While Bechtel and Shell attempt to remain professional and concerned
in public about the community's opinions, they haven't been able
to maintain that facade all of the time. Here are some classic quotes
that have escaped their lips:
|"We will roll right over you."
||Bechtel to community activist Vicki
|"We're going to ram
this down your throat. You're nothing but a bunch of NIMBYs
(Not In My Backyard)."
||Bechtel to Greg
Gazaway after he spoke against the gas plant project at a City Council meeting|
|"We will build this plant."
||Shell's marine facilities advisor
Captain David Thomson said to VCPR leader Elena Ducharme
doesn't have to worry about emissions...they will blow 30 miles downwind of the
city."||Bechtel to community concerns about emissions from
the gas plant|
Bechtel-Shell's gas plant has ignited the community in opposition
to the project and in support of a smarter future for the city.
The debate has stirred strong feelings about our city, our community
and the historic legacy of Mare Island. Here are some community
does Bechtel/Shell think we are pushovers for this project? Is it because we are
viewed as a lunch-bucket community with low expectations, ready to welcome any
industry for a promise of tax dollars?"||Patricia
Patrick, 79-year Vallejo resident|
made up of equal minorities, a melting pot of all the races who have been traditionally
expected to live in filth and poverty and repugnant air and distasteful water,
they think we are "too stupid" and "ignorant" and "uneducated"
and "middle class" to go up against a greedy corporation like Shell...they
are underestimating us"||Kathy
Peters, long-time Vallejo resident|
easier to count the children that don't have asthma"
||Resident of Vallejo who signed our
petition on election day.