Saturday, April 12, 2014

NTSB Announces Inquiry into Crude Oil and Ethanol Shipping

The National Transportation Safety Board published a meeting notice in Monday’s Federal Register (79 FR 20922-20933; available on line today) concerning a public forum to be conducted about the rail transportation of crude oil and ethanol. The public meeting will be held on April 22nd thru 23rd in Washington, DC.

The NTSB members will be acting as a board of inquiry and there will be a number of invited panels of technical experts from the Federal Road Administration (FRA), the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA), railroad owner/operators, emergency responders and industry groups. A listing of the panels and their members can be found on the Forum agenda web page and the panel member biographies can be found here.

Areas to be addressed during the two-day meeting include:

• A review of crude oil and ethanol railroad accidents
• Tank Car Design, Construction, and Crashworthiness
• Rail Operations and Approaches to Risk Management
• Emergency Response to Tank Car Releases of Crude Oil and
• Federal Oversight and Industry Initiatives Related to Crude Oil and Ethanol Transportation by Rail

The NTSB is soliciting public input on the topics being considered. Written comments may be emailed to the NTSB at There are no provisions for the public to provide oral presentations at the forum. The forum will be web cast and the web cast will be available for three months after the meeting.

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