NEWS- Two new EIR’s, One BIG Project for SFR

There is breaking news and old news on the Dirty Oils Expansion Project in Rodeo.  Here is how it is described by Greg Karras, Senior Scientist of CBE:

FYI—the Phillips 66 dirty oil expansion project (recirculated) EIRs are back.  I say EIRs, plural, because they still break the project up into pieces: the first link below is for the Rodeo part of the P66 San Francisco Refinery (SFR), which is the ‘back end’ of the refinery. The one for the ‘front end’ (the same jargon Phillips’ CEO uses when he tells investors about bringing ‘heavy’ Canadian oil to the refinery) is in Nipomo, near Santa Maria. That EIR is at the second link below. Care about this front-end part too because, among other things, that EIR

(1) admits this is a tar sands project;
(2) ignores the safety and emissions impacts of this in Rodeo; and
(3) admits significant air pollution, water pollution, and safety impacts up and down the rail lines including here. GK

Crude oil of all types is transported by rail to the Nipomo refinery in Southern California, where it is pre-processed and send by pipeline exclusively to the Rodeo refinery to create the finished products.  Thus the “San Francisco Refinery” as P66 refers to both plants combined, is split into two parts, but one directly impacts the other.  Whatever leaves Nipomo ends up in Rodeo, and if quantity and/or quality change, the impacts are felt up here.  The following is from the corporate website:

The San Francisco Refinery is comprised of two facilities linked by a 200-mile pipeline. The Santa Maria facility is located in Arroyo Grande, Calif., while the Rodeo facility is in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Splitting a project for the sake of an EIR is is called “piece-mealing”.  The Richmond Chevron refinery tried this in 2009 and a judge ruled those EIR invalid.  A new one had to be written combining the “projects” which, when combined, were shown to have much greater impacts requiring tougher mitigations. That is apparently what is happening here, and will probably result in the same decision.  The two EIRs are inextricably linked, yet neither one addresses the other.  Does Phillips 66 expect our watchdog agencies and courts to fall for this?  If they do, we need to ask why!

Rodeo Refinery RDEIR (Back End)

Nipano Refinery RDEIR (Front End)

The comment period for the Contra Costa part of this proposal is only to be 45 days, ending December 2 at 5:00 PM according to the following document…

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