It’s amazing how some things get voted on so quickly!
The Tribune reported the Bakersfield Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on Sept. 9 to approve a plan by Texas-owned Alon USA Energy to send two 100-car trains a day to its refinery in Bakersfield in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Apparently the trains are coming from North Dakota, sometime in 2015. Hopefully this will eliminate the need for fracking. Or did someone’s pockets get lined, and this oil will be sent to a foreign country and the fracking will continue?
On Sept. 15, The Tribune reported state regulators are scrambling to hire two railroad-bridge inspectors amid a surge in crude oil shipments by train.
The Contra Costa County Times reported Sept. 14 that the safety of thousands of railroad bridges in California are now left to rail line companies and one federal inspector responsible for 11 states.
The CPUC estimates there are about 5,000 in California. Can the inspectors handle this by 2015? I don’t think so.