Department of Ecology News Release - May 19, 2016

Feedback wanted at oil transportation rule hearings in Everett
Washington Department of Ecology holds public hearings on May 23

EVERETT – Anyone interested in efforts to enhance the safety of transporting oil through the state can take part in two separate public hearings in Everett on Monday, May 23.

The Washington Department of Ecology is hosting the sessions so people can participate, engage and comment on two newly proposed rules. Each session will begin with a brief presentation about the proposed oil transportation rules, followed by formal comments by anyone wanting to speak.

The first hearing, scheduled 1 to 5 p.m., will focus on proposed notice requirements for facilities that receive crude oil in bulk from rail and pipelines that transport crude oil. 

The second hearing begins at 7 p.m. and focuses on contingency planning for rail. Ecology proposes that railroads transferring crude and refined oil must submit oil spill response plans to the state for approval.

In addition to the hearings, people can submit comments online, via email, by mail (Department of Ecology Spills Program, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600), or by fax to 360-407-7288.

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

May 23 Everett public hearing schedule

Ecology plans a similar set of hearings in Vancouver, as well as two webinars – online meeting forums – on the proposals. More information about the upcoming hearings is available on Ecology’s public involvement calendar.


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