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1 Thank you to the 2015 Virginia Emergency Management Symposium Sponsors

2 2 CSX and EM Response to the Lynchburg Train Derailment CSX and EM Response to the Lynchburg Train Derailment 9 days…

3 3 Agenda Introductions — Bryan Rhode and Wade Collins Overview of CSX Safety Culture CSX in Virginia Shale Oil Development and the U.S. Energy Sector Approach to Safety — Prevention — Preparedness — Mitigation Case Study on the April 30 2014 derailment

4 4 4 4 4 4 Crude By Rail Briefing Safety First March 2015 Crude By Rail Briefing Safety First March 2015

5 5 Safety Culture Safety is our first priority Significant reductions in train accidents involving hazardous materials  91% since 1980  38% since 2000 CSX operations reflect the overall trend in industry safety 2013 Train Accident Rate – 1.83 (8% improvement from 2012)

6 6 Overview of CSX Operate 21,000 miles of track in 23 states and 2 Canadian provinces Deliver all manner of materials Run approximately 1,300 trains a day — Run about 2 CBR trains a day — Less than 2% of our business

7 7 CSX in Virginia CSX is a large economic driver in the state — 2,000 miles of track — Numerous yards (4 large ones) — Employ nearly 1,200 people — Numerous Virginia customers CSX is part of the community — $1.3 million in charitable and community donations — Focus on safety, wellness and the environment

8 8 Shale Oil Development and US Energy Sector Shale oil development is revolutionizing the American energy sector Improved technologies — Fracking — Horizontal drilling Creating thousands of jobs and US energy independence Rail has a significant role to play, but with that role comes tremendous responsibility We enhance safety through significant investment in infrastructure, continuous training, and coordination with government agencies and officials.

9 9 Approach to Safety Prevention Preparedness Mitigation Goal of zero preventable accidents

10 10 Prevention Rail is the safest surface transportation option Railroads subject to significant federal safety regulation of every critical operation Chronology of industry safety improvement related to CBR — May 5, 2013 – voluntary enhancements — August 8, 2013 – Emergency Order (EO) 28 — November 14, 2013 – Industry call for improved tank car standards — February 20, 2014 – Industry and US DOT Agreement — February 25, 2014 – EO regarding classifications — May 7, 2014 – EO in response to Lynchburg Additional safety measures

11 11 Preparedness For years, CSX has worked with emergency first responders CSX offers numerous training opportunities at our expense: — CSX HazMat Safety Trains — HazMat Sentinel Training – AAR center in Pueblo, CO — CSX HazMat Training Center in Atlanta — Classroom training at local firehouses — Exercises and table-top drills — Self-study training courses — Web based training ( — Response Guide for HazMat Unit Train Incidents SecureNOW – near real-time information on CSX trains Hazardous Materials Density Studies for localities

12 12 Mitigation Should an incident occur, CSX is prepared to respond Assets CSX brings to the table — HazMat professionals — HazMat Special Agents — Other professionals – environmental, industrial hygiene and medical — Consultants CSX’s unique Standard of Care

13 Lynchburg Train Derailment

14 Background Information April 30, 2014, first call received 1:55 PM First reports were a tank car train had derailed and was in the river on fire. Weather: Fog/Mist, 56 degrees, 100 % humidity, visibility ¾ mile River Level: 18.6 Ft ( 4 ft normally)

15 Incident Facts 105 car “unit train” of crude oil 16 crude oil railcars derailed Three of the sixteen derailed into the river Two of the three in the river remained in tact One railcar breached and resulted in fire

16 Incident Location





21 Response Objectives Evacuations Early communication with First Responders, Regional Hazmat Teams, CSX Representatives, and Hazardous Materials Contractors Notifications (Localities downstream water intakes) Tactical Considerations/ Objectives–extinguishment, detection/monitoring, containment, damage assessments and product transfer

22 Evacuation Area

23 PlacardsConsist Hazard Communication

24 Notifications -Downstream localities -Water intakes? -State and Federal environmental agencies to assist with water sampling and testing

25 Determination to allow fire to burn- approx 49 minutes. Extinguish secondary ignition sources Tactical Objectives

26 In order for Foam Operations to be effective there must be: Adequate foam supplies Adequate water supplies Appropriate and accurate proportioning Management of overall foam operations FOAM APPLICATIONS FOR CRUDE OIL FIRES

27 Aerial Assessment - Poor visibility -Special exemption to fly

28 Location Access Aerial Assessment


30 Product Containment Performed by: -Hazmat Teams -Hazmat Contractors -Oversight by regulatory agencies Challenges: -Contain any leaking material -Transfer remaining product -Tank car removal

31 Secondary Containment

32 Containment Device for deploying oil containment boom into rivers and other waterways by using the power of the current Reducing the need for boats and anchors

33 Damage Assessments


35 Tank Car Removal Concerns: -Tank car integrity -Hidden damage -Possible leaks -Positioning of lifting equipment

36 Transfer Operations

37 Tank Car Removal

38 Removal from Waterway

39 Second Transfer Operation Grounding / Bonding Transfer Operation

40 Removal Of Rail Cars

41 Summary Railcar involved in fire contained 29,916 gallons of crude oil 97.7% (29,245 gallons) was consumed by the fire. 1.3% (390 gallons) leaked into the James River. 0.8% (186 gallons) entered into the surrounding soil. 0.6% (186 gallons) was recovered from the tank car. calculations by contractor and regulatory agencies

42 Summary 9 days to complete initial response. Air monitoring: >1M readings Surface water : 272 samples Soil/Sediment samples ongoing monthly Response cost > 4M

43 Agencies Involved


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