On May 19th, the Bay Area will strike back against the coal industry. The Richmond City Council will be voting on two resolutions to:
- Oppose the whole dirty and exploitative coal economy — from mining to transport to burning; and
- Call for stronger regulations at all levels of government to cover up open-air piles of coal and petroleum coke (petcoke) that leach toxic dust into our air and water.
Coal is currently being exported through the Levin Richmond Terminal along Richmond’s bay shore. To get to the port, coal travels in uncovered rail cars for hundreds of miles from the extraction site in Colorado. Rail company BNSF estimates that each open-top rail car can lose between 500 pounds to 1 ton of coal. With at least 1.4 million tons of coal being exported through Richmond each year, that translates to significant damage to our lands and ecosystems, water, air, and community health.
While the coal industry reaps the profits of exporting coal to be burned abroad, the local community and global climate pay the price. Join us on Tuesday to support the City Council’s resolutions against coal.
Communities in the Pacific Northwest have organized to oppose coal exports from their ports, pushing Big Coal south to export their dirty fossil fuel out of the Bay Area. The time is now for Bay Area residents to rise up like our neighbors to the north and oppose Big Coal. Coal is bad for Richmond’s economic development, its public health, and its environmental integrity.
Join us at the Richmond City Council meeting and make your presence felt and your voice heard. Let’s send a message to Big Coal: Richmond opposes coal's terrible environmental impacts.
Join us for a rally at 5:30 pm before the City Council meeting.
440 Civic Center Plz
Richmond, CA 94804
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