Stand Up for Pittsburg
Tell WesPac to Get Packing!
WesPac Energy wants to build an enormous energy infrastructure project in Pittsburg, promising jobs and revenue for the city and needed energy for California. Their mega oil terminal would bring in 242,000 barrels of crude oil per day—or 88 million barrels annually by ship, rail, and expanded pipelines. A new massive rail terminal would see more than 100 tanker cars each day carrying crude oil. And PG&E’s old tanks near the waterfront would be upgraded to create a new tank “farm” for crude oil storage.
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
WesPac forgot to tell us that demand for gasoline is trending downwards in California, and the product it’s transporting is likely bound for Asian markets once it’s refined, that increased domestic drilling and refining doesn’t translate to lower prices at the pump here in the U.S.,
- that the low-cost, low-quality, high-sulfur tar sands crude it will bring in via ship and rail increases profits for refiners, and toxic emissions for our refinery town neighbors to the west,
- that vastly increased rail traffic and the pollution it spews will make Pittsburg’s already asthma-sick kids even sicker, and degrade air quality for the entire community,
- that rail-by-crude accidents and pipeline spills have become increasingly more common, such as the horrific train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and the terrible spills in Kalamazoo, MI, and Mayflower, AR,
- that a rail car or marine spill of diluted bitumen (tar sands crude) could have tragic consequences for the entirw San Francisco Bay Delta,
- that the threats to public health, safety, and air and water quality posed by this project are beyond unacceptable, and that by enabling the refining of dirtier crude, which wildly increases carbon pollution, the proposed Pittsburg Energy Infrastructure Project actually undermines California’s mandate to deeply reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonize our energy supply.
PITTSBURG DOESN’T NEED TO BE A SACRIFICE ZONE
AB32, the 2006 Global Warming Act, established a legal requirement for the state of California to tackle accelerating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Executive Order S-3-05 set a final target of 80% below1990 levels by 2050. Expanding fossil fuel extraction, refining, and burning takes us in the completely opposite direction, and digs us in even deeper into our reliance on the non-renewable resources that are creating climate chaos and endangering the future of our planet.
Pittsburg and all communities throughout our state and nation deserve a green infrastructure. We need an energy system in the public interest, rather than one centered around the fossil fuel industry’s last-gasp agenda. The health of our communities and our planet is more important than the right of one industry to make obscene profits.
JUST SAY NO TO WESPAC!
Friday, September 13th is the final deadline for comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report found at http://www.ci.pittsburg.ca.us/index.aspx?page=700. The WesPac project has enormous consequences for the entire Bay Area region and beyond, but the final decision is up to the City of Pittsburg. Call and write your electeds to let them know you want this project stopped. Forty permanent jobs are just not worth the severe costs to our health and environment.
Visit us at http://www.350bayarea.org/no_tar_sands and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pittsburg.living?fref=ts . Research by 350 Bay Area, No Tar Sands Campaign and the Natural Resources Defense Council