Wednesday, June 11, 2014

As Oil By Rail Set To Skyrocket In California, State Behind On Spill Response Capabilities

The article doesn't quite have it right.  CA is behind on PIPELINE infrastructure, which causes CA to have to import oil by rail, which causes the rise in rail wrecks and oil spills, which CA doesn't have the expanded capabilities because they didn't do the right thing and put in ore oil pipelines.  Whew!

Imports of crude oil from North Dakota and Canada into California are expected to rise from just 1 percent of total oil imports in 2013 to 25 percent by 2016, according to state energy officials. Much of that oil would travel through densely populated parts of the state en route to coastal refineries.

The increase has raised concerns about the state's ability to respond to derailments. Crude oil trains have been involved in numerous accidents in the past year including the fiery explosion that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec last July.

The multi-agency report from Governor Jerry Brown's administration outlined a dozen recommendations, which include better training and real-time shipment information for emergency responders.
And no recommendations for more pipeline.  Why am I not surprised?

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