Recognizing the increase in oil transport by rail, the CPUC developed a Crude Oil Reconnaissance Team to proactively monitor crude oil projects before they come online by identifying and seeking remediation on all regulated and non-regulated potential, perceived, and existing risks; and by providing independent safety oversight and guidance to the railroads, crude oil facilities, and their respective contractors to mitigate identified risks and noncompliant issues.
- April 7, 2015: CPUC and CalOES file supplemental comments with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration regarding proposed oil-by-rail tank car regulations. The comments emphasize four issues as the CPUC and CalOES work to obtain the strongest possible protections for public safety and resource protection: 1) The frequency of tragic accidents has increased; 2) Recent stop-gap equipment and practice improvements have proven insufficient; The vulnerability of communities and crucial resources, especially California’s precious water resources, has become critical; The benefits of existing, proven technologies like thermally protected tank cars and electronically controlled pneumatic brakes for hazardous materials unit trains, have become even clearer.
- Read the letter to Secretary Foxx and Administrator Donovan about the comments
- Read the comments
- September 16, 2014: Railroad Bridge Inspections Implementation Plan – CPUC Supplemental Report
- Read our press release on the Interagency Rail Safety Working Group Oil by Rail Report
May 15, 2014: Presentation on CPUC Crude Oil Recon Team
February 5, 2014: Presentation on Crude Oil, Ethanol Railroad Shipment - Review, Safety Activity, Highlights
September 5, 2013: Presentation on Federal Rulemaking Follow-up to the Lac-Mégantic Crude-Oil Train Tragedy
July 25, 2013: Presentation on Rail Safety Staff Activities: Train Securement