Poisoning Our City
Valero isn’t our neighbor. Valero is a corporation based in Texas.
Valero doesn’t answer to Benicia. Valero answers to its shareholders.
In 2016, Valero faced a serious setback after residents rallied together to successfully stop Valero’s efforts to bring “crude-by-rail bomb trains” through Benicia. After that defeat, Valero doubled down on PAC spending, and the “Working Families” PAC started targeting candidates they viewed as unsympathetic to Valero’s interests.
But what are Valero’s interests? What does Valero want?
Here we explore Valero’s relationship with the City and its residents and examine why Valero is investing so much in the “Working Families” PAC to get their preferred candidates elected.
2022 Toxic Emissions Scandal
Valero's lobbying and PR is bad for Benicians
With market value of $48 billion, Texas-based Valero Energy Corporation is a major member of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), an oil industry association that has been described as “the most powerful corporate lobbying group in Sacramento.”