VIDEO: Benicia Community Forum on crude by rail, Jan. 18, 2015

Community Forum & Update on Crude By Rail

Benicia, California, January 18, 2015

Antonia Juhasz – 4:18
Diane Bailey – NRDC 21:36
Marilyn Bardet, Benicia Activist – 40:03
Andrés Soto, Benicia Activist – 1:02:03

Many thanks to videographer Constance Beutel!

On Jan 18, 2015 Benicians for a Safe and Healthy Community held a Forum to update the community on the Valero Crude by Rail project status.


    • Nearly 100 people gathered to learn more about Valero’s crude by rail project and how it might affect Benicia residents at a Community Informational Forum on Sunday, January 18, 2015, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Doña Benicia Room. The Forum was sponsored by Benicians for a Safe and Healthy Community (BSHC), a grassroots organization advocating responsible environmental action and currently working to STOP crude by rail in Benicia.
    • Guest speakers included:
      • Antonia Juhasz, oil and energy analyst, award-winning author and investigative journalist, and
      • Diane Bailey, Senior Scientist in the Health and Environment Program for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
    • Members of BSHC also provided an update on their work.
      • Marilyn Bardet discussed the history and status of the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR).
      • Andrés Soto discussed the local, regional and cumulative impacts of transporting crude oil by rail.
    • Questions, discussion and brainstorming followed.
    • For more information about the Community Forum or BSHC, please call (707) 742-3597, or email info@SafeBenicia.  For more information about Valero Crude by Rail check out  SafeBenicia.orgOf course, you can find lots of info here on