Mission Statement


Washington State is represented in the Oil Spill Task Force by the Department of Ecology’s Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program. The mission of the Program is to protect Washington’s environment, public health, and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness, and response program. It focuses on prevention of oil spills to Washington waters and land, as well as planning for an effective response to oil and hazardous substance spills whenever they occur. The Program has some 71 program employees and 25 after-hours responders located at four regional offices, two field offices, and headquarters with a two-year budget of about $29 million.

Oil Spill Program


The Latest News and Updates

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.

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Is this a typical la Nina year for Washington? We're keeping an eye on temps and snowpack. Check out our analysis. ecologywa.blogspot.com/2018/01/is-this-typical-la-nina-year.html ...

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We usually find our January Puget Sound Critter of the Month - the Peanut Worms - when they are introverted. We don't know how they feel about that. It just means they've retracted thier appendage. (Of note, though, 2018 is the centennial of Carl Jung's adoption of this hitherto physiological term!)
We've gone a bit NUTS for this animal. See why:

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Washington Department of Ecology updated their cover photo. ...

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Ecology’s Washington Conservation Corps stands ready to help, as they did for the 2017 Sprague flooding shown in this photo, in their current deployments to repair hurricane damage in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and as they are today, leading beach cleanups around Puget Sound. #MLKDay2018 #AmeriCorps ...

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Washington Department of Ecology shared Washington Emergency Management Division's video. ...

With more wet weather and the potential for landslides in the news, we want you to be aware of the signs of a landslide. This video can provide you a starting point. You can learn more here: www.mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division/hazards/landslide

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