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
Panel discussion on Best Achievable Technology at 2016 Annual Meeting
Refugio Spill, CA May 2015. Click photo for updates. (Photo: New York Times).
Coordinating Committee gathers in Davis CA, March 2016
Oiled Wildlife Care Network, CA
Oil spill cleanup demonstration at Clean Pacific 2015, Vancouver B.C.
Looking back 25+ years: the First Task Force members in 1990 in Prince William Sound

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.

Current Task Force projects:

Drift Vessel Study — The Task Force is participating in a study of drifting vessel incidents along the west coast of Canada to better understand why they occur and how to prevent them. Click here to find out more information about the project which is being led by Clear Seas based in Vancouver, B.C.

Transboundary Oil Spill Preparedness Project: 5 Year Review — In 2012, the Task Force released a report on the status of the oil spill response capacity on the US/Canada boarders (CANUSDIX and CANUSPAC). This year, the Task Force is revisiting the 130+ recommendations on operations, equipment, funding and other capacity issues to determine the status of the recommendations. Our findings will be shared in early 2017. 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: 

British Columbia – New! 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.

California – The Office of Spill Prevention and Response released a report on May 3rd entitled: “Refugio Oil Spill Response Report: Summary and Recommendations“. The report highlights successes and lessons learned from the pipeline spill that took place in the Refugio Beach area near Santa Barbara on May 19, 2015.

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

On August 24, 2016, the Washington Department of Ecology adopted a new rule, Chapter 173-185 WAC, Oil Movement by Rail and Pipeline Notification. This new rule creates reporting standards for facilities that receive crude oil by rail, and pipelines that transport crude oil in or through the state. 

An additional new rule, Chapter 173-186 WAC, Oil Spill Contingency Plan – Railroad was adopted on August 31, 2016. Chapter 173-186 WAC establishes oil spill contingency plan, drill and equipment verification requirements.

For more information about both rules visit: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/rules/1514ov.html.