$90M Shake down: Richmond Council approves Chevron Modernization Plan

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After years of contentious claims, unsubstantiated research, court orders, demonstrations, and legal fees, Richmond City Council didn’t get the shake down it wanted, but did get $90M and other costly guarantees it extorted from Chevron in quid pro quo before it approved  the Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization Project. The project could finally move forward Tuesday after Chevron agreed to […]

Chevron agrees to alternative plan for Richmond Refinery Modernization

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Chevron U.S.A. Inc.’s Richmond Refinery (Chevron Richmond) says it has agreed to “accept the environmentally superior alternative” to its Richmond Refinery Modernization Plan. The announcement comes in advance of this evening’s (July 22, 2014) Richmond City Council meeting where that body will hear public comments on the project and then make a final decision on the project at […]

Concord Disposal adds new split-body, natural gas-powered vehichles

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Concord Disposal Service is introducing a new concept in collecting recycling and trash as part of its continuing effort to increase efficiency and decrease the company’s environmental footprint. These new state-of-the-art trucks are split body, meaning there are two (2) compartments: one for recycling and one for garbage. This type of truck helps reduce the […]

Community rallies ahead of Richmond planning commission hearings on Chevron refinery modernization plan

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A high stakes battle for the attention and understanding of the public and officials is underway in Richmond California as that city’s Planning Commission will meet Wednesday evening July 9 to consider certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and condition use permits covering Chevron’s Richmond Refinery Modernization plan approved and fast-tracked by the City […]

Richmond Council fast tracks Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization Project

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The Richmond City Council last week passed a resolution that fast tracks the Richmond Refinery Modernization proposed by Chevron Richmond. Such a move will hopefully avoid unnecessary delays in ramping up work, jobs, cleaner air, and economic benefit for the community associated with the Richmond Refinery Modernization. In effect, council members voted 5-2 to adopt an ordinance that ensures […]

AB-2145 – California Senate Committee guts energy consumer protections

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On June 24,  the California Senate Energy Committee rejected a section of AB-2145 that guarantees energy consumer protections from local government agencies that try to draft residents willy-nilly into some community power scheme without their consent. Imagine getting a letter from your City Council stating it has decided to set up a community power scheme that allows them to […]

California law to ban plastic bags will not protect environment or reduce litter

California laws to ban plastic bags

We’ve posted about the California legislature’s latest questionable environmental regulation du jour to ban plastic bags and allow groceries, eateries, and other stores to charge fees for paper bags here and here. The idea behind SB 270, introduced by State Senator Alex Alex Padilla (D-San Fernando Valley), is that this will benefit the environment and reduce municipal costs. But […]