Washington to enhance oil transportation safety

Two new rules aimed at enhancing the safety of transporting oil through the state are open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

The first proposed rule establishes notice requirements for facilities receiving crude oil by rail and pipelines transporting crude oil. Ecology will share the information with affected communities to ensure a rapid response can happen if an oil spill occurs. Comments will be accepted April 6 through June 10, in a variety of ways:

  • Email to Kim.Morley@ecy.wa.gov
  • Mail to Kim Morley, Department of Ecology Spills Program, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600
  • Fax to (360) 407-7288
  • Use the Online comment tool
  • Participate in public hearings and webinars

The second rule describes contingency planning requirements for railroads that transport oil (crude or refined) in bulk. Contingency plans show that railroads are prepared to immediately respond to an oil spill if one occurs. Comments for this rule will also be accepted April 6 through June 10:

Ecology will host public hearings on the rule proposals in Spokane, Everett, and Vancouver. In addition, two webinars — online meeting forums that can be attended from any computer — are planned.

Public Hearing Schedule

May 17 – Spokane

  • Contingency Planning for Rail, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Notice Requirements, 7 p.m.
  • Ramada at Spokane International Airport (Lower Level Ballroom)
    8909 West Airport Drive, Spokane, WA 99224

May 23 – Everett

  • Notice Requirements, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Contingency Planning for Rail, 7 p.m.
  • Holiday Inn Downtown Everett (Ballroom 1)
    3105 Pine Street, Everett, WA 98201

May 26 – Webinar

June 1 – Webinar

June 3 – Vancouver

  • Contingency Planning for Rail, 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Notice Requirements, 1 p.m.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton – Vancouver (The Columbia Room)
    12712 SE 2nd Circle, Vancouver, WA 98684

Comments for both rulemakings must be submitted by June 10.

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