Fuel Regional Resiliency Assessment Program

The Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP) is a voluntary, cooperative assessment among public and private sector partners of targeted critical infrastructure that identifies a range of security and resilience issues that could have regionally or nationally significant consequences.

Fuel RRAP Study

Washington is launching research into the fuel supply chain. The Energy Resilience and Emergency Management Office in collaboration with the Idaho National Lab and U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be studying the Washington’s fuel supply chain, especially “the last mile” of distribution. The study will be seeking to better understand how fuel is moved to consumers by truck, pipeline, barge, and rail so that we can more accurately plan for future fuel disruptions and mitigation projects.

Study Scope

  • “Last Mile” of fuel distribution—from terminals to end users
  • Via pipelines, rail, barge, and trucking
  • Includes gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels
  • Geographic extent = Washington state and intersection between Washington and Oregon border.

Key Questions

  • Where are the critical petroleum infrastructure assets and systems within the state of Washington including their vulnerabilities to the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake?
  • What emergency preparedness efforts have petroleum partners undertaken to protect petroleum infrastructure?
  • What local/tribal/state contracts exist for emergency fuel supply and which localities may be good locations for Fuel Points of Distribution (FPODs)?

Study Contact

If you have further questions or wish to provide feedback about the Fuel RRAP study, please contact:

Commerce Contact

Johanna Hanson, Operations Manager
Energy Resilience and Emergency Management Office (EREMO)
Washington State Department of Commerce
Email: Johanna.Hanson@Commerce.wa.gov

Federal Contact

Steve Neal, Protective Security Advisor Lead
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Email: Steven.Neal@cisa.dhs.gov

About RRAP Studies

Each RRAP project typically involves a year-long process to collect and analyze data on the critical infrastructure within the designated area, followed by continued technical assistance to enhance the infrastructure’s resilience. Individual projects can incorporate many different analytic activities and opportunities for valuable information and data exchanges.

Strong partnerships with federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government officials and private sector organizations across multiple disciplines are essential to the RRAP process. This includes:

  • private sector facility owners and operators
  • industry organizations
  • emergency response and recovery organizations
  • utility providers
  • transportation agencies and authorities
  • planning commissions
  • law enforcement
  • academic institutions
  • research centers

The culmination of RRAP activities, research, and analysis is presented in a Resiliency Assessment documenting project results and findings, including key regional resilience gaps and options for addressing these shortfalls. Facility owners and operators, regional organizations, and government agencies can use the results to help guide strategic investments in equipment, planning, training, and infrastructure development to enhance the resilience and security of critical infrastructure, surrounding communities, and entire regions.

Due to the sensitive nature of critical infrastructure data, we are working with the state’s PCII Officer to align data collection and distribution with the Protected Critical Infrastructure Information Program (PCII). This program provides legal protections from Freedom of Information Act and other public disclosure laws including civil actions. More information about this program from the US Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) can be found in the .pdf attachment.

To further protect market-sensitive data which might fall under anti-trust laws, we will:

  • interview industry partners privately
  • aggregate and anonymize certain fuel generation and transmission data
  • publish only voluntarily disclosed information
  • scrub the report and other products so that they align with “For Internal Use Only” or TLP: Green policies.

If you have any further questions, please contact our PCII Officer, Alisha King, at CCIP@mil.wa.gov.