Stop WesPac’s Proposed Crude Oil Terminal in Pittsburg
More trains, more asthma and cancer, risks of spills and explosions
We are fighting a proposed oil terminal near downtown Pittsburg, California. This major industrial project would bring up to 100 rail cars of crude oil through Pittsburg every day.
The massive, 125-acre terminal would be where the old PG&E tanks are now, less than half a mile from downtown Pittsburg, and near homes, schools, parks, and the waterfront. The site lies in both a flood zone and a liquefaction zone (that means that in an earthquake, the soil acts like a liquid and buildings are easily damaged).
A City Council meeting has been scheduled for 7/21/2014 and the proposed WesPac project is on the agenda. According to the City’s website, WesPac is tabled as item 23 as follows:
Adoption of a City Council Resolution Approving the Fourth Amendment to a Consultant Agreement and Authorizing a Contract Increase for Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for WesPac Energy – Pittsburg Terminal
WesPac Energy has proposed to modernize, renovate and re-activate existing oil storage and transfer facilities located at 696 West 10th Street, in order to facilitate the transport and storage of virgin and partially refined crude oil. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires agencies to assess the potential environmental impacts of a proposed development project as part of the project review process. The City hired TRC Solutions to prepare the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed project. TRC Solutions is now requesting a fourth amendment to the contract, in order to cover the costs associated with a second recirculation of all or part of the Draft EIR.
In essence this means that the City is voting on whether to approve an amendment to the contract for the consultant, TRC Solutions, to pay for a second round of edits to the Draft Environmental Impact Report.
Anyone and everyone impacted by the proposed WesPac project is welcomed to attend this meeting and voice your concerns about the project. If you are a speaker, please remember to specifically request that your comments be ‘entered into the record’ from the meeting. This means that whatever you say will be transcribed by the City and entered into the official Minutes of the meeting.
This is important – we want everyone to know that you spoke and what exactly you said!
Here are the details you need:
Date/Time: 7/21/14, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Council Chamber
65 Civic Avenue
Pittsburg, California 94565
Hope to see you all there!
The latest developments – the City of Pittsburg has decided to re-visit some of the health and safety concerns. Check back frequently – we WILL keep you posted on developments!
The threats to public health, safety, and air and water quality posed by this project are beyond unacceptable. Click here to learn more about the hazards to Pittsburg.