Department of Ecology seeks public comment on oil transportation safety

WA-Dept-of-EcologyThe public is invited to comment on two proposed rules aimed at improving the safety of transporting oil through the state.

Comments for both proposed rules will be accepted until June 10.

The first proposed rule would create notice requirements for facilities receiving oil by rail and pipelines transporting crude oil. Affected communities would be notified to ensure rapid response if an oil spill occurred.

Read more about this rule by clicking here. You can email comments to Kim Morley at, mail comments to Kim Morley, Department of Ecology Spills Program at P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600, fax comments to 360-407-7288 or use an online comment tool here.

The second rule creates contingency planning requirements for railroads that transport oil, both crude and refined, in bulk. Contingency plans would show that railroads are prepared to immediately respond to any oil spills.

Read more about the second rule by clicking here. You can email comments on this rule to Linda Pilkey-Jarvis at Mailed or faxed comments can be sent to the same address or fax number as the first rule. An online comment tools is available here.

Public hearings will also be held on the rule proposals throughout the state. Below is a list of hearings scheduled in Snohomish County or online:

  • May 23 – Holiday Inn Downtown Everett, Ballroom 1 (3105 Pine St., Everett)
    • Notice Requirements, 1-5 p.m.
    • Contingency Planning for Rail, 7 p.m.
  • May 26 – Webinar
    • Notice Requirements, 1 p.m.
  • June 1 – Webinar
    • Contingency Planning for Rail, 1 p.m.

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