Welcome to the Pittsburg Defense Council!

The PDC is a grassroots group fighting the proposed WesPac oil storage and transfer terminal. The massive, 125-acre terminal would be sited less than half a mile from downtown, and near homes, schools, parks, and the waterfront.


WesPac Energy is a company that wants to bring an enormous crude oil storage facility into Pittsburg. Their oil terminal would receive up to 10 million gallons of crude oil per day by ship in addition to more than 100 tanker cars by rail each day. Learn more...

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Crude by Rail

As shale fields scattered across the nation and in Canada produce millions of barrels of crude oil, energy companies are facing the fact that existing network of pipelines is insufficient to transport the oil and are turning to the rail network to take up the slack. Learn more...

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Want to learn more about the big picture and understand the issues? From online resources to political profiles to printed fliers, we've got it all here for you. Learn more...

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Train That Derailed in West Virginia Had Modern Tanker Cars Hailed as Safe

Incident near Mount Carbon ratchets up debate over rule changes that could call for expanded safeguards for crude-oil trains The crude-oil train that derailed and exploded in West Virginia on Monday consisted of modern tanker cars the rail industry has hailed as safe, ratcheting up the debate over proposed federal rules that could require even […]

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Oil Trains

New Data Sharpen Focus on Crude Oil “Bomb Train” Routes

Originally published 12/2/14 by Isaiah Thompson, BillMoyers.com   The oil boom underway in North Dakota has delivered jobs to local economies and helped bring the United States to the brink of being a net energy exporter for the first time in generations. But moving that oil to the few refineries with the capacity to process […]

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California Finally to Reap Fracking’s Riches

Crude-by-Rail From Bakken Shale Is Poised to Reverse State Refiners’ Rising Imports By Alison Sider and Cassandra Sweet, Wall Street Journal (Photo: Tanker cars line up in Bakersfield, Calif., where Alon USA Energy recently received permission to build the state’s biggest oil-train terminal. The Bakersfield Californian/Associated Press) For the past decade, the U.S. shale boom […]

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