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Spills Program

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.

Train through community

Advance notice and reporting of oil movement, railroad contingency planning, geographic response plans, risk assessments, and oil spill response equipment cache grants.

Oil transport studies

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

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.

Frequently asked questions

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