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Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee

The next RETAC meeting will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2021.  This public meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.  To register in advance, click here. 

The Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee (RETAC) was established by the Surface Transportation Board in July 2007 to provide advice and guidance to the Board, and to serve as a forum for discussion of emerging issues regarding the transportation by rail of energy resources (including coal, ethanol, and other biofuels).  RETAC is comprised of 25 voting members, representing a balance of stakeholders with interests in energy transportation by rail, including large and small railroads, coal producers, electric utilities, the biofuels industry, the petroleum industry, and the private railcar industry.  The five members of the Board serve as ex officio members of RETAC, along with representatives of the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Transportation, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Meetings, which are open to the public, are held at least twice a year.  For questions about RETAC, contact Kristen Nunnally by phone at 202-245-0312 or by e-mail at Kristen.Nunnally@stb.gov.

Voting Members


Brian Fuller
Southern Company




Daniel R. Sabin
Iowa Northern Ry. Co.

Bette Whalen
Lower Colorado River Authority

Ginger Adamiak
Kansas City Southern Railway

Jeff Eliason
CHS, Renewable Fuels Marketing

James Rader
Greenbrier Management Services

Robert W. Guy
United Transp. Union (Illinois State Legislative Dir.)

Doug Noem
South Dakota Corn Growers Association

Brad Hildebrand

Robert Hulick
Trinity Industries Leasing Company

Mark Huston
Louis Dreyfus Corp.

Lee K. Johnson
Hess Corporation

Edward McKechnie
Chambers Conlon & Hartwell

Phillip Obie II
Santee Cooper

Anthony V. Reck
Paducah & Louisville Railway, Inc.

Adam Longson
CSX Transportation, Inc.

Steve Ewers
Norfolk Southern Corporation

Barbara Porter
Arch Coal

David L. Owens
Tennessee Valley Authority

Emily Regis
Arizona Electric Power Cooperative

Daniel McLaughlin
Union Pacific Railroad

Kent Avery
PBF Refining

John Miller
BNSF Railway Company


Meeting Presentations and Materials

Apr. 21, 2020


See Decision

Nov. 14, 2019

This meeting was held in Paducah, Kentucky, on November 14, 2019, at the offices of the Paducah and Louisville Railway.

Other Documents

Charter and Renewal Charters