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.
Several Current Task Force Projects:
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.
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.
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. Click here for the oil spill data layers.
Our 2019-2025 Strategic Plan
Task Force members developed a new 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 2019-2025 Strategic Plan is available here.