Map of Oil Refinery & Pipeline Health & Safety Issues

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Important Meeting Tuesday 7/22

Richmond Chevron “Modernization” Project – City Council Tuesday 7/22

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Get there early to get a seat – 5:00pm Meeting starts at 6:30pm
403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA

Come support the Planning Commission proposal. You know Chevron will pack the house so please come and bring friends!

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Slinger train derailment leads to evacuations

By Don Behm   Journal Sentinel   July 21, 2014

Dozens of homes in central Slinger in Washington County were evacuated Sunday evening after a train derailment prompted fears of a possible fire from diesel or other fuel.

Three engines and 10 railcars derailed, forcing the evacuation of more than 100 nearby homes, said Slinger Fire Department Chief Rick Hanke. Two people were being treated for injuries that are not life-threatening, he said.

The accident occurred southeast of the crossing of two separate freight rail lines — Wisconsin & Southern Railroad and Canadian National Railway Co. — at state Highway 144 in the village.

About 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from an engine, Hanke said. Hazmat crews had dikes and booms in place. Continue reading

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Staggering Increase in Oil Spills via Rail

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Buffett Tank Car Maker Urges New Rules Include Rail Operations

By Thomas Black Bloomberg Jul 18, 2014

Warren Buffett’s Union Tank Car Co., which makes cars that carry crude oil, is urging U.S. regulators to adopt new rules for rail operations in addition to sturdier tank-car standards to improve safety.

[Editor's Note: Buffet also owns BNSF Railroad.]

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Crews Extinguish Small Fire At Chevron Richmond Refinery

Fire crews worked to clean up a pipe leaking hydrocarbon after it caught fire at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond Wednesday morning. Chevron officials called the Richmond Fire Department at 2:10 a.m. as a precautionary measure. Crews arrived to find a broken processing line with a hydrocarbon liquid leaking which reportedly ignited the flames. Crews were able to put out the small blaze shortly after 3 a.m. The leak was stopped at 5:30 a.m. and the clean-up process is continuing. No injuries were reported and all employees and contractors were safely accounted for, according to a Chevron refinery spokesperson. A Level One notification was made to Contra Costa County Health Services as precautionary protocol, but there is no danger to the community, according to Chevron officials. Crews remain on site to help clean up the liquid that spilled on the ground of the plant’s Fluid Catalytic Unit at Gate 31. An investigation is underway to determine the oil leak and fire.

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Mosquito Fogging Planned Wednesday in Martinez, Discovery Bay

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A year ago: Lac-Megantic, Quebec

By Guy Cooper   Martinez Gazette   july 13, 2014

I can’t help thinking of them, the 47 lives suddenly snuffed a year ago, July 6, by a runaway oil train that incinerated that downtown and fostered a firestorm of outrage, fear and controversy across this continent about the haste, greed and disregard that deliver oil trains threatening our communities with death and disaster.

I knew none of them, but feel a kinship for another small, quaint, historic railroad town of antique brick buildings clustered by train tracks aside a waterfront park, alive on a warm summer night with music, laughter and camaraderie amongst good friends. Continue reading

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BP Calculates Only 53 Years of World Oil Left, USA Leads Increase in Global Oil Production

Yeah, you heard that right…BP said it!

“Total world proved oil reserves reached 1687.9 billion barrels at the end of 2013, sufficient to meet 53.3 years of global production. The largest additions to reserves came from Russia, adding 900 million barrels and Venezuela adding 800 million barrels. OPEC members continue to hold the majority of reserves, accounting for 71.9% of the global total. South & Central America continues to hold the highest R/P ratio. Over the past decade, global proved reserves have increased by 27%, or over 350 billion barrels.”

“Global oil production did not keep pace with the growth in global consumption, rising by  just 0.6% or560,000 b/d. The US (+1.1 million b/d) recorded the largest growth in the world and the largest annual increment in the country’s history for a second consecutive year. The US accounted for nearly all (96%) of the non-OPEC output increase of 1.2 million b/d (the strongest since 2002) to reach a record 50 million b/d. Increases in Canada (+210,000 b/d) and Russia (+150,000 b/d) offset declines in Syria (-120,000 b/d), the UK and Norway (-80,000 b/d each) and Australia (-70,000 b/d). OPEC output fell by 600,000 b/d, the first decline since 2009. Declines in Libya (-520,000 b/d), Iran (-190,000 b/d), Saudi Arabia (-110,000 b/d) and Nigeria (-100,000 b/d) outweighed an increase in the UAE (+250,000 b/d).”

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Brockville train derailment ‘could have been a lot worse’

By Jessica McDiarmid   The Star   Jul 10 2014

CN train skipped the tracks outside town, with empty tankers that carried only residue of jet fuel.

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