2012 Richmond Chevron Oil Refinery fire. Photo via Flickr.com/therealmichaelmoore.
Chevron is planning to spend $1 billion for a “modernization
project” to retrofit its oil refinery located in the City of Richmond. On this
surface this might sound like a good idea, but in reality the project will
expand Chevron’s ability to process high-sulfur crude oil, which is highly corrosive and dangerous.
Thousands of residents live in the shadow of the oil refinery, breathing toxic
emissions that are known to be carcinogenic and damaging to respiratory and
neurological health. These same communities live under constant threat of a disaster,
as happened in 2012, when a fire and explosion at the Richmond Chevron Oil
Refinery caused thousands of residents to seek medical attention.
Putting the safety and health of the local communities ahead of profit-maximizing
oil interests, the Richmond City Planning Commission on July 11 recommended an
“alternative project” that would require Chevron to strengthen its safety
measures and cap emissions at their current rate. Chevron is appealing the emissions
restriction before the Richmond City Council on July 22. Then, on July 29, the
city council will decide whether to adopt the Richmond Planning Commission’s
recommendation or Chevron’s appeal.
Please send a letter to the Richmond City Council urging them
to uphold the Richmond Planning Commission’s recommended “alternative project”
and deny Chevron’s appeal. Feel
free to modify the middle section of the email, letting city officials know why
this issue is important to you.
And please join us at the Richmond City Council meeting, July 29 at 5:30 pm, where you can make a public comment on behalf of
public safety and the enironment. The meeting will be held at the Richmond
Civic Auditorium, located at 400 Civic Plaza.
Dear [Decision Maker],
I support capping toxic-air emissions and strengthening safety measures at the Chevron Richmond Oil Refinery. The Richmond City Planning Commission has recommended the "alternative project" that reduces emissions and protects the health of communities bordering the oil refinery.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]