LATEST DERAILMENT: Feather River Canyon, California

Repost from Action News Now, Chico, CA
[Editor: See also KRCR News and Chico ER.  – RS]

Train derailment in Feather River Canyon

By News staff, 11/25/2014

A Union Pacific train traveling through the Feather River Canyon Tuesday morning has derailed, officials confirmed.

According to the Office of Environmental Health, the train derailed around 3:00 a.m. near Virgilia in Plumas County across from Highway 70 mile marker 19.

The train was carrying corn grain. Officials say 11 cars derailed and slid down a large embankment, a significant amount of corn grain is in the river, but all the cars are on land.

No injuries have been reported and officials with the OES, Fish and Wildlife, and Union Pacific are on the scene conducting an investigation. The cause of the incident is unknown at this time.

Train traffic through the area is being routed around the canyon and Union Pacific officials say they do not have estimated time the derailment will be cleared.

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California’s Draft 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report examines …crude oil by rail

Repost from Sacramento Bee: Capitol Alert
[Editor: The California Energy Commission adopts an Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) every two years and an update every other year.  Here is the full Draft 2014 Integrated Energy Report (238 pages, 5.7MB - includes Abstract, Contents, Executive Summary.  Here is Chapter 7, Changing Trends in California’s Sources of Crude Oil (27 pages, 1.8MB).  Fro more, see CEC website.  - RS].

California energy report examines plug-in vehicles, crude oil by rail

By Alexei Koseff, 11/23/2014

Draft 2014 IEPR Update

After months of workshops, the California Energy Commission has assembled its annual update of the Integrated Energy Policy Report, an assessment of the state’s energy and transportation sectors that provides an overview of major trends and issues, as well as policy recommendations.

The commission will be soliciting public comments on the draft report, which can be reviewed online, during a 10 a.m. meeting at its building on 9th Street.

Among the topics addressed in this year’s update are California’s alternative and renewable fuels program, a statewide plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure, and the increasing transportation of crude oil by rail.

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