PITTSBURG -- An environmental report on a proposed oil storage and transfer facility in Pittsburg fails to disclose an array of potential impacts on neighboring communities as well as elsewhere in the Bay Area, according to an 11-page letter from the office of state Attorney General Kamala Harris.
The letter was submitted to Pittsburg last week as comment to a recirculated draft environmental impact report for the WesPac Pittsburg Energy Infrastructure Project; that report is expected to be considered soon by the Pittsburg City Council.
The proposed WesPac facility, at the site of a closed oil terminal on the western edge of downtown Pittsburg, would supply Bay Area refineries with domestic crude oil, which would come in by water and by train, through a marine terminal and new rail terminal.
The WesPac complex would connect to Bay Area refineries via mostly existing pipelines, according to a project summary available on the company's website at www.pittsburgterminalproject.com; a direct link to the summary is http://bit.ly/1aF5fIx.
Many Pittsburg residents have expressed concerns about the project being built near the Pittsburg Marina, homes, churches and parks.
The draft environmental report is available on the city website at www.ci.pittsburg.ca.us; a direct link to the report is http://bit.ly/1kReHT5.
According to the letter from Harris' office, the draft report does not adequately disclose and analyze impacts on local air quality and does not address the risk of accidents that could result from moving and storing new varieties of crude oil, among other objections.
The letter echoes some of the concerns of Rodeo and Crockett environmentalists regarding a proposed propane and butane project at the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo. That project's final environmental impact report is up for consideration by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, along with two appeals of a land use permit approved in November by the county Planning Commission.
Opponents fear Phillips wants to bring in and process more and dirtier oil; Phillips has said its project envisions recovering existing volumes of propane and butane already being produced.
WesPac Pittsburg project manager Art Diefenbach and TRC Companies, the company that prepared the report, did not immediately respond to an email and phone call Monday.