Press Releases

(Richmond, CA Wednesday, May 1, 2024)–City of Richmond eliminates investment of City Funds into violence, war, oppression, and apartheid

(Richmond, CA Wednesday, October 25, 2023)– Richmond officially stands in solidarity with Palestine

(Diamond Bar, Ca Wednesday, August 30, 2023)– Latest Oil Industry Accountability Campaign- Frontline Communities are set to Win Major Toxic Pollution Cuts from South Coast Refinery Storage Tanks

(Sacramento, CA Tuesday March 21, 2023)– California EJ and climate advocates urge greater transparency and community engagement in the state’s Hydrogen Hub process

(Wilmington, CA Thursday January 19, 2023)– Wilmington Residents  say it Loud and Clear, “No Oil Company is Above the Law!”

(San Francisco, CA Thursday September 15, 2022)– California Ends Gas Line Subsidies as it Eyes an Electric Future

(Sacramento, CA Thursday September 1, 2022)– Environmental Justice Leaders Urge California Air Resource Board to Set Target to Phase Out Existing Gas-Fired Power Plants in the State’s Most Far-Reaching Climate Plan

(Sacramento, CA Wednesday August 31, 2022)– 3,200ft Setbacks on New and Existing Wells Passes Through the Legislature

(Sacramento, CA Tuesday August 16, 2022)– Newsom to Legislature: Deliver 3,200ft Setbacks on New and Existing Wells

(Los Angeles, CA Tuesday August 16, 2022)– Advocates Win Judgement in Huntington Park for More Inclusive and Accessible Housing

(Los Angeles, CA Wednesday June 1, 2022)– Wilmington Residents Demand Action from the City of Los Angeles Against Illegal Drilling Activities

(Oakland, CA Tuesday March 22, 2022)– Communities for a Better Environment, East Oaklanders demand transition plan, accountability, compensation as polluting AB&I Foundry announces closure

(Sacramento, CA Monday March 7, 2022)– Eighty Groups Demand Gov. Newsom Set Nation-Leading Clean Car Standard

(Huntington Park, CA Tuesday, February 1, 2022)– Environmental Justice Priority Bill Dies in CA State Senate

(Los Angeles, CA Thursday, January 20, 2022)– Judge Rules that Approval of Elementary and Middle School on Hazardous Waste Site in SouthEast L.A. was Unlawful

(Oakland, CA Thursday, December 16, 2021)– Community group sues East Oakland’s AB&I Foundry for violating Prop 65 – Majority Black & Latinx community exposed to known carcinogen hexavalent chromium

(Wilmington, CA Friday, December 2021)– Secretary of Interior, Deb Haaland, Tours Idle and Orphan Oil Wells in Wilmington, CA

(Richmond, CA Wednesday, July 21, 2021)– Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) approved Rule 6-5, the “cat cracker rule.”

(Oakland, CA Tuesday, July 20, 2021)– Alameda County Sale of Coliseum to Oakland A’s Violates California Law

(Los Angeles, CA Thursday, July 8, 2021)– Los Angeles Court Makes Oil Industry Pay Over $2 Million  for Retaliatory Lawsuit

(San Francisco, CA Monday, June 1, 2021)– Black and Brown Bay Area communities polluted by refineries call for adoption of new rule to protect public health and sustain and grow jobs

(Los Angeles, CA Thursday, March 18, 2021)– Community Group Sues the City of Huntington Park For Failure to Comply with State Housing and Environmental Justice Laws

(Los Angeles, CA Tuesday, December 1, 2020)– “Los Angeles City Council Environment Committee Votes Unanimously to Pursue A Phase-Out of Oil Drilling City-Wide to Protect Public Health”

(Los Angeles, CA Tuesday, October 6, 2020)– “Fate of One of California’s Most Toxic Sites Lies on USDOJ”

(San Francisco, CA Thursday, December 19, 2019)– “Groups File Federal Lawsuit Against Chemical Plant for Violating Hazardous Waste Laws”

