Call to Action
UPDATE: In response to Secretary Anthony Foxx's Call to Action, the following companies have voluntarily submitted testing data to the US Department of Transportation. The information shared consists of data gathered from samples of petroleum crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota. We will continue to post updates as more companies respond to the Department’s industry-wide effort aimed at enhancing the safe transport of flammable liquids by rail.
||Number of Samples
||Tested for RVP, FP, BP, API, chemical breakdown of light ends, benzene content.
||Tested for RVP, FP, BP, H2S.
||Tested for RVP, FP, BP, API Specific Gravity, chemical breakdown of light ends, H2S.
|American Fuel &
||Tested for RVP, FP, BP, rail tank car pressure, chemical breakdown of light ends, H2S, corrosivity.
|Statoil & Gas
||Tested for RVP, FP, BP, API Specific Gravity, sulfur content, H2S.
||Tested for FP, BP, API Specific Gravity, sulfur content, sediment & water content, TVP, RVP, H2S, chemical breakdown of light ends.
|Great Northern Midstream
||Tested for FP, BP, H2S, chemical breakdown of light ends, Benzene.
||Tested for density, H2S, FP, BP, RVP and chemical breakdown of light ends, benzene content.
||Tested for API Specific Gravity, sulfur content, RVP, ethane, propane and butane.
|Plains All American
||Tested for FP, BP, API Specific Gravity, sulfur content, RVP.
||Tested for FP, BP, RVP, and sulfur content.
H2S = Hydrogen Sulfide; BP = Boiling Point; FP = Flash Point; RVP = Reid Vapor Pressure; API = American Petroleum Institute; TVP = True Vapor Pressure
In response to recent accidents involving crude oil shipments by rail in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has issued a "Call to Action," calling on rail company executives, associations, shippers, and others to discuss how stakeholders can prevent or mitigate the consequences of rail accidents that involve flammable liquids. See recent Call to Action letter from Secretary Foxx.
Nearly a million shipments of hazardous materials move throughout the U.S. each day. While most of these shipments reach their final destinations without incident, accidents can and do occur. DOT remains committed to the safe transport of flammable liquids by all modes of transportation, including the nation’s 140,000 mile freight railroad network.
The Department's safety approach includes efforts to ensure shippers and carriers are taking all of the required precautions to transport flammable liquids safely. In 2012, PHMSA and the Federal Railroad Administration began focusing heavily on the safe transport of crude produced in the Bakken Shale region of the U.S. On August 29, 2013, PHMSA and FRA launched Operation Classification to verify that crude oil is being properly classified in accordance with federal regulations. This includes activities such as unannounced spot inspections, data collection and sampling at strategic terminal and transloading locations that service crude oil.