Drive past the other-worldly refinery landscape in Deer Park, Texas and you have to lunge for the recirc button to avoid the sickeningly-sweet chemical odors. That’s not an option for the more than 200,000 people living along the petrochemical complex...continued→
Diane Bailey, Senior Scientist, San Francisco
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The Bay Area Air District has been working for the past two years to craft regulations that track and limit refinery pollution as oil companies begin bringing in extreme new types of crude oil that put workers and refinery fenceline communities...continued→
Actually, that’s kind of worrisome, especially considering that if you don’t experience that disaster yourself, your kids probably will. This is one of the many absurd elements showing Valero’s cavalier attitude toward public safety in the draft Environmental Impact Report...continued→
Two years after a catastrophic fire at Chevron’s Richmond, California refinery sent 15,000 residents to medical centers and 20 workers narrowly escaped with their lives, the oil giant won approval to expand that facility and begin processing even more corrosive...continued→
Today over 1,000 people packed Ste-Agnes Church in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec to remember the 47 people who died there one year ago after a run-away crude oil train derailed and exploded. Together with Mayor Roy Laroche, who gave a moving speech...continued→
What if it happened here? Nobody wants to have a crude oil train derailment in California, but steps to prevent that are lacking.
On July 6, 2013 an oil train laden with 72 tank cars of Bakken crude oil crashed and exploded in the middle of Lac Megantic, a small town in Quebec. 47 people died. 30 buildings in the town center were...continued→
This afternoon brought news of another fiery crude oil train derailment. Luckily no one was hurt in the Lynchburg, Virginia accident, but flames were shooting up as high as the 19th floor of one bystander’s office building, oil was spilling...continued→
A couple things about diesel truck pollution: there’s still a lot of it in California, truck drivers are suffering from it, and most truck owners oppose rolling back the statewide truck clean-up rule. These facts have been obscured by all...continued→
One thing about these industries - when the oil and rail barons get together, tidy profits are sure to be made. But at whose expense? And if the latest mile long oil by rail collaboration has nothing to hide, why...continued→
Last night I learned all about the magic box of Valero’s “operating envelope” at their Benicia (San Francisco Bay Area) refinery during their public meeting for the proposed Crude Oil Rail Terminal. Valero staff described the proposal to a packed...continued→
California’s Senate Committees on Environmental Quality, and Natural Resources and Water are holding a joint hearing on Emergency Response to Rail Accidents today to talk about oil spill response in the event of a crude oil train accident. This is...continued→
Moving Forward: A Modern Freight System for California that can cut pollution and lower impacts in freight-side communities.
What if parents of asthmatic kids in freight impacted communities like West Oakland, Wilmington and Riverside could breathe a little easier knowing that they no longer have to endure hundreds of dirty diesel trucks in their communities? Measures detailing how...continued→
The California Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris, sent a stark letter to the City of Pittsburg this week warning of “significant legal problems” with the documentation around the proposed WesPac mega oil terminal. The eleven page letter noted “fundamental defects”...continued→
While the Federal Rail Administration asserts that 2012 was the safest year in the industry's history and that hazardous material releases have gone down over the last decade, the boom in oil shipments by rail has led to a ka-boom...continued→
Tomorrow, Bay Area residents get their first chance to raise concerns with regulators about the potential flood of tar sands oil heading for California refineries. In response to refinery community concerns, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) will...continued→
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