June 10, 2009 Events (Pipeline Safety Trust)
Complete Pipeline Coverage (Bellingham Herald)
Video Remembrances (City of Bellingham's BTV10)
Pipeline Safety Day (Proclamation by Governor Gregoire; pdf)
Guest Editorial: Richard Grout (Bellingham Herald)
Henderson's Story (Bellingham Herald)
Peck's Story (Bellingham Herald)
Incident Archives (Whatcom County)
Olympic Pipeline Incident (City of Bellingham)
$7.86 million penalty (Ecology)
Case: Whatcom Creek, WA (NOAA)
RESPONSE & RESTORATION
Response Photos (Ecology: 11Mb ppt)
Photos (City of Bellingham)
Executive Summary (City of Bellingham)
What DO ECOLOGY & UTC SEE AS the major improvements in pipeline safety since the incident?
Delegation of federal authority to the State of Washington to inspect and investigate interstate pipeline incidents.
Development of a pipeline geographical information system and providing pipeline maps and related data available to emergency responders and public agencies statewide.
Improved public access to pipeline inspection records, pipeline oil spill contingency plans, results of drill evaluations and information about state agency enforcement actions.
Stricter regulatory standards for pipeline operations and maintenance and to review and approve pipeline oil spill contingency plans and drills to test and improve the effectiveness of plans. State planning rules were updated in 2006.
Placement of oil spill response equipment caches at strategic points in local communities throughout Washington to enable rapid and thorough response to spills.
Development of inland response strategies (Geographic Response Plans) that target natural, cultural and economic resources at risk from pipeline spills and pre-identify strategies to minimize damages.
How can pipeline safety in Washington still be improved?
Pipeline Damage Prevention — A
continuing need to improve:
Pipeline Integrity Management —
Ensuring processes and procedures are in place to:
Integrity Management Plans — Continuing to monitor hazardous liquid transmission pipeline operators to verify that they are following the characteristics and schedules of their integrity management plans.
Improve response capability in inland areas of Washington – Continuing to pre-stage spill response equipment into more remote inland areas of the state, especially equipment effective in fast water environments such as rivers and streams.
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