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Oppose Tesoro Refinery's Dangerous Expansion

Los Angeles smog

On May 12 the South Coast Air Quality Management District's board hastily approved a merger between Los Angeles-based oil refinery Tesoro and oil giant BP.

This approval undermines Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti's goals with respect to the Paris Climate Agreement and represents a stark departure from California's world-renowned leadership on clean energy and climate change. It also comes despite known harms the project will cause not just in L.A. but along the entire West Coast.

Specifically, our region's regulators dismissed evidence that Tesoro will bring dramatically increased quantities of explosive Bakken crude from North Dakota, as well as dirty tar sands from Canada. Worse yet, researchers revealed in an April report that pollution at the existing Tesoro refinery is six times higher than we've been led to believe. An expanded refinery will mean more dangerous trains rolling through our towns and more toxic chemicals polluting our air.

Using the form on this page, join us in urging our state regulators to rescind their approval of Tesoro's plans and send the environmental impact report back to the drawing board until all project harms are adequately reviewed.

Please take action by June 23, 2017.

Photo of Los Angeles smog by Ben Amstutz/Flickr.

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