Having lived my life in small towns north of Sacramento, I feel qualified to give my opinion on the hazards of transporting flammable liquids by rail through certain cities.
There was a time before Interstate 80 was constructed when Lang Company tanker trucks and trailers transported refined flammables through the main streets of Roseville, Rocklin, Loomis and Auburn on their way to Nevada. There were occasional reports of those trucks sliding off Highway 40 near the Donner Summit. No HAZMAT teams were dispatched and no reports of fires or explosions were ever recorded.
It's just my opinion, but I suspect the opposition to oil transport has more to do with a campaign by environmental groups that want to do away with fossil fuels entirely.
-- Tony Rohl, Grass Valley