Phasing Out Oil Refining in California: Implications for Health and Workers

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Valero Wilmington oil refinery. Photo by Canva.

California is a major oil refining state, mostly making fuels for our own use but also for export. California and local governments have policies requiring a transition away from fossil fuels in the electricity, transportation, and oil extraction sectors. But California has no requirements for phasing out oil refineries — the largest industrial fossil fuel polluters in the state. 

This webinar will outline how refineries operate and produce emissions and how they are regulated (or not regulated). We will hear from fenceline communities about how living near refineries impacts their health as well as their visions for phasing out refining. We’ll also hear from labor experts and state officials about planning a worker-friendly transition away from refineries toward clean energy.

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