Environmental Justice in the Bay Area

Where is Pittsburg?

Pittsburg, California is located at the mouth of the delta in the San Francisco Bay. It is just 41 miles east from San Francisco.

Pittsburg is nestled between rolling hills, industrial factories and San Francisco Estuary.

"Black Diamonds" are Discovered

Coal Mining in the 1800's laid the foundation for a continued burdening of Pittsburg for generations to come.


In the mid 1800's, affluent businessmen from the East Coast caught word of coal reserves in California. Black Diamond Mines would soon become the most extensively mined coal deposit in the state of California. Mining companies extracted bout 4 million tons of coal.