(Huntington Park, CA Friday, November 22, 2019)– “Environmental Justice Group Rises Up Against Trump to Take Back Clean Air”

(Sacramento, CA Tuesday, November 19, 2019)– “California Sets Global Precedent by Becoming First Major Oil Producer Starting Process to Phase Out Oil Supply”

(Sacramento, CA Tuesday, November 19, 2019)– “Governor Newsom Announces Moratorium on New Steam-Injected Oil Wells”

(Los Angeles, CA Tuesday, November 12, 2019)– “LACI Launches Pilot Projects to Improve Air and First/Last Mile Zero Emissions Mobility Solutions in Underserved Los Angeles Communities”

(Los Angeles, CA Wednesday, August 7, 2019)– “Environmental Groups File Notice of Intent to Sue Los Angeles County Oil Refinery Over Hazardous Waste Violations”

(Los Angeles, CA Monday, July 1, 2019)– “Communities for A Better Environment Celebrates Equitable Solar Access for Affordable Housing Tenants in California”

(Los Angeles, CA, Tuesday, May 21, 2019)– “California Supreme Court Rejects Petroleum Association’s Retaliation Against L.A. Youth”

(San Francisco, CA, Wednesday, May 15, 2019)– “Groups Take Legal Action Against Dow Chemical for Violating Hazardous Waste Laws”

(Sacramento, CA, Friday, May 10, 2019)– “Governor Newsom’s Budget Revision Highlights Need for ‘Managed Decline’ of Fossil Fuel Supply in California” Last Chance Alliance Coalition’s Press Release

(Los Angeles, CA, Monday, April 29, 2019)– “Mayor Eric Garcetti Releases L.A.’s Green New Deal”

(Sacramento, CA, Tuesday, April 23, 2019)– “VISIÓN Advocates for a Future Free of Oil & Gas Extraction in Our Communities” VISIÓN’s Press Release

(Oakland, CA, Friday, April 5, 2019)– “California Court Affirms Communities’ Right to Fight Permits for Dirty Power Plants” Center for Biological Diversity’s Press Release

(Rodeo, CA, Friday, March 8, 2019)– “Bay Area Refinery Expansion Would Impact Local Health, Climate and Increase Bay Area Tanker Traffic, Oil Spill Risk”

(Los Angeles, CA, Friday, February 15, 2019)– “Court Rejects Oil Industry’s Retaliatory Lawsuit Against L.A. Youth Groups”

(Bakersfield, CA, Thursday, February 14, 2019)– “Settlement Wins Protections at Bakersfield Oil Train Terminal”

(Diamond Bar, CA, Friday, February 1, 2019)– “California Communities Living with Deadly Chemical in Their Backyards Testify at Air District Board Meeting to Urge Immediate Phase Out”

(San Diego, CA, Monday, December 4, 2018)– “Equity groups encouraged by State Lands Commission’s new Environmental Justice Policy”

(Los Angeles, CA, Jueves, Septiembre 27, 2018)– “Revisión Ambiental Defectuosa de Tesoro LA Avanza”

(Los Angeles, CA, Thursday, September 27, 2018)– “Tesoro LA’s Flawed Environmental Review Moves Forward”

(San Francisco CA, Tuesday, September 4, 2018)– “Tar Sands Refining Expansion Rubberstamped—Without Climate Impact Review California Cap-and-Trade Cited Reason”

(Oakland CA, Wednesday, August 29, 2018)– “East Oakland Rises Up for Environmental Justice”

(Oakland CA, Tuesday, May 22, 2018)– “Report: California’s climate leadership requires a managed ramp-down of oil production”

(Rodeo CA, Monday, May 21, 2018)– “EPA Ignores Petition to Review Illegally Issued Refinery Permit to Pollute Rodeo Refinery Air Permit Issued with No Public Input”

(Huntington Park CA, Martes, Abril 17, 2018)– “Transformación Dirigida Por la Comunidad: Huntington Park, Ca Recibe la Mayor Cantidad de Fondos del Estado en El Condado de Los Ángeles Para Parques”

