Bombs on wheels through Sacramento twice a Day?


By :CityFella

Last February ,a CSX train carrying more than three million gallons of crude oil derailed in Mount Carbon West Virginia. The fires burned in this town of 2000 for days.  Each tank carried 30,000 gallons of Balkken Crude Oil from North Dakota.

Hundreds of families were evacuated after losing their drinking water and electricity when 19 tank cars slammed into each other and caught fire, leaking oil into a Kanawha River tributary and burning a nearby house down to its foundation.

Trains hauling Bakken-region oil have been involved in major accidents in Virginia, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Alabama and Lac-Megantic, Quebec, where 47 people were killed by an explosive derailment in 2013. Reports of oil leaking from railroad tank cars also are increasing, from 12 in 2008 to 186 last year, according to Department of Transportation records reviewed by The Associated Press.

Bombs on Wheels through Sacramento 

Valero Refining Company wants to send two 50 oil car trains twice a day through midtown Sacramento.  It would join hundred of oil cars that currently travel through midtown on route to Bay Area Refineries.  The Central line passes nine blocks from the State Capital  through the most densely populated area of Sacramento, passing Homes,Schools .Apartments, Restaurants, Churches and Businesses.

Some of the oil is the volatile Bakken crude

Bakken crude has a highly combustible mix of natural gases including butane, methane and propane.

An investigation by federal authorities of the Mount Carbon derailing using data found on the train’s digital data recorders , revealed the train was traveling at 33 miles per hour at the time of the accident.

Railroads that carry Bakken crude are required to disclose where their trains travel to state emergency officials, under a federal order issued last year covering all shipments of a million gallons or more. CSX called this information proprietary, but more than 20 states rejected its argument, making the information available to the general public as well as first-responders. West Virginia is among those keeping it secret.

According to the Sacramento Bee, a Bakken oil train comes through midtown Sacramento once or twice a week en route to an oil refinery in Richmond.

SAFETY 

The Fed wants the industry to build safer cars.  The railroads, oil producers and shippers say some of the new safety requirements are unproven and too costly, yet some safety advocates and environmental groups say the regulations aren’t strict enough and still leave too many people at risk.

New rules require stronger tank cars, with thicker shells and higher front and back safety shields for shipping crude oil and other flammable liquids. Older, weaker models that more easily rupture will have to be retrofitted or replaced within three to five years.

A coalition of environmental groups — including Earthjustice, ForestEthics and the Sierra Club — sued, alleging that loopholes could allow some dangerous tank cars to remain on the tracks for up to a decade.

The new rules provide exemptions to trains with fewer than 20 contiguous tank cars of a flammable liquid, such as oil, and for trains with fewer than 35 such tank cars in total.

One oil industry group is challenging the new regulations in court, too, arguing that manufacturers won’t be able to build and retrofit tank cars fast enough to meet the requirements.

The railroad industry is also taking action against the new crude-by-rail rules, filing an appeal of the new rules with the Department of Transportation.

Growing is outrage from the public.  The rail tanker is a common sight as they pass through hundreds of cities every day.  What people are unaware of is the flammability of the new crude pressured from the ground.  The source of the Valero crude is unknown.

As the oil companies increase the amount of shipments, the probability of an catastrophic accident taking place in an densely populated area also increases.

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Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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