Category Archives: WesPac

17,000 gallons of crude oil spill near Smithville, TX

In Smithville, about 40 miles away from Austin, TX, a pipeline leaked 17,000 gallons of crude oil. WesPac’s proposed oil terminal would use existing pipelines to Bay Area refineries. But those pipelines were designed to transport fuel oil from the refineries to the tank farm. Now they would reverse direction and would transport crude […]

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The Lac-Mégantic Disaster

In July, in the Canadian town of Lac-Mégantic, several tanker cars carrying crude oil exploded, killing over 40 people and destroying at least 30 buildings. The WesPac proposal would mean up to ONE HUNDRED tanker cars of oil a day. This is not a risk we want to take here. Fires rage 24 hours after […]

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Contra Costa Times article on the proposal

This article from August 15th, 2013 gives good background on the proposal and raises some of our main concerns, including the risks of explosions and spills, increases in asthma and cancer rates, and noise and vibrations from the increased rail traffic: A view of the waterfront in Pittsburg, Calif., on Thursday, February 26, 2009. Potential […]

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