PITTSBURG -- Residents here will have a chance next week to chime in on development proposal for a crude oil storage facility near the waterfront.
WesPac Energy-Pittsburg LLC plans to turn a 125-acre swath of industrial land near homes by the Pittsburg Marina into a facility to unload crude oil from ships and rail cars, store it in giant round tanks, then send it through pipelines to local refineries.
The city is holding a public workshop to hear comments on a recirculated draft environmental impact report for the project 6 p.m. Monday at Pittsburg City Hall, 65 Civic Ave.
Under the revised plan, it will be possible to offload an average of 242,000 barrels a day of crude oil or partially refined crude oil from both ships and rail cars.
WesPac has an option to buy the 125-acre parcel where the storage tanks are located from NRG, an energy company that operates a power plant on the site, if the required approvals are obtained.
The project, which would take about two years to complete, calls for existing facilities and equipment to be replaced, upgraded and repaired to bring the facility into compliance with industry standards and regulatory requirements. The 16 empty tanks once used for fuel oil storage by PG&E would be replaced, repaired or retrofitted for crude oil.
The report, which is more than 2,000 pages long, was released in late July. A final environmental impact report is tentatively expected to be released in November.
Written comments, accepted until 5 p.m. Sept. 6, can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 925-252-4814 or mailed to Kristin Pollot, 65 Civic Ave., Pittsburg, CA 94565.
Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.