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Close Call in Mosier presents the direct quotes of those who were there. (Frances Burke, Alan Hirsch, Jean Jackman)

Close Call in Mosier presents the direct words of those who experienced the derailment and fire. (Frances Burke, Alan Hirsch, Jean Jackman)

This Oil Train Theater piece was prepared for the 3rd Stop Oil Trains memorial of the Lac Megantic oil train derailment and explosion that claimed the lives of 47 people in July 2013.   It highlights the close call in Mosier, Oregon when an oil train derailed and four cars burst into flame on June 4th, 2016.  Most of the words are direct quotes from the people involved. (more…)

Approximately 70 Davisites protested oil trains coming through our town as they marched from the train station in the blast zone to Central Park to watch "Near Miss in Mosier," a play about the derailment and explosion in Oregon just weeks before the July 9 rally.

Approximately 70 Davisites protested oil trains coming through our town as they marched from the train station through the blast zone to Central Park to watch “Near miss in Mosier,” a play about the derailment and explosion in Oregon just weeks before the July 9 rally.  Photo by Richard McAdam.

Concerned about Oil Trains passing through Davis?  Here are tips on ways to keep up-to-date on new developments.  The latest move by Valero takes the issue of federal preemption to the Surface Transportation Board in Washington D.C. and includes not only the Valero proposal in Benicia but the Phillips 66 project in San Luis Obispo and other west coast projects.  To be actively involved, you must stay informed.

A group of Davisites gathered on July 9th at the train station with signs urging a stop to the transportation of crude oil by rail.  They marched through the blast zone (the area within a half mile of the tracks) carrying a banner of an oil tank car that holds 30,000 gallons (more…)

A derailment and fire like the one in Mosier, Oregon could happen in Davis.

A derailment and fire like the one in Mosier, Oregon could happen in Davis.

All are invited to the second Stop Oil Trains Rally on Saturday, July 9th.  Meet at the Davis Train Station at 9:30am.  Bring a sign and wear black for the solemnity of the occasion.   Walk through the down town to Central Park to gather at the Rotary Stage (near the carousel) at 10:00am.  The program includes songs, an update by Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, and a Reader’s Theater Version of “Close Call in Mosier.”  (more…)

The April 4th rally of Benicians for Safe and Healthy Community before the City Council hearing on the Appeal for the Valero Crude-by-Rail Project.

The April 4th rally of Benicians for Safe and Healthy Community before the City Council hearing on the Appeal for the Valero Crude-by-Rail Project.

Cross posted from the Davis Enterprise, April 6, 2016

By Lynne Nittler

Davis was well-represented at the Benicia City Council hearing for the Valero Crude-by-Rail Project this Monday evening.  Of the approximately 48 people who spoke, 12 came from Davis or Dixon, and another 6 came from Sacramento.  Other locals were scattered in the audience waiting for their names to be called to testify. (more…)

Linda Maio, Vice Mayor of Berkeley, spoke to the Planning commission.

Linda Maio, Vice Mayor of Berkeley, spoke to the Planning commission.

After three years of study, the Benicia Planning Commission voted not to certify the final EIR and denied the Valero Crude-by-Rail on February 11, 2016.    Read about the Planning Commission Resolution here.

Listen to the Chairman’s report to the City Council here. (more…)

 

Add your presence to the City Hall Chambers in Benicia as hearings on the Valero Crude-by-Rail Project begin before the City Council.

Add your presence to the City Hall Chambers in Benicia as hearings on the Valero Crude-by-Rail Project begin before the City Council.

Dear oil train activist,

It’s your turn to speak out.

Benicia’s City Council is about to decide the fate of Davis area residents living in the blast zone.

Sign up NOW and GET ON THE BUS to the Benicia City Council hearing on April 4th. 
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Over 300 people signed up to give testimony at the hearings in San Luis Obispo County regarding the Phillips 66 rail spur project.

Over 300 people signed up to give testimony at the hearings in San Luis Obispo County regarding the Phillips 66 rail spur project.

Cross-posted from the Davis Vanguard on February 16, 2016

by Elizabeth Lasensky

The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission and the City of Benicia Planning Commission heard public comment this month on two very similar oil train requests from refineries. (more…)