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Spills Program

Investigations

Investigations are the methodical collection of information that answers the “who, what, where, when, why, and how” of an incident. For Ecology these incidents are typically oil spills and substantial threats of oil spills.

Investigations can be performed to provide technical assistance to parties involved in a specific spill incident or to an entire industry. They can also result in a broad identification of changes needed to rules or law.

Ecology collects data from investigations to provide spill prevention technical assistance in the form of lessons learned and prevention recommendations. This collected data is analyzed to determine both primary and immediate causes of spills.

Investigations also support the enforcement of state law and the determination of damages to state natural resources as the result of oil spills.