Friday, January 30, 2015

Communities fight crude regulators and industry collusion- and other news

Environmental groups sue California air district over crude by rail permit

By Rory Carroll    Reuters 01/29/15

Environmental groups on Thursday sued the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District over a permit it issued last year that allowed crude-carrying trains to begin making deliveries at a terminal in Bakersfield, arguing the regulator failed to adequately vet the proposal.

The plaintiffs asked the California Superior Court to declare the permit invalid and stop further operations at the newly opened Bakersfield Crude Terminal in Taft until a full environmental review is conducted. The terminal, which began receiving crude in November, is owned by Plains All American .
In their complaint, the groups point to emails obtained through a public records request that they say show regulators helping the company avoid environmental and public reviews of the project.....    more here

‘Bomb Train’ Suits Seen Slowing U.S. Oil Independence


Climate warriors fight fossil fuels  

01/29/15     MSNBC video    
With the Paris climate talks less than a year away, activists like Rising Tide’s Ahmed Gaya are preparing for a year of escalating action, including more blocked oil trains.

Several dozen workers staged a demonstration outside of the meeting before it began and said they didn’t always feel empowered to stop work if they felt the conditions were unsafe. Jim Payne, a representative of Local 5, said the issue is so important to workers that they’ve proposed absolute stop work authority as part of collective bargaining negotiations.

The Dalles joins oil train debate  -  The Dalles City Council has joined Hood River, Mosier and other Oregon towns in urging state officials to pursue greater federal regulation of crude oil transports.  The resolution approved by a unanimous vote Monday, Jan. 26, also recommends that rules be put in place to require that rail companies pay for damages caused by catastrophic fire and explosions following a derailment or accident.

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