- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) - A California city will wait to make a decision on a company’s plan to run half-mile-long oil trains through Northern California.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1MHUMoe ) that Benicia postponed the decision until September after several councilors expressed confusion Tuesday about how much authority the city has in the matter.

Valero Refining Co. has for years been seeking permission to build a rail track and oil-loading station at its Benicia refinery. The upgrades would allow it to begin receiving crude oil shipments on two 50-car trains per day.

A Benicia report concluded that harmful oil spills would be rare but found that the train would pose significant health and safety risks to communities along its route.

A Valero spokesman says the company is pleased with the council’s decision to hold off.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com

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