Oil by Rail Raises Concern among Environmentalists in Davis

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A map released by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows areas of Davis in harms way if a train carrying crude oil were to go off tracks.

The train tracks that run through Davis are used by Amtrak’s Capital Corridor and freight cars.

There’s growing concern among residents that, within the next year, there could be highly flammable crude oil traveling through their community.

“As of the amount of crude by rail increased, so did the spills and so did the accidents, ” Lynne Nittler, with Yolano Climate Action, said Wednesday.

Those were the concerns addressed in a public workshop with Davis Director of Community Development, Mike Webb.

Critics opposed to the plan, cite accidents like this one in Virginia just this April.

An environmental report released earlier this week says a derailment from Roseville, going through Davis heading to Benicia is likely to happen just once in 111 years.

According to Mike Webb, statistics don’t mean a catastrophe is out of the question.

“If the oil is coming through our community, safety won’t be compromised in the process,” Wedd told FOX40.

While individual cities don’t have authority to stop these shipments, Webb promises a watchful eye and support for state and federal regulations to ensure emergency responders are informed and prepared.

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