Today’s Top Story:
Urban oil drilling in Los Angeles has real impacts for local residents. Tara Lohan investigates what it’s like to live next door to an active drill site in South LA. (Grist)
What it’s like to have 30 oil & gas wells as neighbors
The first thing Don Martin asks me is if I want the little picture or the big picture. Big picture, I tell him, and he leads me from the gate of his apartment complex to the driveway of his next-door neighbor.
Benicia sees cash in crude oil; neighbors see catastrophe
San Francisco Chronicle
A plan to bring tank-car trains filled with crude oil from Canada and North Dakota to a Benicia refinery is pitting the Solano County town against Northern California neighbors who say they will be burdened with the risk of environmental catastrophe.
New crude oil report concludes risks of train spills are real
Mile-long oil trains that are expected to crisscross California daily in the coming years pose significant risks to residents of urban areas, including Sacramento, a new report concludes, contradicting earlier studies that found no major safety concerns.
‘Bomb trains': A crude awakening for Richmond, Calif.
Al Jazeera America
The streets are quiet in Lipo Chanthanasak’s neighborhood on the outer edge of this city’s downtown core. Each of the small houses is painted a variation of beige and separated from the road by a neatly kept lawn, as if to highlight the scene’s utter normalcy. But half a mile west are the BNSF Railway tracks and the Kinder Morgan rail facility, which quietly began receiving trains of Bakken crude last year.
Encino Neighborhood Council Supports Fracking Ban
The Encino Neighborhood Council voted Wednesday night to support a city ordinance banning fracking and well-stimulation methods until officials can determine these activities do not pose significant health or safety risks.