drilling the city


Drilling the City

Join STAND - L.A. and UCLA IoES as we confront the issue of urban oil drilling in Los Angeles.

Fossil fuel drilling happens all around us in Los Angeles, with more than 5,000 active oil and gas wells in the county.

More than 580,000 people live within a quarter mile of these sites, which bring toxic chemicals and air pollution—posing serious health threats to families, schools and communities.

Please join UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and STAND – L.A. for a day of science, empowerment and environmental justice. We’ll explore urban drilling, its public health impacts and what you can do about it. You’ll hear real-life stories and have fun in the process—with live entertainment, interactive art and food.

This event features:

A lecture on legal aspects of urban drilling with Gladys Limón, Staff Attorney at Communities for a Better Environment.

Lunch/Community Gathering:

  • Buffet-style tacos
  • Music by Grammy-nominated singer Antonique Smith
  • Live visual art and exhibitions including interactive painting with Clinton Bopp
  • Meet people and get resources to take action

Expert Panel Discussion on the public health and environmental issues of urban drilling.

Moderator: Elizabeth Aguilera, award winning multi-media journalist, covering health and social services for CALmatters


  • Ashley Hernandez, Communities for a Better Environment
  • Peter Kareiva, Director, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
  • Reverend Oliver Buie, Holman United Methodist Church 
  • Khadeeja Abdullah, expert on acidizing, an unconventional oil stimulation technique

Master of CeremoniesMario Colon, UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability 

Space is limited! Please RSVP online. Free child care will be provided on site.

This event is being produced in partnership with STAND – L.A. and the 11th Hour Project.