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Project Information

Project Information


Domestic Transportation of Petroleum, Natural Gas, and Ethanol


Project Scope:

This project will focus on the transportation safety issues associated with changes in the long-distance movement of crude oil, natural gas, and ethanol resulting from sharply increased domestic production of these hazardous materials in recent years.  To inform federal, state, and local officials, the committee will:

                      Review and compare the performance of the long-distance modes in safely transporting these shipments with minimal harm to people, property, and the environment;

•           Examine the safety risks and assurance challenges arising from changes in the routing, frequency, quantity, and properties of the long-distance shipments;

•           Critically review strategies to reduce the likelihood and severity of incidents;

•           Examine the resources needed by the emergency preparedness community to plan for and respond to these incidents; and

•           Determine whether changes in public policy could reduce the likelihood of these incidents and their adverse safety and environmental impacts.

Status: Completed

PIN: TRB-SASP-15-06

Project Duration (months): 15 month(s)

RSO: Himmel, Micah

Topic(s):

Energy and Energy Conservation
Transportation and Infrastructure



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 12/18/2016

Paul G. Gaffney, II - (Chair)
Monmouth University

Paul G. Gaffney II (NAE) retired in 2013 as President of Monmouth University and is now President Emeritus. He continues to serve as Policy Fellow in the university’s Urban Coast Institute. As a Vice Admiral in the U.S. Navy, he served as President of the National Defense University, as well as the Chief of Naval Research. He served on the U.S. Ocean Policy Commission from 2001 to 2004. His naval career spanned more than 30 years, including duty at sea, overseas, and ashore in executive and command positions. He has been recognized with a number of military decorations and the Naval War College’s J. William Middendorf Prize for Strategic Research. He chaired the federal Ocean Research/Resources Advisory Panel and currently chairs the Ocean Exploration Advisory Board. He is a director of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. He has served on several National Academies committees, including Chair of the BEES Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Technology Assessment Committee and member of the Ocean Studies Board. He is a member of the National Academies Gulf Research Program Advisory Board. He co-chaired the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Decadal Ocean Exploration Study. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2010. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968, and completed a year as a student and advanced research fellow at the Naval War College, graduating with highest distinction. He earned a master’s degree in ocean engineering from Catholic University of America and an M.B.A. from Jacksonville University.
Monica M. Blaney
Transport Canada

Monica M. H. Blaney is Chief of Safety Analytics in the Research, Evaluation, and Systems branch of the Transport Dangerous Goods (TDG) Directorate of Transport Canada. Safety Analytics is a new section in the branch that focuses on qualitative and quantitative analyses of TDG movements and means of containment. This includes systemic risk analysis, environmental scanning, supply chain, trend and predictive analytics, and formal risk assessments. Previously, she led the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative and Western Canada portfolio for transportation infrastructure and freight systems analyses. She has also been tasked with working with the U.S. Federal Highway Administration on freight transportation data collaboration. Previously, she was manager for rail/intermodal/marine at Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation’s Strategic Policy Branch. In this position, she was responsible for advising on policy matters related to the freight transportation system. Prior to entering public service, she worked for Canadian National Railways, where she held numerous positions related to marketing, planning, and operations. She has served as principal investigator for studies sponsored by TRB’s National Cooperative Freight Research Program. She earned a B.Sc. in statistics and a B.Sc. Agriculture from the University of Manitoba and an M.B.A. in maritime and logistics management from the University of Tasmania.
Guy Caruso
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Guy F. Caruso is Senior Adviser to the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Prior to joining CSIS, he served as Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) from July 2002 to September 2008. He joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as a senior energy economist in the Office of International Affairs, rising to Director of the Office of Market Analysis. Previously, he worked for the Central Intelligence Agency as an international energy economist in the Office of Economic Research. He was Director of the National Energy Strategy project for the U.S. Energy Association. He has also worked at the International Energy Agency, first as Head of the Oil Industry Division, and later as Director of the Office of Non-member Countries. In 2008, he was awarded the French National Order of Merit. He holds a B.S. in business administration and an M.S. in economics from the University of Connecticut, as well as an M.P.A. from Harvard University.
Edward R. Chapman
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway

