Oil train hearings in February.  Your voice counts!  Attend one or both hearings!

Add your voice to the public testimony on the FEIRs and usage permit questions.

Add your voice to the public testimony on the FEIRs and usage permit questions.

Our oil train sagas continue with an urgent next chapter for both the Valero Crude-by-Rail Project in Benicia and the Phillips 66 Rail Spur Extension Project in San Luis Obispo.

Both cities will hold final public hearings to listen to your brief comments on their Final Environmental Impact Reports (FEIR) and whether the projects should be denied.  This may be our last chance to oppose the permits to allow infrastructure for the transport of crude by rail to the two refineries.  We need as many voices as possible from uprail folks to make an impact.  See actions for San Luis Obispo and Benicia below.

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Dear Oil Train friends,

Here is an exceptional opportunity for you to sign onto the Declaration below.  The letter from Daphne explains the situation.  Just sign onto the Declaration here

I propose having Yolano Climate Action sign on as well, unless any of you send me objections.

In addition, I have sent the Declaration to our city council members, to Yolo County Supervisors, and to SACOG urging them all to sign on to the Declaration.  We are not at the moment threatened with new infrastructure, but we can support the two commitments of the Declaration. Read the rest of this entry »

sign up now to attend the Oil Train Summit in Pittsburg, PA on Nov. 13-15.

sign up now to attend the Oil Train Summit in Pittsburg, PA on Nov. 13-15.

Registration is now open for Oil Train Response 2015, Nov. 13-15 in Pittsburgh, PA – a summit that will bring together grassroots & indigenous leaders, NGOs, elected officials, and oil train experts from across North America to share effective strategies in the effort to protect public health, safety, and the climate from the threat of oil trains.


Yolano Climate Action has some funds available to assist with your travel.  Please contact Lynne at lnittler@sbcglobal.net.

Here is how to register:

If you ARE applying for Financial Assistance with registration fees, travel or other costs, here are the link and instructions:

Please fill out the Financial Assistance Application by October 14. We are providing limited, needs-based financial assistance with registration, travel, and related expenses. We plan to contact applicants about the assistance we can offer by October 21. The Financial Assistance Application is the ONLY form you need to fill out until we contact you about the assistance we can offer. Thank you for telling us what will help you attend and for understanding that our funds are limited and we may not be able to meet all requests.

If you ARE NOT applying for Financial Assistance with registration fees, travel or other costs, here are the link and instructions:
Please fill out the Registration Form.  Registration fees are at half-price through October 16. Once you fill out the Registration Form you’ll get a confirmation email. This email includes a link to a survey with some questions that will help us plan the event. If you already filled out the Save the Date form, you will NOT have to answer the same questions again, but there will be some additional questions to answer.
If you have any questions about registration or the event, please contact Anne at anne@forestethics.org.
We hope to see you in November!
Thank you,
Ethan

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30 Protesters began at the train station. Stop oil trains.

30 Protesters began at the train station. Stop oil trains.

On Monday, August 31, Benicia will post the revised sections of Chapter 2 of the draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Valero Crude-by-rail Project.

 

We will have until Oct. 30 for public review (August 31 -Oct. 30 at 5:00 p.m.) which can be a written response emailed to the city (Amy Million, Principal Planner, Community Development Department, 250 East L Street, Benicia, CA 94510.  amillion@.benicia.ca.us  (707) 747-1637 (fax) ).  Testimony was heard at a Planning Commission hearing on Tuesday, September 29 beginning at 6:30 at City Hall, 250 L Street, Benicia.  Other hearings were not needed.  You may still submit written commentary .  Read the rest of this entry »

30 Protesters began at the train station.  Stop oil trains.

30 Protesters began at the train station. Stop oil trains.

Over eighty Davis residents showed up on Saturday, July 11, in fiery red, yellow, and orange shirts to awaken the town to the danger of oil trains transporting highly flammable Bakken crude and toxic tar sands crude oil to refineries in Benicia and San Luis Obispo.  Dozens met first at the train station and carried signs and a six-foot banner of a 1232 oil tank car through downtown Davis to Central Park, a route entirely within the one mile blast zone should there be an accident.  At the park, the marchers enjoyed a round of feisty songs led by the Raging Grannies of Sacramento.  Read the rest of this entry »

Damien Luzzo sends this sample letter on a proposed pledge of resistance against fracking in California for you to copy and send to your friends after you take the pledge yourself.  Or, if you’re good with social media, respond via facebook and tweets.

