Farmers speak up on possible bullet train through their land

(The following appeared on the Bakersfield Californian website on March 13, 2011.)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. Bees at work hummed from one almond bloom to the next across thousands of acres just north of Shafter Wednesday afternoon.

Every few minutes, a train sounding its horn broke up the din, a not-so-gentle reminder that this farming area so prized for its Kimberlina fine sandy loam soil also serves as a transportation corridor linking north and south.

How peacefully these dual roles can coexist may soon be put to the test as the California High-Speed Rail Authority prepares to decide whether to run 220-mph trains along existing tracks through Wasco and Shafter -- or take what could be a less complicated route through prime Kern County farmland.

The full story is at www.bakersfield.com.

Monday, March 14, 2011
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