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Moving oil through Washington

Transporting oil by rail is changing the prevention, preparedness, and response landscape for our citizens. Unlike vessels, regulation for rail routes, standards and operations are done at the federal level. Ecology is embarking on response strategies to the changes in oil transportation.

Oil transportation map

The methods and routes for shipping oil statewide have changed over the past several years with the introduction of oil transportation by rail.

Train through community

April 2015, Gov. Inslee signed the Oil Transportation Safety Act, enacting ESHB 1449 to help protect Washington state from the risks associated with transporting oil.

Oil transport studies

Studies related to oil transportation risks in Washington and around the U.S.

Frequently asked questions

Answers to commonly asked questions about oil transportation in Washington and Ecology's role.