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Huge increase in crude oil by rail to Bay Area concerns local leaders

Oil Cars

RICHMOND — Bakken crude oil from North Dakota is part of the mix of increased crude-by-rail shipments into Contra Costa County, raising concerns from local leaders about whether current regulations are sufficient to minimize risks of transporting the volatile fossil fuel. “There’s a lot more to be learned, but Bakken (crude) is coming in now,” said Contra Costa County Hazardous ...

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Oil spill workshop gets live example of response process

Spill Cleanup

An oil spill Saturday morning at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes happened at an opportune time for participants in an oil spill response workshop. While representatives from federal, state and local response agencies were teaching the day’s students about oil spills and responses, several of them answered phone calls about the active spill. An oil sheen was also ...

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EDITORIAL: Fracking misgivings


HYDRAULIC FRACTURING, or fracking, is a big deal in our area, and it will be a big deal for some time to come. Recent stories in The Free Lance-Star let both sides state their arguments. As with almost every thing else, it comes down to money. Where there’s money, there’s persistence. Companies have been doing exploratory drilling in the Taylorsville ...

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