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State Senator: California Not Prepared For Accident Involving Train Carrying Crude Oil

March 24, 2014

By Monte Francis and Vince Cestone : nbcbayarea – excerpt

The California Energy Commission said the amount of crude oil being transported by train to the Bay Area has sky rocketed thanks to an oil boom in North Dakota and Canada–but that is raising concerns with at least one state lawmaker.

State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is worried about what could happen if there is an accident. Sen. Hill held a hearing about this very issue in Sacramento, and he said California is not prepared if there is an accident involving one of these trains.

Hill said in 2011, there were 9,000 tank cars filled with oil brought into California from out of state. By 2016, that number is expected to reach 200,000 tank cars.

Hill said that amounts to about 2.7 million gallons of oil being carried by each train. The trains are operated mostly by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, and they travel through Solano and Contra Costa counties.

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