Community Wins Independent Role in Chevron Fire Investigation


CBE PRESS RELEASE: Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) accepted a local government invitation to join in the “root cause analysis” of the Richmond refinery crude unit fire that occurred on August 6, 2012. The analysis will be performed under the Industrial Safety Ordinance adopted by Contra Costa County and the City of Richmond. This would mark the first direct community group participation in a root cause investigation under the Ordinance.  Read more here.


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(August 12, 2015) “Activists Push Successfully for Bay Area Climate Rules” East Bay Express

(April 13, 2015) “The ExxonMobil Explosion That Nobody Is Talking About” Climate Progress

(April 10, 2015) “East Oakland doesn’t ‘need another drop of pollution” Oakland Voices

(March 20, 2015) “Warning shots. A trio of recent lawsuits could signal a litigious future for Phillips 66 and its rail spur project.” New Times

(February 2, 2015) “Nurses and Climate Justice groups, join Oil Workers in Strike” Bay Area News Group

(December 10, 2014) “Berkeley, environmentalists cite concerns over two-city refinery projectContra Costa Times

(November 12, 2014) “Board of Supervisors pushes legal efforts to force shutdown of Exide battery plant.”

(October 14, 2014) “Public documents show hazardous waste from Exide plant spilled onto highways, into storm drains.” CBS2 Los Angeles

(September 30, 2014) “New Law Turns Up the Heat on Exide” KPCC

(September 11, 2014) – “Wilmington’s new bike lane network, and what it does and doesn’t do.” StreetsBlogLA

(September 8, 2014) – “CALIFORNIA: Environmental justice movement battles ‘hot spots’ while winning cap-and-trade money.” Environment & Energy Publishing

(September 8, 2014) – “Judge Green-Lights Shipments of Explosive Crude Oil in Richmond.” East Bay Express

(September 4, 2014) – “Activists form human barricade to protest crude-by-rail facility.” San Francisco Bay Guardian

(August 21, 2014) – “After Oregon Rejects Coal Export Plan, Long Beach Votes to Export Coal and PetKoch.” The Huffington Post

(August 13, 2014) – “Valero rail project opponents to gather before Thursday meeting.” Benicia Herald

(July 24, 2014) – “Richmond’s Battle with Chevron’s Oil Refinery Project Comes to a Head.” East Bay Express

(July 16, 2014) – “Overnight fire at Chevron refinery in Richmond renews safety concerns at the plant.” ABC7

(July 15, 2014) – “Take a deep breath — you may not like what’s up in the air.” USC News

(July 11, 2014) – “Richmond Panel OKs Chevron Refinery Plan — With Conditions.” KQED News

(July 9, 2014) – “Plan Bay Area beats back legal challenges.” San Francisco Business Times

(July 8, 2014) – “Regulators propose agreement to limit pollution from Exide plant.” LA Times

(July 7, 2014) – “Few of Exide’s neighbors have gotten blood tests for lead.” 89.3 KPCC
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California Feed-in Tariff for Poor Communities Passes Assembly!


AB 1990, the Solar for All bill, sponsored by CBE and the other members of the California Environmental Justice Alliance, was passed by the Assembly by a vote of 49-29. If you made a call or donation or signed a petition to support this campaign, thank you!

This important legislation, which includes a local hire ordinance that would bring the “green economy” to communities where it is needed most, is now headed to the California Senate.

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Great job, CBE energy team and CEJA!