As we step up a concerted transition to alternative energy, Big Oil lurches towards its last gasp: exponential development of fossil fuel infrastructure at West Coast ports for transport, storage, refining and shipping to Asian markets.
Rude Crude Threatens our Bay!
The WesPac Pittsburg Energy Infrastructure Project would move Canadian tar sands crude to the Chevron and Shell refineries through pipelines and extended rail systems, load it onto ships and send it to Asia to the tune of 242,000 barrels per day.
This is the same dirty crude slated for the Keystone XL pipeline, a project drawing widespread opposition. Even dirtier crude oil would be shipped to the WesPac facility from southern California. Oil would also come from a huge deposit in North Dakota, which, like the California oil, would be extracted by fracking.
Do we want the Bay Area to be the locus of this scheme which threatens Pittburg and North Bay towns and our Bay, not to mention the climate impact of burning all that fossil fuel?
Say “No!” to poisonous refinery accidents and environmental toxins
Spills, leaks, blow-ups, smog, gas, fires like the one in Richmond, soil contamination, prolonged effects on area air and water quality and health effects such as asthma, cancer and birth defects, loom. Increased pollution from idling trucks, rail cars and ships affecting wildlife, marshes and wetlands, the shoreline, polluted water in the delta (water used for drinking and agriculture), jeopardized property values, and critically, significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions warming the climate are the risks and threats.
The project would transform Pittsburg (a dormant industrial, residential area in our Northern San Francisco Bay) into a major crude oil receiving, storage and shipping facility. WesPac develops, constructs, owns and operates infrastructure throughout North America for petroleum products handling, and Pittsburg is the next target for modernization and reactivation of its existing marine terminal and oil storage and transfer systems.