Activists fighting tar sands tankers in San Francisco Bay promote campaign with new graphic by indigenous artist Jackie Fawn

Activists fighting tar sands tankers in San Francisco Bay promote campaign with new graphic by indigenous artist Jackie Fawn

Wednesday April 10, 2019

Illustration represents growing community opposition to increase in Canadian tar sands tankers traveling through Bay Area to Phillips 66 refinery

By Isabella Zizi and Mary Zeiser

The campaign to stop more tar sands tankers in San Francisco Bay got a boost today with the launch of a new custom graphic by indigenous artist Jackie Fawn. The illustration represents the growing community opposition to an increase in Canadian tar sands tankers traveling through the San Francisco Bay Area to the nearby Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo. This proposed project which would impact local health and the climate by increasing refinery emissions and worsening air quality for nearby communities, while increasing tanker traffic and the risk of a devastating oil spill in the bay.

Jackie Fawn, a Yurok and Filipino artist and founder of Jackie Fawn Illustrations, is well-known for the artwork she created during her time at Standing Rock, where she joined other indigenous people and their allies in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

 

The illustration features an Ohlone warrior woman with Mount Tamalpais shaped out of her mountainous hair. Her traditional regalia emerges into the form of the San Francisco Bay. She holds an abalone shell full of medicinal herbs that acts as San Francisco's iconic fog. The fog can be seen as cleansing the lands, as she fiercely stands strong for her people, protecting them in a peaceful, prayerful and determined stance. Her left hand wields a feather.

Breaching alongside her are two orca whales. The orcas help make the connection between Bay Area refineries and the extraction of tar sands in Canada, and draw attention to the need to protect these endangered creatures from a devastating tar sands oil spill. Before her are three tar sands tankers — or water snakes, as the artist calls them — setting course beneath the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. They are not a match to her fierce presence, preventing them from moving any further.

No more tar sands tankers in San Francisco Bay

The science is in — tar sands oil is much dirtier than conventional crude. It has an outsized climate impact, is terrible for air quality, and when it spills it's much harder to clean up than conventional crude oil. Phillips 66’s plans to expand its refinery to process more tar sands in the San Francisco Bay Area would significantly increase the amount of oil tankers coming into the bay. In addition to the negative impacts on California, increasing tar sands production is bad for indigenous communities living in Alberta, Canada, where tar sands is extracted. Transporting it via oil tankers also threatens communities and increases the risk of a devastating oil spill in the waters of British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon.

Thanks to public pressure from people like you, in 2017 we defeated Phillips 66’s plan to build an oil train terminal in San Luis Obispo that would have also imported tar sands. Phillips 66’s marine terminal and refinery expansion is their last ditch effort to bring more dangerous and dirty tar sands to the Bay Area — and we need your help. 

It’s important that the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, Gov. Newsom, and other key decision makers do everything they can to stop Phillips 66 from completing this expansion project.

Will you join us in urging Gov. Newsom and other key decision makers to reject this harmful proposal? Sign the petition today and you’ll receive a sticker of Jackie Fawn’s powerful new illustration, connecting you to the thousands of other Bay Area residents who are opposed to this dirty fossil fuel expansion in our shared waters.