Edward R. Chapman retired in 2015 from his position as Director for Hazardous Materials at BNSF Railway, where he worked for 37 years. At BNSF, he led the railroad’s activities aimed at reducing railroad and shipper-caused commodity releases, including programs to train state and local first responders to hazardous materials incidents. He has been certified as a corporate hazardous materials responder since 1988. In 2014 he received the Association of American Railroads’ Holden-Proefrock Award in recognition of his contributions to railroad hazardous material safety. He is a past chairman and remains a member of the Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response Task Group, an industry program that aids community preparedness planning and coordinates the development of programs and training for local emergency responders. He has been a member of several TRB committees, including the Committee for a Study of the Feasibility of a Hazardous Materials Transportation Cooperative Research Program and the Committee for the Assessment of a National Hazardous Materials Shipments Identification System. He earned a B.S. in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University.
Robert "Bob" J. Chipkevich
Chipkevich Consulting Group

Robert J. Chipkevich is Principal of Chipkevich Safety Consulting Group, a transportation safety consultancy. He retired in 2010 from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) after more 25 years of service. He headed the Board’s hazardous materials accident investigation program for 20 years, the pipeline accident investigation program for 15 years, and the railroad accident investigation program for 9 years. As the Director for accident investigations, he assessed hundreds of transportation accidents each year and launched investigation teams to the most serious accidents. While at the Board, he investigated on-scene many of the most serious hazardous material accidents in the United States across all modes of transportation. He testified before Congress more than a dozen times on transportation safety issues. Prior to becoming a Director at NTSB, he worked for the Federal Highway Administration in Boise, Idaho and served as Assistant Director of the Motor Carrier Division, Tennessee Public Service Commission in Nashville. He has served on numerous transportation safety committees, including the Federal Railroad Administration Railroad Safety Advisory Committee, the National Association of State Fire Marshals Pipeline Safety Committee, the Flight Safety Foundation, the American Lifelines Alliance, and the Association of American Railroads Tank Car Committee. He earned a B.S. in business with a major in transportation from the University of Tennessee.
Joseph W. Martinelli
PiPRO

Joseph W. Martinelli is Founder of PiPRO, a consultancy serving pipeline industry clients through risk management, incident response, and business management. He retired as President of Chevron Pipe Line Company after nearly five decades of work in the petroleum industry. He has held executive positions in the areas of oil exploration and production as well as pipeline operation. He has also served in senior management positions at Gulf Oil Exploration Corporation. During his career, he was a member of a number of industry organizations and boards, including those of the Association of Oil Pipelines and American Petroleum Institute. He was Program Chair for pipeline executive seminars at the Northwestern University Transportation Center. He is a charter member of the National Academy of Construction. The National Institute of Standards and Technology selected him as a Baldrige Examiner. He earned a B.S. in petroleum engineering and M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Ali Mosleh
University of California, Los Angeles

Ali Mosleh (NAE) is Distinguished Professor and holder of the Evelyn Knight Chair in Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. Previously, he was the Nicole J. Kim Eminent Professor of Engineering and Director of the Center for Risk and Reliability at the University of Maryland. His areas of expertise are Bayesian methods for data analysis, common cause failure analysis, modeling of the impact of organizational factors on system reliability, dynamic accident simulation and probabilistic risk assessment, and space systems risk analysis. He has led many studies on the risk and safety of complex systems, such as space missions, nuclear power plants, commercial aviation, communication networks, and healthcare systems. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2010. He has served on several National Research Council committees, including the Committees on Alaska's Oil and Gas Pipeline Infrastructure and on Risk of Vessel Accidents and Spills in the Aleutian Islands. He currently serves on the TRB Marine Board. He earned a B.S. in physics from Sharif University of Technology and an M.S. and Ph.D. in nuclear science and engineering from University of California, Los Angeles.
Tonya Ngotel
State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

Tonya Ngotel is Coordinator for the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) for Nebraska. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the SERC, as well as the establishment of its plans, policies, and procedures. Her duties include communicating critical information to first responders across the state. She has represented the national hazardous materials planning community as President of the National Association of SARA Title III Program Officials (NASTTPO) since 2012. Her position at NASTTPO requires interacting with regional and national level executives and senior government officials pertaining to the transportation and storage of hazardous materials. She serves on various advisory councils and working groups of the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Executive Office of the President. She earned a B.A. in Human Resources and Psychology from Doane College.
Gregory G. Noll
South Central Task Force

Gregory G. Noll is Program Manager for the South Central Task Force, an eight-county, all-hazards emergency preparedness organization in South Central Pennsylvania. He is also Senior Partner at Hildebrand Noll Associates, a consulting firm specializing in emergency planning, response, and incident management issues. He is the past co-chair and current member of the InterAgency Board Training and Exercise SubGroup. He has received a number of national level awards, including the 2011 John M. Eversole Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), which is the highest award given by IAFC Hazardous Materials Committee. He is a Certified Safety Professional and Certified Emergency Manager, and has been involved in a number of national emergency response initiatives, including chair of the National Fire Protection Association’s Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel. He earned a B.A. in business administration and management from Kutztown State College and an M.A. in public administration from Iowa State University.
Craig E. Philip
Vanderbilt University

