Are you smelling odors or seeing flares? Do this.

Smelling odors or seeing flares? 
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Time to hold some feet to the fire!
Here’s what you can do:
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1.    Click and report:   http://www.airwatchbayarea.org/   Your report will go directly to BAAQMD and to a separate,  air pollution event data base.
 
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Air Watch is a collaborative effort between concerned citizens living in refinery corridors
and research teams from two universities on the East Coast: Drexel and Carnegie Mellon.
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Image result for airwatch bay area …is also available on your smart phone.  Just download the app!
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Or you can call Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) directly  on the phone at  800-334-6367.  Give them your phone number if you would like the investigator to call you back.  Please Note: BAAQMD says it will take a complaint seriously if there are five complaints.   It used to be three.  So, after you call or fill out an on-line form, do nudge your friends or neighbors to stand outside, take a whiff….and make a call or make a report on-line.
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2.   Contact Phillips 66 refinery directly and complain

  • Call 510-245-4070.  Select the menu choices that will get you to speak with the Shift Supervisor. If the Shift Supervisor does not answer, the phone system offers you a choice to be transferred to the cell phone.  Leave a message if you can’t get anyone live.
  • If you do reach a person, be sure to lot time of the call, the person’s name that you spoke to and what was said.

3.  Keep a log.  Here are suggestions:

  • Note the date and time of the flare or smell
  • Describe what you saw or the quality of what you smelled (if possible)
  • Note any physical reactions that you or your neighbors (or pets) experienced — if any.  For example:  breathing difficulties, coughing, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, irritation of skin or eyes, lethargy, etc.

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Shell Oil pulls the plug on the crude-by-rail expansion project in Acacortes, Washington

By Seattle Times Staff (October 6, 2016)

Thursday delivered a sweet “two-fer”  to West Coast communities downtrack from proposed crude-by-rail projects.
Following the P66 “No” in San Luis Obispo, Shell oil quietly withdrew its crude-by-rail up in Anacortes, Washington.
Kristen Boyles, an attorney at Earthjustice who represented conservation groups in their legal challenge of the project, called the decision to stop the project an extraordinary victory for the people of Skagit County and Washington state.
“Having a full and transparent public process exposed everyone — including apparently Shell itself — to the risks and harms of this project.”
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Above:  Protestors march near oil refineries in Anacortes, Washington, on May 14, 2016, as part of a series of global actions calling on people to “break free” from dependence on fossil fuels.  The Shell and nearby Tesoro refineries were the targets of a three-day protest in May. Fifty-two people were arrested and charged with criminal trespass for blocking BNSF Railway lines.  (Photo credit:  Scott Terrell of the Skagit Valley Herald)  

Read more about the action here:
  1. San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission Rejects P66 Proposal Comments Off on San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission Rejects P66 Proposal
  2. Oil tanker berthed at Rodeo P66 refinery suspected as source of oil spill in San Pablo Bay Comments Off on Oil tanker berthed at Rodeo P66 refinery suspected as source of oil spill in San Pablo Bay
  3. Huge victory across the Carquinez Strait: Benicia City Council votes “No!” on the same day that the Surface Transporation Board denies federal exemption status for the Valero refinery expansion project Comments Off on Huge victory across the Carquinez Strait: Benicia City Council votes “No!” on the same day that the Surface Transporation Board denies federal exemption status for the Valero refinery expansion project
  4. P66 bails on 3 Pismo Beach City Council-sponsored presentation & discussion meetings regarding the P66 expansion project. The City Council decides to go ahead anyway. Comments Off on P66 bails on 3 Pismo Beach City Council-sponsored presentation & discussion meetings regarding the P66 expansion project. The City Council decides to go ahead anyway.
  5. Rail industry wants to cut brake inspections by half Comments Off on Rail industry wants to cut brake inspections by half
  6. San Luis Obispo Hearing on Phillips 66 oil-by-rail plan continues to April Comments Off on San Luis Obispo Hearing on Phillips 66 oil-by-rail plan continues to April
  7. Why are we always the last to know? Comments Off on Why are we always the last to know?
  8. Californians Push Back ! Comments Off on Californians Push Back !
  9. Pittsburg: Proposed WesPac oil-by-rail shipping terminal is dead Comments Off on Pittsburg: Proposed WesPac oil-by-rail shipping terminal is dead