Did you know that oil trains traverse our little town of Auburn? Did you know that these trains pose a danger to our families and our property?
If you want to know if your home is in an “Oil Train Blast Zone”, click on this link and type in your address: Oil Train Blast Zones
Click here to read a recent article about Valero’s proposal to increase oil trains to its Benecia refinery.
“Wide gauge” is the single largest cause of accidents involving track defects. In the case of the Pennsylvania derailment, it was broken spikes that caused the rail to widen, even though the track had been replaced in 2012, according to Federal Railroad Administration officials. – Los Angeles Times, October 7, 2015 by Ralph Vartbedian
Did you know that the rails running through our community are insufficient to handle this type of load and therefore increase the danger of a derailment? According to some sources only 3.5% of the Union Pacific line through Donner Pass to Sacramento has the Class 4 or 5 rail necessary to safely transport numerous oil trains.
Sarah Feinberg, chief of the Federal Railroad Administration, said “We have been incredibly lucky that the accidents have happened mostly in rural areas. Some of them have been very close calls.”
Is that comforting to you?? – since Auburn is a rural area, ask yourself – are we the next “close call”???
Come to AADC’s February 4th Meeting to hear more about this local issue. Lynne Nittler of Cool Davis will lead a panel discussion on the topic. We meet at 7 pm in the Placer County Library, 350 Nevada Street, Auburn. Our speaker series is free and open to the public.