Our Vision: No spilled oil
The Oil Spill Task Force is an organization comprised of representatives from state and provincial environmental agencies in the Pacific coastal area. We collect and share data on oil spills, coordinate oil spill prevention projects, and promote regulatory safeguards. Our mission is to improve prevention, preparation, and response to oil spills on a state and provincial level.
30th Anniversary Annual Meeting November 13, 2019
This year, we are moving our Annual Meeting to the fall and it will take place November 13th, in Bellingham, WA. We will still have a presence at Clean Pacific, so please visit our booth there and look for presentations by Task Force members in the conference program. Details on our Annual Meeting can be found on our Annual Meeting page.
Salish Sea Shared Waters Forum, November 14, 2019
The 2019 Salish Sea Shared Waters Forum will be taking place the day following the Task Force Annual Meeting. The location/venue for both will be the Four Points Sheraton in Bellingham WA. Please check our Forum page for updates in early summer.
Current Task Force projects:
Oil Spill database — In 2002, the Task Force began collecting data on spills greater than a barrel (42 gallons) in AK, CA, HI, OR and WA. The 2018 oil spill data report is now available here. In 2017, we also began tracking the number of spills of less than a barrel, and will continue to include small spills in our reports going forward.
Abandoned and Derelict Vessels (ADVs) — In 2018, the Task Force launched a workgroup to address the ubiquitous problem of abandoned and derelict vessels in waterways across our jurisdictions. The workgroup set out to understand the extent of the causes of ADVs, and to develop a model “Blue Ribbon” program that addresses six core elements: authority, funding, removal and deconstruction, prevention and public outreach/education. The workgroup plans to complete work on the program in late 2019.
Task Force 2019-2025 Strategic Plan
Task Force members met in January 2019 to develop a strategic plan to guide our work for the next six year. The plan focuses on 6 core goals:
- Adapt to changes in oil movement and risks
- Advance readiness and capacity to respond to oil spills
- Deepen our partnerships to make better decisions and expand our knowledge
- Build and enhance visibility and relevancy of the Task Force
- Nurture our organizational health
Our new Strategic Plan and 2019-2021 biennial Work Plan will be available in late spring 2019.
Task Force Oil Spill Data in NOAA’s ERMA — The Task Force is partnering with NOAA to add over a decade of Task Force oil spill data to the NOAA’s Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA), an online mapping tool that is easy-to-use for environmental responders and decision makers.