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 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. Learn more...

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We need your support to ensure that the citizens of Pittsburg get our air monitoring station restored so we can breathe clean air. Learn more...

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Use our FREE template to write your own public comment letter on the proposed WesPac project. Make your voice heard! Learn more...

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Toxic gas in Bakken pipeline points to sour well problem

By John Kemp May 29 (Reuters) – The discovery of perilous concentrations of hydrogen sulphide gas in a crude oil storage tank earlier this month has sparked a furious row between pipeline operator Enbridge and Bakken crude shippers including Plains Marketing and Murex. On May 8, Enbridge Energy Partners made an emergency application to the […]

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A worker places containment boom on the Kalamazoo River to contain an oil spill from an Enbridge Energy pipeline on July 28, 2010. The spill was the largest of its kind in the US. The Nexen Energy spill in Alberta, Canada, last week was bigger than the Kalamazoo spill. Jim West/Zuma

So-Called ‘Failsafe’ Pipeline Leak Detection System Failed in Massive Alberta Tar Sands Spill

By Zoë Schlanger 7/20/15 By the time a contractor spotted a burst in the wall of an Alberta tar sands pipeline on July 15, a spill was already well underway. In a public apology on Friday, the pipeline’s owner, Nexen Energy, announced the spill was contained, but the cause, and the length of time it had been […]

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