excerpted from Oil on Rails
Recorded on October 2014

Oil Trains in the Bay Area


Transporting oil by rail is new to the San Francisco Bay Area.  "In 2008 no crude came by rail, and I think in 2013 it was more than 6 million barrels," said Molly Samuel, reporter for KQED Science.  People in the Bay Area are worried about the safety of these trains, "there have been derailments and explosions in Alabama, in Virginia, in North Dakota, so we've just seen [the oil] is more volatile, and the train cars that are carrying it aren't safe enough."

Speakers at this Event

District 11 Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Conservation Program Manager, Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter

Vice President of Strategic Communications, Western States Petroleum Association

Science Reporter, KQED