Image courtesy of Communities for a Better Environment

About 60 protesters from Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) demonstrated against what the group calls “bomb trains” that will bring up to 1.3 million gallons of Bakken crude to Richmond, California’s Kinder Morgan rail yard for trucking to local refineries.

Demonstrators at the Richmond railroad yards Saturday complained that the Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a permit in February to Kinder Morgan for rail deliveries of Bakken crude from North Dakota, Breitbart reported Monday.

The report said the CBE activists are “the apparent front group” for the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council who sued to block operations at Kinder Morgan under the California Environmental Quality Act.

The Court has set a hearing date on July 18.

Breitbart said the private sector construction and trade union groups support the refinery operations.

A 2010 refinery shutdown during environmental litigation six weeks before Christmas cost “a substantial number of jobs,” according to Greg Feere of the Contra Costa Building Trades Union.

Andrés Soto, a lead organizer for CBE, told a local reporter that “what’s really scary is on the other side of these ‘bomb trains’ are schools and houses.”

Bradley Angel of Greenaction said it’s simple: “Crude oil should stay in the ground.”

California oil production has fallen from 1.1 million barrels a day in 1990 to about 450,000 barrels a day currently.