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Our Health Is Not For Sale

Posted by mhudema on July 16, 2008

Chevron Offers Richmond’s City Council $61 Million to Approve Refinery Expansion
Richmond Residents and Bay Area Community say, “Our Health is Not for Sale”


Richmond, CA—Over 500 Bay Area residents attended a Richmond City Council public hearing last night on Chevron’s bid to expand the Richmond refinery to process dirtier crude oil.  The plant expansion is seen as a dramatic step in the wrong direction in the effort to decrease pollution-related health risks and climate change in Richmond and the Bay Area.  The City Council is expected to issue a final vote today in what has been a 4-year permitting process.    
 
In a last minute effort to lock-in City Council approval for Chevron’s refinery expansion, yesterday Chevron presented the City of Richmond with a $61 million dollar ‘Community Benefit Agreement’ (CBA).  The Agreement, submitted to the city council in closed session immediately before the public council hearing, would reportedly include $6.75 million for jobs and education programs, $6 million for community health programs, and requires the City Council’s approval of the expansion project. Other elements of Chevron’s proposal include requiring the City to propose the implementation of standards that would exempt Chevron projects from design review and would result in changes to the City’s land-use process for Chevron projects.
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Hundreds Oppose Tar Sands Refinery

Posted by mhudema on July 15, 2008

Hundreds in Bay Area to Oppose Toxic Refinery Expansion

WHEN: Tuesday, July 15th ; 6:15pm vigil, 7:00 p.m. hearing
WHERE: Kennedy High School, 4300 Cutting Blvd.

WHAT: Hundreds of Bay Area residents will be attending tomorrow’s Richmond city council hearing on Chevron’s bid to expand the Richmond refinery to process more, heavier crude oil. Richmond residents and the wider Bay Area community see the expansion of the plant to burn ever-dirtier crude in direct opposition to California’s commitment to combat air pollution and climate change. Prior to the hearing there will be a community vigil led by a Richmond Catholic priest and an Oakland priest whose parishioners are employees of the Chevron plant.

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