Fracking – The LA Story

A half-day seminar about fracking in L.A. County

& 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:

Risks, Costs, Benefits

• Learn about local oil/gas extraction and fracking (hydraulic fracturing) and who benefits.
• Understand the health impacts and risks associated with fracking: are you at risk or paying the costs?
• Understand your options and how to exercise your democratic muscle…use it or lose it!  How to take effective action on important issues.
• 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]

FREE—Includes Coffee

Fracking Flyer- Schedule


  • 09:30-10:00 AM           Coffee & registration
  • 10:00-10:15   Introductory remarks by President Abu-Ghazaleh,  a WLAC faculty and a WLAC student
  • 10:15-10:30  The history and terminology of hydraulic fracturing by C. Tom Williams, Ph.D., Sierra Club
  • 10:30-10:45   Earthquakes, air and water quality control by Paul Ferrazzi, Executive Director, Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community
  • 10:45-11:00    The history of fracking in Pennsylvania by Lance Simmens, “The Yoko Ono Video”
  • 11:00-11:15   Q & A
  • 11:15-11:30    The health hazards of fracking chemicals by James Dahlgren, M.D., Envirotoxocology and Internal Medicine
  • 11:30-11:45    Q & A
  • 11:45-Noon  Regulatory framework and why sometimes regulations don’t enough protection by Culver City Council Member Meghan Sahli-Wells.
  • Noon-12:15  A proposal for a ballot initiative and a charter amendment by Mayor Emeritus, Gary Silbiger
  • 12:15-12:30   Q & A  + Legislative Solutions with Stephen Murray, Baldwin Hills Oil Watch
  • Closing remarks by Prof. Olga Shewfelt, Prof. of International Relations
  • 12:30-1:00       Adjourn to volunteer desks for sign-ups.


West LA College
AFT Faculty Guild Local 1521
WLAC Work Environment Committee
Transition Culver City
Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community