If the place looks pretty built-up for having just had a ground-breaking, it's because it's already been a natural gas terminal. Storing large amounts of unodorized natural gas several miles from town and behind a large berm separating it from the highway has always seemed like sound practice to me. The natural gas tankers interchanged in the small two-track yard in front of my house always makes me nervous, even though I like trains.
We went no farther than the gate, not having an invitation past that point.
Black Gold Terminals Fernley is the newest expansion of the Blacklands Railroad, a Texas-based company that operates short lines and railroad terminals.
This is in general good news for Fernley, as it supports continued industrial growth in our city. But because the terminal is safely away from all of the built-up areas, I'm not likely to be able to see any of the action. I assume that they'll end up with at least one switching locomotive, but it's not that likely that I'll see it unless they end up with rights to operate between their terminal and the Fernley industrial park.