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Toxics Tour of the Carquinez Strait
Saturday, August 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join us on a two-hour tour of a dynamic segment of the refinery corridor along the Carquinez Strait. The tour will provide a bird’s-eye view of existing and proposed oil projects with major impacts on the health and safety of Rodeo, South Vallejo, and the entire Bay.
Viewing the Phillips 66 refinery from multiple panoramic angles will help explain its intensity and complexity. From its blackened cokers, to its marine terminal, the adjacent CA Superfund fund at Selby Slag, and the Carbon Plant on Highway 4, we’ll come away from this narrated tour with a basic understanding of the breadth of refinery operations.
The Phillips 66 facility in Rodeo is already one of the world’s heaviest crude-capable refineries. Increasing its capability to refine the very heaviest crudes, as the company proposes, would not be without serious local environmental consequences. This toxics tour will help us better understand those impacts.
The refinery is currently proposing to raise the number of permitted annual tanker deliveries to its wharf from 59 to 135—which could also mean a ten-fold increase of Bay Area tar sands refining. This tour should make the dimensions and dangers of this proposal far more vivid.
Protect the Bay, the tour’s sponsor, is led by frontline activists living in communities situated near the Bay Area refineries. Protect the Bay‘s first campaign is Tar Sands Free SF Bay, whose focus is on stopping the proposed Phillips 66 wharf permit revision.
Thirty seats are available on an air-conditioned bus. Lunch provided! Please RSVP quickly, as seats are going fast.