Department of Ecology News Release - July 18, 2016

Public comment requested on oil spill-response plans for Skagit, Samish rivers
Ecology staff available at events to answer questions

SKAGIT COUNTY – The Washington Department of Ecology is inviting the public to comment on two draft response plans that will protect the Skagit and Samish rivers in the event of a major oil spill.

The Lower Skagit River and the Samish River geographic response plans are available for review and comment now through Aug. 19. These plans focus on protecting sensitive natural, cultural and economic sites during an oil spill.

Ecology staff members will be answering questions about the plans at the following events, which are free and open to the public:

Response plans are developed by Ecology and its partners to increase spill-response readiness, and reduce damage to vulnerable resources after a spill occurs. It identifies sensitive areas on or near the water, and then recommends strategies and tactics that can be used during the early hours of a spill to protect those resources. The plan shows sites where containment boom can be placed on the water to help collect and contain oil. It also ensures timely notifications to resource managers so they can take action to protect the resources under their control.

All received comments will be reviewed and considered before the final version of the plan is produced. Comments can be emailed to grps@ecy.wa.gov or mailed to:

Washington Department of Ecology
Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (GRP)
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600

Contacts:

Kristin Johnson-Waggoner, Ecology communications, 360-407-7139, @ecologyWA

Wendy Buffett, Ecology preparedness planner, 360-407-6523