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.
Wanted: Legacy Award Nominations
The Task Force is seeking nominations for our Legacy Awards which recognize outstanding accomplishments individuals, organizations or teams have made to advance oil spill prevention, preparedness and response. Please visit our Legacy Awards page for more details. Winners will be announced in early April, and awards will be presented in June at the 2015 Clean Pacific in Vancouver British Columbia.
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:
Ecology submitted Draft 2014 Marine & Rail Oil Transportation Study to the Legislature. The 500-page draft report builds upon the approximate 40 recommendations identified in the preliminary findings and recommendations and provides more in-depth, comprehensive analysis than the October report. (December 2014)
Minnesota – State Legislature passed HF3172.3 MN Bill on rail and pipeline safety. (April 2014)