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Good chimneys make good neighbors

Good chimneys make good neighbors
May 17, 2017

When I moved less than three miles away from the Valero oil refinery in Benicia just over two years ago, I wondered if it was safe to live so close to a compound designed solely to process toxic materials....

Boxing champion looks to ‘bring belt back to Vallejo’

Boxing champion looks to ‘bring belt back to Vallejo’
March 8, 2017

At 8 p.m. last Thursday night, 28-year-old Ryan “Rhino” Bourland — Global Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion — was at the Pro-Faction Martial Arts and Fitness gym in Benicia training...

Valero reaches hazardous waste settlement

Valero reaches hazardous waste settlement
October 19, 2016

The Valero oil refining company is in the hot seat. A settlement for improper hazardous waste reporting and handling will require the refinery’s Benicia facility to pay a $157,800 fine and improve its...

Benicia city council votes unanimous ‘no’ on crude oil by rail

Benicia city council votes unanimous 'no' on crude oil by rail
September 28, 2016

On any given day, trains can be heard screeching throughout Benicia on the Union Pacific Railroad, transporting industrial materials and automotive parts. A unanimous vote by the city council guaranteed...

Transportation plan in ‘uncharted territory’

Transportation plan in 'uncharted territory’
July 13, 2016

Benicia residents will have to wait a few more months for a final decision on the Valero refinery’s controversial proposal to transport more than two million gallons of crude oil by train into the city,...

Crude oil by rail a possibility in Benicia

Photo by Kali Persall/The Pioneer
April 6, 2016

A controversial proposal by the Valero oil refinery that would bring in thousands of tons of crude oil a day has some Benicia residents seriously questioning whether it’s time to peel the “It’s Better...

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