Challenging Crude-by-Rail

“Richmond residents are already over-burdened when it comes to pollution in our community and toxins in our bodies. Trains carrying explosive Bakkan crude oil in and out of our neighborhoods is outrageous. It’s like BAAQMD just pulled the pin off of a bomb, allowing it to roll all around town, knowing it’s only a matter of time before it stops ticking, and explodes on all of us.”

~Sandy Saeteurn, Richmond Community Organizer

In early February, the Air District (BAAQMD) issued Kinder Morgan a permit to operate its crude-by-rail project in Richmond without any notice to the public or environmental and health review. Members of the Richmond community, perhaps including members of the BAAQMD’s Board of Directors, did not know that a permit to transport this type of volatile crude oil had been issued for over a month.

When this news broke last week, we had a choice: Do we allow a ticking-time bomb to pass through our neighborhoods without any regulation or environmental assessment or do we fight back?…you know the answer!

APEN joined with Earthjustice, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in filing a lawsuit against Kinder Morgan and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD). The case asks the court to halt operations immediately while the project undergoes a full and transparent review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

We do not take legal action lightly. We joined the lawsuit because we will not allow oil company executives to gamble with the safety of families. As the lawsuit progresses we will keep you informed and urge you to take action in our campaign to fight crude-by-rail. Instead of living in fear of oil explosions in our neighborhoods, we can we can make the transition to an ecologically sane and economically just world.

For media inquiries, please click here to read our press release.