Coordinating Committee visit the Bonneville Dam 2017
2017 Annual Meeting in Honolulu, HI. Click here for details.
A young boater checks out a spill prevention sign in La Conner. (2017)
2017 Annual Report now available! Click photo to view.
POSPET, the Task Force outreach workgroup helps with small spill prevention in marinas. Click here for more info.
Rail Cars, Tacoma WA 2014 (photo: Don Clotfelter). Click on photo to visit our oil by rail page.
Coordinating Committee visit U. Fairbanks permafrost facility. 2016
Refugio Spill, CA May 2015. Click photo for updates. (Photo: New York Times).
Oiled Wildlife Care Network, CA

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.
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Current Task Force projects:

New! 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 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.

Washington – Summary of the 2016 Salish Sea Oil Spill Prevention Risk Mitigation Workshop is available now. Click here for more information.