Public discussion: oil by rail through Davis

Posted: January 23, 2014 in Rail Transport of Oil
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Unsafe DOT-111 oil tank cars lined up on Second St. in Davis.

Unsafe DOT-111 oil tank cars lined up on Second St. in Davis.  These cars are prone to puncture on impact.

Local residents can join the public discussion of crude-by-rail trains rolling through Davis at the city’s Natural Resources Commission meeting on Monday, January 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd.

There will be a brief informational presentation with photos including an explanation of the Benicia Valero proposal to build a rail terminal that will allow rail deliveries of 70,000 barrels per day, most likely of Bakken oil from North Dakota.  That means 100 sixty-foot tank cars crossing the Yolo Causeway and coming down Second Street into downtown Davis before heading out toward Dixon.

Discussion of key concerns will focus on the unsafe, old DOT-111 cars that are prone to puncture on impact, the highly flammable and corrosive nature of the Bakken crude, the rapidly increasing number of unit trains headed to the Bay Area, and what up-rail communities like Davis can do to voice their concerns.

We have a window of opportunity as individuals and as a city to respond in writing to the Benicia Valero Draft EIR when it is made public soon.  We will post a link to the DEIR on our website when it is available with directions on how to send your response.

For more information, visit The January 12th Davis Enterprise Op-ed on Crude-by-Rails is cross-posted along with an Annotated Reference List of many articles, a Natural Resources Defense Council research document on safety concerns, Attorney General Kamala Harris’s letter regarding the inadequacy of the EIR for the WesPac Energy Project in Pittsburg which is currently being appealed to the city council there, and a photo gallery of recent rail accidents.  Email Lynne Nittler at with questions.

Please spread the word about this open community forum of the issue that is a major safety concern for cities and towns on rail lines across the country.

Visit for a collection of articles and information.

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