Ventura, CA — All across California, communities on the front lines of fossil fuel extraction are witnessing not only the harsh consequences of climate change, but also the hazards of living only steps away from oil and gas infrastructure.
For years, Ventura’s Westside community has lived in the shadow of a SoCalGas compressor station identified by NASA as a “super-emitter” of methane. SoCalGas has initiated efforts to double the size of the facility that sits across the street from an elementary school and Boys and Girls Club. Approximately 500 people live within a quarter mile of the facility, but as many as 4,750 live within a half mile radius — close enough to be impacted by a gas explosion.
On July 17, frontline communities and elected officials from across California will unite to demand Gov. Newsom instruct the California Public Utilities Commission to conduct an Environmental Impact Review before any other work can be completed on the facility, and to phase out oil and gas drilling immediately.
WHEN: July 17 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm
WHERE: Kellogg Park, Ventura
Frontline community members from around California including Ventura, Culver City, Playa Del Rey, and Aliso Canyon
Ventura Mayor Sofia Rubalcava
Culver City Mayor Alex Fisch
Ventura County Supervisor Carmen Ramirez