Railroad Safety Is a Hot Topic

The topic of crude oil being transported across the US has been in the news a lot lately. On June 12th the Record Searchlight did a feature story about the issue, which included a quote from our Executive Director, Phil Detrich.  The Sacramento Bee published a story on June 16th about these issues, and a report from the State of California's Interagency Rail Safety Work Group was just released about the potential dangers of transporting crude oil via rail; you can check out the report here: http://www.sfgate.com/file/830/830-SCAN6267.PDF

In order to address increasing concerns about train derailments and potential risks to the Upper Sacramento River and the Dunsmuir community, we held a Railroad Safety Public Meeting on June 23rd at the Performing Arts and Cultural Center (POPS) at 5819 Sacramento Avenue, Dunsmuir, CA. This event was one of many railroad safety meetings The River Exchange has hosted since its inception in 1996. 

The public meeting featured presentations from the California Public Utilities Commission on the increasing rail tank car traffic in California, from Union Pacific regarding their efforts to ensure train safety, and from the Siskiyou County Environmental Health Department regarding accident response procedures.  The public asked questions at the meeting after the presentations.

Many thanks to Peg Berry for generously granting the funds to video record this meeting. Video available below.

Links to presentations given at the June 23rd Railroad Safety public meeting:

California Public Utilities Safety and Enforcement Division: Crude Oil, Ethanol Railroad Shipment Review, Safety Activity, Highlights, by Paul King, PhD, Deputy Director Safety and Enforcement Division  
CPUC SED SafetyReport 02.05.14

Union Pacific Railroad, Dunsmuir Community Meeting presentation, by Lisa Stark, Director of Public Affairs UPRR
Union Pacific Rail Safety

California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Crude Oil by Rail Increase, by Alexia Retallack, Director of Public Affairs OSPR
OSPR Crude Oil by Rail Increase