Weekend Benicia Refinery Flaring Released More Than Expected Sulfur DioxideFlaring at the Valero refinery in Benicia this weekend has released an estimated 9,000 pounds of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, according to an updated hazardous spill report.
Valero Refinery in Controlled Shutdown Following Smoke EmissionsImproving air conditions prompted the city of Benicia on Sunday afternoon to lift an earlier health advisory regarding emissions and heavy smoke from the Valero Benicia refinery.
Benicia Mayor Leading Push To End Fossil Fuel Production In CaliforniaThere's a new push to phase out oil and gas production in California altogether, with the mayor of the oil-refining town of Benicia helping lead the charge.
Valero's Benicia Refinery Spewed Alarming Amount Of Chemicals During Power OutageAn alarming amount of chemicals spewed into the air from Benicia's Valero refinery during two weeks of flaring that followed a power outage in May 2017.
Bay Area Refinery To Pay $340,000 To Settle Air Quality LawsuitValero agreed to pay the $340,000 to settle 28 alleged violations, most of which occurred in 2014.
Valero Confirms Plans For Crude Oil By Rail At Benicia Community MeetingOn the day a Bay Area state senator was voicing concerns over the transport of crude oil by rail, the Valero refinery in Benicia has announced at a community meeting it wants to do just that.
Proposed Bay Area Oil Refinery Upgrades Worry EnvironmentalistsSeveral oil companies around the Bay Area are proposing upgrades or additions to their facilities, but environmental advocates said Wednesday that the projects will endanger the public by enabling increased refining of dirtier crude oil.
Dirty Substance From California's Oil Refineries Burned OverseasCalifornia prides itself on being one of the most environmentally conscious states in the nation. Some are calling that green promise hypocritical, because a dirty substance from the state's oil refineries is being burned overseas.
Chemical Spill at Valero Refinery