Bakken Crude Oil Webinar for Emergency Managers
August 4, 2015
In 2013, the United States became the leading crude oil producer in the world. This led to a significant increase in the transportation of crude oil to refineries via maritime, pipeline, rail, and motor carrier transportation systems. Railroads became the most visible example due in part to several high-profile train derailments, the most notable being the July 2013 Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, derailment and explosion resulting in 47 fatalities.
For a variety of reasons, emergency managers and first responders have been struggling to address the issues related to Bakken crude oil that may be traveling through their areas. One reason is how quickly this industry grew; another is the often unknown factor of train schedules and their load. Many trains run through fairly rural areas with fire departments unprepared to handle a potentially massive incident, and there is a need to improve response to such events.
The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) is hosting a webinar on this topic. Geared toward emergency managers, this free webinar will discuss crude transportation trends, routes, implications to critical facilities, and lessons learned from other derailments.
- When: Aug. 19, 2015 at 2 p.m. EDT
- Registration requested; after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.