Crude Oil Derailments—Lessons Learned on How to Respond Safely and Effectively

Tuesday, May 24 | 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM


Hazardous Chemicals, Incident Preparedness and Response, Safety

Arrangers: L. Weems, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock, AR; E. Primeau, USCG Atlantic Strike Team, Fort Dix, NJ. Moderator: J. Kivuyo, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO. Monitor: D. Rude, 3M, Minneapolis, MN.

The transportation of light crude oil, such as Bakken, by rail has gained a lot of attention over the past few years. This is in part due to past tragic events and the rapid increase in shipments from hydro-fracturing facilities. Presenters will examine how safety and health personnel currently support response operations and what needs to be addressed to ensure that the responders and affected communities are kept safe during future operations.

Transport by Rail of Crude Oil—How We Got Here L. Weems, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, N Little Rock, AR.

Crude Oil Derailment Response 101 S. Skelton, Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health, Cabot, AR.

Current Field Operations—How the Railroads Respond P. Brady, BNSF, Fort Worth, TX.

The Evolving Role of the IH Before, During and After the Derailment B. Bullock, CSX, Jacksonville, FL.

Putting the Pieces Together—The Science Behind the Decision Making D. Hamlin, GHD, Little Rock, AR.

In-Situ Burn Guidance for the Safety Officer E. Primeau, USCG Atlantic Strike Team, Fort Dix, NJ.

Preparedness Initiatives in Crude by Rail Transport L. Stainsby, FEMA, Washington, DC.