Kamala Harris Addresses Inadequate EIR on Mega Oil Terminal

Posted: January 23, 2014 in Rail Transport of Oil
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Rally in Pittsburg against the proposed WesPac energy infrastructure that will import 242,000 barrels of crude/day.

Rally in Pittsburg against the proposed WesPac energy infrastructure that will import 242,000 barrels of crude/day.

Cross posted from Benicia Independent at http://www.beniciaindependent.com

The California Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris, sent a stark letter to the City of Pittsburg this week warning of “significant legal problems” with the documentation around the proposed WesPac mega oil terminal. The eleven page letter noted “fundamental defects” and “errors” in the Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 242,000 barrel per day rail and marine terminal for failing to do the following:

  • Adequately disclose and analyze local air quality impacts to the already impacted community of Pittsburg;
  • Consider the effects to other Bay Area communities of refining the new crudes;
  • Propose and analyze feasible mitigation that could reduce local air quality, impacts;
  • Adequately disclose and address the risk of accidents that could result from transportation and storage of the new crudes;
  • Fully disclose and consider mitigation for the Project’s climate change-related impacts; and
  • Consider a reasonable range of feasible alternatives that could reduce the Project’s significant impacts.

The letter urges the City of Pittsburg to correct these problems before moving forward. However, these issues arise from fundamental and serious environmental, health and safety flaws that are inherent to the project. NRDC together with dozens of other advocates, civic leaders and thousands of residents have raised these issues repeatedly over the past few months as awareness of the project has grown.  A rally and march  last weekend brought hundreds out to demonstrate their pride in Pittsburg and opposition to the WesPac project.

Read the full eleven page document Ltr to POLLOT 1-15-2014 date revised (1).

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