With its five oil refineries and multiple export terminals, the Bay Area is an important nexus for the fossil fuel industry. This campaign reaches from hearing rooms to front porches to the streets to stop infrastructure expansion projects, extreme forms of oil extraction, and the shipping of dangerous fossil fuels through our communities. Further investment in fossil fuel infrastructure only serves to increase the already heavy burden on climate and public health. We need to build sustainable alternatives instead.
Examples of past and current campaigns are:
- Early KXL resistance,
- The successful effort to stop WesPac (a proposed mega oil storage facility in a residential neighborhood of Pittsburg),
- Defeating Valero’s tar sands-by-oil train project in Benicia,
- Supporting the No Dakota Access Pipeline/Standing Rock struggle,
- Helping to pass fracking bans in Alameda, San Benito and Monterey counties, and
- The ongoing No Coal in Oakland.
We are also aggressively lobbying the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to enact rigorous refinery emissions regulations.
Leadership for this campaign is provided by the Sunflower Alliance. Many members of the Sunflower Alliance are active members of 350 Bay Area. Since its emergence from the 2013 organizing effort (including 350 Bay Area members) that delivered a 4,000-strong march on Chevron in Richmond, the Sunflower Alliance has fought against the toxic poisoning of Bay Area communities and the destruction of our planet by the fossil fuel industry. SFA seeks an end to our ruinous extractive economy and its replacement with a life-sustaining system that nurtures communities and the earth.