Department of Ecology News Release - April 6, 2016

Washington to enhance oil transportation safety
Ecology asks public to weigh in on two proposed rules

OLYMPIA – Two new rules aimed at enhancing the safety of transporting oil through the state are open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

The first proposed rule establishes notice requirements for facilities receiving crude oil by rail and pipelines transporting crude oil. Ecology will share the information with affected communities to ensure a rapid response can happen if an oil spill occurs. Comments will be accepted April 6 through June 10, in a variety of ways:

The second rule describes contingency planning requirements for railroads that transport oil (crude or refined) in bulk. Contingency plans show that railroads are prepared to immediately respond to an oil spill if one occurs. Comments for this rule will also be accepted April 6 through June 10:

Ecology will host public hearings on the rule proposals in Spokane, Everett, and Vancouver. In addition, two webinars — online meeting forums that can be attended from any computer — are planned.

Public Hearing Schedule

May 17 - Spokane

May 23 - Everett

May 26 – Webinar

June 1 – Webinar

June 3 - Vancouver

Comments for both rulemakings must be submitted by June 10.

Visit the Spills rule webpage for more information about the rulemakings, documents available for review, and public hearings.


Lisa Copeland, communications, 360-407-6990; @ECYSW