Please note that the pledge is calling for direct action that does not necessarily (or will not always) involve civil disobedience or risking arrest. Read the rest of this entry »

RR crossing stop oil trains                     Save the Date:

        Stop Oil Trains – Davis Action

Saturday, July 11 from 9:30-10:45 a.m.

RSVP here:  https://actionnetwork.org/events/stop-oil-trains-in-davis?source=direct_link&referrer=lynne-nittler

 

There is NO safe way to transport extreme tar sands and Bakken crude. Two years after Lac-Mégantic, oil trains keep exploding and carbon pollution keeps rising.  Oil trains are a disaster for our health, our safety, and our climate.  Join with other Californians on July 11 to remember the 47 who perished in Lac-Mégantic and take action now.

One oil train per week passes through Davis currently.  Two more 100-car trains per day are planned for the near future…unless we stop them.

Davis Vigil and Rally:

  • 9:30 a.m. Meet at the Davis Amtrak Station wearing a fiery red, yellow, or orange shirt.  Bring your own sign or carry one of ours.
  • Walk through our downtown Blast Zone to the Farmers’ Market at Central Park.
  • 10:00 a.m. Gather for a brief Rally at the Rotary Stage (near the carousel) featuring:
    • Rousing songs by the Raging Grannies
    • Mayor Dan Wolk – Davis Resolution against Oil Trains through town
    • Councilman Lucas Frerichs – SACOG letter
    • Senator Lois Wolk – recent CA legislation addressing oil trains
    • Supervisor Jim Provenza – waste water injection  & fracking in Yolo County
    • Damien Luzzo – proposal to ban fracking in Yolo County
    • Leave the crude in the ground!

PR:  Big photo op with our own oil tank car!

Take action: Sign the petition and/or the Pledge to Resist.

Read more about Damien’s story.

For questions or to volunteer:  lnittler@sbcglobal.net

Want more action? Take the 11:20 a.m. Yolo bus to join a mile-long Vigil to stop oil trains with 350 Sacramento from the railroad station on 5th & I to the Capitol on 10th & L.  Wear explosive colors and bring a sign!  www.350sacramento.org

Read the Davis Enterprise for more details. Check the web for more protests around the country.  Try Portland and Martinez.

Andrew Grinberg, Oil and Gas Program Coordinator for Clean Water Action, will speak on Injection Wells.

Andrew Grinberg, Oil and Gas Program Coordinator for Clean Water Action, will speak on Injection Wells.

The underground injection of fracking waste threatens California’s remaining fresh water.  Andrew Grinberg of Clean Water Action will speak to this on Monday, May 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the Davis Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St.   All who care about our fresh water are welcome to attend. 

 Grinberg holds a degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and has been working with Clean Water in Washington DC, Austin, Texas and Baltimore. Md.  Since 2011 he has been working on California oil and gas policy and state legislation for Clean Water.  He will advocate for Assembly Bill 356 which will increase the regulation of injection wells in California.  For further information contact Mary Zhu at zbox@dcn.org

 For more details, read this op-ed by Mary Zhu.

OIl train accidents pose dangers for rail workers, too.

OIl train accidents, such as the Feb. 15, 2015 accident in West Virginia,  pose dangers for rail workers, too.

Notes by Elizabeth Lasensky

Yesterday, Saturday March 14, I attended the Future of Railroads Conference in Richmond sponsored by Railroad Workers United. This conference was created to bring together railroad workers with environmental and community activists to find where we have common ground. And we do have common ground. Read the rest of this entry »

Unsafe DOT-111 oil tank cars lined up on Second St. in Davis.  1287 indicates Petroleum distillates rather than crude oil, but still hazard level 3, highly flammable.  Photo by Richard McAdam

Unsafe DOT-111 oil tank cars lined up on Second St. in Davis. 1287 indicates Petroleum distillates rather than crude oil, but still hazard level 3, highly flammable. Photo by Richard McAdam

Yolano Climate Action
Resolution on Crew Fatigue

  • Whereas, all too many railroaders in North America work long, irregular hours and all too often are chronically sleep deprived; and
  • Whereas, most North American railroad workers have no schedule whatsoever, and are generally called to work at all hours of the day, seven days a week, with just two hours’ notice of work; and

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