What’s at Risk?


Whether it’s a spill or an explosion & fire, this is a disaster waiting to happen!

The entire wetland habitat and environment at the head of San Francisco Bay is at risk, including:

  • Nearby Railroad Slough and Sonoma Creek, both of which are primary waterways in the network of channels that link to San Francisco Bay.
  • Hundreds of acres of grazing land, and all the dairy cows and livestock in the area that depend on them.
  • Several thousand acres of marshland preserve, most of it in the San Pablo Bay Federal Wildlife Preserve, which would be irreparably damaged by the blast, by the spills and fires it causes, and by the foams needed to quell a petroleum fire.Marshlands-to-SR-29



All of the human activities and infrastructure at the mouth of the Sonoma Valley are at risk, including:

  • More than 50 local businesses and wineries (click here to see which they are), as well as all of the visitors present at their establishments on the day of the explosion.
  • More than 11,000 people in the City of Sonoma who depend for wastewater treatment on the 8th Street Sanitation Plant. The plant and its electrical supply would be taken out the blast from a tanker positioned at the north end of the line in Schellville.
  • 32,000 people, businesses and public services at the south end of the Sonoma Valley which would lose power when the nearby high tension lines and their towers are taken down by the blast of the explosion,
  • More than 25,000 motorists a day on the nearby highways 121 and 116 while they are out of action in the aftermath of the fire
  • As many as 25 first-responders at the Schell Vista Fire Station, which would be the first to go in the blast.
  • The entire rail communication service to Sonoma and Marin Counties, which would be interrupted by the devastation at the rail yard.

Whether it’s a spill or an explosion & fire, this is a disaster waiting to happen!