Crude by Rail Car Issues
Recorded on July 29, 2014 (75 minutes)

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The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association (AFPM) has delivered the results of a Bakken Crude Survey DOT.  On May 14, 2014, AFPM provided a report on Bakken crude characteristics to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) summarizing findings based on an analysis of the more than 1,400 Bakken crude samples that 17 AFPM members submitted in response to a survey.  Earlier this year, PHMSA requested that AFPM gather information regarding Bakken crude testing, characterization and classification. The AFPM survey results show that Bakken crude oil is appropriately classified as a flammable liquid based on DOT and international transportation requirements. This presentation will review the findings of the AFPM report.  In addition, AFPM will discuss their support of a holistic approach to improving the safe transportation of crude oil by rail. The regulatory process underlying these goals must be data-driven, based upon sound science, subjected to a robust cost-benefit analysis, and developed in a transparent manner involving all stakeholders.
 
AFPM will also provide a brief update on the May 7, 2014 DOT Emergency Order requiring railroads transporting more than one million gallons of Bakken crude oil (approximately 35 tank cars) to notify State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) about the expected movement of such trains through counties in that state.

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David N. Friedman
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
Washington, D.C.

As AFPMís Regulatory Affairs Vice President, David is responsible for formulating and implementing the refining and petrochemical industriesí environmental, fuels, safety and security missions, including the development of Association policy on Congressional legislation and regulatory matters.  Prior to being named Environmental Affairs Director in 2006, David was in charge of  directing advocacy activities for the Associationís petrochemical membership, identifying, formulating and communicating industry policy positions to legislative and regulatory policymakers.  AFPMís members include more than 400 companies, including virtually all US refiners and petrochemical manufacturers.

David joined the organization in 2004 with more than 20 years of industry and trade association experience, most recently as Federal Government Relations Advisor for Exxon Mobil Corporation in Fairfax, Virginia, where he focused on federal issues affecting the refining, lubes and specialties, marketing, pipeline and marine business units.  Previously, David represented trade associations for the forest products, railroad and natural gas pipeline industries on environmental, energy, transportation and technology policy matters.

David received an A.B. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.