Santa Cruz is the first county in California to pass an anti-fracking ordinance that prohibits the controversial oil-drilling method.
Gov. Jerry Brown says California is at “the epicenter” of the effects of a warming planet as the state experiences longer fire seasons and more destructive wildland blazes.
Gov. Brown made a passionate speech on climate change, but he’s accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from the oil and gas industry on his re-election campaign.
Two weeks ago, KPIX 5 discovered trains carrying explosive fracked crude oil have been rolling into the Bay Area under everyone’s radar. On Thursday, four environmental groups have filed a lawsuit over it, calling the crude by rail terminal illegal.
Last summer’s oil train accident in Quebec that killed 47 people has lawmakers and others in the Bay Area concerned that it could happen here as volume of crude oil and other petroleum products arriving from North Dakota and Canada to local refineries is surging.
After KPIX 5 uncovered trains carrying fracked oil are rolling into the Bay Area, state officials are worried that they are not prepared enough if something goes wrong.
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.
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.
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.
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.