Our Goal: No spilled oil
The Oil Spill Task Force is a non-profit organization comprised of representatives from 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.
Coming soon – Clean Pacific 2015
The Task Force is hosting 2015 Clean Pacific, the premier West Coast event focused on oil spill prevention, preparedness and response. The year’s event is taking place in Vancouver British Columbia on June 16-18, and the them is Changing Landscape: Shifts in Rail, Pipeline, and Vessel Transport. Early registration ends on March 27th. Visit here for more details!
Current Task Force project:
West Coast Transport Tracking Project
The Task Force is tracking the changes in how oil is being moved throughout the West Coast states and British Columbia. A number of proposed projects in the region will change the landscape for how oil is moved in and out of the region including pipeline expansion projects and rail facility projects. These projects may have an impact to the region specifically since the changes bring concerns regarding the type of oils produced, a shift in the methods of shipment, response and preparedness gaps along railways, and port facility capacities.
What’s happening in:
Washington – Washington State Legislature passed two bills relating to oil transportation safety in early March. Governor Inslee’s House Bill 1449 and Senator Ericksen’s Senate Bill 5057. Both address rail safety and spill plan requirements; the legislature will move ahead with negotiating the elements of both into one bill. (March 2015)
The Washington Department of Ecology submitted the final version of an Oil Transportation Study to the Legislature that included key recommendations to improve public safety in light of the rapid growth of oil transportation through the state. The study was requested by the 2014 Legislature and the full report can be found here. (March 2015)
Oregon – Oregon Representative Smith Warner has sponsored a bill addressing rail transportation. House Bill 3225 would require oil spill response planning for rail, expand inland spill response capacity and increase funding for oil spill prevention and preparedness. See House Bill 3225 for details. (March 2015)
Minnesota – State Legislature passed HF3172.3 MN Bill on rail and pipeline safety. (April 2014)
Washington D.C. — Democrats Cantwell, Murray, Baldwin, and Feinstein Introduce Oil Train Safety Legislation (March 2015)