Creosote Council Blog

Without Creosote-Treated Wood, Where Would the Southwest Be?

Without Creosote-Treated Wood, Where Would the Southwest Be?

By Camille Galdes How Creosote Fueled America's Western Development and the Birth of Las Vegas Background: Railroads and the Developing West Located just south of modern-day Los Angeles, the San Pedro harbor is emblematic of the Spanish missionary history of the United States’ west coast. In the early 19th century, Spanish monks from Mission San Gabriel Arcángel accepted provisions from Spain at San Pedro, although trade with other countries was prohibited. When restrictions ended in 1822, a...

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Railway Tie Association Appoints Dr. Nathan Irby as Executive Director

Railway Tie Association Appoints Dr. Nathan Irby as Executive Director

The Railway Tie Association (RTA) recently announced that Nathan (Nate) Irby, Ph.D. has been appointed as its new executive director. The RTA was organized 102 years ago to promote the economical and environmentally sound use of wood crossties. Dr. Irby has most recently field managed the strategic sourcing wood tie program for Union Pacific, the nation’s largest Class 1 railroad. He has also served as an adjunct professor with Mississippi State University’s Sustainable Bioproducts program....

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FAQ Video: Preserving Wood Infrastructure with Creosote

FAQ Video: Preserving Wood Infrastructure with Creosote

Creosote has been a dependable preservative of wood infrastructure since the Industrial Revolution. Creosote-treated wood is used in many infrastructure sectors, including transportation, communications, energy, and maritime developments. Despite this widespread use, the use of creosote as a preservative raises many questions. This video addressed the most frequently asked questions about creosote treatment, use, and benefits: How long has creosote been used as a wood preservative? How is...

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VIDEO: Creosote-Treated Wood Products – An Integral Part of the Nation’s Infrastructure

VIDEO: Creosote-Treated Wood Products – An Integral Part of the Nation’s Infrastructure

Creosote-treated wood products have been a valuable part of critical infrastructure in North America. This video explains creosote's contribution to the longevity of wood products, its many uses, its treatments processes, and more. The Creosote Council is a non-profit product stewardship and joint data development group composed of the U.S. registrants of coal tar creosote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3G2YncGMyfw

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A Conversation with Creosote Council Attorney Larry Ebner

A Conversation with Creosote Council Attorney Larry Ebner

Larry Ebner has served as attorney for the Creosote Council since its inception in the mid-1980s. The Council’s Administrative Director, Dave Webb, recently asked Larry to chat about his professional background and work with the wood preserving industry. Dave Webb:  Larry, I know that you have been a lawyer for almost half a century. Can you briefly summarize your professional background? Larry Ebner, Attorney for the Creosote Council Larry Ebner:  After graduating Harvard Law School...

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