January 28-29, 2015
The transportation of crude oil by rail is critical to the United States economy to help ensure energy independence and to help reduce the cost of energy for every citizen. Moving crude oil by rail provides benefits with respect to delivery of the
oil to a diverse refinery network, but with movement derives several transportation risks. In general, there are four industry groups that can contribute and impact rail safety: producers, transporters, companies that manufacture and maintain
railroad equipment, and emergency responders. Oil and gas companies must ensure that the crude oil they ship is properly classified and loaded into a tank car designed for the product. Railroad companies must ensure the safe and expeditious
movement of crude oil in tank cars along the general railroad system of transportation. Railcar owners, lessors, and lessees must ensure that the tank cars they use to transport crude oil are properly designed and maintained. Emergency
responders must have adequate and proper training to respond to large scale oil releases, and the communities which they service must have sufficient equipment to combat a worst case spill. This course will cover the multiple facets of this
important issue from current effects on the industry to the potential future outcomes.
The instructors will help explain the current strengths and opportunities in rail safety. Over the course of a day and a half, participants will learn about the methods used to test and classify oil for shipment. They will discuss the Department of Transportation regulations and emergency orders as well as the benefits of recent changes to railroad operations and tank car design. By the end of the course, attendees will understand the issues surrounding crude oil transportation by rail, the importance of needed railroad and tank car safety improvements, and the importance of emergency response preparation
with respect to a large scale oil release.