Assembly member Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) speaks to members of the press during a news conference at the rail station in Sacramento on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Assembly member Roger Dickinson, along with local elected officials and fire chiefs, announced legislation to help protect communities from rail accidents involving crude oil. According to their press release: "With the increase in crude oil shipments by rail statewide and locally, more needs to be done to ensure that state and local emergency responders are provided with sufficient information to prepare for potential accidents and respond as rapidly as possible. On July 6, 2013, a Bakken crude train exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killing 47 people. Currently, very little information on rail shipments is given to local emergency personnel. Railroads plan to increase their shipments of crude oil throughout California by train, with many running through Sacramento and West Sacramento. By 2016, it is estimated that California could receive a quarter of its oil by rail, meaning at least six trains of 100 tank cars per day passing through Sacramento."
Assembly member Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna Sacramento City Council member Steve Cohn Sacramento