On Aug. 27, the Office of the Sheriff was notified about the vandalism, which occurred in a remote area in Contra Costa County near Vasco Road, about seven miles south of Camino Diablo, where NextEra’s Vasco wind turbine construction project is currently taking place. It is believed the vandalism occurred between 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 and 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.
The site manager said an unknown person moved an excavator next to some underground pipelines on the property and dug some holes. An oil pipeline was ruptured. The energy company that owns the pipeline noticed the pressure loss and shut down the pipeline. It is unknown how much oil was released before the shutdown. The estimated cost of the damage, oil and cleanup is between $50,000 and $100,000.
Those with information on the case should call the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at 925-313-2647. Tips may also be left anonymously on the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division Tip Line, 866-846-3592.