National Drive Electric Week
National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 9 to 17, is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and to highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Are you considering going electric? Come talk to owners who have done so at two events in Benicia, sponsored by the Community Sustainability Commission. __ Owners and cars will be at the Farmers’ Market on First Street, Sept. 14 from 4 to 7 and will also be at the Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 16, at the 9th Street Park from noon to 1:30._ These are great opportunities to find out why once you go electric, you will never go back.
Stop refinery emission increases
Phillips 66 Refinery and Marine Terminal in Rodeo is planning to increase deliveries of crude oil from 59 ships to 135 ships per year so they can more than double crud oil refining from 51,000 barrels to 130,000 per day.
Refining increased volumes of heavier and dirtier tar sand crude oil will increase emissions and the volume of toxic chemicals released into the air we breathe.
Increased tanker deliveries will increase the risk of crude oil spills along the entire delivery route. A spill in the San Francisco Bay would destroy shore lines and aquatic habitat because heavy tar sand oil does not float so it is difficult if not impossible to remove after a spill.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is responsible of regulating refinery emissions to assure clean air for the health and safety of the people within the Bay Area.
To fulfill their responsibility of limiting emissions to maintain air quality within Vallejo, Crockett and Benicia, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board of Directors must reject the proposed Phillips 66 expansion.
To mobilize the community to stop the proposed Phillips 66 refinery expansion there will be a Town Hall Meeting at 6:30 Wednesday the 13th, at the Norman King Center, 545 Magazine St. in Vallejo.
Please come to the meeting to unite as a community to protect our air, climate and water and save lives from the proposed increase in toxic emissions.
Bay Area Air Quality Management District Coalition