What a tar sands spill looks like

A few months ago, an old petroleum pipeline that had been re-purposed to carry tar sands leaked approximately 210,000 gallons through a residential neighborhood in Arkansas. We could easily see scenes like this in Pittsburg and surrounding areas if the WesPac project is approved.

Watch this short (7 and a half minutes) documentary piece on the aftermath of the Pegasus pipeline rupture in Mayflower, Arkansas:


If the WesPac project goes through, we will see up to 3.5 million gallons of crude oil travel through Pittsburg every day by train, and more come through by ship. Some of this crude oil will almost certainly be tar sands “dilbit” (diluted bitumen – basically tar dissolved in benzene and other solvents). This is much harder to clean up than regular oil, because some of it sinks in water. And much of it evaporates off to cause health problems in nearby residents.

The existing pipeline from the storage area to Bay Area refineries may have similar issues to the Pegasus pipeline – it’s old, and was designed to transport fuel oil, not corrosive tar sands. So we also have the risk of a pipeline rupture between Pittsburg and Richmond.

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