Bay Area Groups Seek to Halt Crude-by-Rail

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 (Molly Samuel/KQED)

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.

Guests:

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

Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of the Western States Petroleum Association

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