Realtors Advisory: Disclosure of Valero Crude by Rail prior to a sale

From an email to Benicia City Planners by Andrés Soto, for Benicians for a Safe and Healthy Community
[Editor:  There has been much talk of the likelihood of falling property values if Valero begins shipping volatile and toxic crude oil on trains.  This would seem to strengthen the argument.  – RS]

Solano County Realtors Advisory: Disclosure of Valero Refinery and Crude by Rail prior to a sale

SolanoRealtors-disclosures_bFrom: Andres Soto
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2016 11:12 AM
To: Christina Ratcliff, Amy Million
Cc: Elizabeth Patterson, Mark Hughes, Alan Schwartzman, Tom Campbell, Christina Strawbridge
Subject: For the Valero CBR record: Solano County Realtors Association Disclosures and Disclaimers Advisory

Dear Ms. Ratcliffe:

Please add the attached document, Solano County Disclosures and Disclaimers Advisory 4-1-2015 to the official record for the Valero Benicia Crude By Rail project.

This document advises both the Valero Refinery and the Valero Crude By Rail project be disclosed prior to a property sale. This document is dated since it refers to December 2014 as the most current information on the project.  [Editor: note however that the document is dated April 1, 2015.  – RS]

Perhaps there is an updated version. Certainly, approval of the appeal by Valero on the project will ensure these disclosures will continue.

These disclosures will certainly cause some prospective property purchasers to reconsider or choose not moving to Benicia due to the risks associated with such a dangerous activity and the possible negative impact on property values.


Andrés Soto
Benicians for a Safe and Healthy Community