Image source: "Tank cars, Trempealeau WI" by Roy Luck
According to the article, "local officials say they may need to revisit the county's Industrial Safety Ordinance to see whether modifications should be made to ensure safety in dealing with Bakken crude, which is more volatile and susceptible to explosion than heavier crude blends." Despite their efforts, little may be accomplished at the local level as the federal interstate commerce laws regulate rail cargo. However, Governor Jerry Brown of California "proposed a significant strengthening of the state's ability to respond to emergency oil spills in the January 2014 budget."
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