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Tonga territories, California, United States

In Southern California, in Wilmington, Carson, and West Long Beach, which are situated on the ancestral homelands of the Tongva people, communities are forced to breathe toxic emissions from the drilling, transportation, and refining of crude oil.

Five refinery complexes operate there, owned by Marathon Petroleum, Phillips 66, and Valero.

Over the years, there have been explosions, multiple fires, fugitive emissions from leaks, and flaring at these refineries, all in close proximity to homes, schools, and parks. Predominantly low-income communities of color live there. They suffer from high rates of asthma, cancer and other illnesses due to the cumulative impacts of multiple industrial polluting facilities.

The Port of Long Beach is the largest port complexe in the United States and one of the largest in the world. Plastics are within the top exports for containerized cargo at the Port of Long Beach.

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Views of ValeroW and refinery 2 from the road.

Diego Mayen

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice Community Member / Oil & Gas Committee Member. Speaks of the daily stress linked to the air pollution and the smells coming from industry in the neighborhood.
Diego Mayen

Speaks of the incidents that have occured over the years in West Long Beach due to the petrochemical industry and calls on individuals to stay informed and join community groups to learn more.

A home close to the entrance of the MarathonC refinery.

The refinery of MarathonW appears in the background of a school.

The refinery of MarathonW appears in the background of a playground.

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Shot on location with the help of the East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice.

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