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Environmentalists say they've successfully sued to stop trains to Bakersfield refinery

The Alon refinery on Rosedale Highway in Bakersfield, Calif., is seen Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Environmentalists say they've successfully sued to stop trains from hauling oil into the Alon refinery on Rosedale Highway.

Earthjustice said it filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Association of Irritated Residents, Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club. The groups claimed the trains would harm air quality and pose a danger of death and destruction if one of the oil-hauling trains derails.

Kern County supervisors voted in 2014 to allow the Alon refinery to offload the mile-long trains bringing in crude from other areas.

“Kern County already boasts some of the worst air quality in the nation. This proposal would have only made it worse,” Earthjustice Attorney Elizabeth Forsyth said in a news release. “The People of Kern County deserve better than to have their air further degraded, and to be placed at greater risk of danger and tragedy due to an accident from a dangerous method of crude oil transportation.”

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