Councilman Lawrence Solomon of the Lummi Nation gives an opening prayer at the Salish Sea Shared Waters Forum.
Coordinating Committee visit the Bonneville Dam
Join us for the 2018 Annual Meeting in Portland, OR
Our 2018 Annual Meeting in Portland, OR
A young boater checks out a spill prevention sign in La Conner. (2017)
2017 Annual Report now available! Click photo to view.
Task Force members visit the Rescue Center at SeaWorld.
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.
Oiled Wildlife Care Network, CA

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.

New! 2019 Legacy Award Recipients

We are pleased to announce the Legacy Award recipients for 2019! Thank you for all the nominations that were submitted — we appreciate the effort and passion that went into each nomination. This year’s awards were presented at our Annual Meeting on November 13th in Bellingham, WA. For more details about our Legacy Awards click here.

Individual Category:

  • Barbara Callahan, International Bird Rescue
  • Carl Weimer, Pipeline Safety Trust
  • John Tarpley, NOAA
  • Mike Ziccardi, Oiled Wildlife Care Network

Team Category: 

  • Worldwide Response Resource List Steering Committee

Organization Category:

  • Makah Tribal Council
  • Yakama Nation

2019 Annual Meeting and Salish Sea Shared Waters Forum

The 30th Anniversary of the Task Force took place on November 13th in Bellingham WA. A keynote address by Gov. Chris Gregoire kicked of the event. Visit our Annual Meeting page to learn more about the sessions.  The 2019 Salish Sea Shared Waters Forum took place the day following the Task Force Annual Meeting in Bellingham WA. Please check our Forum page for presentations and event materials.

Several 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:

  1. Adapt to changes in oil movement and risks
  2. Advance readiness and capacity to respond to oil spills
  3. Deepen our partnerships to make better decisions and expand our knowledge
  4. Build and enhance visibility and relevancy of the Task Force
  5. Nurture our organizational health

Our new Strategic Plan is available here

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.