On June 6, 2014, an Emergency
Order issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) went into
effect requiring railroad carriers operating trains transporting 1,000,000
gallons or more of Bakken crude oil in a single train to provide information to
the State Emergency Response Commission estimated volumes and frequencies of
the train traffic implicated. Specifically, the notification must:
Provide reasonable estimate of the number of
trains and volumes per week, through each county.
Identify and describe the petroleum crude oil
expected to be transported in accordance with 49
CFR part 172,
Provide all applicable emergency response
information required by 49
CFR part 172 subpart G.
Identify the routes over which the materials
will be transported.
Provide at least one point of contact at the
railroad (including name, title, phone number, and address) responsible for
serving as the point of contact for SERCs and relevant emergency responders
related to the railroad’s transportation of Bakken crude oil.
Railroad carriers shall update notifications prior to making any material
changes in the estimated volumes or frequencies of trains traveling through a
county (U.S. DOT considers any increase or decrease of 25% or more in the
number of implicated trains per week to be a material change). For more
information, see the U.S. DOT website: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=DOT-OST-2014-0067.