Department of Ecology News Release - June 24, 2016

Comments sought on updates to pipeline contingency planning regulations
First of three public hearings scheduled for June 29 in Everett

OLYMPIA – Companies that operate petroleum pipelines in Washington would be required to conduct additional contingency planning under an updated rule proposed by the state Department of Ecology.

Ecology seeks public comment through July 22, 2016, on its proposed changes to requirements for oil spill contingency plans for pipelines that carry crude oil and refined oil products.

The first of three public hearings is scheduled for June 29 in Everett, followed by similar sessions in Vancouver on June 30 and Spokane on July 7. The June 30 session will be offered both in person and live online as a webinar. After a brief presentation, followed by a question and answer period, the public will have an opportunity to make formal comments.

Ecology last updated the contingency planning requirement in 2006. The proposed changes to the rule would ensure that pipeline operators have plans and equipment that address spill risks in both marine and inland areas.

Washington has six pipelines regulated by contingency planning rules:

There are several ways to submit comments without attending a hearing:

Public Hearing Information

Everett
Wednesday, June 29, 3 p.m.
Holiday Inn Downtown Everett, Ballroom 1
3105 Pine Street

Vancouver
Thursday, June 30, 2 p.m., includes webinar
Clark College, Gaiser Student Center
1933 Fort Vancouver Way

Spokane
Thursday, July 7, 1 p.m.
Ramada at Spokane International Airport, Lower Level Ballroom
8909 West Airport Drive

Contact:

Sonja Larson, Department of Ecology Spills program, 360-407-6682