Department of Ecology News Release - May 13, 2016

Comments welcome at oil transportation rule hearings in Spokane
Ecology hosts public hearings on May 17

SPOKANE – The Washington Department of Ecology will hold two separate public hearings Tuesday, May 17, to share information and receive comments about how Washingtonians will be affected by two newly proposed oil transportation rules.

The first hearing, scheduled 1 to 5 p.m., will focus on contingency planning for rail – proposing that railroads transferring crude and refined oil be required to submit oil spill response plans to the state for approval.

The second hearing begins at 7 p.m. and focuses on proposed notice requirements for facilities that receive crude and refined oil in bulk from rail and pipelines.

Both proposed rules are aimed at increasing the safety of transporting oil through the state, and comments are encouraged. Those who cannot attend the hearings can submit comments online, via email, by mail (send to Department of Ecology Spills Program, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600), or by fax at 360-407-7288.

The public comment period began April 6 and continues until June 10.

May 17 Spokane public hearing schedule

Other hearings are scheduled in Everett and Vancouver, in addition to two webinars (online meeting forums). More information about the upcoming hearings is available on Ecology’s public involvement calendar.


Lisa Copeland, communications, 360-407-6990, @ecologyWA