Fracking

San Ardo oil fields in Monterey County. (CBS)

Santa Cruz First County In State To Ban Fracking

Santa Cruz is the first county in California to pass an anti-fracking ordinance that prohibits the controversial oil-drilling method.

05/21/2014

Jerry Brown Interview

Phil Matier: Gov. Brown Says California At ‘Epicenter of Climate Change’

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.

05/19/2014

California Governor Jerry Brown (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Despite Allowing Fracking, Gov. Brown Considers Self ‘Missionary’ On Climate Change

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.

04/01/2014

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

Lawsuit Filed Over Fracked Oil Trains In The Bay Area After KPIX 5 Report

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.

03/28/2014

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

Rail Safety Of Bay Area Oil Shipments Doubted

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.

03/24/2014

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

California May Not Be Prepared For Disasters Involving Fracked Oil Trains

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.

03/20/2014

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

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