Oil giant Valero is trying to build a massive oil trains terminal at its refinery in Benicia.
Two 50-car oil trains per day would carry toxic fracked oil and tar sands across California to the refinery, passing through Roseville, Sacramento, Davis, Fairfield and other cities before reaching their destination in Benicia.1
If approved by the Benicia City Council, the terminal would exacerbate local air pollution in Benicia and in communities along the rail route, expose those communities to the catastrophic danger of an oil train derailment and explosion, and fuel the climate crisis by encouraging fracking and tar sands extraction.
The Benicia City Council is accepting public comments on the project until Friday. Local opposition has already delayed the project once – we need to speak out right now and demand that the city council block Valero's dangerous oil terminal.2
Tell the Benicia City Council: Block Valero's dangerous oil trains terminal. Submit a public comment directly to the city council.
The number of crude by rail accidents in recent years has skyrocketed. In addition to the deadly oil train explosion in Lac-Mégantic, Québec in July 2013, which killed 47 people, there have been nine major oil train explosions in the United States since the start of 2013.
In addition to the threat of deadly train derailments and explosions, Valero's plan would worsen air quality for communities all along the rail line. In Benicia, shipping more fracked oil and tar sands to Valero's refinery would only increase toxic refinery pollution. Further, oil trains leak dangerous chemicals, creating a toxic plume around rail lines up and down the rail route.3
With no end in sight to the record drought threatening California, there is simply no excuse for green-lighting any fossil fuel infrastructure project that will encourage the extraction of more dirty fracked oil and tar sands and exacerbating climate change.
Valero will get its way if we remain silent. Submit a public comment urging the Benicia City Council to reject Valero's crude by rail project.
1. Jaxon Van Derbeken, "Benicia sees cash in crude oil; neighbors see catastrophe," San Francisco Chronicle, October 24, 2015
Tony Bizjak, "Benicia plans more study of crude-oil train impacts," Sacramento Bee, February 3, 2015
3. Diane Bailey, "Valero's Promise to Benicia: We'll only have an environmental disaster once every 111 years," NRDC Switchboard, September 17, 2014