What’s New

CBE’s letter to the Richmond City Council regarding the Chevron Refinery fire

CBE requests (Read the letter here) that the City of Richmond utilize its authority to ensure that damaged equipment involved in the 6 August fire is rebuilt using the safest and least-emitting equipment designs and construction materials available.

CBE is hiring in Richmond and Oakland for phone and field canvassers

Read the job announcement here.

Criminal investigation at Chevron refinery

Read the San Francisco Chronicle article here.

Community to Seek Safety Commitments at First Richmond Council Meeting After Refinery Fire

Read the news advisory here.

Oakland Planning Commission Denies Crematorium’s Appeal

The City of Oakland Planning Commission voted (3-2) to uphold the recommendation of its staff members to deny the appeal of a crematorium seeking to operate in East Oakland without first obtaining a Conditional Use Permit.  Click here to read CBE’s press release.

Media contacts regarding the Richmond refinery explosion and fire:


Dirty crude suspected in Chevron fire; agencies accept CBE’s recommendation for path of investigation

Read CBE’s Press Release

CBE staff are providing expert commentary and analysis on the August 6 fire at Chevron in Richmond!

Click HERE for recent stories in the San Francisco Chronicle, KPFA, and other news outlets.

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.


Calif. report will guide climate-change decisions

A report released Tuesday by the state is an attempt to study where California is most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change… Read more.

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