Our Goal: 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.
Current Task Force projects:
New! 2018-2019 Annual Work Plan
This year we are addressing the ubiquitous problem of derelict vessels; exploring drills and exercise requirements; and supporting the creation of at transboundary marine safety entity in WA and B.C. We’ll also continue our ongoing work of collecting and sharing oil spill data, tracking crude transport by rail, and many other activities. View our work plan here.
Transboundary Oil Spill Preparedness Report 5-Year Review is complete — In 2011, the Task Force released a report on the status of the oil spill response capacity on the US/Canada boarders (CANUSDIX and CANUSPAC). Over the past 18 months, the Task Force revisited the 130+ recommendations on operations, equipment, funding and other capacity issues to determine the status of the recommendations. The final report of the 5-year review is now available to view and download. Visit our Transboundary page to view the original report.
Task Force’s 2017 Annual Meeting Presentations Now Available
View the jurisdictional updates given in Honolulu on September 28, 2017 by Task Force members. Also presentations on cruise ship industry pollution prevention, non-floating oils, and oil spill data management. Click here for details.
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.
What’s happening in:
Alaska – Recently adopted changes to the Alaska Administrative Code, dealing with oil pollution prevention, financial responsibility, nontank vessel equivalent plans, and underground storage tanks. If you would like to find out more, please visit the AK DEC web page.
British Columbia – Canada released a the “Canada Oceans Protection Plan” in November which includes increased oil spill response capability along the Canadian coastlines. See the plan for additional details.
New! B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy introduced the first phase of regulations in Dec 2017, strengthening the Environmental Management Act. The regulations are available on the Environmental Emergency Program website, along with fact sheets to assist with compliance. As more information becomes available, the Ministry will provide information using this email distribution list. Guidance materials are now being developed and information about engagement will be updated.