No Costco Mega Gas Station in Novato

No Costco Mega Gas Station in Novato

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In April 2020, Costco Wholesale proposed to add a gas station adjacent to the existing Costco Wholesale store, located in the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center. This is Costco’s second attempt to build a mega gas station next to its store.

If build it would become the largest gas station in Marin.

The project includes the construction of an approximately 10,000 square-foot canopy that will cover 14 fuel dispensers that accommodate 28 fueling positions. Additionally, it includes three 40,000-gallon gasoline underground storage tanks (UST), one 1,500-gallon additive UST.

Why is it important to oppose a mega gas station in Novato?

Novato doesn’t need more gas stations, not in this area, not at all. There are already 12 gas stations citywide, and 3 gas stations nearby that are closer to the freeway; 2 of them in close proximity (Chevron and Matt & Jeff’s), as well as the Shell gas station on the other side of the freeway on Redwood Blvd. 

Fossil fuels are the largest contributor to climate change, accounting for over 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and nearly 90% of all carbon dioxide emissions.

We are in a Climate Crisis. Droughts, heatwaves, and horrendous wildfires are a wake-up call, letting us know that our survival is at stake. We have to stop burning fossil fuels for transportation and all other energy consumption. Scientists urge people and governments of cities, counties, states, and countries to target net-zero emission in five to ten years to combat Climate Chaos and to avoid a catastrophic ‘Hothouse Earth’.

On September 23, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an executive order ending sales of new gas-powered cars in the state by 2035 as a measure to combat the rise of greenhouse gas emissions. General Motors announced in January 2021 it will stop making gas-powered cars, tucks and SUVs by 2035.

On November 10, 2020, the Novato City Council acknowledged the Climate Crisis by declaring a Climate Emergency. In the Climate Emergency Resolution, the City of Novato declared that it will elevate climate issues in its goal-setting process; give precedence to climate mitigation and adaptation when evaluating policies and purchases, planning for projects.

This project is entirely incompatible with the Climate Emergency Crisis we are in.

Therefore, it makes no sense to approve this fossil fuel installation, which provides gas for a discount price for Costco members and helps keep dirty Co2 emitting transportation going.

This project fosters only short-term financial gains at the expense of already constructed local stations and doesn’t consider the price taxpayers, next generations and the environment have to pay in the long run.

The gas station would be built near pristine watershed and wildlife, in an area with a high water table. Vintage Oaks is threatened by sea-level rise, this plaza is vulnerable on the low-lying ground throughout the property.     

We have to stop burning fossil fuels. We need to build and invest in a livable future for our children and grandchildren by transitioning to 100% clean & renewable energy. De-carbonizing our economy by electrifying transportation, private and business infrastructures as quickly as possible is the way to go. Therefore, please sign the petition to protect our climate and environment.

Tell the Novato Planning Commission and City Council: "No Costco Mega Gas Station in Novato."  

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