June 06, 2014
New Proposed Oil Transportation Calls for Rational, Risk-Based, Mitigation Approach
by Evan Reis
On March 24, 2014 California's Bay Area News Group reported that the Phillips 66 oil company had submitted a draft environmental report proposing to ship crude oil through the Amtrak passenger rail network in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company is considering rail shipments to its Santa Maria refinery that would average five trains per week with 80 tank cars - roughly 4,800 feet per train.
As a leader in risk mitigation and protective design in the Architecture/Engineering industry, Evan Reis, Senior Managing Engineer, and Andy Coughlin, Senior Engineer, have written an article discussing the risks and hazards this might create to Bay Area residents and businesses in the event of catastrophic derailment, specifically in highly populated stretches including Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and San Jose. The article discusses studies and analyses complied together, evaluating damages and proposed approaches to mitigate the risks to property and people.