In response to Safe Benicia’s successful initial organizing meeting around Valero’s proposed crude-by-rail project there, Valero decided to hold their own informational meeting Monday night. It was packed, and got quite a lot of news coverage: Valero Admits Tar Sands Crude, Fracked Oil Could Come Through Benicia (KPIX), KRON (video), Times-Herald, and radio reports.
Then, Tuesday night, there were two City Council meetings regarding crude-by-rail running through densely populated parts of the Bay Area if a proposed project at the Phillips 66 refinery in Santa Maria is approved. Both Berkeley and Richmond passed resolutions to lobby others on the issue of crude-by-rail (neither has direct power over the tracks in their backyards). KPIX also had a story: Berkeley City Council Votes To Oppose Crude By Rail Plan.