Recent News:

1/16/19 - CWPMA - Statement

1/2/19 - LED Fact Sheet for Colorado retailers on Fulls strength beer

4/2/18 - Senators Block ADA Changes

4/2/18 - EPA Administrator Pruitt: GHG Emissions Standards for Cars and Light Trucks Should Be Revised 04/02/2018

12/1/17 - EPA Releases 2018 Final RFS Blending Requirements

3/6/17 - Colorado Health Department finds little evidence of health harms from living near oil and gas sites

2/21/17 - Barrasso: Infrastructure is Critical to our Nation Prosperity

1/6/17 - 4 Misconceptions About Fueling Infrastructure

1/5/17 - Americans use debit cards twice as much as credit cards

12/13/16 - EPA Releases Final Report on Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing/Drinking Water Resources

12/12/16 - Congress Passes Short-Term Funding Measure; Contains Trucking HOS Fix

12/11/16 - Final SNAP Retailer Regulations From USDA an Improvement

11/3/16 - There is a better way than Amendment 72

10/12/16 - Amendment 72 - Independence Institute - Cigarette smuggling to rocket with tobacco tax hike

10/6/16 - Oppose Colorado Amendment 72 - for the good of public policy

10/5/16 - Four Steps to Preventing Underage Tobacco Sales

10/5/16 - Biofuels Fraud Raises Questions About Oversight of Credits

10/5/16 - The Colorado Secretary of States Office encourages voters to update their registration to ensure ballots arrive at their current addresses.

8/19/16 - EPA has failed to properly study ethanol environmental impacts.

8/17/16 - New Report: States Shoulder Brunt of Environmental Regulatory Costs

CWPMA - Statement - Smith and Chambers Road

1/16/2019

Fuel distributors in Colorado are responsible for the distribution of almost 2.4 billion gallons of gasoline diesel, LPG and other fuels that drive our economies.  Fuel distributors come to hospitals and schools to power emergency power generators, they brave mountain passes to keep fuel supply moving to mountain and western slope communities and own many of the service stations that are now supplying many different types of transportation fuels. Fuel distributors and the stations they own are predominately local. 

In the last 12 years the association has elevated one discussion pertaining to grade crossings and asked for further review - soley because of the serious safety concerns raised by our drivers. To date, because of the professionalism of the drivers, company safety procedures, and strict regulation of hazmat transporters, accidents involving these trucks are limited and there has been no accidents involving the A Train and any of our hazmat trucks.  

While the Chambers Road Grade Crossing, posed limited exposure in the past, the A Line changed that equation dramatically. In fact the Chambers Grade Crossing was listed by the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) in 2016 as being a “high risk crossing” based on the fact that hundreds of hazardous material trucks travel over Chambers Road at this at-grade crossing with a commuter rail line.

The association, and our partners, have tried numerous times to address this issue with the pertinent local authorities as well the folks that are responsible for the transit system, We have even brought the issue for review by the Colorado state legislature, only to be asked to continue to wait till an MOU was drafted between responsible parties.  To date and now months later,  an MOU still has not been released. 

Our concern related to this issue has been and continues to be the safety of the public and our drivers.  Since the beginning we merely have asked that RTD and others either make the Chambers Road corridor safe through the construction of a grade separation or provide a safe alternate route and authorization for its use by hazardous material trucks from the pipeline terminal  and other businesses in that area to I-70.   Our intention is not to alarm the public nor to adversely affect the A Line.  While we have been and remain very concerned about an incident at this crossing, we have been patient. 

Three years though is too long.