BIG OIL: INFLUENCE PEDDLING IN CALIFORNIA AND THE BAY AREA

By Tom (Tamhas) Griffith, Global Community Monitoring (and the Martinez Environmental Group)

Roger Straw’s “Benicia Independent” reposts a great article from G.C.M.’s Tom (Tamhas) Griffith.  Roger Straw writes:  ” …Tamhas Griffith’s piece is a thorough exploration of the oil industry’s influence over local, regional and California government officials.  See especially his expose on the behavior of Jack Broadbent, Chief Air Pollution Control Officer of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.”

http://beniciaindependent.com/big-oil-influence-peddling-in-california-and-the-bay-area/

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Pittsburg: WesPac oil-by-rail storage project remains on hold

By Paul Burgarino Contra Costa Times

 wespac imapeThe earliest the project will come back for review, if ever, will be 2015

“We’ve been keeping an eye out for when it comes back on city agendas, and being vigilant,” said longtime resident and Defense Council member Lyana Monterrey. The group has also been keeping an eye on crude-by-rail issues in Berkeley, Richmond and Benicia, she said.

http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_26264741/pittsburg-wes