#BadNeighbors: The story of urban oil extraction in Los Angeles

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California is one of the largest producers of oil in the U.S. And one of our largest oil fields is located directly under our largest metropolitan area: Los Angeles. And that’s a problem, because oil extraction is a messy, nasty business that causes health problems in surrounding communities. And, disproportionately, the communities impacted are our most vulnerable – low-income and communities of color.

That’s why we created this video series. Once you get a first-hand look at what it’s like to live next door to an oil well, you’ll agree that the only way to describe this practice is “insane.” There are thousands of people living, working and praying in the shadow of oil derricks – and, if there’s one thing we’ve learned, oil wells are #BadNeighbors.

 

Video 1 – Environmental Racism

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91% of the Angelenos who live within a quarter mile of oil wells are people of color. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCA https://youtu.be/Aa62mFiKL6s

Which communities are most impacted by urban oil wells? The answer won’t surprise you. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCA https://youtu.be/Aa62mFiKL6s

All Angelenos deserve to have a chance at a healthy life. @HerbJWesson @Mike_Feuer #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCA https://youtu.be/Aa62mFiKL6s

Not all communities experience #UrbanDrilling the same. @HerbJWesson @Mike_Feuer #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCA https://youtu.be/Aa62mFiKL6s

 

Video 2 – The Kids

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Kids in Wilmington grow up next to #oilwells and carry the impacts with them forever. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa https://youtu.be/Mug3ibvCu9I

Wilmington has 1 #oilwell for every 9 people. Would you want your kids to live there? #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa https://youtu.be/Mug3ibvCu9I

Kids in Wilmington play in the shadow of #oilwells & have the asthma rates to prove it. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa https://youtu.be/Mug3ibvCu9I

In Wilmington, kids play sports next to oil drills with their asthma inhalers. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa https://youtu.be/Mug3ibvCu9I

These kids shoulder the health impacts of #oildrilling & #bigoil takes home the profit. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa https://youtu.be/Mug3ibvCu9I

Cancer risk from #airpollution is 60% higher in Wilmington than the rest of SoCal. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa https://youtu.be/Mug3ibvCu9I

Video 3 – The Lawsuit

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Oil companies often have more civil rights than humans do. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa https://youtu.be/zNsbnsAOyUg

The oil industry was poisoning neighbors & not telling them. These kids fought back. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa https://youtu.be/zNsbnsAOyUg

Oil drilling was expanding in LA without environmental review. These kids said no more. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa https://youtu.be/zNsbnsAOyUg

Let me share a little story about very #BadNeighbors and the power of community organizers. @StopFoolingCa https://youtu.be/zNsbnsAOyUg

Drilling sites in South LA are 300 feet closer to homes than in West LA. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa https://youtu.be/zNsbnsAOyUg

Video 4 – Acidization



As oil becomes harder to reach, companies use more extreme methods to get at it. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa https://youtu.be/sCd0LgHyKFU

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What’s inside the oil industry’s “well stimulation” juice? We don’t know; they won’t say. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa https://youtu.be/sCd0LgHyKFU

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Living next door to oil wells using acidization is a “living hell.” #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa https://youtu.be/sCd0LgHyKFU

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“These oil wells shouldn’t be here in the community around school and homes.” #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa https://youtu.be/sCd0LgHyKFU

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The oil industry practices “extreme extraction” in LA. Good for them; bad for neighbors #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa https://youtu.be/sCd0LgHyKFU

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Video 5 – #BadNeighbors

What is it like to live next to an oil well? Just ask its neighbors. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCA https://youtu.be/A5cDe9G8CQs

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Oil wells do not make good neighbors. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCA https://youtu.be/A5cDe9G8CQs

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An oil well shouldn’t be anyone’s neighbor. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCA https://youtu.be/A5cDe9G8CQs

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Oil wells are a constant nuance to the neighborhood #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCA https://youtu.be/A5cDe9G8CQs

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The worst neighbor you could have is an oil company #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCA https://youtu.be/A5cDe9G8CQs

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