Webinar Lays Out Issues of Transporting Crude by RailPublished June 25, 2014
On 29 July, SPE will present an online seminar that will examine issues presented by transporting crude oil by rail.
In May, the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association (AFPM) delivered the results of a survey of Bakken crude oil characteristics to the US Department of Transportation (DOT). The report summarized findings based on analysis of the more than 1,400 Bakken crude samples that 17 AFPM members submitted in response to a survey. The survey results show that Bakken crude oil is appropriately classified as a flammable liquid based on DOT and international transportation requirements.
The SPE online seminar will review the findings of the AFPM report. In addition, AFPM will discuss its support of a holistic approach to improving the safe transportation of crude oil by rail. According to the AFPM, the regulatory process underlying these goals must be data-driven, based upon sound science, subjected to a robust cost/benefit analysis, and developed in a transparent manner involving all stakeholders.
AFPM will also provide a brief update on the DOT Emergency Order of 7 May that requires railroads transporting more than 1 million gal of Bakken crude oil (approximately 35 tank cars) to notify state emergency response commissions about the expected movement of such trains through counties in that state.
The presentation will be delivered by David N. Friedman, vice president of regulatory affairs for AFPM. As AFPM’s regulatory affairs vice president, Friedman is responsible for formulating and implementing the refining and petrochemical industries’ environmental, fuels, safety and security missions, including the development of association’s policy on Congressional legislation and regulatory matters. Before being named environmental affairs director in 2006, he was in charge of directing advocacy activities for the association’s petrochemical membership, identifying, formulating and communicating industry policy positions to legislative and regulatory policymakers. AFPM’s members include more than 400 companies, including virtually all US refiners and petrochemical manufacturers.