Category Archives: Danger! Crude-by-Rail

Capitol Alert: Matsui, California colleagues ask DOT to step up oil train safety

BY CURTIS TATE   McClatchy Washington Bureau   July 1, 2014 “We are especially concerned with the high risks involved with transporting lighter, more flammable crude in densely populated areas,” they wrote. “Should spills or explosions occur, as we have seen … Continue reading

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Contra Costa County grand jury recommends overhaul of Emergency Operations Plan

By Tom Lochner    Contra Costa Times   6/26/2014 http://www.contracostatimes.com/News/ci_26042125/Contra-Costa-County-grand-jury-recommends

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Natural gas may be next on North American rails

NEW YORK, – As politicians debate the dangers of a massive increase in oil carried by rail in North America, railroads and energy producers are considering the same for natural gas. By Reuters   Jun2 17, 2014 http://www.prairiebizmag.com/event/article/id/19585/

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HazMat Commission Supports the Public’s Right to Know

On June 26th, the Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Commission voted 8-0 with 3 abstentions that AB 380 should not be supported unless it is amended to include the right for the public to get information on crude by rail shipments moving through … Continue reading

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Revealed: Routes for Trains Hauling Volatile Crude Oil in California

[MEG Note: There is some speculation that UP is not reporting trains spotted coming over the Carquinez trestle and through downtown Martinez only because they are hauling TAR SANDS oils which are not reportable under the DOT May 7 Order. This may … Continue reading

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Martinez: Most crude oil delivered by pipeline, not rail

By Dana Guzzetti   CC Times   06/24/2014 [MEG note: The amount of crude oil by rail imported to California’s refineries is set to increase from1% of total imports in 2013 to 25%, or 150 million barrels, by 2016, according to state energy … Continue reading

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Obama White House Quietly Coddling Big Oil on “Bomb Trains” Regulations

By JUSTIN MIKULKA AND STEVE HORN   desmogblog   6-15-14 http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/06/15/obama-white-house-agency-quietly-coddling-big-oil-bomb-trains-regulations

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Workshop on CEQA and How to Respond to Valero’s DEIR

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Report: Oil by Rail Safety in California

“As oil by rail shipments have increased in recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of incidents involving crude oil by rail. Nationally, rail incidents rose from several per year prior to 2010 to 155 in … Continue reading

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The new oil crisis: Exploding trains

By KATHRYN A. WOLFE and BOB KING      6/18/14 “In the 11 months since a runaway oil train derailed in the middle of a small town in Quebec, incinerating 47 people, the rolling virtual pipelines have unleashed crude oil … Continue reading

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