Officials concerned about crude oil rail shipments

April 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
Local and state leaders are raising concerns about a San Francisco Bay area refinery's plan to move as many as 100 train cars of flammable crude oil daily through Northern California cities.

The Sacramento Bee reports the Valero Refining Company in Benecia plans to have trains travel on the Union Pacific line that runs through downtown West Sacramento and Davis, along the same tracks that carry Capitol Corridor passenger trains between Sacramento and the Bay Area.

Many other refineries also are planning to rely more on rail shipments to align with the boom in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in areas such as North Dakota's Bakken oil fields.

Sacramento Democratic Rep. Doris Matsui is among those who have expressed concerns about the potential for accidents and spills.


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