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Marathon Refinery Fire 2/25-2/26/20

Latest fact sheet HERE.

Last night, Feb. 25, 2020, the Marathon/Tesoro Los Angeles Refinery in Carson / Wilmington erupted into a major fire after multiple explosions and a giant fireball:
• The major fire was seen shooting into the sky, with black smoke that could even be seen at night. (A reduced fire was still seen burning this morning, Feb. 26th.) The original explosion was seen as far away as Fullerton (about 25 miles). This is the largest refinery on the West Coast, and its major expansion was protested by thousands, and contested in court.

Get Out The Vote- March 3rd!

CBE crew in Richmond and Wilmington are getting the vote out! Y’all have until 8pm, find your polling place: vote.ca.gov

Jet Fuel dumped on South East LA Community Members 1/14/2020

Click HERE for info. Before 12PM today in South East Los Angeles, a Delta Air Carrier needed to dump jet fuel in order to make an emergency landing at LAX. Jet fuel exposure has multiple health risks. If you experience any of the following symptoms please seek medical attention. Updates to come.

Hoy, antes de las 12 p.m. en el sureste de Los Ángeles, un Delta Air Carrier necesitaba descargar combustible para hacer un aterrizaje de emergencia en LAX. La exposición al combustible para aviones tiene múltiples riesgos para la salud. Si experimenta alguno de los siguientes síntomas, busque atención médica. Actualizaciones por venir.

Groups File Federal Lawsuit Against Chemical Plant for Violating Hazardous Waste Laws

Full Press Release HERE.

Governor Newsom Announces a Moratorium on New Oil Wells!

Full CEJA statement HERE.

Today Governor Newsom announced a moratorium on new oil wells, demonstrating an unprecedented willingness to protect the public’s health and safety from the dangers of the fossil fuel industry. We hope that the Administration continues to work with frontline communities to act as quickly as possible to create transformative solutions commensurate with these crises. 

Wilmington- Important workshop seeking input on oil drilling setbacks study!

Nov. 14, 2019, 4 – 6 p.m.
Banning’s Landing Community Center
100 E Water St. Wilmington, CA 90744

Workshop in Wilmington that seeks to gather public input on studies focusing on phasing out fossil fuels in California.  These studies focus both on drilling and consumption of oil, which are major sources of pollution impacting our communities. 

CalEPA Carbon
Neutrality studies
 scoping workshop will gather public
input on how California can reduce its dependency on fossil fuels both on the
demand side and the supply side.  

Come to the workshop,
meet fellow community leaders; environmental justice and public health
activists; concerned residents and share your ideas with the decision-makers
about the key issues that CalEPA should focus on such as the importance of
creating health and safety buffer zones around residential neighborhoods,
creating robust workforce development strategies, and planned phase out of oil
drilling and other fossil fuel operations.

Petition: Don’t let Trump and Big Oil dredge the San Francisco Bay

Sign the petition! This dredging project is the latest attack on California by the Trump administration and Big Oil and is part and parcel of previous attempts to expand offshore oil drilling and open public lands to oil and gas leasing.  Join us in calling on the federal representatives of this region to do everything in their power to stand with their constituents and oppose this misguided project.

NEW: California Climate Emissions Fact Sheet

See Fact Sheet HERE. State policy has not really cut climate pollution, mainly because of the oil sector expansion state officials aren’t talking about!

Environmental Groups File Notice of Intent to Sue Los Angeles County Oil Refinery Over Hazardous Waste Violations

Full Press Release HERE. Notice of Intent to Sue HERE.

August 7th, 2019- CBE, Environmental Integrity Project, and Environmental Advocates filed a notice of intent to sue the Phillips 66 Los Angeles Refinery for violations of hazardous waste disposal laws.

Save the Bay from the Army Corps of Engineers Dredging

Friday- 7/19 from 10-12pm at the San Francisco Federal Building, 90 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 FB EVENT HERE.

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to dredge a deeper channel through San Francisco Bay to enable oil tankers to move greater amounts of crude to and from Bay Area refineries.

Several environmental groups have filed a joint protest letter about the “San Francisco Bay to Stockton Navigation Improvement Project.” But the one and only public presentation on the plan was so poorly publicized by the Army Corps that no one in the grassroots heard about it in time to provide comment.

Now we have an opportunity to speak our minds.

This Friday, the Army Corps is holding a hearing on its Dredge Material Management Plan. This is probably intended to focus exclusively on “beneficial reuse” of dredging material, but this is an opportunity for community to speak up against the thirteen-mile dredging project whose sole purpose is to enable more oil trafficking on the taxpayers’ dime. The project would provide four refineries with nearly a $15 million annual subsidy, multiply the risk of oil spills, pump up the production of petroleum products, and increase greenhouse gas emissions.

For more background, see an excellent KQED piece and Sierra Club blog post: https://www.sierraclub.org/san-francisco-bay/blog/2019/06/trump-administration-wants-dredge-sf-bay-make-room-for-more-oil

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