Message from Mayor McLaughlin
Chevron Proposal Comes to Council
Please mark Tuesday night, July 15 and Wednesday night, July
16th on your calendars (see further details below).
These dates, my friends, are when the Richmond
City Council will examine the appeals concerning the environmental
review and conditions of approval for the proposed Chevron
100 plus years of the cumulative and synergistic impact from
various pollutants exiting Chevron smokestacks and entering
our residents' lungs constitutes a major environmental injustice
against the people of Richmond. It is most definitely time
for courage and transformation in Richmond. 3 points I would
like to stress are:
1. The Environmental Impact Report needs to
be re-circulated! This is an extremely flawed environmental
impact report with massive omissions and contradictions that
should be disclosed to all. This EIR and proposed conditions
drawn from it have been derived in part from secret information.
This is not in the interest of good government and the EIR
must be re-circulated, if Richmond is to turn itself around
and stand for transparency and accountability as it should
2. A comprehensive oil quality condition (crude
cap) is essential to disallow dirtier crude from being refined,
which is known to create more pollution, more risk, more spills
and releases in to our air, water, and land.
3. No secretly negotiated community funds
as a trade-off for the comprehensive cap. No money for pollution...our
health is not for sale! Any community benefits must be addressed
separately and by way of an open process.
Please come share the message of a healthier and more just
Richmond with your City Council.
Here are the details of the meetings on 7/15 and 7/16:
Tuesday, July 15 at Kennedy High School
4300 Cutting Blvd
6:15 pm - Vigil honoring lives lost and all who suffer from
environmental disease. Bring photos of loved ones who have
died of cancer and disease.
7 pm - City Council public hearing on the Chevron expansion.
Public Comment will be taken. It may be very late in the evening,
so make arrangements, if possible!
Wednesday, July 16 (cont.) at Kennedy High
School, 4300 Cutting Blvd.
7 pm - City Council to question staff/consultants, deliberate
Please come to show the community's message of environmental
justice by way of your very presence and by holding signs!
Buses to and from the hearing will be departing
from: 3rd and Chesley in N. Richmond, Atchison and Liberty
Village and from St. Mark's Church. To reserve seats on the
bus or childcare inquiries, please contact Jessica Tovar 510-302-0430
X24 or 415 596-3517 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Richmond City Council has a challenge
at hand. It can support the community’s demands for a clean
environment and public health; or it can allow Chevron to lock
in 50 years of having the possibility of refining cheaper,
dirtier, more contaminated crude.
Oil companies across the county are watching the outcome here
to see if the people of Richmond will create a model of restraint
and preventive measures for the entire oil industry. We are
presenting this model, not for the oil industry, but for the
people of the world.
We are displaying a model of people standing up to the second
largest oil company on the planet and saying: It is time to
set precedent in the direction of our health and safety. Chevron's
pollution, Chevron's domination of city government, Chevron's
reaping obscene profits at the expense of our health, and Chevron’s
massive contribution to global warming must stop.
See you next Tuesday (7/15) and next Wednesday (7/16) night
at Kennedy High! It is the power of numbers and the power of
people that makes all the difference in the world!
Gayle McLaughlin Mayor, City of Richmond