WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 – API Downstream Group Director Bob Greco welcomed the Federal Railroad Administration’s announcement today that it will propose rules for minimum train crew sizes for freight rail operations, including two-person crews for trains moving crude oil:
“The multi-pronged approach that must be taken to enhance rail safety and crude oil transportation incorporates prevention, mitigation and emergency response. Ensuring trains are adequately staffed and implementing technologies like positive train control could improve safety by preventing accidents before they happen. The oil and natural gas industry will continue to work closely with the railroad industry and regulators to address safety needs in a comprehensive way.”
API represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 590 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy.