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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No Spill Reported After Train Cars Carrying Crude Derail Near New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Fire Department says two train cars carrying crude oil have derailed in the city but no oil has spilled. The department said in a statement Sunday night that it received a report of the derailment around 6:15 p.m. The statement says two New Orleans Public Belt Railway cars […]

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Rupture-Prone Oil Trains Keep Rolling a Year After Quebec Crash

Crude Oil Train Derailment In Ontario, Canada Is Third Accident In Less Than A Month

By Jeffrey Hodgson TORONTO, March 7 (Reuters) – A Canadian National Railway Co train carrying crude oil derailed near the northern Ontario community of Gogama, with multiple cars on fire and some leaking oil into a waterway, the company said on Saturday. There were no injuries reported from the derailment, CN’s second in the region […]

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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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