Craig E. Philip (NAE) is Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Transportation Research. From 1993 to 2014, he served as President and CEO of Ingram Barge Company. He began his career at Consolidated Rail Corporation and later served with Southern Pacific Railroad where he was Vice President of their Intermodal Division. He has been actively engaged in transportation and logistics industry leadership, serving as chairman of the American Waterways Operators, the National Waterways Conference, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He was a member of TRB’s Executive Committee and Marine Board. He also serves as a U.S. Commissioner of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure and on the US. Department of Transportation’s National Freight Advisory Committee. He serves on the boards of the ArcBest Corporation, the Seamen’s Church Institute, the Red Cross of Tennessee, and the Nashville Civic Design Center. In 2010, he was designated a Distinguished Diplomate in the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineers. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014. He earned a B.S. in civil engineering from Princeton and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from MIT.
Ian P. Savage
Northwestern University

Ian P. Savage is Professor of Instruction in the Department of Economics and Transportation Center, Northwestern University, where he has worked since 1986. He is Associate Chair of the Department of Economics and has served as Associate Director of the Transportation Center. His research has centered on urban public transportation and transportation safety. He has conducted research into safety performance and the effectiveness of safety regulations in most modes of transportation with particular emphasis on the trucking and railroad industries, as well as a study of double-hulled tankers. He has served on the organizing committees of local, national and international professional organizations. He was a member of the TRB Committee for Review of the Federal Railroad Administration Research Development, and Demonstration Programs, and is currently a member of the TRB Standing Committee on Highway/Rail Grade Crossings. He earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Sheffield and Ph.D. from the School of Economic Studies and Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds.
Katherine F. Turnbull
Texas Transportation Institute Texas A&M University

Katherine F. Turnbull is Associate Director of the Transportation Institute of the Texas A&M University System. She is head of the System Planning, Policy, and Environment Research Group, responsible for managing programs in College Station, Arlington, and Austin with 180 employees and an annual research budget of approximately $10 million. In addition, she is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. Her research focuses on transportation planning and intelligent transportation systems. She is currently the principal investigator for a study examining the impact of the energy sector (oil, gas, wind, crude by rail, and coal) on the transportation systems of eight states. She is active in TRB and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). She served as Chair of the TRB HOV Committee for six years and currently chairs ITE’s Transit Council. She is also a member of the ITS America Coordinating Council. She earned a B.S. in political science and history from the University of Minnesota, M.S. in urban affairs from the University of Wisconsin, and Ph.D. in urban and regional science from Texas A&M University.

Committee Membership Roster Comments

As of January 20, 2016, Mary Lou Zoback was terminated from the committee due to her bias of conflict of interest.

Events



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Amelia Mathis
Contact Email:  amathis@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3255

Agenda
Meeting is closed to the public. To be attended by the committee members and staff only.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Paul G. Gaffney
Guy Caruso
Edward R. Chapman
Robert “Bob” J. Chipkevich
Ali Mosleh
Tonya Ngotel
Gregory G. Noll
Craig E. Philip
Ian P. Savage
Katherine F. Turnbull

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Past subject matter experts' presentations, report findings and recommendations, and future work plan.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Draft report chapters, findings, and recommendations

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 15, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Amelia Mathis
Contact Email:  amathis@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3255

Agenda
Meeting is closed to the public. Attended only by the committee members and staff.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Paul G. Gaffney
Guy Caruso
Edward R. Chapman
Robert “Bob” J. Chipkevich
Joseph W. Martinelli
Ali Mosleh
Tonya Ngotel
Gregory G. Noll
Craig E Philip
Ian P. Savage
Katherine F. Turnbull

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Past subject matter experts' presentations, report findings, and future work plan.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Draft report outline

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
August 17, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Seamen's Church Institute
9650 High Level Rd, Houston, TX 77029
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Micah Himmel
Contact Email:  mhimmel@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2362

Agenda
June 2
5:00–6:00 P.M.
Seamen's Church Institute (SCI)
9650 High Level Rd, Houston, TX 77029

**Registration no later than May 31 is required for attendance. Contact Micah Himmel.**

AGENDA

5:00
Chairman's introduction

5:10
SCI personnel will present on training of mariners for the safe movement of waterborne commodities.

5:30
James Watson, President, Americas Division at American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
*Presentation on the safety role of ABS, a marine and offshore classification society.

