region.