Oil Train Response 2015


The “Oil Trains 2015: Community Risks & Solutions Conference,” was a one-day summit hosted and sponsored by The Heinz Endowments, that examined health and safety concerns over the major increase in oil train traffic through densely-populated communities in the Pittsburgh region. The event took place on Friday, Nov. 13, at Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center in Oakland. It included presentations from a range of more than 20 experts across the U.S., including local elected and government officials, civic leaders, regulators, academics and researchers, and representatives of nonprofits and interested organizations. All the speaker presentations are available below.


Grant Oliphant, President, The Heinz Endowments 
Opening remarks


Marcus Stern, Investigative Reporter
Setting the table: the recent phenomenon of oil trains and the need to address risks


Matt Krogh, Extreme Oil Campaign Director, ForestEthics
What are oil trains, where are they moving, what are the macro trends?


Jayni Hein, Policy Director, Institute for Policy Integrity, New York University School of Law 
Things that government can do


Raymond DeMichiei, Deputy Coordinator, City of Pittsburgh, Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Risk perspectives and response efforts


Alvin Henderson Jr., Chief, Allegheny County Department of Emergency Services
Risk perspectives and response efforts


Jacqui Patterson
, Director, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program
Environmental Justice in rail communities


Richard D. Flinn, Jr.,
Director, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Tim Solobay, Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner
Response and preparedness activities


Tim Solobay, Pennyslvania State Fire Commissioner
Response and preparedness activities



Angie Rosser
, Executive Director, West Virginia Headwaters Waterkeeper and Krissy Kasserman, Youghiogheny Riverkeeper
Risks to waterways


Fred Millar,
Independent Rail Consultant
Emergency Response, Federal Regulations, Community Right to Know


Jim Ferruchie
, Regional Representative for U.S. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania
State efforts to address safety concerns


Peter Iwanowicz,
Chair of Albany County Expert Committee on Crude Oil Safety
Recommendations for action


Ben Stuckart
, President, Spokane City Council
The Safe Energy Leadership Alliance of the Pacific Northwest


Karen Edelstein
, Eastern Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance
Overview of city and advocacy efforts across the U.S.


Matt Krogh
, Extreme Oil Campaign Director, ForestEthics
Overview of city and advocacy efforts across the U.S.


Cathy Velasquez Eberhart
, Citizens Acting for Rail Safety (CARS) 
Communities Responding – Citizens Acting for Rail Safety


David Masur
, Executive Director, PennEnvironment
Trainspotting and mapping as a community response to inadequate regulatoryinformation


Randy Sargent
, Senior Systems Scientist, Carnegie Mellon CREATE Lab
Trainspotting and mapping as a community response to inadequate regulatory information


Juan Parras
, Director, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services
Traffic impacts, emergency response and community impacts in EJ communities


Rob Walters
, Executive Director, Three Rivers Waterkeeper (Pittsburgh)
Infrastructure issues and threats to waterways


Sean Dixon
, Staff Attorney, Hudson Riverkeeper
Infrastructure issues and threats to waterways


Patti Goldman
, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice, Northwest regional office
Federal, Tribal, State and Local Government Responses


Philip Johnson
, Director, Science and Environment Program, The Heinz Endowments
Final thoughts - eight important things that we heard at this conference.

 
 
 
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