5:45
Discussion

6:00
Adjourn

SUMMARY

Ed Chapman, Bob Chipkevich, Joe Martinelli, and Craig Philip traveled with staff to Houston and Fort Worth to conduct site visits of three long-haul shipping firms. The group visited Kinder Morgan for pipelines, Kirby Corp for barges, and BNSF Railway for railroads. Tours at each site included access to training and control room facilities.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Amelia Mathis
Contact Email:  amathis@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-3255

Agenda
NAS Building, Room 120
2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC

May 12, 2016

Open Session (open to public)
10:30 Self-introductions, Committee members, Invited Guests
10:35 Overview of Statement of Task, Chairman

10:40 Energy Market Analysis
How have domestic energy markets being changing, what should we expect going forward, and what are the implications for shipping energy commodities?
• Rusty Braziel, President and CEO, RBN Energy
11:40 Discussion

12:15 LUNCH (committee members, invited guests, and staff)

1:15 Panel Session 1: Properties of Crude Oil Shipments & Environmental Impacts of Releases
• Anay Luketa, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Fire Science and Technology Department, Sandia National Laboratories
• Debbie French McCay, Principal, Applied Science Associates (RPA ASA)
2:15 Discussion

2:45 Break

3:00 Panel Session 2: Safety Assurance of Crude Oil and Ethanol Shipments at Midstream Terminals and by Railroad Tank Car: Challenges and Responses
• Peter Lidiak, Vice President of Government Affairs, International Liquid Terminals Association
• Todd Treichel, Director, RSI-AAR Railroad Tank Car Safety Research and Test Project
• Christopher Barkan, Professor and Executive Director, Rail Transportation & Engineering Center (RAILTEC), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
3:55 Discussion

4:30 Adjourn and reconvene in closed session

May 13, 2016

Closed session all day (committee members and staff only)
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Paul G. Gaffney
Monica Blaney
Edward R. Chapman
Robert “Bob” J. Chipkevich
Joseph W. Martinelli
Tonya Ngotel
Craig E Philip
Ian P. Savage
Katherine F. Turnbull

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: February 18
2016

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The Committee discussed the subject matter experts' presentations and its future work plan.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
May 26, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Micah Himmel
Contact Email:  mhimmel@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2362

Agenda
Committee for a Study of Domestic Transportation of Petroleum, Natural Gas, and Ethanol

Keck Center
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC
February 4–5, 2016

Thursday, February 4
Keck 101

Open Session
10:30 Introductions of representatives from USDOT agencies and other guests
• Committee member and guest self-introductions
• Overview of task statement and study process, Chairman

10:45 Panel Session 1: Federal Agencies with Safety Responsibility
• Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Jeff Wiese, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety
• Federal Rail Administration, Karl Alexy, Director, Hazardous Materials Division
• U.S. Coast Guard, CAPT Benjamin Hawkins, Chief, Office of Design and Engineering Standards
• Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (TBD)

11:45 Q&A

12:15 Break / Lunch
12:30–12:45 Working Lunch Presentation by National Transportation Safety Board, Paul Stancil, Hazardous Materials Investigator

1:15 Panel Session 2: Industry Associations (Transmission and Production)
• INGAA, Terry Boss, Senior Vice President of Environment for Safety and Operations
• American Waterways Operators, Caitlyn Stewart, Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs
• Association of American Railroads, Robert Fronczak, Assistant Vice President for Environment and Hazmat
• American Petroleum Institute, Robin Rorick, Group Director of Midstream and Industry Operations
• Renewable Fuels Association, Kelly Davis, Director of Regulatory Affairs

2:30 Q&A

3:00 Break

3:15 Statistical Presentations: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and Federal Railroad Administration
3:15
• EIA, TBD
3:40
• BTS, Ronald Duych, Senior Transportation Specialist
3:55
• FRA, Karen McClure, Industry Economist

4:05 Q&A

4:30 Open Session Adjournment


Friday, February 5
Keck 101

9:00 Panel Session: Emergency Management and Response
• David Willauer, Chair, TRB Transportation of Hazardous Materials Subcommittee on Crude Oil Transportation
• International Association of Fire Chiefs, Rick Edinger, Hazmat Committee Vice Chair
• TRANSCAER, Frank Reiner, Chairman of the National TRANSCAER Task Group

10:45 Open Session Adjournment
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Paul G. Gaffney
Monica Blaney
Guy Caruso
Edward R. Chapman
Robert “Bob” J. Chipkevich
Joseph W. Martinelli
Ali Mosleh
Tonya Ngotel
Gregory G. Noll
Craig E Philip
Ian P. Savage
Katherine F. Turnbull


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The Committee discussed the statement of task and future work plan.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
February 18, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications

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