Departments of Ecology, Utilities and Transportation Commission, and Military Department
News Release - October 23, 2014

Public invited to comment on oil transportation study
Meetings scheduled in Spokane and Olympia

OLYMPIA – The public is invited to provide feedback on a preliminary study assessing risks associated with increased transportation of oil through Washington state. Public meetings are scheduled next week in Spokane and Olympia to accept comments regarding the study and recommendations.
 
The Marine & Rail Oil Transport Study: Preliminary Findings & Recommendations, released Oct. 1, was developed at the direction of Gov. Jay Inslee and the Legislature. The study team is led by the Washington Department of Ecology, in collaboration with the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC), the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (EMD) and several other agencies. The purpose of the study is to assess risks associated with oil transportation and outline recommendations to protect the health and safety of the people and the environment of Washington state.
 
Millions of gallons of oil move across Washington’s lands and waters each day. The state saw approximately 17 million barrels shipped in 2013 with a projection of 55 million barrels in 2014. The amount of Bakken crude oil transported from North Dakota by rail is expected to increase by more than 220 percent, depending on refinery expansion.
 
The public meetings are scheduled for:

5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28
Double Tree Hotel
322 N. Spokane Falls Ct.
Spokane
5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Red Lion Inn
2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW
Olympia

From 5 to 6 p.m., there will be information booths with marine, rail, and spill response experts available to answer questions. The study team will make a presentation at 6 p.m. and public comments will be heard starting at 6:30 p.m.
 
Comments may also be submitted electronically or by mail. Address comments to Ecology Spills Program, PO Box 47600, Olympia, WA  98504-7600.  

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Contact:

Lisa Copeland, Department of Ecology, 360-407-6990
Amanda Maxwell, Utilities and Transportation Commission, 360-664-1116
Karina Shagren, Washington Military Department, 253-512-8222