Fossil Fuel Resistance

This 350 Marin Committee is part of the 350 Bay Area Fossil Fuel Resistance Campaign.
We work to protect our communities and our earth by reducing the pollutants resulting from the extraction, shipping, and refining of fossil fuels in the Bay Area.  


We stand in opposition to proposals seeking to bring more fossil fuels to or through the Bay Area by pipeline, ship or rail and any new infrastructure that could expand its refining or export.    We attend meetings of government agencies, particularly the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the agency most able to implement our goals, where we advocate rules to cap and reduce refinery emissions of CO2, particulate matter, toxics and other pollutants.


Our actions have included demonstrations in opposition to new pipelines (KXL, DAPL) and the institutions that fund them, actions to prevent coal reaching the Port of Oakland for export, Canadian tar sands coming to the Bay Area and also an end to the extractive process known as fracking.


The coming year will be crucial for stopping coal-by-rail and the tar sands invasion.  A lawsuit is still pending, challenging the City Council of Oakland’s decision to ban coal from coming to their port for export. Chevron is already refining tar-sand crude in Richmond.  Other refineries would like to bring in more crude-by-rail to increase production of this cheap but highly polluting crude.  Phillips 66 in Rodeo is proposing to bring in tar sands crude by ship, endangering San Francisco Bay and nearby communities, including Vallejo.  These proposals all pose a grave threat to the health and safety of Bay Area frontline refinery communities and the cities through which rail lines travel – from pollution, dust, derailments, explosions and fire.


Capping East Bay Refinery Emissions


At the end 2015 the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board of Directors, over the objections of their senior staff, finally agreed to order an Environmental Impact Report for a Community-Worker Proposal to impose a verifiable numeric cap on refinery emissions at current levels. This proposal would make it very difficult for oil companies to refine more tar-sands or to increase production for export. It would set an important precedent for stopping the tar-sands invasion on the West Coast and severely limit the strip mining of boreal forest in Canada. The vote on the Caps Rule scheduled in June was thwarted by staff when they came back with a proposal that was poorly crafted and would have increased pollution rather than capping it.  Then, Governor Brown worked with Big Oil on a new Cap and Trade bill (AB 398) which passed in July with language that seemed at first to pre-empt Air Districts from doing what the BAAQMD Board had asked.  However the language of the bill indicates it only prevents Air Districts from “reducing” GHG emissions from refineries, not “capping” them. So now efforts begin anew to convince the Board to prepare a rule to cap CO2 emissions as the Board committed to do in May.

Each Air District hearing is an opportunity to speak to the Board, generally for two minutes, on why they must take action now.  If you share these concerns and are interested in attending and testifying, or if you would like to be involved in other ways with 350 Marin Fossil Fuel Resistance, we welcome your help and support.   Please read this important article on the threat and potential resolution of the tar-sands invasion.


For more information on the work of this committee please contact:
Contact Richard Gray