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Fracking

A KPIX 5 crew captured this video of Bakken crude oil getting unloaded from a train at a rail yard in Richmond. (CBS)

Trains Carrying Fracked Oil Spotted In Bay Area

Bay Area residents have made it clear that they don’t want trains carrying fracked oil here. But KPIX 5 discovered it’s already happening, in an operation so hush hush that even the state’s energy commission didn’t know about it.

03/14/2014

Union Pacific railroad tracks in Berkeley. (CBS)

Trains Carrying Fracked Oil Could Pass Through More Bay Area Cities, Report Says

Residents of Bay Area refinery towns have been fighting to keep the trains out. Now KPIX 5 has learned that many more local communities may also be at risk.

03/11/2014

Firefighters douse blazes after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Megantic in Canada's Quebec province on July 6, 2013, sparking explosions that engulfed about 30 buildings in fire. At least 80 people are missing after a driverless oil tanker train derailed and exploded in the small Canadian town of Lac-Megantic, destroying dozens of buildings, a firefighter back from the scene told AFP. AFP PHOTO / François Laplante-Delagrave (Photo credit should read François Laplante-Delagrave/AFP/Getty Images)

Explosion Survivor Warns Of Fracked Oil Trains; Newer Safety Regulations Delayed

A woman who lived through one of the deadliest train derailments ever hopes her experience serves as a wake-up call about allowing highly-volatile fracked crude oil to be transported by rail – as has been proposed in the Bay Area.

03/06/2014

WesPac Energy wants to modernize and reactivate this old PG&E oil storage terminal in Pittsburg. The facility would primarily hold fracked oil shipped by train from North Dakota, Colorado, and Texas. (CBS)

Tighter Regulations Recommended For Trains Carrying Crude Oil Into Bay Area

There have been four major crashes of North American trains carrying crude. Now in an unprecedented move, federal investigators in the U.S. and Canada are saying trains need tighter regulations before disaster strikes again.

01/24/2014

Oil barrels in North Dakota's Bakken Shale Oil Fields where fracking has made it possible to open up an entirely new industry of oil exploration in the Midwest.
(Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Backlash Grows Over Plan To Store Fracked Oil In Pittsburg

A company called WesPac Energy wants to start bringing the substance, known as bakken shale, to the Delta town by rail and storing it there before shipping it to the Bay Area’s five refineries via pipeline.

01/22/2014

WesPac Energy wants to modernize and reactivate this old PG&E oil storage terminal in Pittsburg. The facility would primarily hold fracked oil shipped by train from North Dakota, Colorado, and Texas. (CBS)

Explosive Fracked Oil Destined For Bay Area; Neighbors Rail Against Chemical Trains

Major plans are underway to bring fracked oil to the Bay Area by rail from North Dakota. It turns out the oil is not your average crude.

01/11/2014

US Customs And Border Protection Secures SoCal-Mexico Border By San Diego

Bay Area Environmentalists Urge California Coastal Commission To Ban Fracking

More than 150 environmental groups have urged California coastal regulators to halt offshore fracking, saying the practice violates state law.

12/12/2013

Kern County farmer Tom Frantz captured these images of dumping at a Vintage Production fracking site. (Tom Frantz)

Oil Company Caught Illegally Dumping Fracking Discharge In Central Valley

For the first time, California has penalized an oil company over illegal fracking activity after the discovery of a video showing wrongful dumping of the fracking discharge.

11/26/2013

San Ardo oil fields in Monterey County. (CBS)

Gov. Brown Expected To Sign Fracking Bill, Environmentalists Disapprove

A landmark bill regulating hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is expected to win final approval in the state Senate on Thursday. Governor Jerry Brown says he will sign it into law, but the state’s major environmental groups no longer support the bill.

09/12/2013

San Ardo oil fields in Monterey County. (CBS)

California Lawmakers Approve New Rules For Fracking

Oil and gas drillers that use a technique known as fracking would face new rules in California under legislation headed to the governor’s desk.

09/11/2013

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