Benicians for a Safe & Healthy Community

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Standing firm to stop the alarming and perilous Benicia Valero Refinery Crude By Rail project.

Sponsored by: Benicians for a Safe and Healthy Community

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The Benicia Valero Refinery has proposed a “crude-by-rail” project for 70,000 barrels per day of “North American crude” (100 rail cars per day). Valero has admitted that this would include North Dakota Bakken crude - responsible for many train derailments and explosions over the last year. Canadian Tar Sand could also become part of this scenario. Because refining extreme crudes creates more pollution than conventional crude and poses devastating safety risks; environmental, health, community organizations along with governmental agencies (such as California Attorney General’s Office) have expressed grave concerns over transporting crude-by-rail. We stand firm to this Stop Crude-By-Rail !

Please help us in raising money to educate the citizens of Benicia as to this very dangerous project that Valero is proposing.  We need support with printing flyers, mailers and miscellaneous costs.  Your contribution could make a world of difference to this grass roots organization of Benicia residents.  Thank you!!

Contact Us:
BENICIANS FOR A SAFE AND HEALTHY COMMUNITY
P.O. Box 622
Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 742-3597


SafeBenicia.org
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Stop Valero's Oil Trains at the Sept. 20th Benicia City Council Meeting!

It all comes down to this. The Benicia City Council could vote on the proposed crude by rail project at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 20th. And, we need you there to make sure they make the right decision.

The threat from Valero’s proposed crude by rail project is too great. In Benicia it means more air pollution, more explosive crude oil, and more traffic -- and, for California, it means putting thousands of people in the oil train blast zone.

It’s been a wild ride on the campaign front. In early February, the Benicia Planning Commission voted to unanimously deny the project. Valero appealed this decision to the Benicia City Council and in April, the City Council voted to delay their vote while Valero appeals to the Federal government on the question of preemption -- whether or not Benicia has the right to say no to oil trains under federal law.

On September 20th, the Benicia City Council will revisit the project and we need to tell them that communities have the right to say no to oil trains.

RSVP today at this link. http://bit.ly/stopvalero

**WHEN: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)
**WHERE: Benicia City Council Chambers - 250 East L Street, Benicia, CA 94510 - View Map
Don't Let Benicia Be The Next Mosier, OR
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Please join us while we march in the Benicia Torchlight Parade on 1st Street, in Benicia. Meet at 5:30 on the corner of East 2nd Street and B Street (same place as last year). If you do not have a "Stop Crude By Rail" T-shirt, please wear yellow or white. You can walk the parade route with us, or ride your bike.
March in Benicia Torchlight Parade
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BREAKING - Re: Valero's CBR Project: CA Atty. General Kamala Harris: letter disagrees with City of Benicia staff, consultants and Valero

Today the City of Benicia received a letter from California Attorney General Kamala Harris disagreeing with City staff, consultants and Valero Refinery.

The letter asserts that Benicia’s Planning Commission and City Council have every right to deny a land permit for Valero’s Proposed Crude by Rail offloading rack.

Significant excerpts:
“For Benicia to turn a blind eye to the most serious of the Project’s environmental impacts, merely because they flow from federally-regulated rail operations, would be contrary to both state and federal law.”

“City Staff has asserted that Benicia is “legally prohibited” from denying the Project based on the rail-related impacts disclosed in the Revised Draft EIR. Valero agrees with City Staff, asserting, ‘the City Council’s hands are, in effect, tied by the law of federal preemption.’

“We disagree that the City is prohibited from considering the Project’s eleven significant and unavoidable rail-related environmental impacts when exercising its local land use authority.

“Where, as here, an oil company proposes a project that is not subject to STB regulation and over which a public agency retains discretionary permitting authority, it would be a prejudicial abuse of discretion for that agency not to consider all of the project’s foreseeable impacts in exercising its authority.

Download the entire 5 page letter at this link:

http://beniciaindependent.com/california-attorney-general-for-benicia-to-turn-a-blind-eye/
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MONDAY 4/4/2016 - LAST TIME FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: Valero has appealed the unanimous decision by the Benicia Planning Commission, to reject Valero's crude by rail project in Benicia. The appeal is now before the City Council and public comment will begin THIS MONDAY.

IMPORTANT: City Council's staff has recommended that it overturn the Planning Commission's decision!! We can't let this happen - it is critical that your voice be heard!!

If you are going to speak on Monday, please RSVP to this invitation:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stop-valeros-oil-trains-rally-city-council-hearings-in-benicia-tickets-22930509772

Thank you!!!
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Keep up the good fight!

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Best to you and keep up the good work!

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