According to an AP story California is preparing for an oil boom — brought in on rail cars. There are no crude oil pipeline that can bring the North Dakota Bakken Shale crude oil to California and the demand for oil in California is about to jump by 25%, with tanker cars jumping from 9,000 carloads in 2011 to more than 200,000 carloads by 2016, according to California Energy Commission estimates. According to the story, the increased traffic has been mostly in Northern California, involving trains bound for refineries in the San Francisco Bay Area. More details HERE. This will bring more oil trains through Nevada County and that raises some questions:
- Has Nevada County made any preparation for increased threat of oil spills?
- Gov. Jerry Brown has asked lawmakers for an additional $6.7 million for oil-spill response, will any of that money come to Nevada County?
- Could we reduce the number of trains carrying oil through Nevada County, if California were to produce more oil using the latest fracking technology in the Monterey Shale Formation?
Where are our political leaders on this issue?