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.
Clean Pacific 2015
The Task Force is hosted the 2015 Clean Pacific, the premier West Coast event focused on oil spill prevention, preparedness and response in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 16-18. The them was Changing Landscape: Shifts in Rail, Pipeline, and Vessel Transport. Over 700 attendees participated in the 3-day event which featured the Task Force’s Communications Workshop, on-water response vessel demonstrations, the 2015 Legacy Awards and over 150 presentations.
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 – In April, state lawmakers gave final approval to HB 1449 bill to increase oil train safety. 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)
Washington D.C. — Democrats Cantwell, Murray, Baldwin, and Feinstein Introduce Oil Train Safety Legislation (March 2015). A second rail bill was introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson addressing rail safety.