A half-day seminar about fracking in Los Angeles County and what citizens can do!
Seeking ways to squeeze a yield from depleted oil fields, producers of natural gas and oil are using a controversial extraction method called hydraulic fracturing (aka “FRACKING”) which forces a mixture of water and various chemicals underground under very high pressure. What does this technology mean to us here in Los Angeles?
Fracking & Democratic Process:
• Learn about local oil/gas extraction and fracking (hydraulic fracturing) and who benefits.
• Understand the health impacts and risks associated with franking.
• Understand your options and how to exercise your democratic muscle.
• Create an action plan: sign up for direct action that will make a difference
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Registration: 9:30 am
Seminar: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
West Los Angeles College
9000 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230
Fine Arts Auditorium (FA 100)
FREE parking—South Parking Structure only
Enter on Albert Vera Drive [map]
Speakers & Agenda:
9:30 am — Coffee & Registration
10:00 am — Introductory Remarks
President Abu-Ghazaleh, plus WLAC faculty and student body representatives
The History and Terminology of Hydraulic Fracturing
C. Tom Williams, Ph.D., oil field specialist, Sierra Club CalFrac representative
— Urban Hazards of Oil Production in the L.A. Basin
Paul Ferrazzi, Executive Director, Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community
California: Don’t Be Pennsylvania!
Lance Simmens, Former Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs to Ed Rendell, Former Governor of Pennsylvania
The Health Hazards of Fracking Chemicals
James Dahlgren, M.D., Envirotoxocology and Internal Medicine, UCLA Dept of Medicine
Culver City: Fracking City
Culver City Council Member Meghan Sahili-Wells
Proposal for a Ballot Initiative and Charter Amendment
Culver City Mayor Emeritus Gary Silbiger
12:15 pm — Q & A, Legislative Options
Stephen Murray, Baldwin Hills Oil Watch
12:30 pm — Closing Remarks
Prof. Olga Shewfelt, WLAC Professor of International Relations
12:45 pm — Adjourn for Action Planning Information
Transition Culver City teams up with Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community, Baldwin Hills Oil Watch, Make Culver City Safe, and our hosts at WLA College and their Work Environment Committee for this important awareness-raising forum and opportunity to learn about the democratic process.