Living in the Spill Zone
Wednesday August 19th began a two-day Symposium for Port Community residents in Wilmington to learn about oil activity in the Port of Los Angeles as well as prevention and preparedness efforts. The class was offered in Spanish via interpreters and featured speakers from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), California Division of Gas and Geothermal Resources, and the Los Angeles County Health and Hazardous Materials Division. The course was specifically intended for the monolingual Spanish community in Wilmington, where many residents live within a mile radius of port activity and work within the port. The event was put on with help from Communities for a Better Environment and the Abode Communities, where the symposium took place. Participants learned about their local environment, the history of oil activity in the port, health and environmental risks associated with exposure to oil, and the assessment of damage and restoration work that occur after an oil spill. To sign up and learn about our Oil Spill courses, click here.
-Sarah Workman, Project Coordinator