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These yellow storage tanks have not been used for 15 years. Do you want to see them reactivated and filled with volatile crude oil so close to homes, schools, parks, downtown and the marina?
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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).


Latest Update!

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.

Find out ways to take action, or call us with any questions or to get involved -
(925) 338-7321 or email

The great aerial shot of downtown Pittsburg comes from NateG.

3 thoughts on “

  1. Barbara Hunt

    I have heard that the trains are blowing up first THEN derailing due to the volitility of the contents from below the rock. This is really a dangerouse oil mix and should not be shipped in old and inadequate trains through urban areas.

  2. Angry Pittsburg Resident

    Not only is this a slap in mother nature’s face, it’s irresponsible capitalist, unethical and inhumane. They’re already FRACKING the crap out of California ‘causing seismic activity and now they want to turn this little city into a POLLUTED atmosphere?! We MUST aggressively disrupt WesPac and never lose sight of the importance of standing up to companies who like making profits by dumping doing they’re dirty work in our backyards. BRAVO to the city of Pittsburg for standing up to environmental terrorists.

  3. lazyanarchist

    Barbara, the crude, or any oil for that matter, only ignites once the tank is ruptured (usually after a derailment) and then ignited. The atmosphere inside the tank will not support ignition. This new crude is much like gasoline which is safely handled in tens of thousands of times in thousands of places around the country.
    In fact, we need to focus on the derailments and not so much the liquid. Chlorine and other toxic gases are much more dangerous but less common. They are placed in better containers that rarely rupture. Keep the tanks on the tracks and there is little to worry about. Once derailed with the standard tank though…

    Only if those tanks are fully upgraded to the latest API standards. Too often they are grandfathered using the standards they were installed to and patched to meet some small defect. I know of too many tanks that go into service after long term storage and nothing but problems. With old unused tanks, ground is not compressed so uneven settling, foundations move, and a whole litany of issues.


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