(Huntington Park CA, Tuesday, April 17, 2018)– “Community Led Transformation: Huntington Park, CA Receives the Most Funds in LA County for Parks From the State”

(Los Angeles CA, Viernes, Enero 26, 2018)– “Después de Fuertes Testimonios Presentados por Residentes Locales, el Comité del Proyecto Decide No Apoyar a Ningún Plan en la Expansión de la Autopista 710 Sur”

(Los Angeles CA, Friday, January 26, 2018)– “After Outpour of Local Residents’ Impassioned Testimony, Project Committee Withholds Support for a Specific Plan on 710 Freeway Expansion”

(Huntington Park CA, Monday, June 26, 2017)– “CBE Perseveres Despite Multiple Break-ins and Theft” — Press Release

(Wilmington CA, Wednesday, June 14, 2017)– “CBE Sues South Coast Air District over Tesoro LA Expansion“– Press Release

(Richmond CA, Thursday, April 6, 2017) — “State Weighs in For Caps on Bay Area Refinery Toxic and Climate Pollution” — News Release

(Richmond CA, Tuesday, March 14, 2017) — “San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors Denies Phillips 66’s Oil Trains Project” — Press Release

(Richmond CA, Tuesday, June 14, 2016)– “Bay Area Residents and Environmental Advocates Push Swift Adoption of Rule to Cap Refinery Emissions” — Press Release

(Los Angeles, CA February 18, 2016)– “Governor Brown Commits $176 million to Clean up Exide Mess in South East Los Angeles” –Statement

(Richmond CA, January 26, 2016)– “County Admits Tarsands Plan: Proposes Rejecting Oil Trains Project

(Richmond, CA, July 11, 2015)– “Protesters March Against Oil Trains: Richmond Calls for an end to Fossil Fuels and Demand Clean Energy Now!

(Richmond, CA, July 6, 2015)–“Activists Detained Hanging “Stop Oil Trains Now” Banner to Kick off Week of Action

(Oakland, CA, May 6, 2014)–“Pollution Isn’t Color Blind in Oakland.”

(Sacramento, CA, January 22, 2014)–“We’re on our way to a million electric vehicles” 


(San Francisco, CA, October 18, 2013)–California Leads the Way, Finalizes Major Rule To Advance Clean Energy

(San Francisco, CA, August 19, 2013)–Community Groups File Legal Challenge to Bay Area Planning Agencies for a Better, Smarter Growth Plan

(San Francisco, CA, May 29, 2013)–Lawsuit Filed to Help Communities Fight Power Plant Air Pollution

(Huntington Park, CA, March 8, 2013)–Community Celebrates New School and Park Opening on the Site of a Former Toxic Concrete Mountain

(Sacramento, CA, February 6, 2013)–CBE Joins New Coalition to Protect California’s Landmark Environmental Law

(Sacramento, CA, February 5, 2013)–Oil Industry Fuels California Lobbyists


(Richmond, CA, October 1, 2012)–City to vote on safer, less-polluting refinery technology following disastrous Chevron fire.

(Oakland, CA, August 30, 2012)–Oakland is Not a Toxic Dumping Ground.  Planning Commission (3-2) Denies Crematorium Appeal.

(Oakland, CA, August 27, 2012)–Dirty crude suspected in refinery fire probe; agencies accept CBE’s recommendation for early path of investigation

(Richmond, CA, April 24, 2012)–CBE’s “less pollution–more jobs” land use policy accepted for further review by Richmond City Council.  Read CBE’s letter to the City Council supporting the policy here.

(Sacramento, CA, April 19, 2012)—Regulator (California Public Utilities Commission) Says “No!” to More Fossil Fuel Power Generation in California

(Sacramento, CA, July 28, 2011)–Environmental Justice Groups File Comments with the California Air Resources Board, Offer Alternatives to Cap and Trade to Combat Climate Change.  Read CBE’s comments to CARB here.