Garamendi: Increase safety of crude oil shipments through Fairfield, Suisun City

By From page A5 | July 02, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi joined Northern California colleagues in calling Tuesday for increased safety for shipments of crude oil by rail that pass through cities including the 3rd District communities cities of Fairfield, Suisun City, Dixon and Davis.

Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and other congressional representatives sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx about the shipments.

“We are especially concerned with the high risks involved with transporting lighter, more flammable crude in densely populated areas,” the letter reads in part. “Should spills or explosions occur, as we have seen over the last year, the consequences could be disastrous, costing lives, damaging property, and harming the environment.

The letter, Garamendi said in a press release, calls on the Department of Transportation to:

  • Report on compliance by the railroad and petroleum industry to the May 7 Emergency Order that requires timely information be shared with local entities.
  • Requires stripping out the most volatile elements from Bakken crude before it is loaded onto rail cars.
  • Expedite Positive Train Control technology for all railroads transporting lighter crude and provide a status report on the progress of PTC implementation.
  • Expedite phasing out old rail cars for newer, retrofitted cars.

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  • patrickJuly 02, 2014 - 12:38 pm

    the railroads have an order in for 20,000 new tank cars. Why not put in the pipe line Obama is holding up? we already have a pipeline to the gulf.

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  • JimboJuly 02, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    The tar sands pipeline that is president is rightfully preventing IS the proposed pipeline from Canada to the Gulf, not to California refineries. It allows oil companies to EXPORT to other countries and has nothing at all to do with helping the US consumer. Outside of both being about oil a totally different argument.

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