The City of Carson declaring a local emergency, a resolution City Council says is aimed at forcing Shell into action. It"s turned into an all out fight between a small city and a huge world wide oil company.
It all centers around the Carousel Community of Carson with it's 285 homes. All built on the same land Shell Oil used back in the 1960's to store it's oil. Now, Carson Mayor Jim Dear claims tests have shown the land is contaminated with dangerous chemicals and is calling on Shell to clean it all up. Neighbors report getting sick and suffering with tumors and cancer.
The Shell Oil Company in it's statement says, it's disappointed with the Council's Emergency Resolution as it will not solve the problem. Shell says the LA Regional Water Quality Control Board is the one which will decide what work needs to be done and a time table for when it should be done.
From Gigi Graciette:
My castle is affectionately named "Puppyville" in honor of the many furry friends - all strays - who too have called it home.
It's a humble abode that I'm sure would qualify for an extreme home makeover but it is "my castle" and I absolutely love it, old kitchen and all.
For most of us, whether it's a rented studio apartment or a McMansion, home is where our heart is and that's why it is so hard to imagine what the people who live in the Carousel neighborhood of Carson are going thru.
The 285 home tract is built on the old site of a gasoline tank facility owned by Shell, an "oil farm" as it was called. The tanks are long gone but the problems aren't.
According to the city, the Carousel tract shows higher than normal levels of everything from arsenic to methane gas in the soil and many residents blame that for what they say are also higher than normal occurrences of cancer and other illnesses in their neighborhood.
They don't drink the water in their homes; they don't eat the fruit from trees in their yards. They don't feel at home in their castles.
Many want the soil cleaned up; others simply want to get out and would like to see Shell buy them out and the houses razed.
Shell Oil says testing shows there is no imminent danger to residents but says it wants to work on the cleanup anyway.
Some homeowners, like Greg Guan, think it's too late to clean this mess up.
Guan, who's retired, would like to move back to his native Philippines. Problem is most of his savings are in his house and no one, he says, absolutely no one wants to buy here. He'd like Shell to buy him out.
The City has now declared a local emergency in hopes of either ordering Shell to clean up this mess of a housing tract or obtain state and/or federal funds to do it themselves.
Meanwhile, Carousel homeowners are stuck on a carousel-like ride of bureaucracy and finger-pointing, with no end in sight.