A fire in the 2 HDO Unit at the Martinez Marathon Renewable Fuels facility last Saturday night caused twenty refinery workers to be evacuated, and, horrifically, left Jerome Serrano with third-degree burns over 90% of his body. According to a USW … Read full article
After a long struggle to get their voices heard, the Coalition to Save Jackson State Forest is finally on the agenda at the state Board of Forestry, which regulates all timber lands in California.
Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF), the … Read full article
The Port of Oakland and the Army Corps of Engineers are planning to expand the port to allow more polluting megaships into the Bay Area. They say their proposal to widen the existing “turning basins” at the Oakland Seaport "will allow vessels to … Read full article
After listening long and hard to the community, the Martinez City Council has issued a strong formal proclamation addressed to the refinery which dumped 24 tons of spent catalyst on its residents last Thanksgiving, and has since then dusted them with … Read full article
When the Martinez Refining Company (MRC) released 24 tons of heavy metal-laden spent catalyst on the town of Martinez last Thanksgiving night, the community started demanding answers about safety protocol and emissions control at the refinery. This … Read full article
California Labor for Climate Jobs (CLCJ), a coalition of California unions, has just released its state policy platform, the California Worker Climate Bill of Rights, calling on the state to support a "worker-led transition to a just and climate-safe … Read full article
Environmental organizations across the country and in California are denouncing the Biden administration's new grant of $7 billion to five "hydrogen hubs," including one in California. The money, from the Inflation Reduction Act, will fund the … Read full article
An Economist's Case for Restrictive Supply-Side Policy: Ten Policies to Manage the Fossil Fuel Transition is a great new analysis by economists Mark Paul and Lina Moe. The report details why relying on clean energy investments won't get the U.S. to … Read full article
Nineteen labor organizations—including unions representing refinery workers in Northern and Southern California and the Alameda Labor Council—have endorsed a detailed plan for an equitable transition to a clean-energy economy in California.
This … Read full article
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When we think of the fossil fuel industry in Contra Costa County, what might come to mind is coal export—Richmond—or more likely petroleum refining—in Richmond and along the northern industrialized shoreline. Contra Costa … Read full article
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