UCLA Law students and faculty standing and walking in front of an energy plant full of machinery and smokestacks, with a blue sky in the background during a toxic tour of Wilmington, CA, a predominantly Latinx neighborhood surrounded by industry and oil.
Photo: Emmett Institute / Flickr / Environmental Health News
Fellows in the News

Rachel Morello-Frosch co-authored a study and op-ed on how historical racist redlining practices are linked to higher exposures to oil and gas wells in the United States. The April 2022 study, published in the Nature Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology, adds to the evidence that structural racism in federal policy is associated with the disproportionate siting of oil and gas wells in marginalized neighborhoods. The op-ed in Environmental Health News connects this research to the Biden administration's decision to resume selling leases for new oil and gas drilling on public lands, and argues that "policymakers should consider the scientific evidence of the risks posed by oil and gas production to public health, and how historical racist policies contributed to the health disparities we see today."

The op-ed is also available in Spanish.

 

Banner photo originally accompannied the Environmental Health News op-ed. The image shows UCLA Law students and faculty participated in a toxic tour of Wilmington, CA, a predominantly Latinx neighborhood surrounded by the Port of Los Angeles, heavy industry, and an oil field in 2019. (Credit: Emmett Institute/flickr)

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