Los Angeles Fracking Seminar March 23, 2013

Posted on March 22, 2013

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A half-day seminar about fracking in Los Angeles County and what citizens can do!
http://makeccsafe.com/fracking-event/  
http://transitionculvercity.org/

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

WHEN:
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Registration:  9:30 am
Seminar: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE:
West Los Angeles College
9000 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230
Fine Arts Auditorium (FA 100)

PARKING:
FREE parking—South Parking Structure only
Enter on Albert Vera Drive [map]

SEMINAR COST:
FREE—Includes Coffee

Speakers & Agenda:

9:30 am — Coffee & Registration

10:00 am — Introductory Remarks
President Abu-Ghazaleh, plus WLAC ­faculty and student body representatives

10:15 am
The History and Terminology of Hydraulic Fracturing
C. Tom Williams, Ph.D., oil field specialist, Sierra Club CalFrac representative

10:30 am
— Urban Hazards of Oil Production in the L.A. Basin
Paul Ferrazzi, Executive Director, Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community

10:45 am
California: Don’t Be Pennsylvania!
Lance Simmens, Former Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs to Ed Rendell, ­Former Governor of Pennsylvania

(Q&A follows)

11:15 am
The Health Hazards of Fracking Chemicals
James Dahlgren, M.D., Envirotoxocology and Internal Medicine, UCLA Dept of ­Medicine
(Q&A follows)

11:45 am
Culver City: Fracking City
Culver City Council Member Meghan ­Sahili-Wells

NOON
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.

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