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API releases video to bolster emergency preparedness in crude by rail shipments

Michael Tadeo | 202.682.8114 |

WASHINGTON, August 25, 2016 – Today, API furthered its commitment to safety as a core value by releasing a new video aimed at helping first responders bolster emergency preparedness should an incident occur involving crude oil moved by rail.

“Safety is a core value throughout the oil and natural gas industry,” said API Midstream Group Director Robin Rorick. “As such, the video released today gives first responders a look at specific tank car markings and other visual depictions of what to consider when responding to an incident, should one occur. It is the latest in our industry’s efforts to promote safety and to achieve our goal of zero incidents by preventing and working to mitigate the impact of train derailments.”

The video released today complements an instructor-led course released last year to educate first responders and firefighters on the characteristics of crude oil, the rail cars in which it is shipped, considerations and strategies for spill response and firefighting, and the importance of following training and the incident command system.

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 650 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 30 million Americans.