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Mon, May 5, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Bay Area Groups Seek to Halt Crude-by-Rail


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Tank cars parked in Richmond, California. The energy company Kinder Morgan has been bringing crude oil into the Bay Area by train through its terminal in Richmond.
Molly Samuel/KQED
Tank cars parked in Richmond, California. The energy company Kinder Morgan has been bringing crude oil into the Bay Area by train through its terminal in Richmond.

Concerns are growing over the safety of transporting crude oil by train after a series of derailments, most recently last week in Virginia when 13 tankers fell off the tracks, sparking a fire and forcing evacuations. The Federal Railroad Administration has issued emergency rules and will reassess new safety standards for tank cars. In California, environmental groups are challenging crude-by-rail shipments to the city of Richmond. We'll discuss the pros and cons of transporting crude oil by rail, as well as state and national efforts to improve safety.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of the Western States Petroleum Association
  • Molly Samuel, science reporter for KQED
  • Suma Peesapati, staff attorney with Earthjustice, which filed an injunction to halt the shipment of crude oil into the city of Richmond

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