Department of Ecology News Release - May 31, 2016

Oil transportation safety rules ready for public review
Public hearings on proposed rules June 3 in Vancouver

VANCOUVER – The Washington Department of Ecology will conduct public hearings this Friday in Vancouver on two proposed new rules aimed at increasing the safety of transporting oil through the state by rail.

Ecology will conduct a separate session for each proposal. Public testimony will follow a short presentation by Ecology officials.

The first hearing, scheduled 8 a.m. to noon June 3, will address Contingency Planning for Rail, a rule that would require railroads transporting crude or refined oil to submit oil spill response plans to the state for approval. Contingency plans show that railroads are prepared to respond to an oil spill immediately and effectively.

The second hearing, which begins at 1 p.m. the same day, will focus on proposed Notice Requirements for facilities that receive bulk deliveries of crude oil by rail or pipelines that transport crude oil. The information would help affected communities ensure a rapid, coordinated response in the event of an oil spill.

Those unable to attend the hearings can submit comments online, via email, by fax at 360-407-7288, or by mail to Department of Ecology Spills Program, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600. Ecology is accepting public comments on the two rules through June 10.

June 3 Vancouver public hearing schedule

More information about the upcoming hearings is available on Ecology’s public involvement calendar.


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