Plan to off-load crude oil in Lamy fuels backlash

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  • Plan to unload crude oil sparks fears in Lamy

    Parke Duttenhofer walks along the railroad spur by the Lamy Rail Road Depot on Friday in Lamy, where it is proposed that railroad tankers will be loaded with crude oil from semi truck tankers. The spur branches off of and runs parallel to the main southbound track. Duttenhofer is one of the residents in Lamy who is concerned about plans to off-load crude oil from tanker trucks to railcars near the old depot for shipment to refineries. Clyde Mueller/The New Mexican

Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2013 12:35 pm | Updated: 9:12 am, Tue Dec 17, 2013.

Santa Fe Southern Railway might have discovered a way to make some money by allowing tanker trucks to off-load crude oil into specialized train cars at the company’s property in Lamy. Revenue from the project could help revive the excursion train between Santa Fe and Lamy that was shut down last year.

But the idea worries some Lamy residents.

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  • Connie Doughman posted at 12:12 pm on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    ConnieD Posts: 3

    You know Dana, I propose this operation take place within feet of your home. How would you like that? Maybe I would then tell you your fears are overblown. If someone wanted to open a gas station there would be State and local regulations residents could call upon to protect their water and property. In this case there are none other than federal regulations because it's on rr property. The community well is within 109' of this proposed operation. Would you feel any fear if they assured you your well would be protected by a pan filled with sand that is about 4' x 6' and about 4" deep that they slide under the trucks? Give me a break!!!!

  • Connie Doughman posted at 12:06 pm on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    ConnieD Posts: 3

    The road was newly paved last year. It had been in the works for years. The tourist trains never brought jobs to Lamy, not one.

    The community residents are not anti-growth, but this plan will decrease our property values and increase our insurance rates. The smell of crude oil is terrible. This is industrial development. Lamy is not an industrial site. They plan to bring the oil from Farmington along RT 550 which ends just north of Bernalillo. They are trucking the oil north on I-25 and will pass Santa Fe. Then they will turn south on 285 and go by Eldorado and all the other subdivisions there and go on to CR 33 and into Lamy any time of day or night. Lights will be on during the night, thus ruining our night skies. Then they will unload the oil trucks and pump the oil into RR tank cars and ship by rail south to Albuquerque going right by Bernalillo.

  • Connie Doughman posted at 11:57 am on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    ConnieD Posts: 3

    First, the excursion train in Lamy has never been of any benefit to the residents of Lamy. No jobs for Lamy, etc. It has been beneficial to tourists and to about 24 people who were employed by SFSR.

    The community members of Lamy are compiling facts, not just speculation.
    So far this year there have been two major accidents, one in MI and one in Canada, where crude oil transport trains have burned or exploded due to accidents. If this happened in Lamy it could destroy the traditional rural community. The community well is 109' from the area they plan to use. There are no State and local regulations to protect the well or the community since the property is on RR land. We have started procedures to protect ourselves on a federal level as any sane person would do who would be living within feet of this operation.

    By the way, this has not been fun for anyone in Lamy.

  • Karl Anderson posted at 1:49 pm on Sat, Dec 14, 2013.

    Mal Adept Posts: 24

    SFSR might enjoy a temporary revenue increase from oil loading, but the writing is on the wall for oil and all fossil fuels. According to this article in the New York Times, all the major oil companies consider some form of carbon pricing inevitable:


    Carbon pricing will drive up the price of petroleum products to consumers and make renewable energy sources more competitive; in turn, the increased revenue to alternative energy producers will fund R&D, driving down their costs of production, and making fossil fuels even less competitive. Before long, oil production won't be profitable. How long will it be before SFSR's oil loading revenue shrinks to zero?

  • Fran Nicholson posted at 10:49 am on Sat, Dec 14, 2013.

    Fran N Posts: 1

    County Road 33 (the road into Lamy from 285) was paved this summer - right about the time we heard of this plan.

    Coincidence? I don't think so.

    And suddenly the road is getting plowed when it snows.

  • Joe Savoldi posted at 10:28 am on Sat, Dec 14, 2013.

    joesavoldi Posts: 20

    If the wacko community in Santa Fe would simply get off the grid and go to renewable energy exclusively, we'd need less petroleum and we'd make a real dent in global warming. Wood is renewable and they could burn some when really cold. Some CO2 would result but the tradeoff would be worth it and they could feel good about doing their part to save the planet.

  • Stan Bies posted at 10:24 am on Sat, Dec 14, 2013.

    Patron Posts: 37

    If a tourist train would be helpful to the community, wouldn't it be possible to get accurate data on the risks of this sort of operation rather then just relying on everyone's gut reaction to the likelihood of spills and likely damage ?

    Speculation is fun but facts are better.

  • christopher quintana posted at 10:22 am on Sat, Dec 14, 2013.

    christopher quintana Posts: 32

    the residents shall decide if this is right for Lamy, not us up here in Santa Fe. How will this help the residents? Maybe a improved roads, the return of tourist train and a few jobs. Some people may want things to stay as they are now.

  • Dana Duke posted at 9:22 am on Sat, Dec 14, 2013.

    Du239 Posts: 1

    Wonderful news. It would be great to have the excursion train operating again.
    NIMBYs will also bring up fears of "what if?". These fears are overblown.
    If someone wanted to open a gas station in Lamy they would protest because of fear of spills and gasoline is SO toxic. Give me a break.

  • Cathy McManus posted at 9:01 am on Sat, Dec 14, 2013.

    CMcManus Posts: 40

    Bad idea for the Community of Lamy and the rest of us. Trains and oil spills go hand in hand. Also discourages the quest for renewable energy sources in the state by allowing Oil and Gas commerce to increase.


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