July 20, 2016

Environmental Justice Threatened by 154-Year-Old Federal Preemption What do the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 and an environmental justice movement in Benicia, California in 2016 have in common? Unfortunately, the answer ispreemption. Adopted in 1862 to promote the expansion of America’s railroad network, the Federal Railroad Act preempted …

July 19, 2016

What do the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 and an environmental justice movement in Benicia, California in 2016 have in common? Unfortunately, the answer is preemption. The modern use of preemption as a political strategy to undermine grassroots health and safety movements is typically dated to 1986, the …

July 14, 2016

The Pioneer July 13, 2016 by Kali Persall Benicia residents will have to wait a few more months for a final decision on the Valero refinery’s controversial proposal to transport more than two million gallons of crude oil by train into the city, daily. The three-year-long Crude by Rail initiative is currently …

April 15, 2016

The Sacramento Bee April 14, 2016 byTONY BIZJAK California Attorney General Kamala Harris weighed in on Benicia’s ongoing oil train debate on Thursday, arguing that the city has a legal right to reject a local refinery’s oil train plan and the obligation to review environmental risks. The debate involves a …