Martinez Forum on the New Dangers of Extreme Energy 2/26

The Sunflower Alliance is pleased to host - and 350 Bay Area to co-sponsor - a series of forums in northern Contra Costa County on the dangers of the fossil fuel industry’s turn to extreme energy in recent years. CoCoCo and Benicia are home to five refineries, specializing in the dirtiest and heaviest crude oils, and the industry has proposed five major projects to expand refineries and bring in crude oil by train.

Big Oil in our Midst: From Canada to the Carquinez Strait

A forum about increased rail accidents, refinery dangers, and climate change.

A panel of experts and activists will educate residents of Benicia, Rodeo, Martinez, and nearby communities on Big Oil’s plans locally, regionally, and globally. How will refinery expansion and transportation of crude oil by rail affect your community?

Please join our panelists for presentations and Q&A:

Marilaine Savard is a spokesperson for a citizens’ group in the region of Lac-Mégantic, Québec, which suffered a devastating oil train explosion last July that killed 47 people. She co-founded a local committee to address local contamination and energy issues.

Antonia Juhasz is a leading oil and energy expert. She’s a policy analyst, journalist, and author of The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry and What We Must do to Stop It and Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill.

Other speakers include:

  • Diane Bailey, senior scientist at the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council).
  • Marilyn Bardet: Valero refinery watchdog activist and founding member of Benicia’s Good Neighbor Steering Committee.
  • Nancy Rieser: spokesperson from the Crockett-Rodeo-Hercules Working Group, challenging Phillips 66 on its "propane recovery" project.
  • Kalli Graham of the Pittsburg Defense Council, fighting against the proposed WesPac oil terminal.

We also have forums in Pittsburg and Martinez; see

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February 26, 2014 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Veterans' Memorial Building
930 Ward St
Martinez, CA 94553
United States
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Martin MacKerel · · 415.845.0729
Damien Luzzo Lynn Nittler Deborah Silvey Bob Nace

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