The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced an alarming plan to dredge a deeper channel through San Francisco Bay whose sole purpose is to enable oil tankers to move greater amounts of crude to and from Bay Area refineries. A short description of the project is here. The Army Corps is co-sponsoring the project with the Port of Stockton, and Contra Costa County and the Western States Petroleum Association are listed as project partners.
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Several environmental groups have already filed a joint protest letter about the “San Francisco Bay to Stockton Navigation Improvement Project.” Because the one public presentation about the proposal was so poorly noticed, the Army Corps has extended its deadline for public comment. We highly encourage you to write your own comments and email them to the Army Corps at SFBaytoStockton@usace.army.mil .
The comment deadline was extended after a large number of impassioned Bay Areas activists hijacked a meeting of the Corps of Engineers that was to have focused on a separate but related dredging material disposal plan. The Corps also committed to holding a public hearing on the SF to Stockton plan sometime in the near future.
The thirteen-mile dredging project would enable more oil trafficking on the taxpayers’ dime, providing four refineries with a nearly $15 million annual subsidy. It would multiply the risk of oil spills, pump up the production of petroleum products, and increase greenhouse gas emissions as well as the toxic burden on the Bay Area’s refinery corridor.