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.”  Read the rest of this entry »

DEAR GOVERNOR BROWN

Written, Directed and Produced by Jon Bowermaster
Executive Producer Mark Ruffalo

Guest Speakers Jessica Wohlander and David Braun from Rootskeeper

Wednesday May 25, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Blanchard Room, Davis Branch Library

*California is the third largest oil producing state in the nation.
*300 new oil and gas wells are drilled each month
*While Governor Jerry Brown is an outspoken champion of reducing emissions that contribute to global warming, he is simultaneously a big promoter of California’s oil and gas industry.

This film asks, “Can you really be for both?”

Fracking drill sites show the possible extent of water contamination.

Fracking drill sites show the possible extent of water contamination.

Contact:  Lynne at lnittler at sbcglobal.net for questions.

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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. 
Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Ten Davis residents who followed the Benicia crude-by-rail project for years gave testimony in Benicia on the FEIR.

Ten Davis residents who followed the Benicia crude-by-rail project for years gave testimony in Benicia on the FEIR.

Reposted from the Davis Enterprise From page B5 | February 14, 2016  By Lynne Nittler and Jean Jackman

It has been an exhausting and dramatic week for Davis activists and those from Sacramento and other cities uprail from the proposed Valero Refinery expansion in Benicia.

Ten of us have traveled from Davis in two carpools to testify on the Valero crude-by-rail project. We have participated actively in the stages of a complicated public review process that began in 2013.   Now, the final environmental impact report was up for a last public hearing before the Benicia Planning Commission.

Read the rest of this entry »