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Kern County supervisors OK train deliveries to Alon refinery

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The Kern County Board of Supervisors has come to a decision on the oil-by-rail plan. Trains transporting crude oil will soon pass through a refinery on Rosedale Highway.

The board voted Tuesday to allow the Alon refinery to offload the mile-long trains.

According to a 31-page report sent to the board, 200 jobs will be added to the county, but people against the trains argued that's at the cost of air and water quality.

Opponents of the plan also worry that if one of these trains derails, it could be catastrophic, pointing to a similar case from Canada last year that killed dozens.

Supporters of the train countered that crashes are rare, and the economic benefit outweighs the concern, pointing to the large part oil plays in Kern County's economy.

The issue was heavily debated at Tuesday's meeting, as those on both sides of the issue addressed the board with their comments and concerns for over an hour.

Two trains, each a mile long, will pass through the refinery twice a day.
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