Complaints About Environmental Racism Lead to Study of Inglewood Oil Field

LA Public Health announces study into Inglewood Oil Field health impacts

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  • PUBLISHED: June 21, 2021 at 7:55 p.m. | UPDATED: June 21, 2021 at 7:56 p.m.

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced on Monday, June 21, it will conduct a second study, led by UCLA research teams, into the health impacts of living near the Inglewood Oil Field. Photo: Courtesy Inglewood Oil Field

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced on Monday, June 21, it will conduct a second study, led by UCLA research teams, into the health impacts of living near the Inglewood Oil Field. UCLA teams will develop and implement the assessment, which will take into consideration residents’ distance from oil fields in an effort to better understand how community health is impacted. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will develop the assessment’s protocols in conjunction with UCLA before a review by a Community Advisory Board. The study’s findings will be made available to the public. “This complex assessment and analysis requires a very specific expertise, which the UCLA team brings to the table,” department director Barbara Ferrer said. “Public Health looks forward to sharing this information to inform efforts to reduce negative health outcomes for the residents in these nearby communities, including higher rates of infant mortality, asthma and cancer.” The areas around the Inglewood Oil Field include the most affluent Black communities in the nation, including Baldwin Hills, Ladera Heights and View Park/Windsor Hills, Ferrer said. However, despite high median education and employment levels, the Black residents suffer disproportionately from relaxed regulatory controls on polluting industries compared to affluent white neighborhoods, such as Beverly Hills.

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