Benicia city officials are giving people more time to comment on a proposal to bring crude oil by rail to Valero’s refinery there.
Trains loaded with volatile Bakken crude pass through or near cities and sensitive environmental areas on a regular basis.
Crude-by-rail has been a growing concern as an oil boom in North Dakota has meant more and more crude is traveling to refineries by rail. A series of fiery derailments in the past year has focused attention on the need for accident prevention and emergency response preparation.
Beginning Saturday, railroads must notify states when large shipments of crude oil come through by train. The new rule is in response to safety concerns with crude-by-rail.
More and more crude oil is being transported into California by rail lines, and questions about safety are prompting local governments and environmentalists to take action.
The East Bay city of Pittsburg is considering a new oil terminal to supply crude to Bay Area refineries, but some locals are concerned about the safety of the project.