Benicia’s crude-by-rail environmental impact report delayed

Repost from the Vallejo Times-Herald 

Benicia’s crude-by-rail environmental impact report delayed

By Times-Herald staff report, Posted: 05/21/15, 7:21 PM PDT

Benicia >> City officials announced Thursday a delay in the release of the Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report on the Valero Benicia Refinery’s proposed crude-by-rail project.

The report, which was anticipated to be released June 30, is now planned to be recirculated Aug. 31. The Department of Transportation instituted new regulations on the transport of flammable liquids by rail on May 1 and city officials are looking to factor in those new rules into the report.

Comments on the updated sections will still take place for 45 days following the report’s release in August, including public hearings. The final report will be completed after all comments are in and subjected to further public hearings once the finalized version is completed.

If the project is approved, Valero Benicia Refinery will be allowed to transport crude oil through Benicia via two 50-tanker car trains, rather than shipping the crude oil by boat.