Still time to participate in Valero-Benicia Oil Train Decision
After three years of study, the Benicia Planning Commission voted not to certify the final EIR and denied the Valero Crude-by-Rail Project on February 11.
This decision came about through the sustained efforts of Benicians for a Healthy and Safe Community with consistent support from individuals in Davis and Sacramento who wrote letters and testified during all the stages of the Environmental Impact Review process. The involvement of many uprail agencies (7 Air Quality Management Districts, lawyers from Sierra Club, NRDC, Forest Ethics, Stanford Law Center, the CA Attorney General, etc.) and governmental bodies (City of Davis, Yolo County, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, etc.) were instrumental in the Planning Commissioners decision-making. Many hundreds of pages of written comments were submitted.
Valero appealed the decision to the Benicia City Council. Public testimony will be on April 4, 6 and 19.
Concerned Davis residents are encouraged to write their specific concerns to the Benicia City Council. Hints for letter-writing ideas and where to send the letters are found at the website below.
Residents are also invited to reserve a space on the bus heading to Benicia on April 4th. There will be a pickup at Caffe Italia parking lot at approximately 5:15pm to arrive in Benicia around 6pm. The bus will leave Benicia at 9pm. Riders do not need to testify. We need a large Davis contingent present to show our concern about the prospect of oil trains coming through our downtown.
For more details, read “Update” and “Ride the bus” posted at www.yolanoclimateaction.org For questions, contact Lynne at lnittler at sbcglobal dot net.
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