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Do you have a story to tell about living in a refinery community?

Major Public Health Community Meeting on Oil and Gas Rulemaking, March 9

Sunflower Alliance, February 22, 2020

The State of California is sponsoring a series of statewide meetings where members of the public can testify about the ways the oil industry affects our health and that of our communities.  One of these meetings is being held in Oakland (see when and where below).  We highly encourage everyone with a story to tell about oil industry impacts on you, your family and your neighborhood to come and testify.  We will have two minutes to speak our hearts and minds.

​​The meeting is sponsored by the Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM, formerly DOGGR) of the state’s Department of Conservation.  Although CalGEM specifically regulates oil and gas production (oil drilling), it will share public testimony from this meeting with other state regulatory agencies.

The new rulemaking that results will be based on this important public input, and will consider the best available science and data to inform new and strengthened ​protective state requirements.​

The Sunflower Alliance is making arrangements for free transportation from Rodeo and Richmond to the hearing.  If you need a ride, please let us know at action@sunflower-alliance.com .

See this Facebook post for a recording of the first public hearing in Bakersfield meeting on February 19.

A little more background:

AB345 (currently heading toward the state senate) and the Governor’s own plans require Public Health Rulemaking around the urgent call for 2,500-foot setbacks from oil and gas extraction sites.  The first step is this series of pre-rulemaking community meetings to gather public input.

When you testify about Bay Area oil industry impacts, please be sure to start with a strong statement of solidarity with those folks who are living near oil drilling sites, and express your support for setbacks and AB345.

If you can’t attend:

Written comments can be sent via email
to CalGEMRegulations@conservation.ca.gov
or by postal mail to—
Department of Conservation
801 K Street, MS 24-02
Sacramento, CA 95814
ATTN: Public Health near Oil Gas Rule-making

WHEN

Monday, March 9, 1-3 PM —Doors open at 12:30.  A rally outside is tentatively scheduled for noon.

WHERE

​Greenlining Institute
360 14th St., Oakland (near 12th St. BART)

Forum on Cap and Trade: Video and Slides

Repost from the Sunflower Alliance

The Cap and Trade Scam: Video and Slides from the Forum

September 19, 2017, reporting on a forum sponsored by Sunflower Alliance and 350 Bay Area

Watch the video and check out the PowerPoints from our recent lively discussion of California climate policy. Sunflower Alliance and 350 Bay Area sponsored the Sept 17 forum, The Cap and Trade Scam, which included a treasure trove of information and a range of sometimes-conflicting opinions on our new state cap-and-trade legislation, cap-and-trade as a policy for greenhouse gas reduction, other policies that could work better, and a variety of next steps for the climate/environmental justice movement in California. The forum was  held at the California Nurses Association headquarters in Oakland.

Videographer Jay Wilson captured the whole thing on video and graciously made it available to us. The entire forum is on the 350 Bay Area Youtube channel:

The forum was 2 hours and 15 minutes long — here are direct links to each of the speakers:

Roger Lin, Center for Race, Poverty, and the Environment
Danny Cullenward, Stanford Center for Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences
Amy Vanderwarker, California Environmental Justice Alliance
RL Miller, Climate Hawks Vote and California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus
Janet Stromberg, 350 Bay Area
Parin Shah, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
RL Miller (2)
LaDonna Williams, Vallejo resident active in the campaign to stop the expansion of the Phillips 66 Marine Terminal

Two of the presenters showed PowerPoint slides, available here:

Janet Stromberg slide show

Danny Cullenward slide show